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 2023 Programming

February 15

The Changing Landscape of Collegiate Athletics
Chris McIntosh

College athletics are in their most significant and intensive period of change in decades. NIL, the transfer portal and conference realignment, among other issues, are creating opportunities and challenges for college athletic departments. Wisconsin Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh will address the shifting landscape of college athletics.


March 15

Biomarker Testing: Would You Want to Know Your Future?
Diane Gooding

Would you be willing to be tested for an Alzheimer’s Disease biomarker? That’s what nearly 1600 adults were asked, with exploration of their reasons for willingness vs. reluctance to be tested. Anticipated reactions to learning the results of biomarker testing were also considered. Diane C. Gooding, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Medicine, will briefly define biomarkers, their purpose, and overall usefulness in clinical and research domains and then discuss the findings from the Understanding Biomarker and Genetic Alzheimer’s disease and Schizophrenia Research (UBIGR) Study (Gooding and Gleason, co-PIs).


April 26

Backstage with WPR’s Stephanie Elkins
Stephanie Elkins

Join Morning Classics host and producer Stephanie Elkins for a behind-the-scenes look at the station’s classical music service. The presentation will include a virtual tour of the music library and broadcast studio, overview of the music selection process, and a look at the WPR music department’s work on diversity and inclusion. WPR’s Director of the NPR News and Music Network, Peter Bryant, will join Stephanie to address music programming, listening trends and WPR’s future plans.


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.