Professor Shakhashiri's Free Summer Forum Open to Campus and Community

UW-Madison opens its doors to the community with the annual University Summer Forums from June through August. Offered free to the public, these four-week academic courses feature leading UW-Madison professors in an engaging classroom setting.

The University Summer Forums for 2015 are "Chemistry and Society" (June 16-July 9) and "Chinese Feng Shui and Brush Painting" (July 14-Aug. 6). Advance registration is available.

Each year, the Summer Forums welcome both university students and adults, who get to know each other through lively classroom experiences.

Professor Shakhashiri looks on as a could of smoke covers a lab bench with several colorful columns"Chemistry and Society" will explore the role of chemistry in daily life, including its role in improving the human condition. Taught by Professor Bassam Shakhashiri, known for his leadership in national science policy, the course will cover topics such as chemistry and health, food and nutrition, air and water quality, energy, and climate change. It will also feature chemistry demonstrations and discussions with experts in the field. "Chemistry and Society" runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., at 1315 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Ave.

University Summer Forums are part of UW-Madison's annual Summer Term, which offers three- to eight-week courses on campus and online from May to August. Summer Term attracts UW-Madison students, students from other colleges, international students, and adults looking to pursue an interest or a new career path. UW-Madison students can take a Summer Forum as a one-credit course.

"Summer Forums represent the Wisconsin Idea in action," says Sarah Mangelsdorf, UW-Madison provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "This year community members will have a chance to study chemistry and Chinese painting with UW-Madison professors who are experts in their field. We hope to provide them with a memorable learning experience, as well as to learn something ourselves from their participation in our classes."

Learn more and register.

Dean Robbins, Continuing Studies