John Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to explore the history and culture of the Seminole Indians in Florida during the early nineteenth century. Hall focuses on the Indian war leaders and their involvement in the conflicts between the United States and the Seminole Indians.
Alia Gurtov, PhD Student in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, reports on her experience as a member of the Rising Star Expedition that excavated the remains of Homo naledi in South Africa. Gurtov explores the adaptations that distinguish the earliest known members of our genus with those who came before.
Pilar N. Ossorio, Professor at the UW-Madison Law School, discusses the ongoing multinational work to develop guidelines, principles and institutional oversight for altering or editing human genomes. Ossorio explains the challenges of regulating this globally available technology including cultural constraints and the lack of binding international agreements.
Eric Cline, Professor of Classics and Anthropology at George Washington University, discusses the factors that caused the Bronze Age to come to an end. Cline focuses on events of 1177 BC including earthquakes, drought, famine and rebellions and discusses their similarity to events occurring today.
Damon Smith, Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UW-Madison, focuses on Northern Corn Leaf Blight and Goss’s Wilt, two major diseases that have been affecting field corn over the past several growing seasons.
Robin Goldman, Assistant Scientist at the Center for Investigating Health Minds at the Waisman Center, joins UW Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri to focus on factors which lead to emotional well-being.
Kevin Strang, Faculty Associate in the Department of Neuroscience at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, joins UW Chemistry Professor Bassam Shakhashiri to discuss alcohol consumption. Strang focuses on why people drink, how neurological systems are effected by alcohol and looks at historical and cultural aspects of drinking.
Mark Renz, Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy at UW-Madison, introduces simple ways to improve the control of weeds using a burndown herbicide treatment. Burndown treatments help to prevent competition between weeds and crops as they are emerge and get established in the spring.
Anil Ananthaswamy, Author of "The Man Who Wasn't There," discusses the human sense of self from the neuroscience and neuropsychological perspectives. Ananthaswamy focuses on cultural traditions and cultural philosophies to determine “who am I?”
Robert McChesney, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, examines the emergence of the internet and explores the implications of the digital revolution on democratic politics and capitalism.