Torshieka Maddox speaking in a classroom
Ankur Desai pictured in a forest
Stan Temple pictured in the snowy woods near the historic Aldo Leopold Shack in rural Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Eric Wilcots speaking in a classroom

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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.

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Badger Talks LIVE – A Year in Review


Not ready to host your own speaker? Join us for Badger Talks LIVE, a virtual talk series featuring talent from the University of Wisconsin- Madison bringing exciting happenings, resources, talent to the people of Wisconsin and beyond. Watch the live events here on Facebook, or here on Screenz. Watch previous Badger Talks LIVE events on YouTube.

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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.

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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.

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Dana Craig

Badger Talks Coordinator

Dana is a junior studying Political Science and English. She is primarily interested in human rights centered legal issues and was inspired to follow a legal path when she first read the perspective-altering Just Mercy by the incredible lawyer Bryan Stevenson. After graduating from Madison and attending law school, Dana hopes to serve as a lawyer representing individuals who face unjust barriers to fair legal treatment. As a Badger Talks Intern, she looks forward to connecting with people across Wisconsin and beyond to help UW share its knowledge with our broader community.

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Garrett Halak

Badger Talks Coordinator

Garrett Halak is a sophomore studying Supply Chain Management and Operations & Technology Management. He is passionate about sustainability and enjoys learning about international current events. Garrett hopes to work as a Supply Chain Analyst or enter the field of consulting upon graduation.

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Sabine Laliberte

Badger Talks Coordinator

Sabine is a third-year undergraduate studying Psychology and Global Health. She is interested in how mental health impacts overall wellbeing globally and after graduation, hopes to work in the behavioral health sector while pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling. Sabine would also like to continue her global health experience by working on health programs in Uganda where she studied abroad. She looks forward to furthering the Wisconsin Idea by connecting the community to the many resources Badger Talks has to offer.