A quarter-century ago, Prof. Emily Auerbach had a brainstorm. She saw a wealth of world-class talent among the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s retired faculty but few opportunities to share it with the campus and community. So she launched a free lecture series called Eloquence and Eminence to showcase their expertise in a wide range of disciplines.
In 2018-19, Eloquence and Eminence celebrates its 25th anniversary with four renowned scholars who look back to the ancient world and forward to the future of Wisconsin. The lectures are held on Sundays in the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., from 2-3 p.m. Refreshments and lively conversation follow each event.
“None of these retired faculty members have really retired,” says Auerbach. “They’re models of how to age productively: still active in their fields and still passionate about subjects they’ve spent a lifetime exploring. And they’re eager to share their knowledge with the public.”