Free Viewing/Lecture Series

Thursdays @ the U

Thursdays @ the U lecture series will run throughout the spring and fall semesters. The 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.

Spring 2019

All sessions are noon-1 in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall, R234, Rice Lake

January 31

"To Make Red War Yet Redder"
Paul Chase, Quentin Vieregge and Joel Friederich, professors UWEC-Barron County 

February 7

"The Sweetest Story: Making Maple Syrup"
Ted Simpson, Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producers Association

February 14

"Life’s Last Great Journey"
Tracy Schieffer, Marshfield Medical Center – Rice Lake 

February 21

"kNOw Meth Barron County"
Stacey Frolik, director of Barron Co. Dept. Health and Human Services  

February 28

"Thru-Hiking the Superior Hiking Trail"
Roxanne Backowski, electronic resources librarian UW-Eau Claire 

March 7

"It takes a Village"
Arianne Peterson, Advancing Local Development through Empowerment + Action in Guatemala 

March 14

"Running: A Great Metaphor for Life"
Lisa Janty, marathoner 

March 21

"Agricultural Hemp"
Jeffrey Amundson, psychology UW-Stevens Point 

April 4

"Lake Ice Seasonality + Climate Change"
John Magnuson, professor emeritus UW-Madison

April 11

"Landscaping with Native Plants"
Peter Gallagher, professor emeritus Louisiana Tech University

April 18

"Homo Sapiens: Hitchhiking Toward Sapience"
Jane R. Shoup, professor emerita Purdue University Northwest 

April 25 

"Legend of the Birkie"
Tom Kelly, public relations consultant

May 2

"Red Cedar 2019: Northwest Wisconsin in Words and Images"
Several creative writers and artists 

May 9

"Female Genital Mutilation: An Outdated Practice"
Anthony Mutuku, international student 


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