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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. These lectures are free and open to the public. 

Spring 2017

All presentations are from 12:30 - 1:20 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.

January 26

"Foraging for Wild Foods"

Samuel Thayer, nationally-known author and entrepreneur

February 2

“Changing Colors in the Spectrum of Biotechnology and Food"

Thomas Zinnen, UW-Madison Biotechnology Center

February 9

“Talking About Islam"

Abdihadi Kulmiye (imam at Al Taqwa Mosques) & Izaak Abdi (translator)

February 16

“Digging for Dinosaurs"

Rod Olson, retired M.D. and free-lance explorer

February 23

“A Virtual Tour of American Yeoman Vodka"

Scott Perlick, founder of Perlick distillery

March 2

“Women in Physics"

Laura McCullough, UW-Stout professor of chemistry and physics

March 9

"How Zebrafish Help Us Understand Human Kidney Disease”

Jamie Lyman-Gingerich, UW-Eau Claire professor of biology

March 16

Unslut:  A Documentary Film

Melissa Kozma & Cecelia Cole, UW-Barron County Philosophy/Gender Studies & UW-Barron County Library Services

March 23

“Students Serving Students: Food in Chemistry Lab”

Abbey Fischer, UW-Barron County professor of chemistry

March 30

Spring Break - No speaker scheduled

April 6

“From Wisconsin Farms to the Major Leagues: Burleigh Grimes and Andy Pafko”

Joe Niese, Director of Chippewa Falls Public Library

April 13

"Aesthetic and Conceptual Evolution of Paintings and Drawings”

Ralph Wiegmann, Self-Employed Artist/Illustrator

April 20

Exploring Alternatives to Documentary Approaches

Kathy Kasic, film artist, Montana State University

April 27

 “The 14th Amendment; Transforming American Democracy”

Joe Thrasher, retired attorney and “Law Day” speaker

May 4

"Readings from Red Cedar 2017"

Local authors and poets, UW-Barron County Creative Writing Department

May 11

"St. Croix Crossing: The New Stillwater Bridge"

Beth Cunningham, Project Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation