Crossroads of Ideas kicks off spring 2018 series February 13

The popular public lecture series “Crossroads of Ideas” makes its spring semester debut with “Molecular Me” on Tuesday, February 13. Jason Fletcher, professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs and author of “The Genome Factor,” will explore the social implications of the genomic revolution.

The event will take place at the Discovery Building, in the Town Center’s DeLuca Forum at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Crossroads of Ideas regularly invites speakers and discussions on challenging and engaging social science topics such as politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.

Additional spring semester dates and topics include:

  • March 20: “Fire in the West and Forests of the Future: Lessons from Yellowstone,” featuring Monica Turner, a professor of ecology in the department of integrative biology at UW-Madison.
  • April 3: “A Head of Our Time? Issues and Ethics in Human Head Transplants,” featuring Susan Lederer, a professor of medical history and bioethics at UW-Madison. This talk is in commemoration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”
  • April 24: Suman Banerjee, a professor of computer sciences at UW-Madison, will discuss city-scale wireless networks.

All forums are held at 7 p.m. at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St. in Madison. Parking is available in nearby lots at Union South, the Biotechnology Center and the engineering campus.

Registration is encouraged but not required at

The series is co-presented by the Morgridge Institute for Research, the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.