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.

Watch our COVID-19 edition of Crossroads:

5:00 pm
October 28

Crossroads of Ideas: From Climate Change to the Coronavirus

From Climate Change to the Coronavirus: What we can learn from public debates about science in the U.S. is free and open to the public. Register for webinar access.

The public conversation around COVID-19 has reinforced many of the existing dysfunctional patterns in American science and politics. The false dichotomies between economic concerns and meaningful action and the ideological and partisan divides of the COVID-19 pandemic are reminiscent of the stalemate surrounding climate change. Climate change reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis of Gimlet Media will join UW-Madison science communication professor Dietram Scheufele to discuss what previous controversies around science in the U.S. can teach us about the ongoing fight over how to address the pandemic.

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

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