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

  • 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
  • Save the Date! The 2017 Winter and Spring Calendars

    Posted: December 27, 2016

  • As you begin to plan your winter/spring calendar, be sure to mark your calendars with the following Upper House events: January 21: “Best of” The Global Leadership Summit For those interested in receiving a taste of what The Global Leadership Summit is about, or for those hoping to be renewed by speakers from the previous year, the “Best of” The Global Leadersh Read More
  • An Interview with Tish Harrison Warren

    Posted: November 17, 2016

  • Upper House: At a high level, let’s start at the concept of liturgy. What does liturgy mean and why is liturgy important?  Tish Harrison Warren: James K. A. Smith talks about liturgy as any ritual or practice that connects us to a particular vision of the good life or to the transcendent or sacred. I think that definition is helpful. The term “liturgy” refers to repetit Read More