Cherished by Friends since 1982, the Luncheon-Lectures Series has provided many afternoons of warm reconnection and opportunities to hear engaging speakers. One of the hardest challenges the Friends board has faced this year is what to do about this popular series in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Luncheon-Lectures committee put together nine wonderful talks for the 2020–2021 series, but because of the pandemic we face an uncertain year. Since large in-person gatherings are not currently feasible, we will offer Lunchtime Lectures in a virtual format—see upcoming talks below or visit the Friends website. Preregistration will be required to access the online program. Once you are registered, you will be sent the link and instructions for joining the lecture. Multiple friends may watch together, but each person who wants to watch on their own device will need to register.

We encourage you to share this exciting programming with friends and family. For a change, we won’t have to worry about limiting attendance because of table and room space!

Winter 2021 Virtual Lunchtime Lectures

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12–1 p.m.
Water Management at the UW Arboretum, Past to Present – David S. Liebl

Managing the Arboretum’s abundant water resources once focused on promoting wildlife conservation. Today the focus is on protecting the ecology of sensitive natural areas from urban stormwater 
runoff and supporting ecological restoration and research. Learn about how the Arboretum’s water resource landscape has been re-shaped over time in response to trends in ecological science and changes in the surrounding Lake Wingra watershed. We’ll discuss how climate change and urban runoff management provide both challenges and opportunities for the future of the Arboretum. David Liebl is the past chair of the Arboretum Stormwater Committee.

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Monday, February 22, 2021, 12–1 p.m.
Tropical Forests and Elephants: Hunting, Poaching, and Conservation – Cooper Rosin

Dr. Rosin will focus on the ecological consequences of wild meat hunting and poaching for elephant ivory, and discuss the scientific and political challenges of conserving tropical forest wildlife. Cooper Rosin is a postdoctoral research associate in Ecological Studies at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. 
As an ecologist and conservation biologist, he studies the effects of human activities on tropical forests in order to better preserve these ecosystems and the organisms that inhabit them.

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