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Halverson helps Badgers turn the Twin Cities red

June 24, 2016

Wisconsin isn’t the only Badger state — Minnesota has experienced the benefit of being home to more than 23,000 UW-Madison alumni.

On June 23, more than 200 of them gathered in the Minneapolis Convention Center to celebrate the impact that their alma mater makes in Minnesota and around the globe, and to join in the university’s All Ways Forward campaign.

Erica Halverson All Ways Forward event
The School of Education's Erica Halverson was an invited
speaker at the university's All Ways Forward event at the
Minneapolis Convention Center on June 23.
“We are at the crossroads of our past and our potential, at an historic moment for UW,” said UW-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank. “[It’s] a moment when it’s useful to think not only about what we must do, but why great public universities matter so much to this nation.”

The event brought several top UW-Madison faculty members to Minnesota for the evening, including Erica Halverson, an associate professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Halverson, who was an invited speaker at the Minneapolis event, is a leading expert on the burgeoning “Maker Movement.”

Halverson researches identity development and literacy learning through the study of youth-produced autobiographical art such as films, plays and digital stories. She has authored numerous publications, including "Film as Identity Exploration: A Multimodal Analysis of Youth-Produced Films," and is an executive committee member of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy.

In particular, Halverson spoke in Minneapolis about Whoopensocker, an initiative she’s helping lead that is an effort to redefine arts integration and academic instruction in Madison’s public schools. Using a combination of performing and creative arts, Whoopensocker's budding ensemble of teachers, teaching artists, and performers is working towards building the next generation of classroom experiences and self-empowered, artistic students.

All Ways Forward is the UW’s fourth comprehensive campaign, in which the UW Foundation aims to inspire $3.2 billion in private gifts to the university. The campaign began in 2013 and crossed the halfway point to its goal earlier this year.

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