The academic year is well underway, despite an uncertain beginning. One month in, there are many questions about the university’s status, its pandemic response, and how the rest of the year will run. Will further lockdowns become necessary? What are the criteria that determine the UW’s course of action? What, if anything, can the university do to curb off-campus infections?

Join fellow UW alumni and friends online for a livestream and Q & A with UW–Madison’s Chancellor Rebecca Blank. This is a rare chance for alumni and friends to get a glimpse behind the curtain and learn more about what drives the university’s decisions. The talk will be moderated by Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Rebecca Blank has been chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2013. She is an internationally respected economist who also has worked in three different presidential administrations. Most recently, she served as deputy secretary and acting Secretary of Commerce under President Obama. She has also served on the faculty at the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and Princeton University, and was a fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy research think tank in Washington, D.C.

Chancellor Blank will provide a campus update and discuss the UW’s response to COVID-19. She will also provide her perspective on the future of higher education and the outlook for UW–Madison.


A recording of each livestream will be available on uwalumni.com after the event.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

This event is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.