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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

September/October 2014
Cronon to deliver third annual Jordahl Public Lands Lecture
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, it’s well worth pondering this remarkable achievement. Professor Cronon will trace the changing meanings of wilderness in American history, and argue for its ongoing importance today and in the future. We hope you can attend his lecture on October 21. More details.
Nelson student pens New York Times essay
In an essay published August 17 in The New York Times, Nelson Institute doctoral student Trish O'Kane shares how the avian life of New Orleans, and then Madison, taught her and her students a lesson in resilience. View the full article on
Alumni meet-and-greet in Portland, Oregon
Director Paul Robbins will host a happy hour meet-and-greet in Portland on October 11. This is a great networking opportunity for our alumni and friends in the Pacific Northwest, as well as a chance to meet Paul and learn about his vision for Nelson's future. RSVPs appreciated. Interested in attending a gathering in your region? Email us.
Newest MOOCs focus on environment
Beginning in 2015, UW-Madison will offer six new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with a shared theme of sustainability and the environment. Several will be taught by Nelson faculty. MOOCs are unique, online delivery systems that allow people from around the globe to participate in free, noncredit learning experiences. Learn more and explore the topics.
Meet us at the Terrace!
Don't miss our annual gathering of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends - let's Rendezvous on the Terrace on September 12! Join us on Tripp Deck, overlooking the Memorial Union Terrace, to catch up with old friends, make new ones, network, and help us kick off the 2014-15 school year. RSVPs appreciated.
Nelson alumna named 'CNN Hero'
Leela Hazzah (M.S. Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development '07, Ph.D. Environment and Resources '11) founded and leads the nonprofit Lion Guardians, which turns Maasai warriors -- who have a tradition of killing lions -- into lion protectors, community conservationists and field biologists. Watch the CNN video.