Community Lecture Series

2019: Focus on France

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 – Oct. 23, 2019

Each fall, UWM at Washington County presents a lecture series that focuses on a different country. Faculty experts and professionals share their knowledge with  lectures that dive into related topics.

Join us for this series of five one-hour lectures as we explore France.
Admission is free, and no registration is required. A Q&A session follows each lecture. All presentations are at the UWM at Washington County campus and begin at 6:30 p.m. The first lecture takes place in the campus theater. The subsequent lectures are in Room 201.

Matt Zillig (chest up) standing in front of beige wall

The first lecture in the series is in memory of Matt Zillig (right). When he died in 2008, his friends created a memorial fund to promote his commitment to the idea of global citizenship. The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor the first lecture as well as a social immediately following it that features food samples from the featured country. Student fees also support the community lecture series.

Sept. 25: Overview of France
Speaker: Guillaume Lacroix,
consul general of France
The lecture and social immediately afterward are sponsored by the Friends of Matt Zillig.

Oct. 2: French Culture and Food
Speaker: Lawrence A. Kuiper,
associate professor of French, UW-Milwaukee

Oct. 9: French Firms Doing Business in Wisconsin – Panel Discussion

  • Andrea Jett Fletcher, executive director, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Chicago (moderator)
  • Delphine Laporterie Domenget, director of human resources, Manitou Group, West Bend
  • Janice Lampron, executive assistant, Lesaffre Yeast Corp., Milwaukee
  • Severine Zaslavski, senior information technology executive, Manpower Group

Oct. 16: French Criminal Justice System
Speaker: Ken Farmer,
attorney and author (Real Lawyers, Chez Betty)

Oct. 23: Underbelly of Impressionism
Speaker: Graeme Reid
, director of collections & exhibitions,
Museum of Wisconsin Art

2018: Focus on Vietnam

Sept. 26: History of Vietnam: More Than a War
Speaker: Chia Youyee Vang,
professor of history, UW-Milwaukee
The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsored the first lecture and social.
Video of Sept. 26 lecture (Courtesy of West Bend Community Cable TV)

Oct. 3: Religion in Vietnam
Speaker: Michael Mullooly,
lecturer of Buddhist studies & world religion
Video of Oct. 3 lecture (Courtesy of West Bend Community Cable TV)

Oct. 10: Doing Business in Vietnam
Speaker: Jeff Browne,
Founder of Vietnomics
Video of Oct. 10 lecture (Courtesy of West Bend Community Cable TV)

Oct. 17: Human Trafficking in Vietnam
Speaker: Mark Sidel, professor of law, UW-Madison

Oct. 24: Vietnam War – Panel Discussion with Vietnam Veterans
Moderator: Timothy Thering, associate professor of history, UWM at Waukesha
Panel: John Butschlick, John Kleinmaus, Richard Lindbeck