Skip to main content

Thursdays @ the U

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.

Again 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 2024 Program Lineup. Links of recordings are posted here after the event has aired.

Feb 1     Badger Aces: Wisconsin's Fighter Pilots, Mike O'Conner

Feb 8     Extraordinary Journey to Kathmandu, Mary Hoeft

Feb 15    Winged Freedom Raptor Hospital, Kim Ammann

Feb 22   1950's Deer Camp, Geoff Pedersen

Feb 29    This is Art, JD McGuire

Mar 7      Crex Meadows Wildlife Area, Lauren Finch Thomas

Mar 14    Personal Stories of the Freedom Riders, BJ Hollars

Mar 28    Peer Recovery Coaching Services, Breanna Showkeir & Christina Garcia

Apr 4      Iijidiwashikwe: Heroine of the Northwoods, 1840s, Rick St. Germaine

Apr 11    The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Steve Ackerman

Apr 18    Bliss(ters): Hiking Mexico to Canada, Gail Frances

Apr 25    Something's Burning: Waste Incineration, Lauren Wentz

May 2    Who am I? Researching Ancestry Andy Gaertner

May 9    Mary Todd Lincoln: A Widow Forgotten, Jessica Michna


Fall 2024 Program Lineup. Links of recordings are posted here after the event has aired.

Sept 5     International Friendship Cultivated Here, Mary Hankins

Sept 12   Pharmacogenomics: Genes Influence our Medication, Scott Hebbring

Sept 19   Stout Island: Then & Now, Tim McRaith & Denise DeGidio

Sept 26   Climate Change Effects on Animals, Warren Porter

Oct 3      Protecting Our Precious Pollinators, Christ Stein

Oct 10    Across the Sahara with PAN AM in 1941, Tom Culbert

Oct 17    Domestic Violence: Personal & Factual, Sarah Wittrock & Allie Musolf 

Oct 24    Writing Where You Live, Patti See

Oct 31    Ghosts, Monsters & Ghouls, Jon Fritz

Nov 7     Balancing the Plate: A Chef's Life, Chef Christopher Ray

Nov 14   Living Off the Grid, David Weider

Nov 21   The Invention and Imposition of Blood Quantum, Jill Doerfler

Dec 5     Wisconsin Women in Conservation, Kriss Marion

Dec 12   7 Principles that Fuel Success, Paul Billmeyer



2023 Thursday@U Recordings

Spring 2023 Program recording links:

February 2        Eating Wildly: Foraging Edible Plants, Martha Wright Eating Wildly: Foraging Edible Plants

February 9        Our Miraculous Living Soil, Dale Hanson Our Miraculous Living Soul

February 16      Anishinaabe Insights on Adapting to Climate Change, Michael Price Anishinaabe Insights on Adapting to Climate Change

February 23      New Deal-Era Post Office Murals, Ryan Urban (Livestream only due to potential snowstorm. No in-person event today!)  

              - click on TV Live Stream in the upper right hand corner!                                                                                                                         or watch on Charter/Spectrum Channel 992, Mosaic Channel 993 

March 2            Pluralism in Perspective, Chaplain Peter Muschinske Pluralism in Perspective

March 9            Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the World, Jessica Michna Eleanor Roosevelt

March 16          Ojibwe Horses and Their People, Em Loerzel Ojibwe Horses and Their People

March 30          My Homelands: Echoes of My Ancestors, Janice Rice My Homelands

April 6              Geology of the Ice Age Trail Dreamer Segment, Blue Hills, M. Sedlacek, J. White & K. Syverson Geology of the Ice Age Trail

April 13            Vietnam: The War's Set-Up Story, Paul Kluge Vietnam: The War's Set-Up Story

April 20            Backyard Prairie Communities, Dave Caithamer & Jim Riemer Backyard Prairie Communities

April 27            Elk in Wisconsin, Joshua Spiegel Elk in Wisconsin

May 4              Why the USA Needs Immigrants/Refugees, Isaak Mohamed Why the USA Needs Immigrants/Refugees

May 11            Women of the American Revolution, Kathy Waldvogel  Women of the American Revolution  


Fall 2023 Program Recording Links:

Sept. 7            Dean Kallenbach: Are You Getting Real News?

Sept. 14          Trisha Witham: Preventing Dementia: What We Know

Sept. 21          Douglas Bradley: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

Sept. 28          Alexander Townsend: Braille for the Sighted

Oct. 5             Briana Bateman: Sheer(ing) Delight

Oct. 12            Don Peterson: The Battle of the Bulge

Oct. 19            Kate Worzala: Creative Non-Fiction: Not an Oxymoron

Oct. 26            David Armstrong:Filipino Workers in Barron

Nov. 2             Paul Billmeyer:Achieving Good Mental Health

Nov. 9             Nathali Jones: (Mis)Adventures in Adventure Education

Nov. 16           Nancy Keeler and Pam Carlson:Oh, My Aching Back!

Nov. 30           Richard Terrill:Writing for Outdoors

Dec. 7             Nick Pedersen:Conquering the Tuscobia Winter Ultra

Dec. 14           Anna Demers and Ryan Urban:Exploring the Antarctic Peninsula



2022 Thursday@U Recordings

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 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

2021 Thursday@U Recordings

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 14th         Missing & Murdered Indigenous Relatives, Renee Gralewicz The Indigenous Peoples celebration; Dr. Renee Gralewicz

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 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

Please click here to enjoy the Spring 2022 Communiversity Band Performance 

Please click here to enjoy the Fall 2022 Communiversity Band Performance

Please click here to enjoy the Spring 2023 Communiversity Band Performance


We want to hear from you

Please enter your name

Please enter a valid email address

Please enter a valid phone number

Please enter a message