University Place Presents

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.

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.

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