Wisconsin’s rivers are dynamic products of the forces of nature. People have been living along Wisconsin’s rivers for about 12,000 years, during which time rivers have been both dividers and conduits. They have formed barriers and borders while also aiding in the dissemination of peoples, languages, customs, and goods.
Rivers make us contemplative: of history, of time, of connections, and of the interweaving of things.
The 2017 Wisconsin Idea Seminar will travel through the state, stopping on the banks of the Mississippi, the Kickapoo, and the Wisconsin. Rivers provide a narrative frame for participants to learn about and explore Wisconsin life.
We will visit a dairy farm, meet environmental stewards and business owners, walk the valleys, and explore the rolling hills of the Driftless Area, the non-glaciated portion of Wisconsin’s southwest through which the Mississippi, Kickapoo, and Wisconsin all flow. These are lands deeply familiar to many of the UW-Madison’s students and to residents of a state that take pride in its university.
We are working out details of the trip now, but among the highlights that already have been organized are visits to:
- the International Crane Foundation,
- an archaeological dig in Trempealeau,
- the Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse,
- the La Farge Medical Clinic that serves nearby Amish communities,
- Ho-Chunk Nation historical sites in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve,
- the farming operations of Gottschalk Cranberry Inc.,
- University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point,
- fifth-generation-owned Kelley Country Creamery, and
- Milwaukee’s Vincent High School and their agricultural learning spaces
Read UW News story, Wisconsin Idea seminar showcases Badger state to UW-Madison faculty, staff (2/1/2017)
Read CALS’ GROW story about Vincent High School, A Big-City Ag High School Blossoms (Spring 2017)
To Apply or Nominate
- Submit a Pre-Nomination web form.
- Circulate Nomination form for signatures.
- Your Dean’s office will forward the nomination to the Provost’s Office.
- Nominations due February 15, 2017.