Wisconsin Academy: To host two Wisconsin science festival events in Madison this year

August 29, 2013

Contact: Jason A. Smith, WASAL communications director / 608-263-1692 x21

Jody Clowes, James Watrous Gallery exhibitions manager / 608-265-2500

Wisconsin Academy to Host Two Wisconsin Science Festival Events in Madison this Year

MADISON, WIS.—The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, an independent nonprofit organization, will present two special events during this year’s Wisconsin Science Festival, which runs September 26–29. Wisconsin Science Festival activities take place in various locations in Madison and other communities around the state. Offering a wide range of activities for both adults and children, the Wisconsin Science Festival is a celebration of curiosity and creativity and a way of building a community of people committed to sharing in the enterprise of science. The Wisconsin Academy has partnered with the Wisconsin Science Festival every year since its inception in 2011.

The Wisconsin Academy has planned two events in Madison for the 2013 Wisconsin Science Festival. Entitled Science & Society: An Academy Fellows Showcase, the first event takes place in Madison on Friday, September 27, from 5–7:00 pm in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, 330 N. Orchard Street. A ticketed event to benefit the nonprofit Wisconsin Academy, Science & Society: An Academy Fellows Showcase features short presentations by three of the Wisconsin Academy’s distinguished Fellows: atmospheric scientist Steve Ackerman, bioethicist Alta Charo, and chemist Laura Kiessling. Attendees will also have time to enjoy mingling, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Find further details and register for this event on the Wisconsin Academy website at wisconsinacademy.org/sciencefestival.

The second Wisconsin Science Festival event hosted by the Wisconsin Academy is The Archaeology of Wisconsin Landscapes, a free talk by anthropologist and archaeologist Thomas Pleger at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 28, in the Wisconsin Studio, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State Street. There is no registration required for this free, public talk. Held in conjunction with (and located across the hall from) Inhabited Landscapes, an art exhibition on display in the James Watrous Gallery from September 10–October 27, Pleger’s talk will explore prehistoric Wisconsin through an in-depth look at the paintings in the exhibition. Inhabited Landscapes features work by seven artists who live in different areas of the state, including the Driftless area near Lone Rock, the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Chien, and the lakes and forests of the Northwoods.

More information about the Wisconsin Science Festival as a whole, including the complete schedule of activities at all locations, can be found at wisconsinsciencefest.org.

About the Wisconsin Academy
The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. We connect Wisconsin people and ideas for a better world. For more information on our programs, or to become a member of the Wisconsin Academy, visit wisconsinacademy.org.