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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

March/April 2014
Earth Day 2014: Learn. Network. Reconnect.
Our 8th Annual Earth Day Conference on April 22 will feature actress and activist Rosario Dawson, ecologists Kevin Noone and Erle Ellis, and many others. Check out the program online and register today. After the conference, join fellow alumni and friends at the Great Dane for happy hour. Refreshments on us!
Cal DeWitt: “I want to keep influencing students”
After teaching and inspiring more than 3,000 undergraduate students, Cal DeWitt, one of UW-Madison's most popular professors, retired in 2012. He remains active as an educator and environmental leader, and he is helping to raise $10,000 to support student scholarships. Help honor Cal's legacy »
Video: "A Film Never Made"
A serendipitous meeting between graduate student Emmanuel Urey, a child of Liberia's civil war, and professor Gregg Mitman has led the pair on a stirring journey to reconnect Liberia's present with the past and share the story in a forthcoming documentary. Follow their adventure in an inspiring video »
Alumni award winners announced
Congratulations to Matt Dannenberg (ES Certificate ‘10) and Lynn Hobbie (M.S. LR & EAP Certificate ‘84), the first recipients of the Nelson Institute’s new alumni awards. We’ll present the awards at the Earth Day conference. In the meantime, learn more about Matt and Lynn »

State of the Nelson Institute 2014
Director Paul Robbins summarizes the Nelson Institute’s current status in a narrated slideshow, touching on the mission of the Institute, where we are now and where we’re headed. Learn how Nelson continues to discover, convene, translate and engage »


What’s new with you?
Have you made a career move? Published something new? Or have other news to share with classmates and the Nelson community? We’re compiling alumni notes for the next issue of In Common and would love to include an update from you. Write us at (photos welcome too!).