Gaylord Nelson Lecture Series - Archived Lectures

This public lecture series, launched in the fall of 2005, honors the legacy of Gaylord Nelson. Support is provided by the Holstrom-Kineke Environmental Studies Fund.

Transcripts and/or audio recordings of lectures in this series, if available, are offered below. Please note: The audio files are large and may download slowly.


  • Merchants of Doubt, Naomi Oreskes, March 8, 2011 (video)


  • The Case for Human-Centered Sustainability, Dr. Howard Frumkin, March 4, 2010 (video)
  • Speaking for the Land: Aldo Leopold as a Writer, Scott Russell Sanders, November 17, 2009 (pdf file)
    Additional Information: UW-Madison Arboretum: News


  • Global Population and the Global Environment to 2050, Joel E. Cohen, October 7, 2008 (no audio or PowerPoint available)
  • Putting Dinner on 6.7 Billion Plates Today and 3 Billion More by 2050, Florence Chenoweth, November 18, 2008 (mp3 audio file)
  • Population and the Climate Problem: Silver Bullet or Red Herring?, Dr. Brian O'Neill, February 24, 2009 (no audio or PowerPoint)
  • Half the Sky: Climate Change, Population, and the Lives of Women, Robert Engelman, April 14, 2009 (pdf PowerPoint)



  • The Future(s) of Conservation, Steven Sanderson, October 26, 2006 (mp3 audio file and PDF PowerPoint)
  • The State of Wisconsin's Environment (panel discussion), Scott Hassett, Rod Nilsestuen, Jim Holperin, and Stephen Bablitch, December 7, 2006 (mp3 audio file)
  • The Apollo Alliance: How Global Warming Can Save Democracy, Joel Rogers, March 28, 2007 (mp3 audio file and PDF PowerPoint)
  • From the Death of Environmentalism to the Art of the Possible, William Meadows, April 17, 2007 (mp3 audio file)