Why Attend?

BLE can help you:

  • Bring cutting-edge ideas to your department
  • Identify new, multi-center grant opportunities
  • Network with colleagues from other disciplines
  • Nurture new partnerships and collaborations
  • Develop strategic plans for the future
  • Keep abreast of new ideas and innovations

Event goals:

The goal of the Big Learning Event is to develop game-changing ideas for the future. The open but structured event will harness the collective ideas of speakers and attendees; inspire, engage an challenge participants; create a forum for authentic cross-disciplinary conversations; develop world-changing ideas and provocative possibilities with people from diverse fields of study and work; and enable transformative learning through intercultural dialogue.

Reasons to attend:

  • We all need a network of people to help us develop new ideas. These new ideas can emerge by making connections with people outside our usual groups.
  • Small, incremental thinking has its place, but the BLE is designed to help us think big.
  • BLE will engage faculty, staff, students and other participants in a vibrant, academically driven experience.
  • BLE is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary opportunity for discussions and learning.
  • BLE follows the tradition of the Wisconsin Idea. For more than 150 years, the university has been a leader in innovation and intellectual collaboration that has led to big ideas from which we have all benefited.