Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence

Celebrating 21 years of award-winning lectures by retired University of Wisconsin faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship.

The 2014-2015 season is proudly sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies, the Institute on Aging, and the Anonymous Committee. This lecture series is free and open to the public, with no registration required. The lectures are held Sunday afternoons 2-3pm in the Pyle Center and are followed by refreshments.

At a glance

What: Award-winning series of lectures by retired University of Wisconsin faculty known for their teaching excellence

When: Sundays 2-3pm (see below for schedule)

Cost: Free, open to the public, no registration required

Where: The Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St, Madison, WI (map)

Questions? Contact Emily Auerbach at eauerbach@dsc.wisc.edu or call 608-262-3733

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2014-2015 schedule

Sept 28, 2014

‘Everyone is Listening for Something’: Nature Writing Set to Music

This lecture will focus on 4 works inspired by the nature poetry and wilderness writings of Aldo Leopold, Sigurd F. Olson, August Derleth, and Henry David Thoreau. Discussions will include the setting of word rhythms, the intonations of language, the use of sounds and tone colors to enhance suggested images, programming specific sounds of the wild, and celebrating the powers of the natural world through musical creativity.

Douglas Hill served as professor of music-horn at UW-Madison from 1974-2011. He was named an Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professor in the Creative Arts and was the recipient of the 2009 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Along with performing and recording extensively, he is recognized as one of only 20 international horn performers to be included in the book 20th Century Brass Soloists. Hill has appeared as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Germany, France, and China in numerous international, national, and regional brass and horn workshops and symposia.

Oct 19, 2014

The Reevaluation of Modern Giant T. S. Eliot

T.S.Eliot stands as a literary giant, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948 for his revolutionary poetry, prose, and drama. This lecture will explore why American-born Eliot became a British citizen and how works like The Waste Land and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock speak to us today.

Cyrena Pondrom is professor emerita of English and women’s studies at UW-Madison. Her research specializations are Anglo-American modernist poetry and the avant-garde. She has written on Eliot, Stein, H.D., Pound, Moore, Barnes, cummings, and the literary history of modernist poetry.

March 22, 2015

How Did Social Insurance Become a Four-Letter Word?

Carin Clauss (Law School)

April 26, 2015

Emerging Diseases of the 21st Century

Dennis Maki (Department of Medicine)


Contact Emily Auerbach at eauerbach@dcs.wisc.edu or call 608-262-3733.