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
  • We are not able to offer refunds after the registration deadline has passed; if you are no longer able to attend, you may let someone else attend in your place
  • 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 2024 Programming

February 21

AI Safety and Ethics in a time of Generative AI
Yonatan Mintz

In our increasingly AI-driven world, with systems like ChatGPT and Autonomous Vehicles, ensuring the safe and ethical use of AI systems is crucial. However, understanding and pinpointing potential risks AI systems pose in complex social settings isn’t straightforward. Yonatan Mintz, Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering, will unpack the uncertainties around AI safety and ethics, emphasizing that resolving these issues goes beyond math and algorithms. This presentation will explore how to identify where design intersects with societal concerns and encourages open dialogue to comprehensively address safety issues, emphasizing the need for thoughtful deliberation in AI development within democratic societies.

March 20

Mapping Teejop: Creating a Digital Place-Based Experience
Gareth Baldrica-Franklin, Kasey Keeler, and Sasha Maria Suarez

Established in 1848, the University of Wisconsin became a land grant university after the passage of the Morrill Act. Despite this settler colonial history, this land, Teejop, had long been Ho-Chunk homelands and today, over 600 American Indian students are enrolled at UW. Mapping Teejop, a campus-based digital mapping project, works to make the Ho-Chunk history and Indigenous presence of UW accessible to a wide and unfamiliar audience. In this presentation, project team members share the interdisciplinary research and methods of the digital mapping project that continues to expand to include lesser-known aspects of campus history.

April 10

Climate Change in Wisconsin
Daniel Vimont

How is climate changing in Wisconsin? How will it impact us? And, what is Wisconsin doing to prepare for future climate change? The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) has been helping Wisconsin answer these questions for nearly 17 years. Daniel Vimont, Professor in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Co-Director of WICCI, will provide an overview of some of WICCI’s work, and its nationally recognized strategy for bringing communities together to identify and advance solutions in the face of our changing climate.


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.