University Place Presents

The Crusades

Elizabeth Lapina, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins ”University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the 11th century wars known as The Crusades. These wars were based on the Christians’ belief that they were fighting for God and doing God’s work.

WPR Midday Show in Buck Studio

Alex Zhu, Winner, 2015 Young Artists' Competition, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and accompanist Seungwha Baek, Madison, join Norman Gilliland for a violin and piano performance which aired live on “The Midday” program on Wisconsin Public Radio.

The Sami People of the North

Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the indigenous people of Northern Europe, the Sami. DuBois explains the culture of the Sami people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.

The Road to Appomattox

Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the surrender by Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. Kantrowitz explains the political situation surrounding the war and discusses the circumstances which led to the surrender.

Class of 1685: Bach, Handel and Scarlatti

Trevor Stephenson, Director, Madison Bach Musicians, joins Wisconsin Public Radio's Norman Gilliland for a “University Place Presents” edition of the "WPR Midday Show." Stephenson delves into the similarities and differences among composers Johann Sebastian Bach, George Handel, and Domenico Scarlatti and performs selections from each on the harpsichord.

WPR Midday Show at UW-Stevens Point

UW-Stevens Point student Michael Doerr, and UW-Steven Point's Avian Ensemble, join Wisconsin Public Radio's Norman Gilliland for a “University Place Presents” edition of the "WPR Midday Show." Doerr performs on piano. The woodwind and percussion group, Avian Ensemble, perform member and composer Stacey Berk’s Avian Suite.

The Adventures of Topper & It Happened Tomorrow

Norman Gilliland, Wisconsin Public Radio, hosts this “Old Time Radio Drama” performance of "The Adventures of Topper," a comedy about a man who encounters husband and wife ghosts; and "It Happened Tomorrow," a suspenseful story about a reporter who mysteriously gets his hands on tomorrow's newspaper. The plays are performed by the 9XM Players with music provided by The Kat Trio.

The Battle of Wisconsin Heights

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland to discuss the military leadership of Black Hawk at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. Black Hawk and his 120 warriors held off an estimated 700 American militia volunteers allowing the women, children and elderly under his protection to escape.

Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland to explore the life, career and art of 20th century German painter, Erich Mercker. A prolific artist, Mercker produced 3,000 paintings focusing on landscapes and industrial artwork.

Nero

Margaret George, Historical Novelist, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to examine the reputation of Nero, Emperor of Rome, who ruled in the 1st century A.D. Installed on the throne at the age of 16 by his mother, Nero was an artist and attempted to bring the Greek culture to Rome.

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