Badger Talks LIVE

Badger Talks is pleased to present a Facebook Live series of talks on topics that intend to inspire, delight, and pleasantly distract in a time we are all needing positive experiences. Tune in to hear UW– Madison faculty and staff experts on a variety of interesting and engaging topics. Not able to watch the live talk? See links to completed talks below.

To view the Badger Talks live streams and upcoming events on Facebook, visit the UW Connects Facebook page by clicking here. 

Upcoming Badger Talks Live Events:

Wednesday, October 21, Noon
Mary Hark, Associate Professor, Design Studies Department
Hand Papermaking: Fine Craft, Art and Community Catalyst
Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Mary Hark received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of St. Benedict, her Master of Arts from the University of Iowa, and her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tuesday, October 27, Noon
Jack Williams, Professor, Department of Geography and Center for Climatic Research
Climate Change and Ecosystems: Lessons from the Past
How do species adapt to changing climates and how can we help them? Some of our best examples come from the end of the last ice age, when the world warmed by 5-10F. Learn how  past climates and ecosystems are studied, what has been learned, and insights for today.

John (Jack) Williams is Professor in Geography and affiliated with the Center for Climatic Research at UW-Madison.  Much of his work focuses on the large ecological and climate changes accompanying the end of the last ice age, with many instructive parallels to current climate changes.  His work ranges from site-based fieldwork to helping lead and build global-scale community data resources for studying ecosystem responses to past environmental change at global scales.  Awards include election as a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, the Phil Certain Distinguished Faculty Award and a Romnes Fellowship from UW-Madison, a Bullard Fellowship from Harvard University, an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship from Stanford, and a Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship from Durham University.  He and his wife Sarah have lived in Wisconsin since 2004 and have raised their kids here; they enjoy kayaking, dog-walking, and board-gaming.  More information can be found at www.geography.wisc.edu/faculty/williams/lab/ or via Twitter @IceAgeEcologist

Tuesday, November 10, Noon
Yorel Lashley, Director of Arts, Professional Learning and Community Education
What is the UW Arts Collaboratory?

Tuesday, November 17, Noon
Simone Munson, Collections Development Director, Wisconsin Historical Society
Wisconsin’s Connection to Alexander Hamilton: Meet William Hamilton

Tuesday, November 24, Noon
Mark Hetzler, Professor of Trombone, Mead Witter School of Music
The Benefits of Music That Can Change Your Life
What does it feel like to play a musical instrument… physically, mentally and emotionally? What does learning the language of music do for your mind and your relationship with reading, listening and learning? How can studying music improve your discipline, resiliency, motivation and creativity? What can music do to enrich your relationships with people, both friends and strangers? How can music increase your confidence and fill your soul with joy?

Join world-renowned musician and Professor of Trombone Mark Hetzler as he shares musical examples (both recorded and live), photographs and images, and personal stories which can inspire others to embark on their own musical journey.

Mark Hetzler is Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet.  He received a B.M. from Boston University and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music. Mark was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and completed a three-year fellowship with the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Former Principal Trombone of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Mark has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Florida Orchestra, and was a member of the internationally-renowned Empire Brass Quintet.

Tuesday, December 8, Noon
Mike Leckrone, Former Director of Music and Director of Bands
Life with the Badger Band
Join UW–Madison’s legendary Marching Band Director Michael Leckrone as he shares funny stories and thoughtful reflections on his 50-year history leading the University of Wisconsin Band.   Leckrone will discuss the development of iconic traditions such as the Fifth Quarter and the Varsity Band Spring Concerts and will be taking questions at the end of his talk.

Recently retired after 50 years at the helm of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, Mike Leckrone is a legendary performer and educator whose musical arrangements, halftime shows, UW Varsity Band Spring Concerts, and popular music history courses have been enjoyed by thousands of Badger Band fans and music lovers over the years.  Director of the UW Marching Band and Director of Bands in the UW-Madison School of Music from 1969 to 2019, he established numerous traditions, including the Fifth Quarter, the “Bud Song,” and the Badger Band’s “Stop at the Top” marching style.  His many accolades include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music in 2007, the “Spencer Tracy Award for Distinction in the Performing Arts” from the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2010, the Michael St. John Lifetime Achievement Award from the Madison Area Music Association in 2013, and both the Edwin Franko Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award from the American School Band Directors Association and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.

Tuesday, December 15, Noon
Mark Hairston, Assistant Professor, Acting and Directing
Talk TBD
A native of Washington, DC, Mark Hairston is a director, performer and educator with a primary focus on American theater and theater of the African diaspora. He is particularly drawn to classical works, innovative literary adaptations, and theater for community development. Mark is a graduate of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University School of the Arts, where he was the Dean’s Fellow and studied under the primary mentorship of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. His recent directing highlights include The Escape; or, A Leap for FreedomKing LearThe Cherry Orchard, and The Henry Dumas Project.  Along with directing, Mark has worked extensively as a professional actor with some of the nation’s leading theater companies. He graduated with High Honors from the BFA Acting program at Rutgers University, and was classically trained at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. Most recently, Mark served as the Artistic Producer on Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…, and his current projects include Ms. Blakk for President at Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Assistant Director to Tina Landau) and a collaboration with the legendary Bill T. Jones on a new work scheduled to make its world-premiere at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC in the spring of 2020.

 

Past Badger Talks Live Events:

Talks will be recorded and posted on YouTube, and will be closed captioned within a few days after the live talk. See direct links to talks below.

Beth Olson – Associate Professor
Nutrition to Support Maximum Wellness During Challenging Times
Recorded on Tuesday, April 14, 2020
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Christine Whelan – Clinical Professor
Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer
Recorded on Thursday, April 16, 2020
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Tom Zinnen – Extension Specialist
Science Savvy Explorations in Your Kitchen
Recorded Tuesday, April 21, 2020
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Susan Frikken – Guest Lecturer
Ballroom Basics for Balance (BB4B)
Recorded Thursday, April 23, 2020
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Pelin Kesebir – Assistant Scientist
Cultivate a Healthy Mind in Challenging Times
Recorded Monday, April 27, 2020
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Doug Bradley – Distinguished Lecturer Emeritus
Music in a Time of Crisis: The Songs and Legacies of the Vietnam War
Recorded Thursday, April 30, 2020
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Katherine Alcauskas, Chief Curator
Behind the Scenes Tour at the Chazen!
Recorded Friday, May 8, 2020
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The Wingra Quintet – UW Faculty Woodwind Quintet
Recorded Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Bob McGrath, Distinguished Psychologist Emeritus
Mindfulness and Meditation to Manage Stress
Recorded Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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Tom Bryan, PhD, The Nelson Institute
Behind the Scenes: Tour & Seed Starting at Leopold Greenhouse
Recorded Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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Mike Randall, Outreach Administrator
The Physics of Plasma (Recommended for ages 6 and up.)
Recorded Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate
Staying as Safe as You Can: Privacy and Security Online
Recorded Tuesday, June 9, 2020
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View the presentation notes from this talk here

Alfonso Morales, PhD, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor 
Understanding the Importance of Marketplaces in History and Moving Forward
Recorded Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Ben Futa, Executive Director, Allen Centennial Gardens
Gardens Will Save the World
Recorded Tuesday, June 23, 2020
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Ruthanne Chun, Director of UW Veterinary Care
Overview and Behind the Scenes Tour of UW Veterinary Care
Recorded Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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Bookmarks with WPR’s Charles Monroe-Kane
Recorded Tuesday, July 7,2020
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David Drake, Urban Canid Project
Red Foxes and Coyotes – Our Path to Co-Existence
Recorded Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Taylor Franklin, Program Director, Wheelhouse Studios, Wisconsin Union
Art-making for Self-care
Recorded Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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Karen Oberhauser (Monarch butterflies), Susan Carpenter (Bumble bees) and Brad Herrick (Dragonflies)
Insect “Rockstars” of the Garden
Recorded Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Marianne Fairbanks, Associate Professor, Design Studies Department
Learn to Weave at Home
Recorded Wednesday, August 5, 2020
View Weaving Pattern Here
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Lennon Rodgers, Director, Grainger Engineering Design Innovation Lab
Welcome to UW Makerspace!
Recorded Tuesday, August 11, 2020
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Julia Yates, Director, Behavioral Health, UW Family Medicine, Internal Wellness and Resiliency program
Building Our Everyday Resiliency Compass
Recorded Tuesday, August 18, 2020
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Amaya Atucha, Assistant Professor and Fruit Crop Extension Specialist
Growing Fruit in Wisconsin
Recorded Tuesday, August 25, 2020
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Link to Extension Resources here

Mark Louden, Professor of German Linguistics
The Amish in Wisconsin
Recorded Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian
Welcome to YOUR Mills Music Library
Recorded Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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Taylor Franklin, Program Director, Wheelhouse Studios, Wisconsin Union
Virtual Painting Happy Hour!
Recorded Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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Phil Holman, Agronomy Researcher and SARS Superintendent
Heidi Johnson, Agriculture Institute Director, UW Extension
Kevin Schoessow, Area Agriculture Development Educator
Introduction to Spooner Agricultural Research Station (SARS)
Recorded Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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Sarah Marty, Co-Interim Director, Bolz Center for Arts Administration, Wisconsin School of Business; Program Director, Madison Early Music Festival; Co-Director, Holding History
HAMILTON: How a Musical About History is Making Musical History
Recorded Tuesday, October 6, 2020
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Lori Skelton, Wisconsin Public Radio Classical Music Host and Foodie
The Life of William Grant Still
Recorded Tuesday, October 13, 2020
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