Welcome to Upper House

Upper House, an initiative of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, curates experiences of Christian thinking, being, and doing for the University of Wisconsin–Madison community. As curators of Christian thinking, being, and doing, Upper House delivers experiences through great programming and hospitality.

The goal of Upper House is to see students, faculty, staff, and community/marketplace professionals intellectually energized, emotionally empowered, and engaged for action. Click here to learn more about who we are.


Latest News

  • Upper House in the News for Madison Chief of Police, Mike Koval, Conversation

    Posted: July 5, 2017

  • We are grateful for the Capital Times for their recent reporting of our "Faith in the Heart of the City" conversation with Madison Chief of Police, Mike Koval. Read the story here and stay tuned for our next "Faith in the Heart of the City" event with Parker J. Palmer (October 18). Read More
  • Introducing “Faith in the Heart of the City” Series Beginning May 16

    Posted: May 12, 2017

  • How does faith inform the work of our civic, academic, and marketplace leaders? What faith-inspired lessons have our key leaders learned throughout their lives and how do they play out in the everyday demands of public engagement? Join us for our new Upper House series entitled, Faith in the Heart of the City. Three confirmed speakers and dates for our upcoming series include: Read More
  • Join us on April 3 & 4 for author and speaker Joshua Ryan Butler

    Posted: March 28, 2017

  • In an age of cultural contradiction, we are often fearful to wrestle with difficult subjects that can inform who we are and who we are becoming, both individually and in community? Join us as we welcome author and speaker, Joshua Ryan Butler, on April 3 & 4, in partnership with Blackhawk Church. Read more details and register below: Joshua Ryan B Read More
  • Mark Your Calendars for ‘Reimagining the Sacred & the Cool’ on April 7

    Posted: February 15, 2017

  • On Friday, April 7, Upper House will be hosting a rich discussion on how sacred tradition informs the cultivation of a shared literary and moral imagination. Historically, literature has been a central aspect of a liberal arts education and the formation of citizens in the west. And yet the study of literature, and the humanities at large, is no longer central in our educationa Read More
  • Introducing William Cavanaugh

    Posted: January 13, 2017

  • Theologian William Cavanaugh is coming to Upper House, in partnership with Geneva Campus Church, to explore questions of Christian vocation, political humility, and religious violence. A professor of Catholic studies and director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, Cavanaugh’s research focuses on the Church’s encounter with Read More