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Wisconsin People & Ideas – Fall 2019

In this issue: Our editor calls in the historians and our director asks us to think beyond the sandbags. Sculpture Tour Eau Claire expands its collection of three-dimensional art and Love WI gets some love from the Wisconsin Humanities Council. Artisanal cold-pressed oils add value as well as challenges to Wisconsin farms and UWM researcher Rebecca Klaper challenges our understanding of how nanoparticles affect the creatures living in our Great Lakes. Krista Eastman's essay reflects on the weird and wondrous Wisconsin Dells and our gallery section ambles through the barnyard iconography of artists SV Medaris and Craig Blietz. Did we mention we've got the the best of 669 poems and 87 stories from our state poetry and fiction contests? Boom!

Volume: 
65
Issue Number: 
4

We all live in a floodplain. Some of us just have more apparent risks than others, but we’re all vulnerable.

Daphnia, or water fleas, such as this are found in lakes and ponds across the world. Because of their pivotal position in food webs, daphnia are widely utilized as an indicator species to assess the response of ecosystems to environmental change.

Fresh water scientist Rebecca Klaper studies the impact of indescribably small nanoparticles on our Great Lakes.

Got big questions about America? Ask a historian.

Up close, there is a beauty and endurance peculiar to this place—to this soft orange bedrock smelling strangely of five hundred million years gone by.

Ken Seguine and Jay Gilbertson of Hay River Farm have been producing artisanal pumpkin seed oil since 2005.

Wisconsin farms are making artisanal cold-pressed oils for cooking and health.

SV Medaris, G.O.S. Sow (detail). Hand-colored and reduction linocut, 8 x 10 inches.

When people think of Wisconsin, they think of farms. While farms both large and small dot our pastoral lanscapes, images of cows, barns, and cornfields are almost as ubiquitous.

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Your side lost, and it’s very possible it was your fault. But then again, it’s always your fault. 

The very title of Tom Montag’s latest book of poetry started a Simon & Garfunkel song playing in my head. “How terribly strange to be seventy,” a 27-year-old Paul Simon wrote in “Old Friends” back in the late 1960s.

In a world of superficial relationships enabled by social media, Steve Hannah’s book, Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind, shows us the value of taking the time to connect with ordinary people through their extraordinary stories.

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