Speaker Date Topic
UW Prof. Anja Wanner Mar 06, 2024 12:10 PM
The Grammar of English Spelling: 5 Words, 5 Lessons, 0 Phonics
The Grammar of English Spelling: 5 Words, 5 Lessons, 0 Phonics

ANJA WANNER is the Enid H. Anderson Professor of English at UW-Madison. A syntactician by training, she teaches classes on the structure and history of English and grammar in use. She has published five books on topics like the use of the passive voice in scientific writing and the relationship between syntax and genre. Her favorite word is ‘serendipity.’  In her Rotary presentation, she will illustrate that we cannot understand English spelling if we believe that it is mainly about matching sounds to letters. She will discuss how grammar, history, politics, language contact and human error are contributing to the joys and vexations tied to the English spelling system.

Scott Mosley & Ben Camp Mar 13, 2024 12:10 PM
Startup Climate and How to Nurture Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Startup Climate and How to Nurture Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

SCOTT MOSLEY is CEO of StartingBlock, Madison's Startup Hub.  He has a background in strategy and operations who applies a multidisciplinary background and partnership development expertise to accelerate growth.  BEN CAMP is co-founder of RehabPath, an online platform that aims to provide in-depth, unbiased information that helps people make educated decisions during a crucial time in their lives.   In their Rotary presentation, they will talk about the journey of founding and growing a tech startup in Madison and their place in the startup ecosystem.

Speaker TBD Mar 20, 2024 12:10 PM
Program Invitation Outstanding
UW Prof. Jim Lattis Mar 27, 2024 12:10 PM
The Return of the Corona: The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024
The Return of the Corona: The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024

JIM LATTIS is director of the UW Space Place and a native Madisonian.  He manages the historic Washburn Observatory and teaches course in introductory astronomy and its history as well as leading many trips focused on astronimical tourism.  He will talk about the last total solar eclipse to crss the United States for the next 20 years or so.

UW Prof. Ken Mayer Apr 03, 2024 12:10 PM
The Unusual State of the Presidential Race
The Unusual State of the Presidential Race

KEN MAYER is a professor of political science at UW-Madison.   He has written extensively on the presidency, Congress, election administration, redistricting, and campaign finance. He is a frequent expert witness in voting rights, election administration, and redistricting litigation around the country in both state and federal courts, and has been active in supporting academic freedom and free speech rights at the UW and other universities.  

Armando Ibarra Apr 10, 2024 12:10 PM
Generations of Change: Labor Migration, Settlement, and Social Transformation
Generations of Change: Labor Migration, Settlement, and Social Transformation

ARMANDO IBARRA is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the School for Workers |Department of Labor Education and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies at UW-Madison.  He has garnered much attention for his work from peers and professional associations. But if you want to find him, look in a classroom or a community space.  He will be in these spaces teaching traditional and adult students on working-class history and contemporary issues these communities face. In all his endeavors, he models what folks say in solidarity circles: “We make the road by walking.”