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Speaker Service

Would you like to bring the Wisconsin Academy to your organization or community? Each of our speakers has previously contributed to Academy programs and exhibitions in the past and we are proud to present them as part of this public service. If you are interested in arranging a talk, please contact us with your request.

Presentations by speakers are at the availability of the individual speakers. Content and views expressed by individual speakers are not necessarily those of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.


Debra Brehmer

Debra Brehmer is a writer and art historian who runs a contemporary gallery called Portrait Society in Milwaukee.

Speaker Location:
Milwaukee
Talk Topics:
"Contemporary Portraiture," "Wisconsin Regional Art"

Bruce Dethlefsen

Bruce Dethlefsen was the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. A retired educator and public library director living in Westfield, Dethlefsen began his two-year term as Wisconsin Poet Laureate at the beginning of 2011.

Speaker Location:
Westfield
Talk Topics:
"Poetry Reading and Open Mic"

Max Garland

Max Garland of Eau Claire served as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2013-2014. A first generation college student, Garland left a ten-year career as a mail carrier to pursue his love of poetry.

Speaker Location:
Eau Claire
Talk Topics:
"The Cultivation of Wonder," "The Poetry of Place," "The Poetry of Elders"

John Imes

John Imes, executive director and co-founder of Wisconsin Environmental Initiative (WEI), has over 25 years of experience creating and managing award-winning programs for improving our environment and economy.

Speaker Location:
Madison
Talk Topics:
"The Greening of Main Street," "Clean, Clear Waters"

Val Klump

J. Val Klump is a Professor, Dean of Research, and Senior Director of the School of Freshwater Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on how nutrients and carbon are cycled in lakes.

Speaker Location:
Milwaukee
Talk Topics:
"The Science of Freshwater Lakes," "Green Bay's Dead Zones"

Richard Kyte

Richard Kyte is Endowed Professor and Director of the DB Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches a variety of ethics courses dealing with issues in business, politics, and the envi

Speaker Location:
La Crosse
Talk Topics:
"Doing What's Right in Difficult Circumstances"

Curt Meine

Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and writer based in Sauk County.  He is a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at UW–Madison.  Meine served as the on-screen

Speaker Location:
Sauk County
Talk Topics:
“The Waters of Wisconsin: Sustaining Our Aquatic Ecosystems and Resources”

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is Associate Director at the UW-Center for Agricultural Systems, the sustainable agriculture research center on the Madison campus.

Speaker Location:
Madison
Talk Topics:
"Resilient Food Systems", "Driftless Region Terroir"

Shiela Reaves

Shiela Reaves is a professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and an affiliate faculty member of American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Speaker Location:
Madison
Talk Topics:
"Science and Storytelling"

Mary Schlaefer

Mary Schlaefer is CEO of WECC, a nonprofit that designs and implements energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related finance programs across the United States.

Speaker Location:
Madison
Talk Topics:
"Community Energy Initiatives to Address Climate Change"

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