Badger Café: Nelson Scholars Change the World

April 28
CANCELED, more info below.

We’ve been monitoring rapidly changing conditions and new information about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Following recent recommendations from public health officials and guidelines established by UW–Madison leadership, we have decided to cancel all alumni events through April 30, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this cancellation, and we appreciate your continued support of UW–Madison.

About the event

This year marks the 50th anniversary of both UW–Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and Earth Day. Register today for an evening with experts from the Nelson Institute as they discuss its interdisciplinary research centers that serve as laboratories and incubators for solutions to the world’s most critical environmental challenges. The institute’s work will be highlighted in the Spring 2020 issue of On Wisconsin magazine.

The speakers

  • Paul Robbins ’89, director, Nelson Institute
  • Holly Gibbs PhD’08, associate professor, Nelson Institute
  • Monica White, associate professor, Nelson Institute

About the speakers

Robbins guides the Nelson Institute to serve as a global leader in addressing environmental change. He specializes in human interactions with nature and the politics of natural resource management, focusing on conservation conflicts, urban ecology, and environment and health interactions. He is author of the award-winning book Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are.

Gibbs is a geographer who studies land use around the world — especially in the U.S. and the Brazilian Amazon, where she assesses the outcomes from corporate zero-deforestation promises. She leads an interdisciplinary group focused on land systems science and works closely with policymakers, companies, and environmental organizations.

White instructs courses in environmental justice, urban agriculture, and community food systems. Her research engages communities of color and grassroots organizations involved in the development of sustainable community food systems to respond to issues of hunger and food inaccessibility. White is the first African American woman to earn tenure in both the College of Agricultural Life Sciences and the Nelson Institute, and she is author of Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement.

6–6:30 p.m. Welcome and registration
6:30–7:30 p.m. Presentation by Nelson Institute panel and audience Q & A
7:30–8 p.m. Reception
8 p.m. Program concludes

Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to all, and registration is strongly encouraged.

Can’t make it in person? The event will be broadcast live on Facebook. Be sure to tune in on April 28 at 6 p.m. CDT to join this important discussion!

These Badger Cafés are supported by the Sandra G. Sponem Alumni Park Signature Program Series Fund.

Questions?Contact Angeline Mboutngam ’19 at or 608-590-5024.

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