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 8 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

Fall 2021 Programming

October 20

Reckoning with Our History: The UW-Madison Public History Project
Kacie Lucchini Butcher

The UW-Madison Public History Project is a multi-year effort to uncover and give voice to the histories of racism and discrimination at the university. Since its inception in 2019, the Project has researched over 150 years of history, uncovering countless stories of struggle, triumph, resistance, and resilience. The Project’s Director, Kacie Lucchini Butcher, will present on the Project’s newest discoveries and address the importance of learning from our institution’s past.

*Please note that this talk will begin at 11:45 a.m. Seating will be arranged lecture-style to allow for increased spacing between guests. Lunch will boxed and provided at the end of the talk to take with you.

Register Here

November 17

French Horn + Electronics = ?
Dan Grabois

The French horn is one of the most Romantic sounding of orchestral instruments: warm, rich, emotional. In symphonies and in movie music, the big horn solo frequently marks an emotional climax. What happens when the horn moves into the context of contemporary electronic sounds? Can the horn find a new context in genres of music where it is not usually heard? In this Roundtable presentation, I will let you hear what happens when the horn works in conjunction with electronic processing to create entirely new sounds.

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December 15

The Changing Communication Ecology and the Future of Democracy in Wisconsin
Mike Wagner

In recent decades, Wisconsin’s communication ecology has undergone seismic shifts. Once-major institutions of state and local news, especially newspapers, have greatly declined, while others, including talk radio, partisan media and social media, have grown in prominence. School of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor Mike Wagner outlines how these changes are altering the processes by which citizens learn about public affairs, the media in which they discuss them, the mechanisms by which campaigns are conducted, and the arenas in which public debates take place. And though much of the analysis is focused on the state of Wisconsin, Wagner will also present evidence about how similar transformations are occurring across the United States, and indeed around the world.

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Spring 2022 Preview

Registration for Spring 2022 Roundtables will open in January.

February 16
Anna Andrejewski

March 23
Simon Gilroy

April 20
Andrea Dutton

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.