UW-System President Ray Cross said "The Wisconsin Idea is embedded in our DNA," .. "It is so much more than words on a page. It is the reason the UW System exists. It defines us...." This class uses Wisconsin Idea video lectures of academics and public leaders followed by discussion. We build an understanding of the Wisconsin Idea which emerged over a century ago as an idealization of the University of Wisconsin's connection to citizens. We use that understanding to reflect on the mid October proposal of UW-President Ray Cross to reorganize UW-Extension and UW-Colleges which have operated at the immediate connection between the UW and the people of Wisconsin. We will also discuss how each of us might influence the decisions of our UW-System President, our UW-System Board of Regents and specific UW-Institutions in their articulating and encouraging the Wisconsin Idea.