Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Crossroads of Ideas is a public lecture series held monthly on Tuesday evenings during the academic year that addresses topics that matter to our community and are the subject of research at UW-Madison.

The name Crossroads of Ideas reflects the importance of the Discovery Building as a place for campus and community to learn about thought-provoking topics. Crossroads refers to both the building’s central location on campus and the intersection of the dozens of different disciplines that work and study here.

Upcoming Events

Crossroads of Ideas: COVID-19 and a Deluge of Data

Tuesday, November 2 | 7:00 PM

Join Caroline Chen, health care reporter for ProPublica and UW–Madison's fall 2021 Science Writer in Residence, and a panel of campus experts for a hybrid event focused on how we […]

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Crossroads of Ideas: What is consciousness?

Tuesday, November 9 | 7:00 PM

Consciousness remains one of the great mysteries in both science and philosophy. Learn from a scientist and a philosopher why consciousness is so puzzling and whether we can make progress […]

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Crossroads of Ideas is supported by the Morgridge Institute for ResearchUW–Madison and WARF.

The media partner for Crossroads of Ideas is The Cap Times.

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