University Place Presents

Wisconsin Women of Style

Leslie Bellais, Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Wisconsin Historical Society, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to share the stories behind the dresses worn by some of the most influential and fashionable Wisconsin women from the 1860s through the 1930s.

Rembrandt's Jews

Steven Nadler, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss his book, “Rembrandt’s Jews.” Nadler delves into the relationship between the painter and his Jewish neighbors.

Building Taliesin

Ron McCrea, author, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to tell the story behind Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s residence in Spring Green, WI. McCrea shares rare photographs of the residence under construction and discusses the murders and subsequent fire in August of 1914 that took the lives of Mamah Borthwick, Wright’s paramour, along with her children and four others.

The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter

Steven Nadler, Professor, Department of Philosophy at UW-Madison, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland for a discussion of the life, times, and philosophy of seventeenth century philosopher, Rene Descartes. Nadler focuses on the mysterious background of an iconic painting of the philosopher which is hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

Seeing in Depth

Christopher Tyler, the head of the Brain Imaging Center at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the science of depth perception and Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering work in understanding perspective. Da Vinci may have been the inspiration for Torricelli who drew the map Columbus used in his discovery of America.

The Wreck of the Christmas Tree Ship - Ep. 667

Keith Meverden and Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologists at the Wisconsin Historical Society, share the legend and history of the Rouse Simmons, also known as the Christmas Tree ship, which sank in November 1912. The ship was transporting Christmas trees from Michigan to Chicago when it disappeared between the Kewaunee and Two Rivers Life Saving stations.

Prohibition: Choose Your Poison - Ep. 618

Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents, interviews Deborah Blum, Professor in the UW-Madison School of Journalism and author of "The Poisoner's Handbook," about the cultural and political history of Prohibition. Included are the extreme lengths Americans went to in order to evade the law and obtain alcohol.

Wisconsin and Prohibition: A Clash of Cultures - Ep. 616

Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents, interviews Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus in the UW-Madison Department of Political Science and author of "Wisconsin
Votes: An Electoral History," on the history of how the 18th amendment to the constitution became law, with a focus on Wisconsin and its beer culture.

Disputing Astrology: 2500 Years and Counting - Ep. 591

Peter Sobol, an historian of science, traces the history of astrology to ancient Greek civilization. The Greeks learned about celestial prognostications from the Babylonians and from the Chaldeans. Ancient Greeks began using the arrangement of the heavens when a person was born to discern his fate.

Pro Arte Quartet Celebrates 100 Years - Ep. 587

Pro Arte Quartet members David Perry, violinist, Suzanne Beia, violinist, Sally Chisholm, violist, Parry Karp, cellist, Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents.
The Pro Arte Quartet joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the quartet. Learn about the history of the quartet and enjoy a sampling of their music.

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