Welcome to Upper|House

Upper|House, a project of the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation, exists to serve the University of Wisconsin (Madison) community through faith-based programmatic initiatives. Upper|House promotes thoughtful conversation, engagement, and theological formation, exploring the influence of the Christian faith on scholarship, professional practice, vocation, and service in the world.

Based in University Square in the heart of campus, Upper|House provides multi-experiential space and programming expertise, whereby people, faith, values, ideas, and the arts come together in one dynamic setting for vocational, intellectual, and cultural impact. In carrying out its mission, the Stephen & Laurel Brown Foundation partners with community leaders, nonprofit organizations, campus-based ministries, and churches. Click here to learn more about who we are.

Latest News

  • Upper|House Sets Finals Week Study Schedule

    Posted: April 25, 2016

  • Come study at Upper|House during finals week! We are delighted to offer inspiring space for students to study and unwind during the final examination period. Upper|House will provide extended study hours, snacks and beverages, general study space, silent study space, and two classrooms for reserved group study sessions. Students may reserve classrooms in two-hour blocks of time Read More
  • Celebrating An Impactful “Reporting on Religion: Media, Belief, and Public Life” Conference

    Posted: March 17, 2016

  • We are deeply grateful for a wonderful "Reporting on Religion: Media, Belief, and Public Life" Conference that took place on Monday, March 14, at Upper|House. Over 200 journalists, scholars, students, and community members registered for the daylong event, and over 350 guests joined us for David Gregory's plenary talk on Monday evening. We will write more in the coming days abo Read More
  • Faith and the Movies: An Interview with Dr. Drew Trotter in Advance of the Oscars

    Posted: February 23, 2016

  • Drew Trotter is the Executive Director of the Consortium of Christian Studies Centers. Trained at Cambridge University as a theologian, his academic interests have laid the foundation for broader explorations of popular culture. For over fifteen years Trotter has been presenting a lecture called “The Movies and America” on how the Academy Award nominees for best picture fun Read More