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SoHE News and Events: June 7-13

ANGUS EXHIBIT | SOHE STUDENT INTERNSHIP Angus’ New Exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum Design Studies Professor Jennifer Angus’ exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum was featured in Ink Magazine. Angus’ exhibit is one of four at the museum under the theme Fragile Earth; The Naturist Impulse in Contemporary Art, where all the artists create […]

Sarah Halpern Meekin

Understanding Poverty: Getting Beyond Just Dollars and Cents

A new book by SoHE professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin proposes the idea of “social poverty” as a key factor in people’s well-being and decisions.

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SoHE News and Events: May 31- June 6

Angus’ New Gallery For the past three months, Jennifer Angus has been preparing for her new exhibit Fragile Earth a group show by ecologically concerned artists advocating for environmental causes. Angus’ and other artist installations reflect environmental vulnerability Currently on display at the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, the exhibit will be up until September […]

Textile Tuesday Mesh Purse

Textile Tuesday: Mesh Purse

Mesh purse, metal chain link, United States, early 20th century Shelby Orcutt is a student in the School of Human Ecology, majoring in Textiles and Fashion Design. The artifact that I choose from the collection is a petite mesh bag from the United States dated from the early 20th century. I was so drawn to […]

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Q&A with Visiting Scholar Stefanos Mastrotheodoros

Stefanos Mastrotheodoros is a visiting scholar from the Utrecht Centre for Child and Adolescent Studies at Utrecht University, in the Netherlands. He is spending spring 2019 working with Dr. Lauren Papp in the Center for Child and Family Well-being and the department of Human Development and Family Studies. The SoHE connection What attracted you to […]

Mexican Blanket for Textile Tuesday

Textile Tuesday: Mexican Blanket

Blanket, Mexico, 1930-1939, wool. April Hoh-Alfaro is completing her undergraduate degree in Textiles and Fashion Design in the School of Human Ecology; she has also worked as an intern in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. I wanted to write about a Mexican textile because I am Mexican, and have grown up with textiles from […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 24-30

WEAVING LAB LANDS IN CHICAGO | Fairbanks’ Weaving Lab in Chicago this June Associate Professor Marianne Fairbanks takes her Weaving Lab project to Chicago with the exhibition A Deliberately Non-Straight Line Compound Yellow, June 2-30, plus an opening reception on June 2, 2-4 pm. Weaving Lab ran for two summers in Madison. In 2019, it […]

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Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel on Emancipatory Research and Design Thinking

The School of Human Ecology recently welcomed Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel, a Teaching Fellow from the Stanford d.School, to talk about her work with emancipatory research and design thinking. Dr. Noel’s PhD in Design, Master’s degree in Business Management, and Stanford Fellowship are just a few of many admirable accomplishments under her belt. She now uses […]

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Textile Tuesday: French Child’s Coat

Coat, France, 1870, cotton, pearl, silk on wool, 23 x 17 in. Anna Arndt just completed her third year in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retail and Consumer Behavior. We are riding a wave of changing consumerism. Textiles today are mass produced – both in quantity and viewership. It isn’t enough to buy something, […]

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SoHE News & Events: May 17-23

AREA LEADERS GATHER | FREE SCHOOL BREAKFASTS | CLIMATE CHANGE Native Nations_UW Leadership Summit highlights directions for partnerships Dean Soyeon Shim, other UW leaders, and Native Nations leaders attended a day of discussion on improving health services, preserving the environment, developing local economies, strengthen families, and expanding educational opportunities.  Read the UW News article. Bartfeld […]

John Zeratsky

Human Ecologist for Life: John Zeratsky

John Zeratsky (Family and Consumer Journalism ’05) is an Author and Technology Designer in Milwaukee, WI. “My work with SoHE is an opportunity” After he graduated in 2005, John Zeratsky cut his professional teeth as a technology designer at YouTube and Google, and eventually found his way to Google Ventures. It was there where he […]

J Michael Collins

CFS’s Five-Year Focus on Vulnerable Populations

Collaboration with the U.S. Social Security Administration supports work led by J. Michael Collins, the Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer and Personal Finance and Associate Professor in Consumer Science. It’s not uncommon today to hear reports of a looming retirement crisis for the population at large. But what lies ahead for our most vulnerable? As […]

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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 […]

Poplar, Fort Peck Reservation, Montana

Wild Turnips for White Corn Project

Building Tribal Food Sovereignty on the Fort Peck Reservation Using Oral History and Digitally Mapped Trade Networks Indigenous food sovereignty is about more than just getting healthy, local food into urban Native centers and onto reservations. Indigenous food sovereignty works to rebuild and strengthen communities’ relationships to the land. For centuries, settler colonialism disrupted the […]

Jennifer Gaddis

Tune in: The Skinny on School Lunch with SoHE’s Prof Gaddis on HBO

The episode was released May 10 and can still be seen on HBO. Watch the teaser here.  Jennifer Gaddis was featured on this week’s episode of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas on HBO. Gaddis, Assistant Professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, has conducted interviews with a number of sites, including Minneapolis Public Schools, to bring light […]

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SoHE News & Events: May 3-9

Hartley Fellowship | Jackson & Commencement | Textile Video |Papp Honored| Expert Robb| Lussier Nomination Hartley Receives H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Congratulations to HDFS Associate Professor Sigan Hartley, one of 11 UW-Madison faculty who received a 2019 H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship. The award recognizes faculty up to six years past their first promotion to a […]

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, […]

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Textile Tuesday: Roaring 20s Beaded Dress

Dress, North America, 1920-1929, embroidery, tambour work, 40 x 23 in. Allison Gorniakis graduating this week from the Textile and Fashion Design program in the School of Human Ecology. For this week’s Textile Tuesday, graduating senior Allison Gorniak takes a fresh approach to a silk “flapper” dress, using creative writing to imagine the meaning of […]

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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: Peruvian Armlets

Armlets, Peru, 1900-1968, 12 x 7 in. Maddie Boxer is a fourth year student in the School of Human Ecology, studying Retailing and Consumer Behavior. I was drawn to this textile because of the bold designs against the black fabric. This armlet was produced in the early to mid-twentieth century in Peru, and is 12 […]

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SoHE News & Events: April 12-18

In Anticipation of Threads 2019 In a few weeks, the Madison Masonic Center will be hosting one of SoHE’s most beloved events Threads: Fashion Show. Threads is a yearly fashion show that showcases Textile and Fashion Design students’ various projects from the school year. Dubbing Helen Louise Allen as the ‘Point of Muse’ for students, […]