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About the Hilldale Lectures

The Hilldale Lecture Series, inaugurated in 1973-74, is sponsored by the faculty's four divisional committees - Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Social Studies - and funded by the university's Hilldale Fund. The series gives each division the unique opportunity to present 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.

Nominate a Hilldale Lecturer

Annual call for 2014-15 nominations

The nomination deadline is 2 January 2014, at noon.

Although a divisional committee each year may invite a distinguished scholar to present the division's Hilldale lecture, at its option the committee may decide to direct several years of its lecture budget allocation toward a single lecturer in order to attract higher profile individuals.

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.

2013-2014 Hilldale Lectures

24 October 2013 - Social Studies
Four Domestications: Fire, Plants, Animals and Us, or the Late Neolithic Multi-species Resettlement Camp
James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University

7 April 2014 (Noon to 1 p.m., WID Forum) - Physical Sciences
In Pursuit of the Traveling Salesman: Mathematics at the Limits of Computation
William Cook, Professor in Combinatorics & Optimization at the University of Waterloo

Arts and Humanities - No lecture for 2013-14

Biological Sciences - No lecture for 2013-14

Past Hilldale Lectures


Contact Information

Jeanne Wellman
Department Administrator
Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
University of Wisconsin - Madison
134 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI  53706-1380

Phone: (608) 262-9337

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