Ankur Desai stands in front of a 27-meter-tall flux tower in a wooded area near Minocqua, Wisconsin.

Upcoming Public Events

  1. Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Christy Clark-Pujara
    Location:
    Middleton Public Library
    Description
    Why does race matter? Why is there such tension, division and disparities among racial groups in the United States of America, especially among white and black Americans? How and why did blackness and slavery become synonymous? How and why did a nation founded upon liberty and freedom perpetuate human bondage? What are the legacies of race-based slavery in America? These are a few of the questions explored in this presentation. Professor Clark-Pujara’s research focuses on the experiences of black people in small towns and cities in northern and Midwestern colonies and states in British and French North America from the late 17th century through the American Civil War. #BadgerTalks
  2. Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Jaime Martindale at Winchester Public Library
    Location:
    Winchester Public Library 54557
    Description
    The beginnings of the federal aerial photography program are rooted within in the USDA in the late 1930s. Aerials were used for assessing agricultural field crops following the depression – an effort to research ways to drive up commodity prices. This talk discusses the different ways aerial photos have been used throughout history, but also – through visual examples – shows how extremely beautiful they are. The Robinson Map Library at UW-Madison has the largest collection of historic aerial photos in the state. Many of the aerial views of our Wisconsin landscape can be seen as works of art. Jaime has been the Map & Geospatial Data Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Robinson Map Library since 2003. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. #BadgerTalks
  3. Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with James Lattis at Edgerton Public Library
    Location:
    Edgerton Public Library
    Description
    Instruments in space, like the Hubble Space Telescope, have transformed our view of the universe and promise much more. Wisconsin astronomers pioneered space astronomy, including the first true space observatory, long before the Hubble telescope, and have led and shaped space science since the late 1950s. How did this come to be? Director of UW Space Place, James lattis' talk "Space Astronomy: The Wisconsin Roots of Astronomy Done in Space" explains the history and discusses some of the exciting explorations of the universe in America’s Dairyland. #BadgerTalks
  4. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Beth Olson at Sauk City Library
    Location:
    Sauk City Public Library
    Description
    "Getting Older- Should we care more about our nutrition?" As we age, we may think some changes in our health our inevitable. However, good nutrition and remaining active can help us keep strong enough to keep doing all the things we enjoy. This talk will cover the evolving research on nutrition as we age. Dr. Olson has worked in community-based nutrition research and programs for 25 years, starting with positions at The Kellogg Company in research & development and marketing. She now works at UW Madison doing research and outreach to help individuals and families make the healthiest choices possible in nutrition and health. #BadgerTalks
  5. Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with David Mickelson at Tenney Park Boat Pier
    Location:
    Tenney Park Boat Pier, 1516 Sherman Ave, Madison, WI 53703
    Description
    This talk describes how Wisconsin’s landscape came to be what it is today. Southwestern Wisconsin, the Driftless Area, was never glaciated and its deep valleys and narrow ridges result from millions of years of stream erosion. At times in the past, glaciers have covered more than two thirds of Wisconsin, and the area covered by the last glaciation exhibits excellent examples of glacial topography. Wisconsin was chosen as the location of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Ice National Age Scientific Reserve mostly for that reason. Our most recent glaciation was the Wisconsin glaciation, and it was responsible for many of the glacial landforms we see today David M. Mickelson is Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, Geological Engineering, and Water Resources Management at UW–Madison and has taught glacial geology, intro geomorphology, coastal geomorphology, air photo interpretation and Geology of the National Parks at Wisconsin since 1971. #BadgerTalks
  6. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Doug Bradley at Monticello Public Library
    Location:
    Monticello Public Library
    Description
    Did you know music played a big role in the well-being of soldiers during the Vietnam War? Doug Bradley is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has written the book, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War which was named “Best Music Book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine. “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. #BadgerTalks
  7. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Doug Bradley at Lake Leota Park
    Location:
    Lake Leota Park
    Description
    Did you know music played a big role in the well-being of soldiers during the Vietnam War? Doug Bradley is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has written the book, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War which was named “Best Music Book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine. “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. #BadgerTalks
  8. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Michael Notaro at Frank L. Weyenberg Library
    Location:
    Frank L. Weyenberg Library
    Description
    Are you familiar with how climate change is effecting the Great Lakes? Dr. Notaro will discuss the observed rapid warming of the Great Lakes and potential mechanisms for this rapid warming. Dr. Michael Notaro is the Associate Director and Senior Scientist of the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a PhD in Atmospheric Science at the State University of New York in Albany in 2002. His research focuses on global and regional climate modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, and ecological impacts of climate change. Dr. Notaro will be giving this presentation through Skype and it will be broadcast live at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library. #BadgerTalk
  9. Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Robert McGrath
    Location:
    LaSures Banquet Hall & Catering
    Description
    This presentation covers the many benefits and challenges of living mindfully. Strategies and pathways for mindfully savoring life will be discussed. Meditation can assist with mindfulness and presentation will include a review and experience of different types of meditation – Grounding Meditation, Mindful Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation, Muscular Meditation, and Moving Meditation. Robert McGrath, Psy D, ABPP is a licensed psychologist providing Mind/Body Wellness Services at University Health Services. Robert has expertise in health psychology, positive psychology, authentic happiness, mind/body wellness and stress management. #BadgerTalks
  10. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Julie Poehlmann-Tynan at Kalahari Resort
    Location:
    Kalahari Resorts
    Description
    Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, PhD, is the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor of Human Ecology and a professor in the human development and family studies department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Healthy Minds and a licensed psychologist. Through numerous publications and outreach efforts during the past 20 years, she has brought the attention of child development and family studies communities to the issues of children with incarcerated parents and children raised by their grandparents. Julie's talk,"Children with Incarcerated Parents" dives into how mass incarceration affects young children and what we can do to help. #BadgerTalks
  11. Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Julie Mead at Washington Middle School
    Location:
    Washington Middle
    Description
    The League of Women Voters of Greater Green Bay, with the support of the Patricia Marguerite O'Neill Memorial Fund, has planned an informative presentation to enhance further dialog on the future of public education. Dr. Julie Fisher Mead will speak on legal issues raised by various forms of school vouchers and other forms of school privatization. She will discuss the trade offs involved in various forms of school choice, the history of Wisconsin’s voucher and charter school programs and the implications of those policies on public education. The topic will honor our League's late member Patricia Marguerite O'Neill, who was a passionate supporter of public education. This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Mead’s talk is intended for parents, educators, students, legislators, business professionals and community members.
  12. Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Susan Cook at Wisconsin Historical Museum
    Location:
    Wisconsin Historical Museum
    Description
    Wisconsin has a remarkable musical past- one that shows the individual and collective power of its native and emigrant peoples, and its regional, national and international connections and relationships. This talk presents snapshots from the state’s historical and current soundscapes identifying the circumstances under which musical practices were made, remembered and changed. Susan C. Cook is a music historian and dance scholar whose published work and current research engages with American musical repertories of all kinds. She is particularly interested in the social contexts of art, musical and dance practices as well as the regional practices of Wisconsin. #BadgerTalks
  13. Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Nete Schmidt
    Location:
    14235 West Wisconsin Ave, Elm Grove, WI 53122
    Description
    Monthly meeting of Danish Sisterhood. Open to the public. Nete Schmidt received her degrees in English and Danish from the University of Copenhagen, and taught at Bjerringbro Junior College and the University of Aarhus for many years. Since 1998, she has been the Assistant Visiting Professor and Danish Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Google Books. #BadgerTalks
  14. Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Ankur Desai at Middleton Public Library
    Location:
    Middleton Public Library
    Description
    You have heard stories in the news about climate change and global warming. If these stories are all true, what does it mean for the future? Or maybe the stories are exaggerated? Either way, how should we be good stewards of the only planet on which we’ve lived? Solutions to global warming can sound either trivial or downright draconian and expensive. It’s overwhelming. Let’s discuss what we know about the science, what it means for ecosystems and society, and why developing climate policy or technological solutions are so difficult. What can you, as individuals or groups of concerned citizens, actually do to ensure a healthy, prosperous, sustainable, and just world for all? In this talk, we will discuss basics of climate change and some of our research at UW-Madison on impacts of climate change to Wisconsin forests and wetlands. Ankur Desai is a Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW–Madison. He studies how ecosystems respond to climate variability and how the climate responds to ecological patterns and processes. #BadgerTalks
  15. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Kavita Poddar at Hudson Area Public Library
    Location:
    Hudson Area Library
    Description
    Obesity is a growing epidemic in the US today. Many individuals suffering from weight issues are lured into trying fad diets marketed by the weight loss industry. Today individuals without weight issues also try these diets for various beliefs on health benefits. However, many of these diets are often untested and may cause more harm than good. This talk will focus on current trends in fad diets versus healthy eating approaches. Discuss top 5 fad diets and why they may not be the best options. The talk will also focus on recommendations regarding food intake for optimal health. Kavita Poddar worked as a dietitian in India, then came to United States for higher education. She earned her PhD in nutrition from Virginia Tech and worked as a post-doc at Johns Hopkins before moving to Wisconsin. Kavita has lived in Wisconsin since 2011 and working at UW Health since 2013. Her field of expertise has always been nutrition and cardiovascular disease (CVD). #BadgerTalks
  16. Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Lee Palmer Wandel at Middleton Public Library
    Location:
    Middleton Public Library
    Description
    Reformation and it's impact on western civilization. Lee Palmer Wandel is a professor in History, Religious Studies and the Center for Visual Culture. Professor Wandel focuses her studies on the ways Christianity has shaped our understanding of persons, time, things, and space, perusing that question in European history. Professor Wandel was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, one of the highest honors for a professor at UW–Madison. She has been with UW–Madison since 1998, previously teaching at Yale and Stanford. #BadgerTalks
  17. Friday, October 11, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Charles Cohen at Fox Valley Technical College
    Location:
    Fox Valley Technical College - Oshkosh Campuses
    Description
    The adjudication of religious life in the United States plays out on a field generated by, on the one hand, our Constitution and the political institutions that flow from it. On the other hand, it developed by a religious culture that hugely values religious freedom but that has also been highly inflected by various claims that the United States is a Christian nation. These conditions create a central dilemma: are there circumstances in which religious beliefs and the practices that issue from them make a group seem incapable of being good citizens—even though the nation’s basic values would seem to preclude religious identity as a condition of citizenship? The United States has been defined in various ways as a “Christian nation”; if so, how do Jews and Muslims—whose understandings of such things as sacred space, sacred time, food, and the religious meaning of the state, can be quite different from those of Christians—fit into American society? Does religion create potential fault lines around these things, and, if so, how? American political and culture systems can generally handle most differences, but a few issues are explosive—particularly those that question whether a group’s religion precludes its becoming loyal to the United States, i.e., becoming American citizens. #BadgerTalks
  18. Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Sissel Schroeder
    Location:
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
    Description
    Come hear and learn what is known about the distribution of the first peoples in Wisconsin some 12,000 years ago based on geospatial analysis. Sissel Schroeder is an archaeology professor and department chair in Anthropology and a faculty affiliate with American Indian Studies, the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment, and the Nelson Institute. #BadgerTalks
  19. Friday, November 15, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Doug Bradley
    Location:
    Pine Lake Town Hall, 4197 River Rd, Rhinelander, WI 54501
    Description
    “We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War” places popular music at the heart of the American experience in Vietnam. The presentation explores how and why U.S. troops turned to music as a way of connecting to each other and the World back home and of coping with the complexities of the war they had been sent to fight. It also demonstrates that music was important for every group of Vietnam veterans—black and white, Latino and Native American; men and women; officers and “grunts”—whose personal reflections drive the book’s narrative. Doug Bradley is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has written two books, DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle and co-authored, with Professor Craig Werner, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War which was named “Best Music Book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine. He and Dr. Werner co-taught a very popular class at UW–Madison on the music of the Vietnam War. #BadgerTalks
  20. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Joe Salmons
    Location:
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
    Description
    This presentation, including plenty of audience participation, will explore the kinds of English spoken in our state, including pronunciation, words and word forms, and grammar. This presentation will also look at how key features of Wisconsin English have developed over time – and how remarkably recent they are – and how they are changing and becoming more distinct today. Joe Salmons is the Lester W.J. “Smoky” Seifert Professor in Language Sciences at UW–Madison. He is most recently author of “A History of German: What the past reveals about today’s language” (Oxford University Press, 2018) and is currently writing a book called “Dialect for Oxford UP.” #BadgerTalks
  21. Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Talk Title:
    Badger Talk with Doug Bradley
    Location:
    Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ
    Description
    Information sharing- What is Oral History? And Why Does it Matter? Doug Bradley is a veteran of the Vietnam war and has written two books, DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle and co-authored, with Professor Craig Werner, We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War which was named “Best Music Book of 2015” by Rolling Stone magazine. He and Dr. Werner co-taught a very popular class at UW–Madison on the music of the Vietnam War. #BadgerTalks