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Past Events

For a look into what we do, check out just a handful of events we've hosted in the past.

2016-2017

  • John Bascom & the Origin of the Wisconsin Idea
  • Conservation & the Wisconsin Idea: An Evolving Legacy
  • The Corruption of the Wisconsin Idea: ALEC & Other Developments
  • Laboratory of Oligarchy
  • Election Panel Discussion & Viewing
  • Electoral Dysfunction Documentary Screening & Panel
  • Broadcasting the Wisconsin Idea: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State that Invented It
  • Wisconsin Idea, Imperialist Nostalgia & Remaking of a Shared Future
  • Tar Sands Pipelines: Race, Health & Human Rights
  • Academics Shaping the Wisconsin Dialogue on LGBT History
  • Presidential Debate Viewing & Discussion
  • Foreign Policy Discussion
  • Criminal Justice in Wisconsin: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • The Fall Government Careers Workshop Series: Federal Jobs
  • Laboratory of Oligarchy
  • The Accidental Change Agent with Sharon Hadary
  • The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know Workshop - Sharon Hadary
  • Presidential Debate Viewing & Discussion
  • Write a Winning Federal Resume
  • Gender  & the Election: Janet Hyde, Jane Collins, Jenny Higgins, Ellen Samuels
  • A Psychedelic Conversation: Drs. Richard Miller, Allan Ajaya, Nicholas Dozzi
  • The Politics of Resentment: Kathy Kramer
  • Borrowing Limulus: the Multi-Kingdom Ingredient
  • The Election & Education: A Policy Discussion of Education Issues with Walter Stern, Nancy Kendall, & Leland Pan
  • Future of Concealed Carry in America with Panel with David Kopel, John Davenport & Angela Stroud
  • Find & Apply for Jobs/Internships with Federal Government Agencies
  • Election Viewing at Union South Marquee, the Sett, & Memorial Union
  • The Future of Wisconsin Public Higher Education with Dr. Katherine Cramer
  • Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City
  • Rock Shop of the Anthropocene
  • Make Your Own Rock Shop of Wonders
  • Environment, Land, & the Wisconsin Idea
  • BadgerCare: From Test Case to Worst Case
  • Imperialist Nostalgia & Remaking of a Shred Future with Aaron Bird
  • Lived Religion in Wisconsin
  • Humble, Hungry, & Helpful, Being Indispensable, Louis Holland

2015-2016

  • Presidential Republican Candidate Debate Viewing
  • Jennicet Guiterez: Immigration & Trans Rights
  • Government Workshop Series
  • Presidential Democratic Candidate Viewing
  • Dr. King's Pro-Israel Legacy with Dumisani Washington
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling-Four Successful Businesswomen Share Experiences
  • Government Workshop Series
  • Psychedelics: Past, Present, & Future with Nick Cozzi, Michael Crowley, Allan Ajaya
  • Government Workshop Series: Federal Hiring
  • US Presidential Republican Candidate Viewing
  • Colonial Zionism by Seif Dana
  • What about Immigration: Professors Taeuber, McKinnons & Chavez Discuss What to Look for in the 2016 Election
  • Unwelcome Americans: Racial Profiling in a Post 9/11 Era
  • US Presidential Democratic Candidate Debate Viewing
  • Dr. Rissman Federal Event: Major & Labor Markets in the Post-Reception Economy
  • Poverty, Inc. Film Screening & Discussion
  • State of the European Union: After Paris, What's Next?
  • In Solidarity: From Ferguson to Mexico to Palestine
  • Candlelight Vigil: #PrayfortheWorld (for Paris)
  • US Presidential Republican Candidate Debate Viewing
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate Viewing
  • Canada & COP 21: A Conversation with Canadian Consul General Roy Norton
  • Society & Politics Kickoff
  • Republican Presidential Candidate Debate Viewing
  • A Legacy of Mistrust: Colonial Medicine in the Global Present
  • The Promise of Paris: Connecting Wisconsin & the UN Climate Talks
  • US President Democratic Candidate Debate Viewing
  • Athiests, Humanists, & Agnostics vs. Badger Catholics Debate
  • Syrian Refugee Crisis Talk by Ellen Small Billard
  • Government Workshop Series: Find & Apply to Jobs with Federal Gov. Agencies (Marie Koko)
  • Joel Chasnoff Presents: Israel - What's the Story?
  • The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin & the Rise of Scott Walker with Kathy Kramer
  • US President Republican Debate Viewing
  • Government Workshop Series: Find & Apply for Jobs with State Government Agencies
  • Society & Politics Super Tuesday Election Night Coverage
  • Super Primary Tuesday Viewing
  • Government Workshop Series: Writing a Winning Resume (Marie Koko)
  • UW President Democratic Debate Viewing
  • Democratic Presidential Primary Debate in Flint
  • Future of Syria:Robert Ford
  • Transcend Madison: Entrepreneurial Conference
  • The Syrian Civil War: Russian & US Intervention & the Prospects for Peace
  • World Water Celebration Keynote
  • World Water Celebration Roundtable
  • We the 350: Stories of Poverty, Racism, & Incarceration in Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin Primary Election Results
  • Seeking Refuge: A Journey to Refuge Advocacy, Subhi Nahas
  • Ending Rape: Addressing Sexual Assault Violence on Campus with Dr. Keith Edwards
  • Jennifer Morales on "Meet Me Halfway"
  • The Future of Free Trade: US & Asia
  • An Evening with Actor, HIV Activist Daniel Franzese
  • US, EU, & Trade Policy 2016
  • Towards Unity: Understanding Shia Islan with Sheikkh Sayyid Sulayman
  • The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women & How All Men Can Help
  • Health Inequality & Inequity in the U.S & Globally
  • Mark Pocan
  • Psychedelics with Nick Cozzi
  • North Korea 101
  • Flavors of the World: Cuba
  • An Evening with Dean Strang
  • Raj Patel Talk

2014-2015

  • Asian Religions & the Environment
  • Deep Web with Nick Davis
  • Government Workshop Series: Write a Winning Federal Resume
  • One Year Later: The Ukraine Crisis
  • College Republicans vs. College Democrats
  • "Price of Sand" Film Screening
  • Badger Catholics vs. Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics
  • Election Night with Society & Politics
  • Ethical Dilemmas in the Political Classroom
  • ISIS: A Panel Discussion
  • Psychedelics with Nicholas Cozzi, Ph.D., & Adele Getty, M.A.
  • Liberty in North Korea Documentary Viewing

2012-2013

  • Table Talk: Libya
  • The Presidential Debate
  • Define American: Evening with Jose Vargas
  • The Quest for Third Way Economies
  • Presidential Debate Screening and Discussion
  • Media and Politics Panel
  • Turning Point USA Student Debate
  • Economics and Student Loan Debt
  • Table Talk: Social Issues
  • How Commerce Saved Civilization
  • "The Choice" Film Screening
  • 2012 Election Results Viewing
  • The UW Challenge
  • Table Talk: Syria
  • Wisconsin After the End of Growth
  • Governor Walker State of the State Viewing
  • Wisconsin Spirit Social
  • Obama State of the Union Viewing
  • Ethnic Studies Dinner
  • Governor Walker Budget Address Viewing
  • SLAC: BADIDAS
  • REthink Wisconsin: FLOW
  • A Conversation on Internships and Federal Careers
  • Educational Opportunity Fair
  • Wisconsin Spring Election Results Viewing
  • The Global Poverty Project
  • US Dept. of State Intern Program Info Session
  • A Psychedelic Conversation: Jim Fadiman, Paul Daley, Nick Cozzi
  • Q&A with Ian MacKaye
  • David Walker, Senator Johnson, Rep. Mark Pocan

2011-2012

  • Kevin Strange: Neurobiology of Drinking US Bash
  • Table Talk: Affirmative Action
  • "The Message" Film Screening and Martinez White Discussion
  • "Black Lights" Film Screening and Karla Manning Discussion (Chicago Public Schools)
  • Table Talk: Access to Education
  • Human Trafficking
  • Student Dems and Republicans Presidential Debate
  • Table Talk: Corporations and Occupy Movement
  • Table Talk: Moral Issues
  • Interfaith Moral Debate
  • President Obama State of the Union Viewing
  • Governor Walker State of the State Viewing
  • Human Rights in an Online World
  • Table Talk: Human Rights in Online World
  • World Oil Supply: Looming Crisis or New Abundance
  • Megawatt Summit: Catalyzing Energy Conservation
  • "Education Under Fire" Film Screening
  • Table Talk: Education
  • A Talk by Paul Ginsberg and Lori Berquam
  • Derick Jensen: Civilization and Resistance
  • Eboo Patel: Interfaith Connections
  • Erik Guethner: Do You Know Your Legal Rights?
  • Conversation with Organic Farmers of Our Generation
  • Psychedelic Breakthroughs: Nicholas Cozzi, Bruce Sewick, Thomas Roberts
  • Chip Hunter: Widespread Outbreak of Peace (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Darfur)

2010-2011

Political Programming

  • Election Results Viewing
  • Controversial Allies Panel Discussion of US Interests in Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus
  • President Obama State of the Union Viewing
  • Governor Walker State of the State Viewing
  • Election Reform Panel Discussion
  • Funding for the Mexican War by Geraldo Esquival
  • Legislative Bill Writing Discussion

Social Issues 

  • "Lazarus Effect" Film Screening with WUD Film Committee
  • Pre-Program Dinner and Discussion with Matt Taibbi
  • "Gasland" Green Week Film Viewing
  • Discussion with "Gasland" Creator Josh Fox
  • Green Week Yogurt and Kiefer Making
  • Green Week Composting Carnival
  • Survive Against Starvation Roleplaying Interactive Discussion
  • Journalism Ethics with Jeff Zeleny of the New York Times

Table Talks

  • The Role of Government
  • Environmental Issues
  • War and Revolution
  • Education Fireside Chats
  • Fireside Chat with Dean of Students Lori Berquam Regarding Society and Ethics
  • Fireside Chat with Wisconsin Union Director Mark GuthierFireside Chat with Chancellor Biddy Martin, Dean of Students Lori Berquam, and Wisconsin Union Director Mark Guthier

2008-2009

  • Panel Discussion on Rising Food Costs and Sustainability
  • "Standard Operating Procedure" Documentary Screening with WUD Film
  • "Youthanized!" Documentary Screening with Project Youthanize
  • Lose the Shoes Soccer Tournament and Grassroots Fundraiser for HIV/AIDS Education in Africa with WUD Global Connections
  • Presidential Debates Watch Parties and Spin Room Discussions
  • Vice-Presidential Debates
  • Election Night Party
  • The Students' Economic Forum
  • Social Identity Series: Panel on Gender Expressions
  • Social Identity Series: TV and the Working Class
  • What is Anti-Racism?
  • Feminisms: An Interactive Discussion
  • White Middle Class Males
  • Unlearning Racism Workshop with the YWCA
  • Speed Debates
  • Team America: Perceptions of the US Around the World
  • WUD-Wide Human Rights Week
  • Human Rights and Immigration
  • The Global Food Chain
  • Jeanne Cummings Luncheon
  • District 2 Alder Debate
  • Jennifer Baumgardner Lecture
  • Take Back the Night March and Rally
  • "I Was Raped" Documentary Screening
  • 24-Hour Garbage Day Challenge
  • Food Sovereignty Conference