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SCHOLAR'D FOR LIFE
       Great professors sharing their favorite lectures

The library is pleased to host a lecture series called Scholar’d for Life, a collaboration between the library and the UW-Madison Speaker's Bureau.

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Thursday September 19
The latest in our continuing lecture series Scholar'd for Life, in which we invite great professors to share a lecture on their area of expertise! Ankur Desai, Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies at UW-Madison, presents a lecture entitled "Are We All Doomed? An Optimist's Guide to How Research and Policy Can Reduce the Harmful Effects of Climate Change, Protect Wisconsin's Landscapes, and Grow the Economy." Ankur Desai is Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the UW–Madison's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Sustainability and Global Environment (SAGE), the Freshwater and Marine Science Interdisciplinary Graduate Program, and the College of Engineering. He studies how ecosystems respond to climate variability and how the climate responds to ecological patterns and processes. Scholar'd for Life is a lecture series presented by the Middleton Public Library in partnership with the UW Madison Speakers Bureau. Taking the "Wisconsin Idea" as its starting point, this series aims to promote lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, and engagement between academics and the community as a whole. More information, including recordings of past lectures, at www.midlibrary.org/sfl.
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Thursday October 10
The final lecture of 2019 in our Scholar'd for Life lecture series. Just over 500 years have passed since Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation at the Wittenburg Castle church. Join Professor of History Lee Palmer Wandell as she presents a lecture entitled "Human Hands and Divine Revelation: The Reformation and Matter." In challenging the medieval Mass, sixteenth-century reformers called into question the relationship of matter, and particularly the things made by humankind, to divine revelation. That changed not only the place of painting and sculpture in worship, but understandings of the human hand and of matter itself. Lee Palmer Wandell is the WARF Michael Baxandall and Linda and Stanley Sher Professor of History at UW-Madison. She specializes in studying the ways Christianity has shaped our understanding of persons, time, things, and space, perusing that question in European history. Professor Wandel was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, one of the highest honors for a professor at UW–Madison. She has been with UW–Madison since 1998, previously teaching at Yale and Stanford. Scholar'd for Life is a lecture series presented by the Middleton Public Library in partnership with the UW Madison Speakers Bureau. Taking the "Wisconsin Idea" as its starting point, this series aims to promote lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, and engagement between academics and the community as a whole. More information, including recordings of past lectures, at www.midlibrary.org/sfl.
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                 VIDEO ARCHIVES


Video of Event held on March 9th 2017  *due to audio issues, closed captions have been added.
The first lecture of 2017 in the library's ongoing 'Scholar'd for Life' series! "Putin's Russia" offers a historian's perspective on Russia's recent turn to an assertive foreign policy and more authoritarian rule at home. The talk offers several perspectives on this behavior and the challenges it presents to West, to Putin's government and to citizens of the Russian Federation.
 


Video of Event held on May 11th 2017
Kathy Cramer, professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, discusses her 2016 book, The politics of Resentment : Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker.

 




Video of Event held on June 22nd 2017
UW-Madison philosophy professor Steven Nadler discusses how Jewish philosophers over the centuries have confronted the problem of theodicy and struggled to reconcile the existence of a benevolent, all-powerful God with the reality of evil in the world.
 



Video of Event held on September 21st 2017
Professor Albert will talk about how engineers use math to solve problems and design better systems. She will provide an overview of her discipline of operations research and advanced analytics and will discuss its wide ranging applications, focusing on examples from her research that address problems in homeland security, emergency response, and bracketology.
 


Video of Event held on November 2nd 2017
John Dunne from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at UW-Madison speaks about their interdisciplinary approach to the study of mindfulness in a lecture entitled "Awareness without Fixation: the Benefits of Mindfulness in Everyday Life."

 


Video of Event held on Feburary 22nd 2018
Professor McCoy will present a lecture related to his new book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power.

 


Video of Event held on September 13th 2018
Professor Laird Boswell, an expert in the history of modern France, presents a lecture entitled "The New European Terrorism in Historical Perspective."

 

 


 

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