Thomas Pleger, President of Lake Superior State University, explores the Wisconsin Idea and its roots in a broad education in the arts, sciences and humanities. Pleger discusses a culture and economy that is the direct result of broadly educated citizens.
Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate; Fabu, Former Madison Poet Laureate; Dion Kempthorne, Dean Emeritus at UW-Richland Center; and Timothy Yu, Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at UW-Madison, discuss how poetry and fiction can shape the future of our communities by engaging diverse populations.
David Mladenoff, Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, shares the history of Wisconsin forests and discusses the role natural and historic disturbances have played. Mladenoff discusses challenges that must be faced to ensure the sustainability of our forests into the future.
Jane Elder, Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison faculty Mrill Ingram, Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography; Chris Kucharik, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Environmental Studies; and Steve Carpenter Director, Center for Limnology, focusing on scenario-building, storytelling and the arts to explain climate change.
2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow Kathy Kelsey Foley, Director, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau talks about her passion for visuals arts and museums.
2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow Pradeep Rohatgi, Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, UW-Milwaukee describes his lifelong effort to improve lives through research in metals and manufacturing.
2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow David Frank, Artistic Director, American Players Theatre, Spring Green talks about the artistic mission of American Players Theater.
2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow James Leary, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison talks about early influences which led to his becoming a folklorist.
2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow John J. Magnuson, Professor Emeritus, Center for Limnology, UW-Madison tells several stories from his career studying Wisconsin lakes.
2014 Wisconsin Academy Fellow Robin Chapman, Poet and Professor Emerita, Communicative Disorders, UW-Madison reads five of her poems.