Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence

Celebrating 22 years of award-winning lectures by retired University of Wisconsin faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship.

The 2015-2016 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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2015-2016 schedule

Sept 27, 2015

Is Gandhi relevant today?

Joseph Elder, Sociology

Joseph Elder, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Languages and Cultures of Asia, and Integrated Liberal Studies, has earned a global reputation in international relations. At the UW-Madison, he spent over a half century providing extraordinary teaching, service, and research. Professor Elder trained students to study abroad in India and Nepal, produced numerous documentaries about South Asia, taught classes about Gandhi, and served as a mediator in times of crisis.

Oct 25, 2015

U.S.-China relations: Less confrontation, more cooperation

Charles Irish, Law School

Charles Irish is the Volkman-Bascom Professor of Law Emeritus and Director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center Emeritus. Over the course of his career, Professor Irish traveled to about 80 countries and did extensive advisory work on tax reform and trade policy for governments in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Professor Irish's research interests focus on international taxation, trade policies, and U.S. laws affecting international business.

March 20, 2016

How do we build a more just and sustainable community?

Boyd Rossing, Human Ecology

Boyd Rossing, an emeritus professor of interdisciplinary studies in the School of Human Ecology, helped create Family Voices, an award-winning partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County encouraging African-American families to make culturally relevant improvements in their neighborhoods. Throughout his career at UW-Madison, Professor Rossing pioneered ways to create interactive and innovative collaborations between campus and community, bridging the gap between classroom theory and life-changing practices.

April 24, 2016

Inequities in women’s health

Gloria Sarto, M.D. School of Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Gloria Sarto, who holds both a PhD and MD, is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Medical School. Dr. Sarto has played a critical role in bringing awareness to women’s health issues on a national level, including helping to set up the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health. Throughout her professional career Dr. Sarto championed the health of women in innumerable ways—as a practicing physician, department chair, and national voice for women’s health.


Contact Emily Auerbach at emily.auerbach@wisc.edu or call 608-262-3733.