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Computer Screen of Bascom Hall at Dusk

Advancing Online Education: New SoHE degree option lights the way for UW–Madison overall

In 2019, well before the changes brought by the novel coronavirus, Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced the goal of providing comprehensive online degree programs for students who are unable to be on campus due to work, family, or other circumstances. This fall, in a first step toward that vision, students began logging on to earn UW–Madison’s first fully online degree: a Bachelor of Science in Personal Finance from the School of Human Ecology.

Image from What Would a Microbe Say? online exhibition that explores the intersection of human and microbial worlds.

Material World: The Center for Design and Material Culture centers learning on the objects all around us

When COVID precautions limited in-person gatherings and closed campus galleries, the CDMC quickly adapted. Exhibitions were put online. Social media channels were revamped. And before the end of the summer, the center had launched a new website (cdmc.wisc.edu) as well as CDMC Conversations: live, online discussions between artists, designers, industry professionals, staff, and students.

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See the 2020 Design Studies Student Showcase

View student portfolios at the THREADS website. Watch the Facebook Designer Discussion Event. At this time of the year, we would usually be presenting the TFD showcase in the Design Gallery, which gives the rest of the school a chance to see the exciting work that our students have been doing. Of course, that could […]

Alicia Hazen and family

Alicia Hazen Surprised with Campus Leadership Award

Alicia pictured with her husband Eric and son Ellis. Congratulations to Alicia Hazen, the recipient of UW-Madison’s Office of Undergraduate Advising (OUA) 2020 Community Leadership Award!   Wednesday morning, an OUA employee interrupted the SoHE advising staff’s virtual meeting to surprised Alicia, Director of Career and Leadership Development, with campus’ Community Leadership Award. Her team […]

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Textile Tuesday: A Recap of 2019

Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, in the Design History department of the School of Human Ecology. A year ago, a unique collaboration between student researchers, the SoHE Communications team, and the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC) launched the year-long Textile Tuesday project to celebrate […]

Dakota Mace and Satillo serape

Textile Tuesday: Dye Analysis of a Saltillo Serape

Serape, Saltillo, Mexico, early 19th century, woven wool and cotton. Carolyn Jenkinson is the Curator of Collections of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection When faced with a lack of information about a historic textile, museum curators use many contextual clues such as textile structures and material or dye types to help identify how old […]

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Textile Tuesday: Teaching Textiles Symposium Report

Embroidery sampler (detail), Germany, early 19th century, linen on linen; overall work 14 x 17 in; detail approximately 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, in the Design History department of the School of Human Ecology. On December 6 and 7, the […]

Fig 1 Lewis and Clark handkerchief

Textile Tuesday: Souvenir Handkerchief

Handkerchief from Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, United States, 1905, 13” x 13” By Natalie Wright is a first-year graduate student in Design Studies Twelve years after historian Frederick Jackson Turner proclaimed the end of American westward expansion during a speech at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, organizers of the Lewis and Clark Exposition in […]

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The P.O.W.E.R. Collective @ SoHE

Critical Research//Community Engagement//Radical Advancement House in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Research department, The P.O.W.E.R. Collective—People.Of.Wisdom.Eternally.Revolutionizing—consists of graduate students on a mission to support research, political and community action programs, and professional development for and by communities of color. While not new to campus, the group has found a new online presence on the SoHE […]

Nancy Nicolas Hall in the winter

‘Tis the Season for UW Winter Weather Policies

October snow means an early reminder of inclement weather guidelines UW-Madison’s inclement weather guidelines for employees and the updated campus-wide policy are available online. Key points of the guidelines include: Only the Chancellor has the authority to cancel classes, suspend services, and close the campus to the public and employees. Individual colleges and schools will […]

Mulberry Maze fabric detail

Textile Tuesday: The Norton Sisters of Folly Cove

– Margaret Norton, Tablecloth in Mulberry Maze print, United States, 1947, ink on cotton, 71 x 44 in. – Schumacher Company, Drapery Fabric in Polka Dot Pony print, designed by Hetty Beatty Whitney, United States, 1946, ink on cotton Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, in […]

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Textile Tuesday: Bustle and Bust Improver

Bustle, United States of America, 1887, wire, 10 x 31 x 3 in. Bust Improver, United States of America, 1890-1910, silk and cotton, 5 x 11 x 2 in. Caitlyn Beczkiewicz is a student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. I have been researching how women’s fashion relates to sexism […]

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SoHE News & Events: August 2-8

Washington Post Op-Ed: Material Culture & Tariffs| YouTube Children’s Videos | Golf Outing Raises $25K Dr. Sarah Anne Carter; Avocados, Tins, and Tariffs Discussion Dr. Sarah Anne Carter’s recent Washington Post piece uses material culture to relate to today’s US tariff debates. She explores the 1892 presidential campaign when Grover Cleveland used tin cards to […]

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Textile Tuesday: Rabari Headdress

Hat, India, 1900-1977, cotton, silk on cotton, silk, 13 x 14 x 13 in. Katie Slavin is a student in the School of Human Ecology, entering her 4th year as a Retailing and Consumer Behavior major. After flipping through the textiles featured in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection online navigator, I was immediately drawn […]

Student Journeys with Design Thinking

Design thinking has helped me understand the other person better in any situation in life. Akshat Khanna May 2020 graduation Hometown: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India Majors: Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) and Computer Sciences (College of Letters & Sciences) FUTURE PLANS: Working as a software engineer, user interface/user experience designer or product manager. After a […]

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Textile Tuesday: Carpet Fragment

Carpet fragment, United States of America, 1880-1889, jute, approx. 2”x4” Samantha Barris a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Interior Architecture. This semester, I have been investigating the recent history and current practices of textile production and design, as well as looking at sustainability. A visit to the Helen Louise Allen […]

Kristy Burkholder

Burkholder Inducted as UW Teaching Fellow

Congratulations to Kristy Burkholder, PhD, HDFS Faculty Associate, who was inducted into the UW-Madison Teaching Academy as a Teaching Fellow.  The Inductee Ceremony was held on April 8, 2019.  “It’s been an honor and a professional pleasure to have learned from and taught with Kristy over these recent several years,” states her nominator, Michael Maguire, […]

Peruvian bag

Textile Tuesday: Peruvian Bag

Woven bag, alpaca, Peru, 1930s, 6x6in Molly Burki is a second year student in the School of Human Ecology studying Textiles and Fashion Design. While exploring the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, a small woven bag, about the size of my palm, caught my interest. The design is delicate but complex, a weaving filled with […]

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Textile Tuesday: Silver Foil Dress

Dress, silver foil, Reynolds Metals Company, United States, 1968, 37×28″ By Gretchen Meyer, a second-year student in SoHE, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. While browsing through the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, I was in love with so many of the pieces. When I came across this stunning dress – a beautiful, glittery silver shift […]

Marimekko fabric close up

Textile Tuesday: Marimekko Furnishing Fabric

Oona pattern designed by Maija Isola, Furnishing Fabric, Finland, 1969, 55.25 x 29.5″ By Samuel Anglehart, a fourth-year student in SoHE, studying Textiles and Fashion Design. Marimekko is a design house that played an integral role in the world of textiles. Starting in the early 1950s, Marimekko became a household name as they incorporated graphic […]

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Textile Tuesday: Red Kimono

Embroidered silk kimono, 1930s, Japan, 64×58″ Written by Nghi Tuong, a third year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. I chose to write about this Japanese kimono from the 1930s because I have always been attracted to things that are red, so the background color and the beautiful gold […]