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Science educator Bill Nye to talk climate change at Memorial Union

Posted: 02/10/20

Science educator Bill Nye to talk climate change at Memorial Union

Bill Nye to speak at free Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series Committee event

Science educator, mechanical engineer and author Bill Nye will talk climate change at Memorial Union April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Shannon Hall as part of the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) Committee’s spring lecture series.

Nye, popularly known as “Bill Nye, the Science Guy,” will give a lecture called, “Let’s Talk Climate Change, a Conversation with Bill Nye.” A question and answer session with audience members will follow the lecture. A general admission, free ticket is required for this event. More information about ticket availability will be announced here soon:

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Nye, a steadfast champion of critical thinking and science, aims to help foster a scientifically literate society and to help people everywhere understand and appreciate science, including climate change and its impact on the world.

The Emmy award-winner recently took part in a documentary, called “Bill Nye: Science Guy,” which took viewers behind the scenes as Nye challenged individuals denying science, including climate change.

“The climate is changing. It’s our fault. And we got to get to work on this,” Nye said in the documentary.

Nye holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and traces the moment he fell in love with science back to the 11th grade. From 1993-1998, Nye hosted a show, called “Bill Nye the Science Guy®,” which explored various scientific principles. Nye won seven Emmy Awards for writing, performing and producing the show, and the show won 18 Emmys. Nye has also written eight science children’s books as well as books for general audiences on climate change, evolution and critical thinking.

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“Many people grew up watching Bill Nye, but his scientific lessons for all of us are not over; he’s helping people around the world continue to think scientifically and creatively,” said WUD DLS Associate Director of Marketing and Outreach Evanka Annyapu.

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The event is presented in collaboration with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at UW-Madison. This collaborative event is being held in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

Additional WUD DLS free lecture opportunities include author Marlon James on Feb. 13, sailor Jerome Rand on Feb. 19, science writer Rebecca Skloot on March 4, political strategist Symone Sanders on April 6, civic engagement activist Tiana Epps Johnson on April 23, and a presidential candidates forum March 30 and 31.

The WUD DLS Committee brings engaging and influential people to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to encourage thought-provoking conversations. WUD includes 10 committees and six Wisconsin Hoofers clubs that program thousands of events each year.

More information about upcoming DLS events is available at

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