The UW-Madison Glass Lab is one of UW’s treasured “firsts”—the first collegiate glass program in the nation. 2022 marked the sixtieth anniversary of this seminal narrative. In 2023-2024, the UW Glass Lab presents Glass Madison—a year-long celebration of the sixth decade of this history, composed of Exhibitions, a Symposium, and Public Programs.


Glass Madison: Public Programs

Glass Madison Public Programs consolidates public events to increase material literacy and glass appreciation. Scattered throughout the 2023-2024 academic year, Glass Madison Public Programs include: one-off events; Glass Madison Exhibitions, as well as cross-promotions of “glassy” and glass-adjacent activities both on- and off-campus. Learn about this ubiquitous material and the ways it intersects research, scholarship, and everyday life.

Glass and Material-Based Arts Environments as Third Teacher Panel Discussion
Friday, October 27 @ 12 – 1:30pm


  • Erica Halverson, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, UW-Madison
  • Emily Nott, PhD Candidate, Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, UW-Madison


Location: Elvehjem Building, Room L150, 800 University Ave, Madison, WI

The Reggio Emilia theory and practice of education posits one’s learning environment as the “Third Teacher,” expanding conventional models of learning. This panel discussion explores how material-based arts environments function as “third teacher” across a variety of learning programs. Our panel of organizers, activists, and teaching artists include three UW-Madison Glass Lab alumni. These individuals bring their training in glass to their current work in youth arts education in a wide variety of educational environments across the nation, meeting young creatives where they’re at in building lives of meaning for themselves. Free and Open to the Public.