Sifting and Winnowing
(An article in Letters & Science Today, vol. 12 no. 1, Fall 2006 , featuring Helen C. White's (PhD -24, English) speech at the 1957 rededication of the Sifting and Winnowing plaque.)
What is the "Sifting and Winnowing" quote?
"Whatever may be the limitations which trammel inquiry elsewhere, we believe that the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found."
"Sifting and Winnowing," a work written by Theodore Herfurth in 1949 (Web reference cited above), can be found on the Wisconsin Electronic Reader website. It provides deep background on the circumstances leading to the creation and eventual positioning of the Sifting and Winnowing plaque on Bascom Hall.