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Stan Temple pictured in the snowy woods near the historic Aldo Leopold Shack in rural Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Erica Halverson leans in with interest while teaching a graduate-level, identity-and-learning class.

In light of the adjustments to campus operations due to COVID-19, we have paused all face to face requests for speakers. We are now accepting virtual talk requests, and will re-open the face to face request process once the University resumes normal operations.
Feel free to request a virtual talk via the “Request a Speaker” tab above.

Thank you for your patience and attention during these unusual circumstances.


Thank you for your interest in inviting the University of Wisconsin–Madison into your community through Badger Talks. It is our honor and privilege to help spread the Wisconsin Idea across our great state by engaging Wisconsin residents on topics they care about and sharing the latest discoveries of UW faculty, staff and graduate students.

It is our goal to bring the University to you to help spark ideas and conversations on topics important to your community. Whether you want to hear about the history of the Ice Age Trail, learn about the history of Ragtime music, discuss changes in the dairy industry, or get updated on the latest ground-breaking health care research being done on campus, we can find a speaker for you.

We encourage you to explore our list of categories, or search for speakers/topics using keywords via the search bar, and then submit an online talk request. Please contact us if you would like assistance with identifying a speaker who matches your organization’s interests.

On, Wisconsin!

Badger Talks Staff

Fran Puleo

Assistant Director of Outreach Programs

Fran is overseeing the development of UW Connects, a statewide outreach initiative for University Relations. UW Connects includes Badger Talks, Bucky's Classroom, and Wisconsin Ambassadors. She has 15+ years of experience in program development, event management, community and public relations, marketing, and communications. Formerly the Community Relations Manager at Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center, she served as a spokesperson for the facility, managed events, and developed robust partnerships within the Madison business community. In addition, she previously served as an Outreach Program Manager at UW–Stevens Point. Fran has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois and an MBA in marketing from DePaul University.

Joe Bedermann

Operations Manager - UW Connects

Joe joined the UW Connects team in December 2018 and supports the Badger Talks program in various ways including travel accommodations, expense reimbursements, and new speaker on-boarding.  Joe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin School of Business where he majored in Marketing.

Ashleigh Kent

Badger Talks Coordinator

Ashleigh is a senior from Oshkosh, Wisconsin studying Marketing and Vocal Performance. Upon graduation, she hopes to work in the business side of the music industry where she can share her passion for art. She has worked as a Badger Talks intern for almost three years & loves taking part in the Wisconsin Idea.

Brianna Van Matre

UW Connects Intern

Brianna is from Blanchardville, Wisconsin. She is a senior studying Life Sciences Communication and Conservation Biology, with an emphasis on social media marketing. After graduation Brianna plans to work for a NGO that promotes conservation and environmental wellness.

Clare Zakowski

Marketing/Social Media Intern

Clare is from Green Bay, Wisconsin and is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is studying journalism with an emphasis on strategic communication. After she graduates she plans to work at an advertising agency where she can use her creativity to influence others.