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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:

Tuesday, June 2 at Noon 
Mike Randall, Outreach Administrator
The Physics of Plasma (Recommended for ages 6 and up.)
Physics is the study of how things move, how they push and pull on each other, and how they exchange energy.  In this Badger Talk, Mike will focus on plasmas: what they are, where they can be found, and what we can do with them.  Audience members will be entertained and amazed by fun, fast-paced demonstrations of various plasma devices, including a plasma globe, plasma rocket, Van de Graaff generator, Jacobs ladder, and Tesla coils.

Tuesday, June 9 at Noon
Dorothea Salo, Faculty Associate

Staying as Safe as You Can: Privacy and Security Online
Every page you take, every click you make, someone is interested in your online activities. Learn how to cut down on the “data exhaust” you generate. Learn ways to protect yourself and your family from account hacks and identity theft.

Tuesday, Jun 16 at Noon
Alfonso Morales, PhD, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor 

Understanding the Importance of Marketplaces in History and Moving Forward
What roles have marketplaces played in society? Have those changed historically, and now in times of challenge? How do marketplaces, farmers markets, flea markets, festivals serve to connect society, and how do they reflect community resilience? This talk reviews the history of marketplaces around the world, in the U.S. and in Wisconsin, and how they may evolve moving forward.

Tuesday, June 23 at Noon
Ben Futa, Executive Director, Allen Centennial Gardens
Gardens Will Save the World
Join Allen Centennial Gardens Director Ben Futa as he walks through the gardens and highlights plants and spaces that reflect how the campus community of students, staff, and faculty have been engaged to result in a resilient community of passionate plant lovers. To stay relevant in a changing world, our gardens – and gardeners – have an opportunity to cultivate spaces that are more than simply the sum of their plants. These spaces also can embrace their potential to cultivate, sustain, and foster diverse elements of healthy and resilient communities. In a time of uncertainty, the gardener of the future must embrace the culture of horticulture in tandem with the art and science of growing plants.

 

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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