Public Lectures


December 9, 2020
Wrenched from the Land: Perspectives from the front lines of environmental activism
ML Lincoln, storyteller, activist, author, award-winning photographer and filmmaker
Jack Loeffler, aural historian, environmentalist, writer, radio producer, and sound-collage artist
Doug Peacock, author and naturalist
Terry Tempest Williams, distinguished for her magical, lyrical writing on the ethical, political, and spiritual relationships between wilderness and humans

November 18, 2020
Tortoises All the Way Down
Elizabeth Hennessy, Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Department of History, UW–Madison

March 26, 2020
The Business of Renewable Energy
Michael Cummings, wholesale group risk officer, Wells Fargo & Company
Tyler Huebner, Executive Director, RENEW Wisconsin

March 11, 2020
Our Shared Future: Ho-Chunk and Dejope: Cultural and Environmental Histories
Bill Quackenbush, Ho-Chunk Deer Clan Member and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation

February 11, 2020
Radical Ecological Democracy: Vikalp Sangam and the Search for Alternatives in India
Pallav Das, co-founder, Kalpavriksh

February 6, 2020
What is the Environment? A New Book Conversation on Muslim Enviromentalisms
Anna Gade, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and Associate Dean for Education and Research, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


March 7, 2019
Business not as usual: Stewards of a sustainable circular economy
Mathy Stanislaus, Circular Economy Fellow - World Resources Institute
Senior Advisor – Platform for Accelerating Circular Economy (World Economic Forum)
Jeff Zeman, Principal Environmental Engineer, Kohler Company
Brian Wycklendt, Director Lead and Recycling Strategy, Johnson Controls Inc

March 6, 2019
Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement
Monica White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice
Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Department of Community and Environmental Sociology


September 7, 2018
The Future of Water: Conflicts, Cooperation, and Communities
Rebecca Wodder, Chair, River Network Board
Aaron Wolf, Professor of Geography, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

September 25, 2018
The Great Lakes to Great Lakes Initiative: Mutual Interests in Africa
Russ Feingold, Visiting Lecturer, UW-Madison International Division African Studies Former U.S. Senator

March 1, 2018
Unleashing the Power of Prevention by Targeting Environmental Exposures to Toxic Chemicals and Pollutants
Bruce Lanphear, Clinician Scientist , BC Children’s Research Institute
Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia

February 15, 2018
Sustainability, Supply Chains, and Earth Stewardship: Convergences and Conflicts
Caitlin Clarke, Senior Supply Chain Fellow, The Nature Conservancy
Daniel Hutter, Chief Sustainability Officer, Spectrum Brands


November 15, 2017
Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer
Pete Marra, Director, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

September 28, 2017
Energy dialogues and Energy Citizenship; Public Engagement in Energy Sustainability Transitions
Knut Sørensen, Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

September 14, 2017
Searching for Answers on a Warming Planet: Why We May Need Climate Engineering
Simon Nicholson, Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program, School of International Service; Assistant Professor, International Relations, American University

April 20, 2017
Cracking the Case: The Flint Water Crisis and Public Health Advocacy
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Pediatrician, Hurley Children's Hospital and Michigan State University

March 13, 2017
Why Aldo Leopold Has Failed: Rescuing Environmentalism From Moral Obligations
Daniel Bromley, Energy Consultant and Strategic Advisor for Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative
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February 21, 2017
Peregrines of Chicago and Beyond: Back from the Brink
Mary Hennen, Assistant Collections Manager, Gantz Family Collections Center, The Field Museum


October 26, 2016
Deescalating the energy wars
Tisha Schuller, Energy Consultant and Strategic Advisor for Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative

JULY 25, 2016
Working for People and Nature: IUCN's Programme in Asia
Ms. Aban Marker Kabraji, Asia Regional Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature

april 27, 2016
Earth Day: How We Got Here and What Challenges Remain
Tia Nelson, Managing Director for Climate, Outrider Foundation


november 17, 2015
The wonders and tribulations of Africa's Albertine Rift: Biodiversity, science and people in a war zone
John Bates, Associate Curator of Birds and Head of Life Sciences section of Integrated Research, Field Museum

september 17, 2015
Land Use, Climate Change and Yahara Lakes Flooding
Ken Potter, Former Chair of the Water Resources Management program; Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison

july 20, 2015
Disney's Commitment to Conservation
Anne Savage, Conservation Director - Animals, Science & Environment at Walt Disney's Parks and Resorts

june 29, 2015
The Upper Mississippi River: The Big Picture
Rebecca Smith, Director, Upper Mississippi River Program, The Nature Conservancy

march 12, 2015
Flipping the Script: Tribal Nations Driving Research Agendas
Jacqueline Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians


november 17, 2014
Conservation Status of North American Birds in the Face of Future Climate Change
Chad Wilsey, Spatial Ecologist, National Audubon Society

september 17, 2014
The social implications of using drones for wildlife conservation
Chris Sandbrook, Deputy Director of the Master's in Conservation Leadership, University of Cambridge

july 17, 2014
Conservation as Rambunctious Gardening
Emma Marris, writer and author of Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World