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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.

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

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Gretchen Trast, Director


Committee Meetings

Mondays during the semester at 6pm (Memorial Union, check TITU)

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Upcoming Events


March 4th | 7:30pm

An Evening with Tarana Burke

Memorial Union
Join DLS, the Jones Leadership Center and Men Against Sexual Assault for a lecture and Q&A with Tarana Burke!


April 4th | 7:00pm

An Evening with Steven Canals

Union South
Join DLS and the GSCC for a moderated Q&A with producer Steven Canals.


April 8th | 7:30pm

An Evening with Jamaica Kincaid

Union South
Join us for a one hour lecture and a 30 minute Q&A with Antiguan-American author Jamaica Kincaid!


April 16th | 7:00pm

An Evening with Angela Davis

Memorial Union
Join us for a one-hour lecture and 30-minute Q&A with Angela Davis.