The Genetics-Biotechnology Center Building in autumn.

Fall 2019


This semester we are honored to hear from excellent speakers during our lecture series. Below you will find the schedule of the speakers and more information about their lecture.

Speakers and Topics

Introduction to the Wisconsin Idea:
September 10J. 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 8Douglas Maynard, “Why and How Understanding the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder Embodies the Wisconsin Idea”
October 15Steven 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 29Gloria Ladson-Billings, “Educating all of Wisconsin’s Students?”

Democracy and Engagement with the Citizenry:
November 5Katherine Cramer, “The Local Voices Network: Community-Driven Listening to Strengthen Democracy”
November 12Dietram 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 26Evan Polman, “Power and Nudging: A Behavioral Science Approach to Helping People”

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

Video recordings of each public lecture will be posted to the web page of that specific speaker within a week of the lecture. Links to all archived videos and the live stream will be found at each speaker’s page on this website.