Category Archives: Center for Design and Material Culture

headshot of Melody Harvey in black and white

SoHE News: Mar 19–Apr 1

New research from Drs. Harvey, Dodge Francis, and Papp; HDFS PhD student Tia Murray on the role of doulas in addressing the racial inequities in Madison-area maternal and child health; Whelan on pandemic parenting on The Today Show; Gaddis on school lunch in The Conversation; and more.

Julie Poehlmann

SoHE News: Jan 29–Feb 4

Poehlmann-Tynan publishes on prisons’ family communication policies during COVID-19; Whelan publishes audio lecture series with The Great Courses; Raison discusses depression’s evolutionary role and treatments in longform interview; Carter guests on Bard podcast; and more.

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SoHE News: Jan 22–28

Litzelman reports on Wisconsin community organizations’ efforts to combat loneliness during the pandemic, Fairbanks conversation on social weaving published in Textile: Cloth and Culture, Dong comments on the wellbeing design components of interiors, and more.

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 […]

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SoHE News: Sep 4–10

Gaddis in The Atlantic on overlooked frontline workers in school reopenings, Carter op-eds in Washington Post and Cap Times, Sarmadi on mask safety and care on WPR, and more.

Dr. Majid Sarmadi testing masks under microscope. Photo courtesy of Ellie Sarmadi, used with permission.

SoHE News: Aug 21–27

Sarmadi and Kurutz featured in UW News for cross-campus mask development project, new Angus show featured in Art & Object, Sarmadi discusses neck gaiters’ filtration against COVID-19, Gaddis featured in Edge Effects podcast, and more.

Two women in a park doing yoga. in boat pose holding hands. They are both wearing masks.

SoHE News: Aug 7–13

Mace wins Fellowship.art award, Whelan discusses marriage and birth rate trends, Carter’s material culture take on “The Goonies,” Raison to present on depression and the pandemic, and more.

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SoHE News: May 22-28

Design History PhD student wins major research award, McInnes describes the “wau” in Wisconsin place names, incoming undergrad wins Summit Credit Union scholarship, Whelan remembers an unorthodox self-help author, and more.

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Design Studies PhD Student Natalie Wright Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Natalie Wright, who just completed her first year of PhD coursework in Design Studies, has won the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Recognized as a top applicant, Wright will research histories of making and disability under the mentorship of Professors Marina Moskowitz and Sarah Anne Carter.

Empty Shelves Food Store

SoHE News & Events: Mar 27–Apr 2

Image: Empty Shelves Photo by Boris Dunand on Unsplash Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here. SoHE scholars in the news Bartfeld quoted on Marketplace about food […]

The Rise of the Only Child

SoHE News & Events: Feb 21–27

Halpern-Meekin gives TV interview on single-child families | McInnes highlights heritage marker at SoHE in Cap Times | Addo’s joint open letter on student debt | Mace and Greendeer in prominent Crafts magazine | Gaddis cited by fellow scholars in Aeon | Hark’s work on display at Chazen | Huambachano to present at 2020 Global Health Symposium | Poehlmann-Tynan webinar for foster parents

Aaron Bird Bear, assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs, speaks to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and other UW community members during a heritage marker dedication ceremony for the "Our Shared Future" plaque on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

SoHE News & Events: Jan 31–Feb 6

Image: Aaron Bird Bear, assistant dean for Student Diversity Programs, speaks to members of the Ho-Chunk Nation and other UW community members during a heritage marker dedication ceremony for the “Our Shared Future” plaque on Bascom Hill at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on June 18, 2019. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison) Thanks for reading our weekly […]

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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 […]