University of Wisconsin–Madison

IRIS Events

The Institute for Regional and International Studies is made up of area studies centers and the International Studies Major at UW–Madison. IRIS offers a host of opportunities to engage with international issues and research frontiers on campus and beyond.

International Careers in Journalism Lunch & Learn

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

260 Bascom Hall

Are you interested in a future career in journalism? Come learn from industry leaders!

During this special event, CNN’s global affairs correspondent (and UW alumna) Elise Labott will be joined by Justin Kenny — an Emmy and Peabody-award winning television news producer and documentary filmmaker.

Ms. Labott and Mr. Kenny will discuss their experiences working as journalists, and comment on possible careers in the field.

This event will feature a complimentary lunch on a first-come, first-served basis and is open to any student in any major.

Lecture: “The Cost of Not Being There: What Happens When Wars are No Longer Covered?”

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

TITU, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison

Presented by filmmaker and Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist, Justin Kenny.

Protracted proxy conflicts, increasing dangers to journalists covering wars, budget constraints and, at times, an apathetic public have helped drive a disturbing trend of news organizations committing fewer resources, air time minutes and column inches to today’s armed conflicts. In his upcoming lecture, filmmaker and journalist Justin Kenny (Peabody and Emmy winning Foreign Editor/Senior Producer of the PBS NewsHour from 2012-2015), will unpack the problem, it’s cost and propose some solutions.


Monday, November 12th-Saturday, November 17th, 2018

International Education Week celebrates the programs, activities, research, and people that make UW-Madison one of the top universities in the world. Join faculty, staff, and students across campus for a series of special events, lectures, fairs, and opportunities for food, learning, and fun!

Questions? Please contact Dr. Nancy Heingartner, Assistant Director for Outreach at

IRIS 2nd Annual International Film Series


Tuesday, November 13th -Sunday, November 18th

In celebration of International Education week, the Institute for Regional and International Studies has selected films from around the world for the first annual IRIS International Film Series. From mainstream to independent, these films share triumphs and tribulations of peoples across the globe while shedding light on their unique cultures. Some of these films were even written or produced by, or feature, UW alumni, staff, faculty, and students. Don’t miss these films, curated by the IRIS area studies centers.

All screenings are FREE and Open to the Public!

Please contact Sarah Ripp, IRIS’ Assistant Director for Programming, with any questions ( / 608-262-0616)

UNA-USA Dane County Chapter’s Fall Luncheon:

“The Role of Human Rights in Achieving Peace and Stability in the Great Lakes Region of Africa”

Sunday, October 28th, 2018, Monona Terrace

Featuring a keynote address by former WI Senator and Fall 2018 Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Studies, Russ Feingold, as well as a silent auction and live music by Kikeh Mato Afro-Pop.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Ripp, Assistant Director for Programming and Communication at


To learn more about programming in any region, visit the following online calendars: