University Place Presents

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.

Literature of the First World War

Marguerite Helmers, Professor, English Studies, UW-Oshkosh, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to delve into the reasons so many poets, memoirists and novelists wrote about World War I. Helmers explains that the reality of the technological advances in warfare in contrast with what men expected when they enlisted is reflected in their writings.

Zircons Are Forever

John Valley, Professor, Department of Geoscience, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss his discovery of the oldest material ever found on earth: a 4.4 billion-year-old zircon mineral discovered in the Jack Hills of Western Australia.

Horror Film and the Body

Jesse Stommel, Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland for an exploration into the world of horror films. Stommel shares clips from horror films to highlight the themes that scare us.

The World War I Centennial

Rudy Koshar, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I with an overview of the world politics and string of events leading up to the war, as well as life during the war, and the repercussions.

Wheel Fever

Jesse Gant, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, and Nicholas Hoffman, Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, coauthors of "Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State," join “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the popularity and fascinating history of bicycling in Wisconsin.

William James and the Search for Life After Death

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to delve into the history of spiritualism and the Society for Psychical Research in America. Notable in the group was psychologist and philosopher William James, who risked his reputation in an attempt to find proof of life after death.

The Fortepiano: From Enlightenment to Romanticism

Trevor Stephenson, Director, Madison Bach Musicians, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland for an in-studio performance and lecture which was originally broadcast live on “Midday,” a classical music program on Wisconsin Public Radio. Stephenson explores the history of the fortepiano and explains how the instrument creates its unique sound.

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