University Place Presents

The Village of Cooksville: 1842-2017

Larry Reed, Chair of Historic Cooksville Trust, Inc., joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of Cooksville, Wisconsin, a village whose buildings and layout imitates the look of towns in New England.

Adventures of an International Peace Broker

Joseph Elder, Professor in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to share stories of his work to promote peace between India and Pakistan in the 1960s.

Africa's Vibrant Arts: Past and Present

Henry Drewal, Professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the meaning and symbolism represented in African art throughout the centuries. Drewal also introduces sensiotics, the study of art and the senses as a means for understanding the African cultures.

Carols of Christmas Past

Trevor Stephenson, Director of the Madison Bach Musicians, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to share renditions of Christmas carols in their original arrangements or as they were performed long ago. Stephenson explains the history of the carols and accompanies singers Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, Margaret Fox, Scott J. Brunscheen and Jim LaBelle.

Russia since 1945: History's Long Shadow

David McDonald, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the political history of the Soviet Union. McDonald shares his knowledge of the inner workings of the country and offers insights into future relations between Russia and the United States.

Hollywood Westerns and American Myth

Robert Pippin, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the ways movie Westerns perpetuate an unrealistic image of life out west. Pippin focuses on John Wayne’s movies “Stagecoach,” “Red River,” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

Eugenics in Wisconsin

Phyllis Reske, Graduate Student in the College of Letters and Science at UW-Milwaukee, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of sterilizing people deemed unfit due to mental deficiencies. Reske explores the laws passed in Wisconsin in the early twentieth century which focused on epileptics and the mentally disabled.

Concert at Villa Louis

Christopher Taylor, Professor of Piano at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland at Villa Louis in Prairie du Chien for a concert on the 1879 Centennial Steinway Grand Piano in the historic home’s parlor. Taylor performs classical pieces and traditional American songs.

Gustav Klimt as Viennese Modernist

Barbara Buenger, Professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to explore the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Buenger discusses Klimt’s historical vignettes in Viennese Buildings and his work as part of the Secession Movement in the late nineteenth century.

The Second Seminole War (1835 - 1842)

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.

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