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The Commons

For Nelson Institute Alumni and Friends

November/December 2015
Believe it: Tales from Planet Earth explores faith, science and environment
Amidst a backdrop of global contemplation and crisis, Tales will springboard discussions of religion, experience, spirituality, identity and science. The biennial festival – November 6-8 – hosted by the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History and Environment, includes 40 films and conversations with filmmakers, activists and scholars, all free and open to the public. See the full schedule.
Jacobs lectures in India through Fulbright Award
Harvey M. Jacobs, a professor of urban and regional planning and environmental studies at UW–Madison, spent his summer teaching a specialty course in land policy -- in India. Recently chosen for a Fulbright Specialist U.S. Scholar Program grant, Jacobs taught the course at the National Law School of India University in Bengaluru (Bangalore) as part of the school’s new two-year graduate program in public policy. Read more.
Snapshot: Ho-Chunk students visit UW-Madison
Nine high school students from Wisconsin's Ho-Chunk Nation visited a Native American effigy mound and the Tree of Peace on Observatory Hill on Oct. 23. The Nelson Institute and UW Arboretum's Earth Partnership Program hosted the group's one-day visit to campus. Check out the snapshots!
Seeking nominations for 2016 Nelson Alumni Awards
Nearly 4,000 Nelson Institute alumni are applying their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and more sustainable place. Our alumni awards help spotlight these accomplishments and impacts. The winners be honored at the 10th Annual Earth Day Conference on April 25. Know someone making a difference? Please submit your nominations by Feb. 1, 2016.
A cohort of support: Community Environmental Scholars Program celebrates five years
Mia McKinney came to UW-Madison with the intent of getting a degree in a field like engineering, but after three years of feeling isolated and on her own, McKinney found the Nelson Institute -- or rather, the Nelson Institute found her. McKinney was part of the first cohort in CESP, a service-learning-oriented, need-based scholarship program housed in the Nelson Institute. Read Mia's full story.
Latest MOOC to focus on climate change policy and public health
“Climate Change Policy and Public Health,” the sixth and final Massive Open Online Course offered by UW-Madison this year, begins Nov. 9. The course will be taught by Jonathan Patz, a professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the Nelson Institute. Register for the course.