Day of Learning 2017

October 13, 2017

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Gordon Dining and Event Center, 770 W Dayton St. Madison, WI

Learn as Badgers on campus once again by attending interesting and insightful sessions presented by renowned UW faculty and classmates.

Cost: $60


Continental Breakfast 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Music of the ‘60s by Ben Sidran ’67
Moderated by Doug Bradley
9:30 a.m. – 10:20 am.
Trump, Twitter, and the News Media by Dhavan Shah ’89 10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Served Lunch with Music Entertainment 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Women in Entrepreneurship

  • Heidi Allstop ’10
  • Katie Brenner
  • Kay Koplovitz ’67

Moderated by Jon Eckhardt

12:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
A Century of Changing Warfare by Eric Newhouse ’67 2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Closing 2:50 p.m.


Register by October 6.

About the speakers

Ben Sidran ’67

Ben Sidran got his start in music during his days at UW–Madison, playing in the Ardells alongside Steve Miller and William Royce (Boz Scaggs). After graduating from UW with a degree in English literature, Sidran went on to earn a PhD in American studies at the University of Sussex in England. Sidran is a man of many talents: a pianist, producer, singer/songwriter, and author. He has produced works by noted artists such as Diana Ross, Rickie Lee Jones, and Steve Miller, with whom he cowrote “Space Cowboy” for the Steve Miller Band. Over the years, Sidran has recorded more than 30 solo albums, one of which — The Concert for Garcia Lorca, recorded in June 1998 — was nominated for a Grammy. He scored the Emmy award-winning documentary Vietnam, Long Time Coming, which was released in 1998. He has written two books about jazz: Black Talk (1971) and Talking Jazz (1992). He has also written a memoir, Ben Sidran: A Life in the Music, published in October 2003. His most recent album, Picture Him Happy, was released earlier this year.

Douglas Bradley

Douglas Bradley earned his BA in English from Bethany College and holds a master’s in English from Washington State University. After graduating from college, he was drafted into the army in 1970 and served in Vietnam. Discharged in 1971, he has released two books based around his Vietnam experiences. The first, published in 2012, is the short-story collection DEROS Vietnam: Dispatches from the Air-Conditioned Jungle. The second, cowritten by fellow UW–Madison professor Craig Werner, is We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War, published in 2015. Alongside Werner, Bradley coteaches Integrated Liberal Studies 275: The U.S. in Vietnam: Music, Media, and Mayhem. In addition to writing his novels, Bradley is a regular contributor to Next Avenue, a PBS website tailored for adults.

Dhavan Shah ’89

Dhavan Shah is a Bascom Professor at UW–Madison, an honor he was awarded in 2006. He received his BA in journalism and mass communication from the UW in 1989, and both his MA and PhD from Minnesota in mass communication and political sychology in 1995 and 1999, respectively. During his time as a professor, he has received several awards, including the Journal Communication Faculty Excellence Award and the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence. Shah has co-authored the book News Frames and National Security: Covering Big Brother, published in December 2014, with fellow UW professor Douglas McLeod.

Jonathan Eckhardt

Jonathan Eckhardt received his BS in economics from Pennsylvania State University in 1995 and a PhD in business from the University of Maryland in 2003. In 2012, he cofounded Gener8tor, which invests in entrepreneurs who want to build their own companies. Since 2014, he has been an editor for the Entrepreneur and Innovation Exchange (EIX), a nonprofit organization that looks to tie together research and practice in entrepreneurship. Eckhardt has taught at UW–Madison since late 2002, his work revolving around entrepreneurship. He has won several awards, including a $50,000 fellowship from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Heidi Allstop ’10

Heidi Allstop earned a degree in psychology from UW–Madison in 2010. During her time on campus, she created an online forum called Spill, where students can anonymously talk with peers about their troubles. The forum has expanded to reach nearly 250 campuses in 24 countries. Following the success of Spill, it became part of MeToo, a similar anonymous website where students can connect with one another, where Allstop is a managing director. In 2015, Allstop received a Forward Under 40 award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

Katie Brenner

Katie Brenner is the cofounder of BluDiagnosis alongside fellow associate professor Doug Weibel. The idea behind BluDiagnosis is to help women who are struggling with conception. In 2015, BluDiagnosis won the Governor’s Business Plan Competition, which led to nearly $1.2 million in investments. In addition to BluDiagnosis, Brenner is working with UW Health neonatologist De-Ann Pillers on a study that aims to discover a way to help premature babies to receive the nutrients they need to thrive.

Kay Koplovitz ’67

Kay Koplovitz, a 1967 UW–Madison graduate, became the first female president of a network in the history of television when she founded the USA Network in 1977. The network started out as the Madison Square Garden Sports Network, which she cofounded with her mentor, Bob Rosencrans, and it centered around sports until 1980, when it became the USA Network. In 2000, Koplovitz and Amy Millman cofounded Springboard Enterprises, which is designed to raise venture capital for female entrepreneurs. The Wisconsin Alumni Association honored her with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Eric Newhouse ’67

After writing a yearlong series on alcoholism, Eric Newhouse won a 2000 Pulitzer Prize, and in 2006 he reprinted the articles as a book titled Alcoholism: Cradle to Grave. He spent nearly 20 years as a reporter, correspondent, and bureau chief at the Associated Press, and he is now projects editor at the Great Falls Tribune. He received the Distinguished Service to Journalism award from the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2003.