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Italian students embody the Wisconsin Idea

Cover page for the Italian 450 semester-long project.

Cover page for the Italian 450 semester-long project.


The students of Professor Buccini’s Italian 450 class decided to use their language skills to promote the Wisconsin Idea.

Each Monday at 2:30 pm, the class met to translate Carlo Goldoni’s comedic play La famiglia dell'antiquario, which translates to The Antiquarian’s Family. The play, written in 1750, tells the story of a man who collects antiques. It specifically follows the lives of his future daughter-in-law and his wife, and the tension in their relationship.

Wisconsin Language Summit brings together government, education, private sector over language workforce needs

Wisconsin language summit logo

The invitation-only Wisconsin Language Summit will take place on Jan. 26, 2018 at the Fluno Center in Madison. Among the objectives of the summit are discussing the value of languages on both state and national levels, as well as the role of language skills in bolstering the state’s economic competitiveness

A student of the world

Jennifer Ostrowski

Over the past four years, the possibilities for language study have exceeded my expectations. I have studied abroad in Jordan and China, participated in internships in Ecuador and Uganda, completed a research project, also in Jordan, volunteered in Greece, and engaged in several internationally focused student organizations here on campus.

Forward under 40: Neha Lugo

Neha Lugo

UW Majors: Political Science, French, and International Studies with Certificates in European Studies and Global Cultures
Age: 33 | Washington, DC
Attorney Adviser for the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Neha Sheth Lugo decided early on that a UW degree would take her places.

German Professor honored with Research Award

B. Venkat Mani

B. Venkat Mani.

B. Venkat Mani makes a difference everywhere he goes in the world and people are starting to notice.

The German Literature professor received the Kellet Mid-Career Award. This honor, sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, grants the recipient $60,000 in research funding at a critical point in their academic careers. It honors outstanding faculty who are at the midpoint of their careers: seven to 20 years after their first promotion in a tenured position.


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