University Roundtable

Each semester the University Roundtable features 3 lunch programs with a talk or program by a member of the university community.  Roundtable programs are open to members of the university community and their guests.

  • Roundtable events are held in Varsity Hall in Union South
  • Roundtables begin at 11:45 a.m. and end by 1:00 p.m.
  • The registration cost for each event is $15 and includes lunch
  • Registration and payment must be received in advance; there will be no day-of registration
  • Payment must be received by the registration deadline, or your registration will be cancelled
  • If you would like to pay by credit card or pay for multiple individuals once they are registered, please call 608-262-7107
  • Checks should be made payable to UW Roundtable and can be sent to: Learning and Talent Development, UW-Madison, Suite 5101, 21 N. Park St., Madison, WI  53715

Fall 2022 Programming

October 26

From Controversy to Common Ground? How to Communicate Science in a Polarized World
Dietram Scheufele

Misinformation – in politics and science – is not a new problem. But algorithmically curated news environments, especially online, are increasingly creating a world in which different publics also believe in different sets of facts and realities. How can we effectively communicate science in this polarized world? What role do societal factors play in our ability and motivation to recognize falsehoods? And how can scientists and science communicators be more effective in how we connect with underinformed or misinformed publics?


November 16

Madison Made: Marshall Erdman’s Contributions to Postwar Architecture
Anna Andrzejewski

This lecture centers on Madison-based builder-developer Marshall Erdman (1922-1995). It examines Erdman’s innovations and their legacy in Madison and beyond, considering the ways in which Erdman’s designs — for houses, medical buildings, and “doctors parks” — dramatically reshaped the landscape of post World War II suburbs.

Professor Anna Andrzejewski is a Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History. She also directs the Center for Culture, History, and Environment in the Nelson Institute.


December 14

PFAS in Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers
Christy Remucal

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals used in firefighting foams and consumer products. These toxic chemicals are increasingly found in water in Wisconsin. This talk will explore how PFAS are impacting our surface waters across the state.


Spring 2023 Programming

Save the dates for our spring programs:

February 15, 2023 – Chris McIntosh
March 15, 2023 – Diane Gooding
April 26, 2023 – Stephanie Elkins

Have ideas or questions?

If you have ideas for speakers for University Roundtable or questions about the program, please contact Lesley Fisher at or 263-1011.