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.

7:00 pm
March 5
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: Approaching MLK’s Dream

Approaching MLK’s Dream: Scientifically Tested Methods to Reduce Racism and Promote Inclusivity is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

Using randomized controlled trials, scientists have started to examine the effectiveness of different pro-diversity initiatives. Markus Brauer, professor in the UW-Madison department of psychology, will report cutting-edge research from this new field of diversity science

7:00 pm
March 26
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: Space: The Final (Aquatic) Frontier

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

The sudden increase in automated sensors has allowed environmental scientists to measure and monitor the natural world in ways and at frequencies not previously possible. Emily Stanley, professor in integrative biology, will share how her research group has used these devices to measure changes over space to gain new perspectives and understanding of patterns and processes within aquatic environments.

7:00 pm
April 9
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: From CRISPR Twins to Real Therapies

From CRISPR Twins to Real Therapies: The Future of Genome Editing is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.

CRISPR holds the potential to transform our planet. Join a panel of internationally recognized experts from UW-Madison to explore the scientific, policy and ethical landscapes regarding this controversial technology.


  • Dominique Brossard, life sciences communications/Morgridge Institute (moderator)
  • Alta Charo, law
  • Jeffrey Jones, OB/GYN
  • Pilar Ossorio, law/Morgridge Institute
  • Kris Saha, biomedical engineering/WID
  • Dietram Scheufele, life sciences communications/Morgridge Institute

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

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