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Thursdays @ the U

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Thursdays @ the U lecture series will run throughout the spring semester. The series, partly funded by the UW-Barron County Foundation, will explore topics in the arts, sciences, public affairs, literary fields and cultural areas. While hosting a variety of speakers, the university does not seek to endorse or promote a particular idea, opinion, topic or product over others. These lectures are free and open to the public. 

Fall 2017

All presentations are from 12 - 12:50 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234) located in Ritzinger Hall. Lecture attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the presentation.

September 7      

Ryan Ott, Midwest Tiny Living LLC (St. Cloud), “Tiny Houses as a Cultural Movement”

September 14

Eric Kasper, UW-Eau Claire (political science), “An Excellent Check:  The Constitutional Design of Supreme Court Appointments”

September 21               

Monica Zappa, Cumberland native and musher, “Chasing Tails: a Tale of the Iditarod”

September 28

Michael Perry, local author, musician and pig farmer, “Being From Around Here”

October 5

Arjun Sanga and Kristen Ruka, WiSys Technology Foundation, “Plum ideas: Supporting Invention and Innovation”

October 12

Julie Tharp, UW Marshfield-Wood County (English), “How Rom-Coms Teach Us to Love our Stalkers”

October 19

Kent Shifferd, author and playwright, “God and Gabe” – a one-act play

October 26

Rev. Tim Schmidt (First Lutheran Church, Cumberland) and Dr. Paul Chase (dean emeritus, UW-Barron County), “Reformation 500…Martin Luther, and Modern Society”  

November 2

Charles Snowdon, UW-Madison professor emeritus (psychology), “Monogamy: Why it is Useful and How to Maintain it”   

November 9

Jim Bradley, Auburn University professor emeritus (biology), “Brutes or Angels: Human Possibility and Biotechnology”

November 16

Geralynne Berg, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (academic dean),  “Healing Historical Trauma”          

November 30

Michael Heim, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (botany), “Zone Envy:  Pushing Hardiness Limits”

December 7

Robert Hawkins, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop (St. Paul), “Floating, Fishing and Filming the Yellowstone River“