Marie Christine Kohler Fellows, hosted by the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the UW-Madison, are senior graduate or professional students selected on the strength of their commitment and abilities to contribute to transdisciplinary thought. Kohler Fellows work and collaborate in the Institute, connecting graduate students across campus through a range of stimulating events.
They appear on this evening’s WORT Access Hour to discuss the topic of “waste” in light of their various disciplines and expertise. The participants in the Access Hour program are Evelyn Galindo-Doucette, Andrew Bennett, Sagan Friant, Devin Garofalo, Lenora Hanson, Aleia McCord, Josh Pultorak, and Kate Sprecher. Disciplines vary widely from the viewpoint of memory, to animal and human behavior, to poetry, to sleep study, to energy production.
The program grows out of a vibrant residential graduate student community located for many years in the former Governor’s Mansion, called the Knapp House, in the Mansion Hill neighborhood. Fellows lived at the Knapp House and organized a variety of campus and community events with interdisciplinary themes. Among the signature events were monthly seminar dinners with invited speakers and an evening meal prepared by the fellows. Starting in 2012, the residential component of the fellowship could no longer be sustained due to complications with the Knapp House building. In 2013, the program was reinvigorated through the current partnership between WID and the Graduate School.
A major responsibility of fellows is to arrange a series of Kohler activities for the campus community (e.g., seminars, exhibitions, performances) at the Institute.