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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 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


October 23rd | 7:30pm

An Evening with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Wisconsin Union Theater
Join DLS and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha for an hour lecture and 30-minute Q&A.


October 25th | 7:00pm

An Evening with Amara La Negra

Wisconsin Union Theater
Join us for An Evening with Amara La Negra for a lecture and brief Q&A followed by a few of her songs!


November 13th | 7:30pm

An Evening with the Executive Chef of the Sioux Chef, Frank Haney

Join DLS for an hour lecture and 30-minute Q&A with Executive Chef Frank Haney