The University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County Distinguished Lecture Series this spring will offer community members a chance to learn about topics as varied as gender harassment, frac mining and astrophysics.

All discussions are free and open to the public, and will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the A4 lecture hall on campus, 1006 Connie Road.

• Thursday, March 27: Assistant Professor of Psychology Emily Leskinen will present “Gender Harassment in Organizations: Invisibility, Incidence, and Impact.” Leskinen’s research explores how individual and contextual factors relate to stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination against women and marginalized groups.

• April 10: Associate Professor of Philosophy Dale Murray will present “The Potential Impacts of Frac Sand Mining on Humans and Human Communities.” Murray’s research interests include social and political philosophy and environmental ethics, and he will discuss the ethical implications of plans to expand frac sand mining in Wisconsin.

• April 24: Staff from the UW-Madison Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center will present Science at the Extremes: IceCube, from the South Pole to the Edge of the Universe. IceCube is a particle detector at the South Pole that searches for evidence from the most violent astrophysical sources, like exploding stars and black holes. WIPAC staff will discuss the discoveries made at the IceCube observatory and what they could mean for our understanding of the universe.

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