University of Wisconsin–Madison
“I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every home in the state.” - UW President Charles Van Hise 1904

Fall 2019

Most public lectures take place in “the Auditorium”,
1111 Genetics/Biotechnology Center
except where noted on this schedule.

Further, video recordings of each public lecture will be posted to the webpage of that specific speaker within a week of the lecture. Links to all archived videos and the livestream will be found at the speaker’s page on this website. Please check for updates.



Introduction to the Wisconsin Idea:
September 10thJ. David Hoeveler, “the Wisconsin Idea: At the Political Crossroads”

The Wisconsin Idea and Education of the Citizenry:
September 17Harry Brighouse, “Strengthening Education Outcomes”
September 24Dean Diana Hess, “Higher Education as Preparation for Political and Civic Engagement”

Enacting the Public Mission
October 1Jake Vander Zanden, “Limnology and The Wisconsin Idea”
October 8: Douglas Maynard, “Why and How Understanding the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Embodies the Wisconsin Idea”
October 15: Steven Ventura, Monica White, and Greg Lawless, “Engagement with Food and Agricultural Systems”

Inclusion and the Wisconsin Idea
October 22: Benny Witkovsky, “The Local Periphery: Small Cities and the Politics of Exclusion”
October 29: Gloria Ladson-Billings, “Educating all of Wisconsin’s Students?”

Democracy and Engagement with the Citizenry:
November 5: Katherine Cramer, “The Local Voices Network: Community-Driven Listening to Strengthen Democracy”
November 12: Dietram Scheufele, “From CRISPR to AI: What Happens When Sifting and Winnowing has to Involve More than Science?”
November 19: Movie “Outsourced: The New Wisconsin Idea
November 26: Evan Polman, “Power and Nudging: A Behavioral Science Approach to Helping People”

Democracy, Inclusion and the Wisconsin Idea Revisited:
December 3: Erin Barbato, “Immigrants in Contemporary Society and the Wisconsin Idea”
December 10: Ada Deer and Larry Nesper, “Native American Experiences and the Wisconsin Idea”

The lectures will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6PM to 7:15PM at the University of Wisconsin Biotechnology Center (UWBC), located at 425 Henry Mall, room 1111.