Nominations open for 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar

The call for nominations is open for the 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar, which is set to run May 13-17, 2019. 

Because nominations for this program require Dean’s Office approval, there are some CALS-specific guidelines to follow. Specifically: In addition to the full nomination form required by campus, please also provide a short paragraph describing how the experience will benefit the nominee. Please send both the full nomination form and the attachment to Therese McHenry by email or interdepartmental mail. Forms must be received by Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Upon Dean’s Office approval, completed forms will be sent to the Provost’s Office to finish the application process.


The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a 5-day immersive tour of Wisconsin for UW–Madison faculty and academic staff to engage with Wisconsinites, build relationships, and learn about the educational, industrial, social, and political realities of Wisconsin.

Participants become students of Wisconsin life to learn about the state they serve. They return to campus both inspired by a renewed commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and more knowledgeable about the spaces and places from which many of our students originate.

The 2019 Wisconsin Idea Seminar’s theme is “Rivers” and the tour will include experiences at the banks of some of Wisconsin’s notable waterways, in addition to other stops along the way.


The Seminar is designed for UW–Madison faculty and academic staff, with an emphasis on faculty and staff who are new to Wisconsin or new to their role on campus. Individuals may nominate themselves with support from their department chairs or divisional directors. Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues.


To learn more about the Wisconsin Idea Seminar and to begin the nomination process, visit

Questions? Contact Wisconsin Idea Seminar Director Catherine Reiland ( / 262-0380)

The Wisconsin Idea Seminar is a program of the Office of the Provost and is made possible with the support of many UW–Madison divisions, schools, and colleges, and the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of the Capital Times and long-time underwriter of the Seminar since 1985.