April 6 — A Conversation with Barry Alvarez
Featuring:

Barry Alvarez — director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

March 30 — COVID-19 Vaccines and Side Effects
Featuring:

James Conway, MD — director of the Office of Global Health at the School of Medicine and Public Health
Hannah Kirking ’04, MD’10 — medical epidemiologist in the CDC's division of viral diseases, lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service
David O’Connor PhD’01 — UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Nasia Safdar MS’02, PhD’09 — professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, and medical director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics

March 16 — The Future of Money
Featuring:

Brad Chandler, JD, MBA — director of the Nicholas Center for Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at the Wisconsin School of Business
Dana Peterson MS’02 — chief economist at The Conference Board

March 9 — A Discussion of Climate Risk
Featuring:

Steve Ackerman, PhD — professor and vice chancellor for research and graduate education in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
John Nelson MS’76 — adjunct professor of civil and environmental engineering and chief technical officer of Fitzgerald Asset Management
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH — professor, John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment, and director of the Global Health Institute
Benjamin Wright ’02 — senior vice president and chief underwriting officer at Homesite Insurance

March 2 — Restaurants Today and in the Future
Featuring:

Craig Culver — cofounder and former chief executive officer of Culver Franchising System, Inc.
Kim Ruhl, PhD — associate professor, Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair in Economics, and associate director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE)
Gabriel Stulman ’03 — chief executive officer and founder of Happy Cooking Hospitality
Caitlin Suemnicht ’06 — chief operating officer of Food Fight Restaurant Group

February 23 — COVID-19 Treatments, Vaccines, and Variants
Featuring:

William Hartman, MD — physician, assistant professor of anesthesiology, medical director of the UW Health Preanesthesia Assessment Clinic, and principal investigator for the UW COVID-19 convalescent plasma program
Nasia Safdar MS’02, PhD’09 — professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, vice chair for research in the Department of Medicine, and medical director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics
Jonathan Temte MD’87, PhD’93 — associate dean for public health and community engagement at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

February 16 — Policy Ideas for the Pandemic Economy and Beyond
Featuring:

J. Michael Collins, PhD — Fetzer Family Chair in Consumer & Personal Finance and faculty director of the Center for Financial Security
Laura Dresser, PhD — clinical assistant professor in the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and associate director of COWS (formerly Center on Wisconsin Strategy), a UW-Madison think-and-do tank
Tim Smeeding MS’72, PhD’75 — Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics

February 9 — The Future of Higher Education
Featuring:

Michael Grebe JD’93 — regent vice president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents and chief legal officer at Advocate Aurora Health
Katharine Lyall, PhD — former president of the UW System
Cory Nettles JD’96 — managing director at Generation Growth Capital Inc.
Robert Venable ’86, MBA — president and chief operating officer of Charter Manufacturing

February 2 — Leading the Way with Campus Research
Featuring:

Nam C. Kim, BA, MA, PhD — associate professor in the Department of Anthropology
Young Mie Kim, BA, MA, PhD — professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and faculty affiliate of the Department of Political Science
Kristyn Masters, BS, PhD — Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellow, and vice chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering

January 26 — Outlook for the U.S Labor Market
Featuring:

Erica Groshen ’77, PhD — former commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, senior extension faculty member at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and research fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Noah Williams, BA, PhD — Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy

January 19 — Wisdom and Well-Being
Featuring:

Richard Davidson, BS, PhD — William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds, collaborative associate of the Dalai Lama
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, BA, PhD — Merle Curti and Vilas-Borghesi Distinguished Achievement Professor of History

January 12 — The Future of Politics and Policy
Featuring:

David Canon PhD — professor of American politics
Ryan Owens JD’01, PhD — Edwards Professor of political science and affiliate faculty in the UW Law School
Susan Webb Yackee PhD — director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs and a Collins-Bascom Professor of public affairs and political science

January 5 — The Future of Cities
Featuring:

Alfonso Morales BS/BA, MS, PhD — Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
Tim Riddiough ’81, MS’84, PhD’91 — chair of the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, professor in the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Paul Robbins ’89, MA, PhD — dean of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

December 15 — Winter Wellness During COVID-19
Featuring:

Cindy Kuhrasch — director of UW–Madison’s physical education teacher education program
Beth Olson ’85 — associate professor of human nutrition and coauthor of multiple articles concerning nutrition during the pandemic

December 8 — Assessing Your Holiday COVID Risk
Featuring:

Dominique Brossard — professor and chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication, researching the intersection of science, media, and policy
Ajay Sethi — associate professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the faculty director for the Master of Public Health program

December 1 — Vaccine Development and Distribution
Featuring:

R. Alta Charo — Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at UW–Madison
James Conway — professor of pediatrics, associate director of the UW–Madison Global Health Institute, medical director of the UW Health Immunization Program, and director of the Office of Global Health at the School of Medicine and Public Health
Jonathan Temte MD’87, PhD’93 — associate dean for public health and community engagement at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

November 17 — The 2020 Election and What's Next
Featuring:

Barry Burden — professor of political science, director of the Elections Research Center, and Lyons Family Chair in Electoral Politics
David Canon — professor of American politics, chair of the Department of Political Science, and editor of the Election Law Journal
Kenneth Mayer — professor of political science and expert on the American presidency, campaign finance, and election administration

November 10 — Our Economic Possibilities
Featuring:

Ananth Seshadri — professor and Todd E. and Elizabeth H. Warnock Distinguished Chair of the Department of Economics
Noah Williams — Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy

October 27 — Fighting for Fact Over Fiction
Featuring:

Dhavan Shah ’89 — Louis A. & Mary E. Maier-Bascom professor, director of the Mass Communication Research Center, and scientific director in the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies

October 20 — Football in the Age of COVID-19
Featuring:

Chris McIntosh ’04, MS’19 — deputy athletic director at UW–Madison, former All-America offensive tackle and Outland Trophy finalist for the Badgers
Matt Lepay — sportscaster and radio voice of the Badgers football and men’s basketball teams

October 15 — COVID-19 and the "Infodemic"
Featuring:

William Hartman, MD — physician, assistant professor of anesthesiology, medical director of the UW Health Preanesthesia Assessment Clinic, and principal investigator for the UW COVID-19 convalescent plasma program
Dietram Scheufele MA '97, PhD '99 — Taylor-Bascom Chair in Science Communication, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, and director of academic programs in the Department of Life Sciences Communication

October 6 — Moving the UW Forward in a Time of Crisis
Featuring:

Rebecca Blank — chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison who will discuss the UW’s response to COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on academics

September 22 — The Future of Data Science
Featuring:

Remzi Arpaci-Dusseau — an award-winning teacher, chair of computer sciences at UW–Madison, and leading computer systems researcher focused on the future of data storage.
Eric Lefkofsky — founder and CEO of Tempus

September 8 — COVID Testing, Treatment, and Vaccination
Featuring:

Thomas Friedrich ’97, PhD’03 — professor of pathobiological sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, who will explain the virus’s evolution process, how it is transmitted, and details of COVID-19 testing.
Phill Gross ’82, MS’83 — founder of Adage Capital, who has spent his career analyzing the health care sector
Dr. Nasia Safdar MS’02, PhD’09 — Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine and the Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics

August 25 — The Future of K-12 Education
Featuring:

John Diamond — professor of educational leadership and policy analysis and the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education
Diana Hess — dean of the UW–Madison School of Education and Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education
Carlton Jenkins MS’93, PhD’09 — superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District

August 11 — The Future of Health Care
Featuring:

Robert Golden — dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership, and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UW–Madison
Alan Kaplan — chief executive officer of UW Health, founder and former president/CEO of UnityPoint Clinic where he provided leadership for 1,300 providers

August 4 — The Future of Sports and Leisure Travel
Featuring:

Mike Shannon ’80 — chairman and founder of KSL Capital Partners, a financial firm dedicated to investments in the travel and leisure businesses
Mark Tauscher ’99, MS’03 — former football player for the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers, inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 2018

July 23 — Building a More Inclusive Campus
Featuring:

Patricia Devine — Kenneth and Mamie Clark Professor of Psychology, whose work focuses on managing the challenges associated with prejudice in contemporary society
Cheryl Gittens — interim chief diversity officer and assistant vice provost in UW–Madison’s Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement
Eric Wilcots — dean of the College of Letters & Science and Mary C. Jacoby Professor in the Department of Astronomy

July 14 — Innovation in a Pandemic
Featuring:

Scott Cook — cofounder and executive committee chairman of the financial software company Intuit
Hart Posen — Richard G. and Julie J. Diermeier Professor in Business at the Wisconsin School of Business

June 30 — The Future of Real Estate
Featuring:

Mark Eppli ’83, MS’84, PhD’91 — the director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate in the Wisconsin School of Business, noted for his work to diversify the real estate profession
Jill Hatton ’81, MA’82 — a board member/commissioner and an authority in the real estate investment advisory business with more than 35 years of experience in various leadership positions

June 23 — The Future of Consumer Behavior
Featuring:

Evan Polman — associate professor in the Wisconsin School of Business, who studies consumer psychology and the way we view ourselves and others in decision-making, gift-giving, creativity, and moral psychology
Nancy Wong — professor, department chair of Consumer Science, and Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation in the School of Human Ecology, who explores how cultural values influence consumption decisions, how people respond emotionally in different situations, and how materialistic values influence the way we consume

June 16 — Mental Health and Well-Being amid Crisis
Featuring:

Richard Davidson — William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, founder and director of the Center for Healthy Minds at UW–Madison
Alvin Thomas — clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the human development and family studies department of the School of Human Ecology

June 9 — Confronting COVID-19 Misinformation
Featuring:

Dr. Ajay Sethi — associate professor in the department of population health sciences and the faculty director for the Master of Public Health program

May 21 — Special Edition History of the Wisconsin Union
Featuring:

Liam Granlund x’22 — student leader in the Wisconsin Union Directorate
Mark Guthier — associate vice chancellor and director of Wisconsin Union
Shayna Hetzel ’07, MPA’08 — social impact investment director at American Family Insurance and former Wisconsin Union student leader

May 19 — Food Supply in the Age of COVID-19
Featuring:

Gregory DeCroix — Grainger Professor in Supply Chain Management at the Wisconsin School of Business
Michelle Miller ’83, MS’93 — researcher and associate director at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Jeff Sindelar — associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Extension Meat Specialist
Heather White — associate professor of Dairy Science and faculty director of the UW Dairy Innovation Hub

May 12 — The Economic Effects of COVID-19
Featuring:

Ananth Seshadri — professor and Todd E. and Elizabeth H. Warnock Distinguished Chair of the Department of Economics
Brad Tank MBA’82 — chief investment officer and managing director of Neuberger Berman
Noah Williams — Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy

May 7 — Special Edition UW Traditions Old and New
Featuring:

Jeff Wendorf ’82 — vice president of advancement at the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association
Keith White ’70, MA’87 — former associate and interim director of admissions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Lauren Sorensen x’20 — senior class president, planning to pursue a career in international affairs
Sonam Dolma x’20 — senior class officer, who plans to attend medical school after graduation

May 5 — Supporting Frontline Workers Impacted by the Coronavirus
Featuring:

Derek Kindle — vice provost of enrollment management and acting director of student financial aid
Barbara Pinekenstein ’73 DNP, RN-BC, FAAN — clinical professor, Richard E. Sinaiko Professor in Health Care Leadership

April 28 — COVID-19 Transmission and Testing
Featuring:

Thomas Friedrich BS ’97, PhD’03 — professor of pathobiological sciences in the School of Veterinary Medicine, who will explain the virus’s evolution process, how it is transmitted, and details of COVID-19 testing.

April 21 — Academics and Athletics in the Age of COVID-19
Featuring:

Rebecca Blank — chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison who will discuss the UW’s response to COVID-19 and the pandemic’s impact on academics
Greg Gard — Big Ten men's basketball Coach of the Year, who will talk about the lows and highs of a roller coaster season

April 16 — Special Edition UW Band
Featuring:

Mike Leckrone — former director of bands at UW–Madison
Corey Pompey — Michael E. Leckrone Director of Athletic Bands and associate director of bands at UW–Madison

April 14 — Medical Advances Against COVID-19
Featuring:

Dr. Robert Golden — dean of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Robert Turell Professor in Medical Leadership, and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UW–Madison.
Dr. Peter Newcomer ’91, MD’95 — chief clinical officer for UW Health and senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health.

April 7 — COVID-19 and the Economy
Featuring:

Phill Gross ’82, MS’83 — founder of Adage Capital, who has spent his career analyzing the health care sector. He will share his views of the prospects for new COVID-related medical interventions and how they might shape the outcome.
Ricky Sandler ’91 — founder, chief executive officer, and chief investment officer of Eminence Capital and an adjunct professor of finance at UW–Madison, who will share his thoughts on what a potential financial recovery might look like.
Julie Van Cleave ’81, MBA’83 — chief investment officer (CIO) of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, who will share her view on the economy and implications for the financial markets.

March 31 — On the Frontlines of COVID-19
Featuring:

Dr. Nasia Safdar MS’02, PhD’09 — professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, vice chair for research in the School of Medicine and Public Health, and medical director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics

Speakers and schedule are subject to change.

These events are hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association®.