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.

Please note some changes to the program this year. See Details, Registration, and Payment sections below for updated information.

  • 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
  • Registration deadline is 15 days prior to each event
  • Register online at: or via the direct links below
  • If you are experiencing difficulty registering, please call LTD (Learning and Talent Development, formerly OHRD) at 608-262-7107 or e-mail
  • 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

Spring 2022 Programming

This event has been postponed to the fall semester.

February 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.

March 23

To Boldly Grow (plants in space)
Simon Gilroy

Plants are central to sustaining humans on the Earth, helping provide the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat, but can plants be used in a similar role in space? Department of Botany Professor Simon Gilroy will discuss the challenges that the weightlessness of spaceflight imposes on terrestrial biology and how current research is beginning to reveal how plants can grow and even thrive in such an alien environment.

April 20

Tropical Tales of Polar Ice
Andrea Dutton

Ice and fire. Feast or famine. Drought, then flood. Human experience is shaped and sometimes forever altered by the extremes we experience in our lifetimes. Living through an era of rapid global warming brings with it new extremes that impact our lives and our livelihoods in a myriad of ways.

One of the more visual impacts of climate change is the increased frequency of coastal flooding as sea-level rises. The greatest uncertainty in projecting the tempo and rhythm of future sea-level rise is knowing how the Antarctic ice sheet will respond to sustained warming in the atmosphere and oceans.

Professor Andrea Dutton from the Department of Geoscience will describe how her research using fossil coral reefs on tropical islands has helped inform us about the dynamics of Antarctic ice sheet retreat during past warm periods and what that means for the future of coastlines around the world.

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.