What will downtown Madison look like in the future?

Moderator: Jason Ilstrup
Panelist: Jessica Cavazos
Panelist: Ellie Westman Chin
Panelist: Satya Rhodes Conway
Panelist: Amy Supple

Location: Shannon Hall, Memorial Union

Downtown Madison is currently at an inflection point. Are we on a path to becoming a little big city or a big little city? A group of top downtown leaders discusses how it can grow to become a vibrant, equitable place where everyone feels welcome.

Other Sessions

How immigration is transforming rural Wisconsin

Sept. 12, 3:00 p.m.
Ruth Conniff, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, John Rosenow, Roberto Tecpile
Many don’t realize it, but in the last 20 years the workforce that does the day-to-day work on Wisconsin dairy farms has come to be dominated by Latino immigrants. Wisconsin Examiner Editor-in-chief Ruth Conniff has published a new book about this cross-cultural relationship and she will speak in this session with a longtime farmer, one of his employees and a leading advocate for Latino workers.
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How do we deal with pandemic fatigue?

Sept. 13, 3:00 p.m.
Natalie Yahr, Dominique Brossard, Ajay Sethi
COVID-19 case counts continue to remain troublingly high at the same time that public tolerance for continued restrictions has plummeted. Two UW-Madison experts in epidemiology and health communication will talk about finding the balance between public safety and political reality, and how best to communicate that information to the public.
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Is Wisconsin a climate change haven?

Sept. 15, 11:00 a.m.
Alexandra Tempus, Daryl Fairweather, Mrill Ingram, Larry Larson
Migration driven by climate change is already happening in the United States and is only likely to accelerate. The upper Midwest and Wisconsin in particular are sometimes identified as climate change havens, removed from rising coastal waters and ravaging wildfires. Is that an accurate assessment, and if so what does that mean for us here? Listen to a fascinating panel discuss how things might play out in the coming decades.
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