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Distinguished Lecture Series

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Since 1987, Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) has contributed to broadening the educational experience of UW–Madison students and the community by bringing the smartest, most engaging, and influential people to campus, to encourage thought-provoking conversations and ideas. Through DLS-sponsored lectures and collaborations, we strive to achieve our mission of seeking and spreading powerful ideas, while also allowing the passionate and dedicated students on our committee to be exposed to a diverse and vibrant array of people, backgrounds, and ideas.

Nominate speakers who you would like DLS to bring in future years here.

All free events sponsored by WUD Distinguished Lecture Series are intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.

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Ziyad Sultan, Director

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Committee Meetings

Mondays during the semester at 7pm (Union South, check TITU)

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Upcoming Events


January 30th | 7:30pm

An Evening with Nyle DiMarco

Wisconsin Union Theater
One hour lecture and 30-minute Q&A presented by deaf model, actor, and activist Nyle DiMarco.


February 13th | 7:00pm

Black History Month Keynote: Lena Waithe

Union South
In conversation with Emmy-winning writer, actress, and producer Lena Waithe