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Wisconsin Academy Fellows Award Ceremony and Dinner

June 5, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Evjue Commons at Olbrich Botanical Gardens • • Madison
Monday, June 5, 2023 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm


Evjue Commons at Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Ave
53704 Madison , WI

Join us on Monday, June 5th from 5-8:00pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704) as we celebrate the 2020 class of Wisconsin Academy Fellows, Wisconsinites with extraordinary levels of accomplishment in their fields as well as a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse and public service. These distinguished individuals from a wide range of disciplines will come together at Olbrich Botanical Gardens to share their success with our state while receiving an award that represents the highest level of recognition conferred by the Wisconsin Academy.

This year's Fellows Award Ceremony will honor the 2020 Wisconsin Academy Fellows:

Sara Balbin • Drummond
Kimberly M. Blaeser • Burlington
Richard R. Burgess • Madison
Mik Derks • Madison
Hallet J. "Bud" Harris • De Pere
J. Val Klump • Milwaukee
Nasia Safdar • Madison

This celebration will take place in the Evjue Commons at Olbrich Botanical Gardens and will include an opening reception with hors d'oeurves, mingling, and a cash bar from 5:00 pm until 5:45 pm. The award ceremony and dinner will begin promptly at 6:00 pm and will feature presentations from awardees. Guests are asked to wear business formal attire.

Ticket prices:

  • $125 - Member Tickets
  • $150 - Non-Member Tickets
  • $1,000 - Table of 8 for Members
  • $1,100 - Table of 8 for Non-Members

If you have any questions regarding your membership status, please contact Zack Robbins, (608) 263-1692 ext. 16.

For more information about the Academy Fellows, explore our Fellows program.  

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As a creative force, community leader, and bridge between cultures, few artists have had a greater influence in the Upper Midwest than Sara Balbin.

Kimberly Blaeser, past Wisconsin Poet Laureate and founding director of In-Na-Po—Indigenous Nations Poets, is a writer, photographer, and scholar. She is the author of six poetry collections including Ancient LightCopper Yearning, and the bilingual Résister en dansant/Ikwe-niimi: Dancing Resistance.

Richard “Dick” Burgess grew up in Seattle, Washington, received a BS in Chemistry in 1964 at Caltech where he played varsity basketball. In 1969 he received a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University, where he studied with James Watson.

Mik Derks has been telling stories in Wisconsin for nearly five decades. Before joining PBS Wisconsin in 1995 to produce documentaries, he made the rounds of other communications media.

Hallett J. “Bud” Harris is Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Green Bay. After receiving a BS from Coe College, he graduated with a MS and PhD from Iowa State University and joined the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay in 1969, retiring in 1999. 

J. Val Klump joined the Center for Great Lakes Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1980 and served as the Director of the Great Lakes WATER Institute from 2001 to 2011. He is currently a Professor and Dean of UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences. 

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in healthcare-associated infection prevention research. She was the Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics from 2009-2020. Dr. Safdar is board certified in infectious disease and she focuses on healthcare-associated infections, particularly in the acute care setting.

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