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Wisconsin Book Festival Presents Big Ideas for Busy People: How Do We Know What We Know

Thursday, Oct 21, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This popular, fast-paced event featuring five-minute flash talks from some of UW-Madison’s biggest brains is back! Join us for a fun-filled evening as we explore how we know what we know. The oderated by Eric Wilcots, Dean of the College of Letters & Science.

Location: Discovery Building - DeLuca Forum 


  • John Hawks, anthropology, Where did we come from and who are we?
  • Amy Barger, astronomy, How do we know how old the universe is?
  • Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute for Research, How do we know how animals develop?
  • Hilary Dugan, integrative biology, How do we know climate change is real? Lakes as a chronicle of our changing planet
  • Keith Findley, law, How can we really know who dunnit – the Wisconsin Innocence Project
  • Anne Pringle, botany, How can we know where fungi are – and aren’t?

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Science Festival.