Crossroads of Ideas is a public lecture series held monthly on Tuesday evenings during the academic year that addresses challenging and engaging social science topics such as politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.

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.

Tuesday
7:00 pm
September 25
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: Future Challenges for the Great Lakes

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Jim Hurley, director of the University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center (UW Sea Grant and UW Water Resources Institutes), discusses the latest research on aquatic invasive species, shipwrecks, water quality and coastal storms. Plus, get your hands wet with interactive experiments and trivia.

Tuesday
7:00 pm
October 16
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: The Ethical Landscape of Stem Cell Science

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Norm Fost, professor emeritus in pediatrics and bioethics, will moderate a discussion featuring: Anita Bhattacharyya, scientist at the Waisman Center and assistant professor of cell and regenerative biology; Kris Saha, scientist at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and assistant professor of biomedical engineering; and Dietram Scheufele, Morgridge Institute affiliate and professor of life sciences communication. Learn more about 20 years of stem cell science at UW-Madison.

Tuesday
7:00 pm
November 13
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: Stem Cell Science: The Next 20 Years

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Penny Patterson, senior director of communications and marketing services at Promega, will moderate a discussion featuring: Dave Vereide, a Morgridge scientist in regenerative biology studying artery engineering; David Gamm, director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute and associate professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences; and Lynn Allen-Hoffmann, founder of Stratatech and professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. Learn more about 20 years of stem cell science at UW-Madison.

Tuesday
7:00 pm
December 4
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: How (Not) to Think About Artificial Intelligence

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

We are the only examples of intelligence we know of, but we should not imagine artificial intelligence (AI) having human characteristics. AI is better than us at skills we find difficult, like playing Chess and Go, but currently worse than us at everyday skills like language. Bill Hibbard, a senior scientist emeritus at UW-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center, discusses how AI will interact with our lives and how, in the long run, AI will learn about us rather than from us, discounting our biases but exploiting our irrationality to manipulate us.

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Crossroads of Ideas is supported by the Morgridge Institute for Research, UW–Madison and WARF.

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