SoundWaves: Through the Looking Glass

SoundWaves takes a look at (and through) glass at this year’s Wisconsin Science Festival. What is glass? How is it used to explore our universe? To build our buildings? To tell stories about our beliefs? To create musical sounds? Find out in the Collins Recital Hall at the UW-Madison Hamel Music Center at the first … Continued

WI Book Festival Book Talk: Wisconsin Waters (Scott Spoolman)

Every Wisconsin waterway has a story, from the Great Lakes and the Mighty Mississippi to thousands of interior lakes, rivers and trout streams. Wisconsin Waters takes readers on an epic tour of the geologic, natural and human stories that have shaped these aquatic landscapes over millions of years. In this companion to his popular Wisconsin … Continued

WI Book Festival Book Talk: Ripple Effects (Ted Rulesh)

Lakes are among the Upper Midwest’s greatest treasures and most valuable natural resources. The Great Lakes define the region, and thousands of smaller lakes offer peace, joy and recreation to millions. And yet, in large part because of the numbers of people who enjoy the local waterways, the lakes of Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota face … Continued

Bring Wisconsin Wildlife Into Your Classroom or Programming

Snapshot Wisconsin is a statewide community science project that leverages a network of trail cameras to monitor wildlife. At this event, you will learn how to use Snapshot Wisconsin within your classroom or environmental education programming. Program staff will introduce Snapshot Wisconsin and walk you through one of the free lesson plans designed to work … Continued

The 2022 Confluence: Protecting What We Love in the Rock River Watershed

The Rock River Coalition Conference, The Confluence, will be held on October 15 in Watertown, at the Water Town Senior & Community Center. We’re excited to invite our members, partners, water stewards and community members from across the Rock River basin to participate in this daylong conference. Our programming will include updates on basin news, … Continued

WI Book Festival Book Talk: Nerd (Maya Phillips)

In the vein of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) and Black Nerd Problems, this witty, incisive essay collection from New York Times critic at large Maya Phillips explores race, religion, sexuality and more through the lens of her favorite pop culture fandoms. From the moment Maya Phillips saw the opening scroll of Star … Continued

WI Book Festival Book Talk: Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir)

From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor and fascinating science. Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. … Continued

WI Book Festival Book Talk: The Viral Underclass (Steven Thrasher)

From preeminent LGBTQ scholar, social critic and journalist Steven W. Thrasher comes a powerful and crucial exploration of one of the most pressing issues of our times: how viruses expose the fault lines of society. Having spent a ground-breaking career studying the racialization, policing and criminalization of HIV, Thrasher has come to understand a deeper … Continued

WI Book Festival Book Talk: If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal (Justin Gregg)

Yet, human exceptionalism can be a double-edged sword. With our unique cognitive prowess comes severe consequences, including existential angst, violence, discrimination and the creation of a world teetering towards climate catastrophe. Understood side-by-side, human exceptionalism begins to look more like a curse. As scientist Justin Gregg persuasively argues, there’s an evolutionary reason why human intelligence … Continued

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