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Gender and Women's Studies | School of Medicine and Public Health
Araceli Alonso is an Associate Faculty at UW-Madison in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and the School of Medicine and Public Health, where she teaches classes on women's health and women's rights. Dr. Alonso is also the Founder and Director of Health by Motorbike (HbM), an NGO that provides medical services and health literacy to remote and isolated villages in Africa. For her work with women in rural Kenya, Dr. Alonso has been awarded the United Nations Public Service Award (United Nations, 2013) and the Jefferson Award for Public Service (American Institute for Public Service, 2013). In 2016, she became co-holder of the UNESCO chair at UW-Madison for Global Work on Gender, Well-Being and Peace.
Talks by Araceli Alonso:
1. Gender and the UN-MDGs
3. Human Trafficking
Video of Araceli Alonso
Video of Araceli Alonso
April 5, 2016 UW-Madison press release: UW-Madison Receives UN Chair for Global Work on Gender, Well-Being and Peace
Professor - Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin Madison
Robert Asen is a professor in the Communication Arts Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research explores the relationships between social, economic, and political inequalities and public discourse. He is interested in the social forces, institutions, and discourses that produce and sustain inequality, as well as the ways that people come together to assert their needs and interests and make decisions in everyday practices of democracy. One major line of his research entails analyses of public discourse about U.S. social policy. A second major line of research involves developing inclusive models of public deliberation that account for exclusions of people from public fora and their efforts to overcome these exclusions. He is the author of numerous books.
Talks by Robert Asen:
1. "Democracy, Deliberation, and Education"
2. "The Rhetoric of Public Policy"
3. "Political Controversy and Public Life"
4. "Privatizing the Public Good: The Loss of an Engaged Public"
5. "Deliberation and Trust"
6. "Social Security and Democracy"
7. "LBJ and George W. Bush on Education Reform"
Department of History
Laird Boswell is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an expert on modern French history, French politics and society, the history of nationalism, and the contemporary extreme right in Europe
Talks by Laird Boswell:
2. The European Extreme Right
Department of Philosophy | Education Policy Studies
Harry Brighouse has taught at UW-Madison since 1992. A well-known philosopher of education, and commentator on educational policy issues, he has advised policymakers at the state level in Wisconsin and the national level in his native UK. He has recently finished a philosophical book about justice and family life, and is currently working on a book about justice and higher education, focusing especially on the duties professors have toward their students.Talks by Harry Brighouse:
1. Cultivating the 21st Century Mind
J. Michael Collins
Associate Professor | Director, Center for Financial Security
Department of Consumer Science | La Follette School of Public Affairs
J. Michael Collins is an associate professor in Human Ecology and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, as well as Faculty director of the Center for Financial Security. He is also a faculty affiliate of the UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension and the Institute for Research on Poverty. Professor Collins studies consumer decision-making in the financial marketplace, including the role of public policy in influencing credit, savings and investment choices. Collins founded PolicyLab Consulting Group, a consulting firm, and co-founded the web-start up MortgageKeeper Referral Services. Previously he worked for NeighborWorks America and the Millennial Housing Commission.
Talks by J. Michael Collins:
College of Letters and Science | Department of Political Science | La Follette School of Public Affairs
Mark Copelovitch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He studies the politics of international trade, money, and finance. He is particularly interested in the domestic and international politics of financial crises and the role of the International Monetary Fund in global financial governance. He also studies European integration and the European Union, and he is an affiliate of the Center for European Studies, the Center for German and European Studies, and the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence at UW-Madison.Talks by Mark Copelovitch:
1. Brexit: Implications for Europe, the US, and the Global Economy
Available for talks on Brexit, the Eurozone crisis, global economic, and financial policy developments, etc.
Director and Assistant Professor
Center for Journalism Ethics
Kathleen (Katy) Bartzen Culver is an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism & Mass Communication and associate director of the Center for Journalism Ethics. Long interested in the implications of digital media on journalism and public interest communication, Culver focuses on the ethical dimensions of social tools, technological advances and networked information. She combines these interests with a background in law and the effects of boundary-free communication on free expression. She also serves as visiting faculty for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and education curator for PBS MediaShift.
Talks by Kathleen Culver:
1. Crisis Communication in the Digital Age
2. Effective Messaging in the Digital Age
3. Media Ethics and Responsible Journalism in the Digital Age
4. New Technologies and the Future of Journalism
5. Ethics and Branded Content
6. Ethical Implications of Drone Technology in Journalism
7. Privacy and New Technologies
School of Medicine and Public Health | Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Duello received her PhD in Human Anatomy from the University of Iowa. She then pursued postdoctoral research training in Reproductive Endocrinology at Colorado State University and in Cell Biology at Yale University. She has been a faculty member in the School of Medicine and Public Health since 1982. In 2002, she spent a sabbatical leave at the Center for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focusing on culturally competent outreach to populations underrepresented in medical. She has integrated the knowledge gained into studies of the disparate burden of low birth weight and prematurity to specific populations as well into her efforts to recruit students underrepresented in STEM.
Talks by Theresa Duello:
Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council | Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Tom Eggert is the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council and is a senior lecturer in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught classes on sustainability since 1997 and developed the graduate certificate in Business, Environment & Social Responsibility. In addition to his work with UW-Madison, he works with the Department of Natural Resources on Wisconsin's Environmental Leadership program (Green Tier) and as the business sustainability lead. Finally, he is President of the Board of Wisconsin Microfinance; a non-profit that raises money for microloans in Haiti. He holds a law degree from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from UW, and, prior to law school, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
Talks by Tom Eggert:
5. Societal Leadership Transitions: From Public Sector to Private Sector
6. Sustainability in a Small Town
7. The Business of Water
8. The Challenge of Sustainable Consumption in India
9. The Business Case for Sustainability
10. The State of Sustainability Practice in WI
11. Sustainability and Micro-finance
12. Trends in Sustainable Business Practice
13. Green Jobs 2010
14. Energy as a Sustainability Issue
15. Developing International Partnerships in Sustainability
16. The Evolution of Green Business
17. Going Green in the Office
18. State of Sustainable Community Development: Notes from the Field
19. Sustainability and the Role of Government
20. Business and Sustainability
21. Sustainability in Wisconsin's Business Community
Department of Mathematics
Jordan Ellenberg is a number theorist whose popular articles about mathematics have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Slate. Professor Ellenberg, who has been at UW-Madison since 2005, focuses on arithmetic algebraic geometry. He is a co-organizer of the Wisconsin number theory seminar and a Discovery Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
Talks by Jordan Ellenberg:1. There is No Such Thing as Public Opinion: Math and Elections
School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Lew Friedland is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he also founded and directs the Center for Communication and Democracy. Friedland is also Leon Epstein Faculty Fellow. He founded and directs the Madison Commons, an experiment in reporting and delivering community news on the web. He is author of multiple books and articles, including Civic Innovation in America, with Carmen Sirianni.
Talks by Lewis Friedland:
1. The Changing News Ecology: What will we do without newspapers?
2. Can Democracy exist without Journalism?
3. Building New Models of News
4. Sociology of Communication
6. Civic Life
7. Use of New Technologies
School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Holtz Center
Lucas Graves is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research centers on the challenges digital, networked communications pose to media practices and institutions. He is working on a book about the fact-checking movement in American news. Lucas has worked as a technology and media analyst and a magazine journalist, most recently for Wired. He received his doctorate in Communications from Columbia University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago.
Talks by Lucas Graves:
1. A Brief History of Fact-Checking
2. Fact-Checking and the New Ecology of News
3. Blogging, Muckraking, and the Rise of "Annotative Journalism"
4. Networking Values: Net Neutrality, the NII and the "Democratization" of the Internet
Department of History
John W. Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Associate Professor of U.S. Military History at UW-Madison. He holds a B.S. in History from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He specializes in early American military history with particular emphasis on partisan and Native American warfare. He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard University Press, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare, including "An Irregular Reconsideration of George Washington and the American Military Tradition, Journal of Military History (July 2014), which won an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Prize.
Unavailable for talks until further notice, as Professor Hall will be serving as a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read all about it here.
Talks by John Hall:
3. Indian Alliance Politics in the Western Great Lakes
4. The Future of Warfare
6. Indian Removal as Ethnic Cleansing
7. The Citizen Soldier in Myth and History
Professor Charles Irish is a Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law (emeritus) and the founding director of the UW's East Asian Legal Studies Center. At the UW, Professor Irish taught tax and international trade and business courses. Professor Irish also has had extensive experience working with the US and foreign governments and international organizations throughout the world. For the last 25 years, however, Professor Irish has focused his work on East and Southeast Asia, with special attention to US relations with the region.
Talks by Charles Irish:
1. US/China trade and investment relations
2. US trade and investment relations with Southeast Asia
3. The Transpacific Partnership Agreement and US relations with the Asia/Pacific region
4. Tax reform for the next generation
Ronald KalilRonald Kalil has a Ph.D. degree in neuroscience from M.I.T. He joined the UW-Madison faculty in September of 1973 and established the Neuroscience training Program, the campus-wide graduate program in neuroscience. He directed the Program for 25 years. He also established the W.M. Keck Laboratory for Biological Imaging, the Center for Neuroscience and the Neuroscience and Public Policy graduate program; the only graduate program of its kind in the country. His primary faculty appointment is in the School of Medicine and Public Health, but is also an Affiliate Faculty member in the La Follette School for Public Affairs and the UW-Madison Law School.
Department of Neuroscience | Public Policy Program
Talks by Ronald Kalil:
1. Neuroscience and Public Policy
2. Neuroscience and Law
Department of History, American Indian Studies Program, Department of Afro-American Studies
Stephen Kantrowitz writes and teaches about race, politics, and citizenship in the nineteenth-century United States, and especially the era of the Civil War. He regularly teaches courses on the nineteenth-century U.S., the Civil War era, slavery and slave revolts, and Native American History. Professor Kantrowitz was born in Boston, earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University, and has been teaching at UW-Madison since 1995. He is Vilas Distinguished Professor of History and the recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching. In the 2016-17 academic year he will be the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.
Talks by Stephen Kantrowitz:
1. How the Ho-Chunk Resisted Removal
2. More Than Freedom: African American Citizenship in the Nineteenth Century United States
3. Who Freed the Slaves? Making Sense of Civil War Slave Emancipation
Video of Stephen Kantrowitz
Department of Political Science
Jon Pevehouse is a professor in the Department of Political Science. His main research interests lie in international relations, international security, foreign policy, international political economy, and political methodology. Currently, he is working on projects involving international treaties, free trade agreements, currency crises, and international lobbyists role in American foreign policy.
Talks by Jon Pevehouse
2. Globalization and the future of US trade
3. American public opinion and the future of foreign policy
Researcher and Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Gary Radloff is a researcher and director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis with the Wisconsin Energy Institute. He served as the Interm Director of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative and is a Fellow with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. He has spent over two decades working in public policy for various state agencies and the Wisconsin Legislature. He is the author of numerous reports including "Policy Strategies to Catalyze the Energy Technology Innovation System in Wisconsin and the United States."
Talks by Gary Radloff:
Former Chief of Police
University of Wisconsin Police Department
Susan Riseling served as the Chief of Police at UW-Madison from 1991 to 2017. She is the past President of Wisc Chief of Police association, and serves as a member of the Dane County Chiefs, Police Executive Group and the National Association of Women Law enforcement Executives. Chief Riseling is also the Vice President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally she serves as Chair of the IACP Civil Rights Committee and sits on the Executive Board of IACP and its rules and constitutional review committee.
Talks by Susan Riseling:
1. Crisis management
2. Active shooter prevention
3. Capitol protests
4. Policing demonstrations and the first amendment considerations
5. Threat analysis
6. Dealing with difficult people
7. Leading during constant change
8. Marketing policing services
9. Problem oriented policing
10. Leading to accomplish
11. Women in Leadership
12. Crime, Crime Prevention
13. Sexual assault
14. Fast Cycle Improvement Process
15. Continuous Improvement for Crisis Based Organizations
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Paul Robbins, a native of Denver Colorado and UW-Madison alumnus, holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology, along with a master's degree and doctorate in geography, both from Clark University. As director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, he oversees the institute's mission of serving as a world leader in addressing environmental change. His research spans locations from rural India to suburban America, where he studies human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management. His writings include the bestselling text "Political Ecology" and the book: Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds and Chemicals Make us Who we Are. He teaches a range of topics from environmental studies and natural resource policy and politics.
Talks by Paul Robbins:1. No Going Back: Daunting environmental challenges and surprising opportunities in our environmental future
School of Education and the School of Medicine and Public Health | WCER, Surgery, Medical History and Bioethics
Andrew Ruis is a historian of medicine and an education researcher. His first book, "Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States," was published by Rutgers University Press in 2017, and he has published widely on topics in the history of food and nutrition, history of medicine and public health, medical and surgical education, and learning science.
Talks by Andrew Ruis:
John E. Ross Professor
Department of Life Sciences Communication
Dietram A. Scheufele holds the John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication at UW-Madison, and is Co-PI of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, he is listed by Microsoft Academic Search as one of the ten most cited researchers in the communication discipline. His most recent work focuses on the role that social media and other emerging modes of communication play in our society. Scheufele has been a tenured faculty member at Cornell University, a Shorenstein fellow at Harvard University, and a DAAD Visiting Professor at the Technische Univeristy-Dresden.
Talks by Dietram Scheufele:
1. From Terminator to curing cancer: How we all make sense of emerging technologies
2. The (brave) new world of media: How search algorithms and Big Data have turned news upside down
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School of Journalism and Mass Communication | College of Engineering
Dhavan Shah's research and teaching focuses on the effects of information and communication technologies on social judgments, civic engagement, political participation, and health management. His recent work extends insights on message processing and networked communication to the use of information technologies for chronic disease care. Grants and awards totaling over $22.3 million support this work.
Talks by Dhavan Shah:
1. The Effects of Expression: How ICTs Influence Health
2. Mobilization, Socialization and Participation in a Digital Age
3. Media and Politics at the Checkout Line
4. Framing Threats: News, National Security and Civil Liberties
5. Misinformation and Misconception in Politics
Departments of History, Legal Studies, Sociology | Law School
Karl Shoemaker received a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, and holds a JD from Cumberland School of Law. He is the author of Sanctuary and Crime in Medieval Europe, 400-1500, and numerous scholarly articles. He has been a member of UW-Madison's faculty since 2002. He is currently researching the Devil's medieval legal career.
Talks by Karl Shoemaker:
2. Trial by Ordeal in the Middle Ages
3. The Origins of Trial by Jury in England
4. Sanctuary for Crime in European History
Department of Theatre & Drama | Jewish Studies
Robert Skloot retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching, directing and administrating at UW-Madison. His career has included serving as Fulbright Professor in Israel, Austria, Chile and The Netherlands. He is the author and editor of many books and essays about the theatre of the Holocaust and genocide, including The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust (1988) and the two-volume anthology The Theatre of the Holocaust (1981; 1999) and The Threatre of Genocide: Four Plays About Mass Murder in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, and Armenia (2008). In 2011, Skloot was chosen for inclusion in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocause and Genocide, ed. Bartrop and Jacobs (2011). Skloot's play, "If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide" (2006), has been read around the U.S. and internationally (Sarajevo, The Hague) and in its Spanish version (Aunque Todo el Cuerpo Muera) in Cuba and Peru. The Hebrew translation was read last March in Israel. Polish, and German translations have been recently completed.
Talks by Robert Skloot:
Departments of Political Science and International Studies
Scott Straus is Professor of Political Science and International Studies at UW-Madison. Scott specializes in the study of genocide, political violence, human rights, and African politics. He has conducted fieldwork most recently in Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Rwanda, and Senegal. His published work includes several books on Rwanda as well as works in progress on human rights, genocide prevention, and the causes of genocide in modern Africa. He has been a fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and received grants from a number of agencies. Before academia, he was a freelance journalist based in East Africa.
Talks by Scott Straus:
1. Evolving Policy on Genocide Prevention
2. Reconstructing Rwanda after Genocide
3. The Origins of Genocide in Modern Africa
Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics
Economics | College of Letters and Science
Noah Williams is the founding Director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE) and Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics at UW-Madison, where he has been on the faculty since 2008. A native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, he was previously on the faculty at Princeton University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, particularly monetary policy, social insurance programs, and financial markets. He has published widely, and co-authored several papers with Nobel Prize recipients Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas Sargent. A PhD and BA graduate of the University of Chicago, he is a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a member of the Economic Advisors Roundtable organized by the WMC and WEDC. His research on state economies, which underlies the work of the Center, has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Talks by Noah Williams:
1. The Wisconsin Economy: Trends in State Incomes, Output, Employment, and the Impact of Policy
2. Taxes and Fiscal Policies: Impacts of Taxes and Government Spending, both State and National. Proposals for Tax Reform
3. Monetary Policy: Impacts of Changes in Interest Rates and other Central Bank Instruments on the Economy
CAPs Professor & Department Chair
Department of Communication Arts
Professor Xenos' research and teaching interests are centered on the effects of new media on political engagement and public deliberation. His primary focus is on the extent to which the internet and social media may help individuals learn about political issues, form opinions, and participate in politics. He is also interested in the ways that political candidates, journalists, and other political actors adapt to changes in information and communication technologies, and how these adaptations affect broader dynamics of political communication and public deliberation.
Talks by Michael Xenos:
1. Social media and political engagement: The unique contribution of Facebook to our contemporary communication environment
2. Digital Media, Education and Political Engagement