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.

Fall 2023

Tuesdays | 6:00pm – 7:15pm | 2340 George L. Mosse Humanities Building | 455 N Park St, Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Idea Course returns! This semester, this lecture series is back in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have an excellent lineup of speakers for you. Below you will find the schedule of the speakers and more information about their lecture.

Speakers and Topics

September 12: Paul Kelleher (Medical History and Bioethics, Philosophy). “Ethics and Health: Resource Allocation during COVID-19”

September 19: Adam Nelson (Education Policy Studies, History). “From the Land Grant to the Wisconsin Idea 1862-1912”

September 26: Monica Macaulay (Language Studies). “The Indigenous Languages of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Idea”

October 3: Daniel Hummel (UW-Madison History PhD 2016, Upper House). “UW, the Wisconsin Idea, and Religion: A Historical View”

October 10: Kacie Lucchini Butcher (Public History Project Director, History). “Reckoning with our Past: Public History and the Wisconsin Idea”

October 17: Lori Lopez (Communication Arts, Asian-American Studies). “Studying Asian-Americans and Media in Wisconsin”

October 24: Cory Mason (BA 2000, Mayor of Racine, WI). “What the Wisconsin Idea Could or Should Mean”

October 31: Diana Hess (Dean of the UW-Madison School of Education). “Why We Created the Discussion Project”

November 7: Lesley Sager (Design Studies, Founder of Merry-Go-Strong). “When Everyone Designs”

November 14: Courtney Bell (Director of the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research). “Enacting the Wisconsin Idea in Education Research and Practice: Opportunities and Dilemmas Amidst Inequities”

November 28: Greg Nemet (La Follette School of Public Affairs). “The Climate Problem Is Getting Worse but the Solutions Are Getting Better”

December 5: Christy Clark-Pujara (Afro-American Studies and History). “Black on the Midwestern Frontier 1725-1866”

December 12: Mariana Castro (Research Director, Multilingual Learning Research Center). “Multilingualism in Wisconsin: Leveraging Linguistic Diversity in Education through the Wisconsin Idea”

Wisconsin Idea Lecture Series Fall 2023 Schedule