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Contradictions in Cold War-era higher education

By Caitlin Tyler-Richards

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This week, managing editor Troy Reeves wears his Badgers pride proudly in an interview with historian Matthew Levin. Levin, who received his PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the author of Cold War University: Madison and the New Left in the Sixties (UW Press, 2013). Cold War University offers a long view of the 1960s, charting the UW-Madison’s transition from a center for military research to a hotbed of dissent, to unpack what Levin calls “the contradictions of cold war era higher education.”

In addition to talking about his book, Levin describes working with oral histories as a scholar from outside the field, dispels the George L. Mosse Humanities Building myth, and discusses the difficulties of bringing oral history training into his high school classroom. There is also a nice shout out to the UW-Madison Archives, so you should definitely have a listen. On Wisconsin!


Matthew Levin teaches high school social studies in McFarland, Wisconsin. He received his PhD in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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