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Hilldale Lecture Series

The Hilldale Lecture Series is supported by the university's Hilldale Fund and sponsored by the executive committees of the four faculty divisions: the Arts & Humanities Divisional Committee, Biological Sciences Divisional Committee, Physical Sciences Divisional Committee and Social Studies Divisional Committee.

Through these lectures, each division presents to the university community distinguished thinkers whose contributions to contemporary culture and science have received international recognition and acclaim. All lectures are free and open to the public.

A lecturer's presence on campus provides a special opportunity for faculty, staff and students to engage around topics of mutual interest. Each lecturer is invited to deliver a public talk, which is followed by a hosted reception to give attendees access to the speaker. Smaller and more focused interactions are also scheduled for selected faculty and students.

2014-2015 Hilldale Lectures

Arts & Humanities

Holland Cotter

Art Critic for the New York Times
Found in Translation
30 October, 6 pm, L160 A. Elvehjem Building

Reception: to follow the lecture, at the University Club

Biological Sciences

Matthias Mann

Director, Department of Proteomics & Signal Transduction, Max-Planck Institute of Biochemistry
From Genomics to Proteomics:
Technologies and Applications of High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry in Biology and Medicine

29 September, Noon, 1220 Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Building

Reception: 29 September, 5 pm, Atrium, Biochemical Sciences Building

Physical Sciences

Richard J. Lipton

Professor & Frederick G. Storey Chair in Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Social Studies

James Fowler

Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science, University of California, San Diego
How Social Networks Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do
2 October, 4 p.m., Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Reception: to follow the lecture

Call for Nominations: 2015-2016 Hilldale Lectures

Nominations due: Monday, 15 December 2014

Past Hilldale Lectures


About the Hilldale Fund

Created in 1962 through a gift to the board of regents through the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Hilldale Fund is dedicated to the support of projects that advance scholarly activity at UW-Madison. The fund has benefitted over the years from income realized from the operation of the Hilldale Shopping Center, which was constructed on university-owned land, and more recently from proceeds from the sale of that real estate.


Contact Information

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University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Madison, WI  53706-1380


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