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Wisconsin People & Ideas

The Academy's core values are rooted in colonial America.

Few books pace themselves with the resonance of truth telling. These rare books can be fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, but within the story being told is a heart beating in time with constant universal rhythms. Thomas D.

Spectral presences flit in and out of In Light, Always Light, Milwaukee poet Angela Trudell Vasquez’s first chapbook. Ghosts appear with purposeful messages, the voices of dead ancestors echo, and human remains float over a city.

Southeastern Wisconsin is the western boundary of the “Rust Belt,” a phrase popularized by presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984 to describe a sizeable chunk of America that was—and still is—facing an uncertain post-industrial future.

          —Hyogo-ken, June 1991

Moriah Rataczak uses her Phantom 4 quadcopter—more commonly known as a drone—to monitor field conditions for Gumz Farms. Photo by Cassie Smith-Krebs.

From a hundred feet in the air, Moriah Rataczak inspects the fields of Gumz Farms in Central Wisconsin.

Tricklebee Café executive director Christie Melby-Gibbons believes everyone deserves a warm, healthy meal. Photo by Mckenzie Halling.

The Tricklebee Café is a pay-what-you-can restaurant, and absolutely anyone is welcome to a healthy, delicious meal, regardless of his or her ability to pay for it.

Alistair and I do our homework at the island in the kitchen while, at the stove, Mom stirs pasta fazool.

 One of four undergraduate, student-run presses in the United States, Cornerstone offers students direct experience in every aspect of publishing.

The future is all about water. And here in Wisconsin, we’ve got it. The problem is: The rest of the world wants it.

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