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Letters & Science 101 - Traditions: Sifting and Winnowing
This document explains what people mean when they use the phrase "sifting and winnowing" and provides links to additional resources on this topic.
When people use the phrase "sifting and winnowing," they are referring to a tradition of academic freedom that goes back to a September 18, 1894 statement by the University of Wisconsin's governing body, the Board of Regents. The Board of Regents had been asked to censure Professor Richard Ely, who was accused of socialist, pro-union activities. Their statement has inspired generations of students, faculty, and staff since then and often is used as a shorthand for the strong value placed on individual intellectual and academic freedom at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It says:
University of Wisconsin Press, 1998. Edited by W. Lee Hansen with 30 contributors - faculty, students, alumni, university officials, and citizens - writing on the origins of the statement and its meaning today, including issues of free speech, hate speech codes, due process, and intellectual property rights.
"Sifting and Winnowing"
Letters & Science TODAY, v. 12, no. 1, Fall 2006
Excerpts from English Professor Helen C. White's remarks at the 1957 rededication of the Sifting and Winnowing plaque.
Sifting and Winnowing
A 1948 publication authored by businessman and philanthropist Theodore Herfurth, and published on-line through the General Library System's "Wisconsin Electronic Reader."