University Summer Forums

Students of all ages and backgrounds converge at the Summer Forums. Says one instructor of leading a forum, "It's just been a pleasure."

Do something fun, educational and free in the summer.  Enjoy a few summer evenings on campus. Take an academic course or two with leading UW-Madison professors and current students in addressing contemporary issues in an engaging classroom setting. Continuing Studies and its campus partners are proud to sponsor two University Summer Forums open to the public at no cost and to registered students for regular credit fees, every summer. View our University Summer Forums 2014 below and check back in spring for information on University Summer Forums 2015.

Food, Meaning and Spirituality

June 17-July10, 2014, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

Join food scholars, cooks and aficionados as we examine the ways in which people make meaning through food, and the spiritual dimension of everyday life! Through film, literature, and activities such as eating of course, we will learn about the intersections between food and faith in a number of cultures and contexts, religious and secular. We will also examine the relationships between food sustainability and spirituality in contemporary America, particularly in Wisconsin.

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Instructor: Dr. Corrie Norman, Religious Studies

Decoding the Energy Industry

July 15-August 7, 2014, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8pm

From wind and solar power, to coal and natural gas—everyone is talking about energy, how it works and how it affects our homes, work and daily lives. We will uncover new and complex dimensions of the technologies used to create electricity and learn how they impact public policy, economics, engineering and the environment. Leading campus researchers and nationally recognized guest speakers will provide the foundation and language necessary to engage in meaningful discussions and make informed choices about our energy options and use.

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Instructors: Professor Michael Corradini and Ms. Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Wisconsin Energy Institute


The Forums are free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.

Students taking a Summer Forum for course credit must register through MyUW student center.