Globalization is topic of UW-WC Community Lecture Series

Matt Zillig Memorial Lecture opens series on Sept. 29

Globalization is the focus of UW-Washington County’s Community Lecture Series for 2010/11. Five Wednesday evening lectures are planned for September 29, October 6, 13, 20 and November 3.  The one hour lectures begin at 7pm and are followed by question and answer. Admission is free and no reservations are needed.  The popular lecture series welcomes area adults as well as high school and college students.  

Dr. Aliko Songolo, Professor of African Literature and Film at UW-Madison, is the speaker for the first lecture on Wednesday, September 29. Dr. Songolo’s lecture titled “Cultural Influences of Africa,” will focus on Africa’s experience with cinema over the past 50 years, including a discussion of “Nollywood”.  Professor Songolo is the Chair of the Department of French and Italian at UW-Madison.

This first lecture in the series is also designated as the Matt Zillig Memorial Lecture. Matt Zillig was a University of Wisconsin graduate, a world traveler and an active community supporter. After his death in 2008, an endowment was established by his friends and colleagues to sponsor an annual lecture relating to global citizenship at UW-Washington County. This is the second such lecture to honor Zillig.  A social featuring African foods and refreshments will follow this lecture.

The complete series – with dates and topics include:

Wed. Sept. 29: Cultural Influence of Africa

Speaker: Dr. Aliko Songolo, UW-Madison

Wed. October 6: Water, Development and Sustainability: Global Challenges and Local Choices

Speaker: Dr. Tim Ehlinger, UW-Milwaukee

Wed., October 13:   Different Worlds of Globalization

Speaker:Dr. Shale Horowitz, UW-Milwaukee

Wednesday, October 20:  Climate Change and Wisconsin Impact

Speaker: Dr. Daniel Vimont, UW-Madison

Wed. November 3:  Food Safety in a Globally Connected World

Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Tai, UW-Madison Law School


The purpose of the lecture series is to provide fundamental information and a better understanding of a topic, which is chosen each year by the UW-WC Lectures Committee. Members of the Lectures Committee for the 2010/11 series included Sue Bausch (University Relations), Dr. Mike Mattek (English), Dr. Talitha Selby (Chemistry), Dr. Kirk Tyvela (History), Dan Anhalt (Continuing Education) and SGA student representatives, Jessica Gray and Jacob Lawrence.

Information about the Lecture Series is also available on the campus website at  The first lecture meets in the theatre. All other lectures meet in Room 228.  The theatre and Room 228 are located on the second floor of the campus at 400 University Drive in West Bend.  Use the main entrance and follow the directional signs. Free parking is available. 


Sue Bausch