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:

7:00 pm
October 12
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: What is life?

Crossroads of Ideas is free and open to the public.

This first installment of the Big Questions series tackles the biggest of them all from the perspectives of a philosopher and a virologist who share an interest in understanding the origins of life.

Carol Cleland is a philosopher and the director of the Center for the Study of Origins at the University of Colorado-Boulder. John Yin is a UW-Madison chemical engineer, systems biology and virology researcher delving into the chemistry of the origins of life. UW-Madison Dean of Letters and Sciences Eric Wilcots will moderate this interdisciplinary convergence on the most fundamental topic—what is life itself?

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

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

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