University Place Presents

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.

The James Bond Phenomenon

Raymond Benson, Author, Film Historian and Musician, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life of Ian Fleming and the history of the James Bond novels. Upon Fleming’s passing, his estate chose authors to continue writing new Bond adventures. Benson was tapped to write James Bond novels from 1997 through 2003.

John Muir: The Wisconsin Years

Daniel Einstein, Historic and Cultural Resources Manager, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life and interests of naturalist John Muir.

Watergate and the Saturday Night Massacre

Frank Tuerkheimer, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss events from 1971 through 1973 which led up to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Watergate scandal. Tuerkheimer was an Associate Special Prosecutor assigned to determine if the dairy industry had contributed illegal funds to candidates.

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