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Register Today for the 2019 Back to School Event

September 27, 2019

Registration for the 2019 event has opened!  Click here to register now. You don’t want to miss this fourth annual event as keynote speaker, Professor Marina Mosokwitz, shares her brilliance on material culture.  Joining Moskowitz will be colleagues from across the School for the afternoon’s workshops which range in topics from child development to retailing and textiles to happiness.

This afternoon not only includes fascinating lectures by SoHE faculty and hands-on workshops but also has great food and networking opportunities for alumni and friends,–all to help SoHE alumni recapture the thrill of learning!  We will see you September 27, 2019.

Consider making a full weekend out of the event.  Stay the night and support the Badgers as we take on Northwestern University on Saturday September 28.  Tickets are not available through the School, but a hotel room block is available here

Event Keynote

Professor Marina Moskowitz

Consumption and Creativity: Histories of Textile Re-Use

Marina Mosokwitz, Ph.D., Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design

Twenty-first century discussions about the value of sustainability frequently use textiles as tangible examples of the challenges of production, consumption, waste and renewal. The history of textiles provides numerous case studies of re-use and re-cycling, often when eras of scarcity required thrift, ingenuity, and creativity to meet the needs of clothing and sheltering the public. This talk will introduce historical examples of textile re-use as a pre-cursor to contemporary projects that are promoting sustainability in textiles.



Registration includes a choice of two workshop sessions.  More information will be available for each of these exciting workshops soon!

     Hands-on Historic Textiles 2.0

     Re-thinking Happiness

     Trading Places: Big people in little chairs

     Putting the RE in retailing




Historical Photos from Past Events:

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2017 Back to School eventMeet previous alumni award winners!





If you have questions, please contact Dan Dick at or 608-890-0211.