Our Thursdays at the U lecture series includes a wonderful lineup starting this September 2022! This series, partly funded by the UW-Barron County Foundation, will explore topics in the arts, sciences, public affairs, literary fields and cultural areas. While hosting a variety of speakers, the university does not seek to endorse or promote a particular idea, opinion, topic or product over others. These lectures are free and open to the public every Thursday from 12:30-1:30 and are held in our Blue Hill's Lecture Hall, BRRH234.
And this year, our Riverside Cafe is open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day! So you can enjoy lunch before the program or get a quick treat and coffee after the program! You are welcome to bring your lunch to the program if you wish.
Spring 2023 Program Lineup:
February 2 Eating Wildly: Foraging Edible Plants, Martha Wright
February 9 Our Miraculous Living Soil, Dale Hanson
February 16 Anishinaabe Insights on Adapting to Climate Change, Michael Price
February 23 New Deal Era Post Office Murals, Ryan Urban
March 2 Pluralism in Perspective, Chaplain Peter Muschinske
March 9 Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World, Jessica Michna
March 16 Ojibwe Horses and Their People, Em Loerzel
March 30 My Homelands: Echoes of My Ancestors, Janice Rice
April 6 Geology of the Ice Age Trail Dreamer Segment, Blue Hills, M. Sedlacek, J. White & K. Syverson
April 13 Vietnam: The War's Set-Up Story, Paul Kluge
April 20 Backyard Prairie Communities, Dave Caithamer & Jim Riemer
April 27 Elk in Wisconsin, Joshua Spiegel
May 4 Why the USA Needs Immigrants/Refugees, Isaak Mohammad
May 11 Women of the American Revolution, Kathy Waldvogel
Fall 2022 Program recording links:
September 8 101 Ways to Help Birds, Laura Erickson 101 Ways to Help Birds, Laura Erickson
September 15 Free Speech, the Supreme Court & J.S. Mills, Eric Kasper and Troy Kozma Free Speech, the Supreme Courts and J.S. Milles, Eric Kasper
September 22 Celebrate your F-READ-om, Katherine Elchert Celebrate your F-READ-om, Katherine Eichert
September 29 Ice Age Trail Adventurer, Sue Greenway Ice Age Trail Adventurer, Sue Greenway
October 6 Healing & Justice for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Kristin Welch Healing & Justice for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
October 13 Meandering the Northwoods Medicine Trail, Gigi Stafne Meandering the Northwoods Medicine Trail
October 20 Wisconsin 101: Local History with Objects, Thomas Broman WI 101: Local History with Objects
October 27 Down the Mississippi in a Leaky Canoe, Luke Yourzak Down the Mississippi in a Leaky Canoe
November 3 Perspectives on Invasive Plants, Michael Heim Perspectives on Invasive Plants
November 10 The Refugee Experience in Western Wisconsin, Chris Jones The Refugee Experience in Western Wisconsin
November 17 Local Abandoned Railroads, Arlyn Colby Local Abandoned Railroads
December 1 Warren Commission Report: Fact or Fiction?, David Yorks Warren Commission Report: Fact or Fiction?
December 8 Impressions of America: 1972 - 2022, Ben Kyriagis Impressions of America
December 15 Cow Tales: Memories of a Rural Vet, Dave Mills Cow Tales: Memories of a Rural Vet
Spring 2022 Program recording links:
February 3 Natural Lawn Alternatives, Anthony Nied Natural Lawn Alternatives
February 10 The Future of the Cedar Side Trail, Craig Fowler & Kevin Jacobson Rice Lake's Cedar Side Trail
February 17 Ma'iingan (wolf) and the Ojibwe, Peter David Ma'iingan (wolf) and the Ojibwe
February 24 Modern Roundabouts; Why They Work, Beth Cunningham and Dan Bieberitz Modern Roundabouts: Why They Work
March 3 Yoga for Health, Patty McGown Yoga for Health
March 10 Lessons from the Deacons, Selika Ducksworth-Lawton Lessons from the Deacons
March 17 Okayest Hits: a Poetry Reading, Dylan Loring Okayest Hits: A Poetry Reading
March 24 S P R I N G B R E A K
March 31 Cancelled due to bad weather. Will be taking place on May 12th.
April 7 To the Moon and Beyond, Matt Coel To the Moon and Beyond
April 14 "Forever Chemicals"- Sources, Health Effects, Remediation, Kay Curtin Forever Chemicals
April 21 Native Peoples and Enbridge Pipelines, Paul DeMain Native Peoples and Enbridge Pipelines
April 28 Sister Cities, An Opportunity for Citizen Diplomacy, Deb Neuheisel Sister Cities
May 5 Search and Rescue/Recovery, Janice Thompson Search and Rescue/Recovery
May 12 Salem Witch Trials, Jessica Michna Salem Witch Trials
Fall 2021 Program recording links:
September 2nd Barn Quilts of Wisconsin, Mary and Michael Kolstad Barn Quilts 9/2/21
September 9th Barron County Restorative Justice Programs, Monika Audette and Mary Hoeft (no video/audio link available)
September 16th What Are Counties?, Jeff French What are Counties?
September 23rd Primates Inc. - Helping Monkeys in Need, Amy Kerwin Primates Inc.
September 30th A Caregiver's Experience with Dementia, Jim Adams A Caregiver's Experience
October 7th Toward a Sustainable Economy, Jack Reardon A Sustainable Economy
October 21st 100 Years of Women's Suffrage, Anne Marie McClellan 100 Years of Women's Suffrage
October 28th Fungal Diversity in the Northwoods, Tavis Lynch (sorry, no video available)
November 4th CAFO Dairy Farm - A Good Neighbor?, Tyler Gruetzmacher & Jim Kusilek
November 11th The Unsung Heroes of Nature, Emily Stone (no video/audio link available but you can reach email@example.com with questions)
November 18th Poetry: Assuming a Persona, Christy Potvin
December 2nd Microplastics in Northern Lakes, How Big a Problem?, Todd Wellnitz Microplastics in Northern Lakes; How Big a Problem?
December 9th Life on Ice: Arctic Expeditions, Lonnie Dupre Life on Ice: Arctic Expeditions
To view archived recordings of our presentations, please go to Archived Thursday at the U Presentations.
Please click here to watch the Spring 2022 Communiversity Band Performance
Please click here to watch the Fall 2022 Communiversity Band Performance