Cora Marrett, Sociology alumna and former faculty member, to Lead Wisconsin Idea Course

Cora Marrett will be the next leader of the course and public lecture series, “Forward?  The Wisconsin Idea, Past and Present”.  Cora obtained her master’s degree and doctorate in Sociology at UW-Madison and was also a faculty member from 1974-97, with appointments in the departments of sociology and Afro-American studies.  Cora also currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the department of sociology.

This year’s course will focus on the forging of democracy and building of relationships, trust, and common understanding among citizens.  You can read more details about Cora’s successful career and the plans for this fall’s course here.

Listed below are answers to commonly asked questions about the course:

Photo of Cora Marrett, alumna and former Sociology faculty member

Enrollment Information

The Wisconsin Idea class is a series of free public lectures that anyone can attend, plus a seminar-type discussion for students who are enrolled for credit. Here are your options:

  • You may just attend the free lectures if that’s all you want, with no further action needed. The Lectures take place 6:00-715pm on Tuesday evenings in 1111 Gen-Biotech building on the UW-Madison campus.
  • You may enroll for 1 credit and attend the Lectures only. This applies whether you are taking full credit, or are auditing the class. The Lecture-only section is Soc 496, Lec 022.
  • The Lecture+Seminar section is Lec 002, for 3 credits, and is for full-credit students only, not auditors. The Seminar meets   6:00-7:15 pm on Wednesdays.

If you want to take the class for credit – whether full credit, or audit credit – you’ll have to apply for admission, if you’re not already a student.

You can get more information about these options at the following links:

The schedule of lectures has not been set yet, but will appear in the future on the course website.

For enrollment information not covered here, please contact Sociology Undergraduate Program Coordinator Ted Babcock at or (608) 262-3261.