Journeys & Discoveries
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Experience breathtaking scenery and landmarks, behind-the-scenes insight from experienced guides, and world-class performances.
High-quality language and culture instruction in many world languages for conversation, travel, or business.
Journeys and Discoveries
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.
― Ursula K. Le Guin
Explore the world with classes in history, art, languages, writing, and more
Journeys often have itineraries, yet we can rarely guess all that we’ll learn along the way.
Take Charles Darwin, for example. He visited the Galápagos Islands in 1835 as a naturalist on a five-year sea voyage. But it wasn’t until over 20 years later—in 1859—that he published On the Origin of Species, a text that fundamentally changed the way we understand the world.
Make some discoveries of your own this year. Whether you are learning a language for a trip abroad, exploring the world through a history class, or sharing an epiphany in a writing course, Continuing Studies can guide you.
Where will your journey take you?
Emeritus Faculty Lectures: Eloquence and Eminence
Award-winning lectures by retired UW faculty known for their teaching excellence and scholarship. Free, open to the public.Program and registration details
Evolution: Origins and Contemporary Questions
Explore the history of the idea of evolution, the significance of the Galápagos Islands, and cutting-edge research on the evolutionary history of humans.Program and registration details
Odyssey Through Turkey
Turkey has been a crossroads of major civilizations for thousands of years. Discover stories of local customs, gastronomy, and modern life.Program and registration details
Scientific Exploration in the Enlightenment: Captain Cook’s Voyages to the Pacific Ocean, 1768-1779
Using Cook’s three voyages to the Pacific, investigate what scientific expeditions hoped to accomplish and what kinds of new knowledge they yielded.Program and registration details
Sketchbooks and Art Journals: The Artist’s Best Friends
Use sketchbooks and journals to experiment with new techniques, do warm-up exercises, solve problems, and capture ideas and feelings on the fly.Program and registration details
Tuesday Morning Booktalks
Join other book lovers at the downtown Madison Public Library for exciting discussions of world literature. Extensive handouts provided.Program and registration details
Writers’ Institute Pathways to Publication Conference
UW-Madison’s annual Writers’ Institute is a weekend of inspiration, education, and networking for writers. Join us and bring your writing to life!Program and registration details