University Place Presents
Stuart Levitan, Historian and Author.
Stuart Levitan dissects the history of the city of Madison, focusing on its many facets including the University of Wisconsin, the Capitol, amongst many others. He also looks at the city's political and geographical landscapes.
Trevor Stephenson, Madison Bach Musicians.
Trevor Stephenson looks at the history and music - and those who composed it - of the harpsichord. He also discusses how the evolving mechanics of these stringed instruments, moving from a crow feather with the the harpsichord to a hammer, altered the way music was composed.
James L. Baughman, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW Madison.
James Baughman joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of television from 1948 to 1961.
Lewis Koch, Photographer
Norman Gilliland, Wisconsin Public Broadcasting
Photographer Lewis Koch discusses his work and his new book "Touchless Automatic Wonder" with interviewer Norman Gilliland.
Sarah Clayton, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the mysteries of Teotihuacan, the site of an ancient city in central Mexico. Excavations of the area, including chambers in the pyramids, give a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived there.
James Pearson, the exhibitions director at the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the lithographs created by George Bellows. Bellows was active in the Ashcan movement, which consisted of artists painting and drawing life on city streets, in tenement buildings and the rise of the working class.
Dan Fuller, a lecturer in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to explain the history of photographic methods before the invention of photography.
Anna Andrzejewski, an associate professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, discusses vernacular buildings or “everyday spaces” through the perspective of anthropology, history, American studies, cultural geography, landscape architecture and history, folklore, and material culture to construct frameworks that help us describe the common buildings and landscapes of America.
Reina Maruyama and Mark Krasberg, assistant professors in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison, discuss their research trips to Antarctica with University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland. Maruyama and Krasberg talk about the seasonal conditions in Antarctica, working at the IceCube Observatory, and their search for sub-atomic particles called neutrinos.
George Takei, an actor, talks with University Presents host Norman Gilliland about his life and his career. Takei discusses his childhood in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, his early acting jobs and landing the role as Sulu in “Star Trek.”