Penelope Niven, author of "Thornton Wilder: A Life," and Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder's nephew, delve into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.
Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, and Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices, discuss the latest research on American social and informational hurdles that are hindering action on serious climate and energy problems.
Jody Clowes, Curator, Vital Skills Exhibition, moderates a panel discussion about the importance and relevance of preserving traditional skills and the best means of passing them on. The panel includes: Jim Lorman, Ruth Olson, Anne Pryor, Robert Schulz, and Greg David.
Donna Neuwirth and Jay Salinas from the Wormfarm Institute inReedsburg, WI, and Mitch Menchaca, Americans for the Arts in Washington D.C., discuss ways to build community through the arts. This panel discussion focuses on opportunities to incorporate the arts in rural areas.
Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired magazine and the author of “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist”, shares a sparkling and revelatory introduction to the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Richard Davidson, professor, Psychology and Psychiatry, UW-Madison Richard Davidson shares how the development of some positive human qualities may foster not only greater personal happiness but also change the way we relate to one another as a society. He also shares his broad experience in the field and perspectives from both modern neuroscientific research as well as contemplative...
John Hall, the Ambrose-Hesseltine Professor in U.S. Military History at UW-Madison, and Donald Downs, a professor of Political Science at UW-Madison, discuss the American military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and beyond since 9/11.
Julie Underwood, Dean of the UW-Madison School of Education, moderates a panel discussion on education in Wisconsin. Panelists include Mike Thompson, Deputy State Superintendent for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Joan Wade, Director of CESA 6, and Dan Nerad, Superintendent of the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Janine Geske, a Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University, and Scott Straus, associate professor of political science at UW-Madison, consider the role of restorative justice in the U.S., emphasizing reparation to victims and community members, and justice after atrocity in Africa.
Jeffrey Williamson, Emeritus Professor, Harvard University.
Jeffrey Williamson challenges the belief that the supply of third world labor is elastic; the US can get as many immigrants as it wants. He also claims that the United States is not a nation of immigrants.