‘Cold War University’: Protests, Policies Divided Madison Community

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During the Cold War, large universities across the country served as a breeding ground for protest movements and student activism at large. Combined with dramatic changes in education funding and increased technological emphasis, they came to be known as “Cold War Universities.”

Close to home, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was an example of this concept, says Matthew Levin. He’s the author of Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the 1960s.

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Freshman-Senior Senator Ron Johnson Makes his Mark on Capitol Hill

Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking with reporters in Dec. 2012. Image credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Halfway through his first term in office, Republican Ron Johnson is now the senior senator from Wisconsin. When Sen.  Ron Johnson defeated longtime Democratic Senator Russ Feingold in 2010, little did he know he would soon become the senior senator from the state.  Last year, the long-tenured Herb Kohl retired, and was succeeded by Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Read the full article here.