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.”
Reyna Grande, Author, of “The Distance Between Us,” shares her experiences as a Mexican immigrant coming to the United States. Grande discusses the violence, drug cartels and poverty in her hometown and the obstacles she overcame to become a U.S. citizen.
Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, shares her journey as an advocate for the arts. Katz focuses on the mission, vision and purpose of Arts Wisconsin, an organization that focuses on making the arts the center of life and learning throughout the state.
Tobias Barske, Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at UW-Stevens Point, explores the American attitude toward soccer and compares it to the international love of the sport.
Alex Blumberg, Entrepreneur and Former Producer at National Public Radio, shares his experiences moving from a job as a non-profit journalist to becoming the CEO of Gimlet Media, a for-profit company, and what he learned along the way about storytelling. Blumberg is a former co-producer of NPR’s “This American Life” and “Planet Money.”
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.
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.
Parker Palmer, Author, and Musicians Carrie Newcomer and Gary Walters, encourage political discussions that bridge political divides and promote a civic community using music and the spoken word. Palmer and Newcomer focus on thoughtfulness, good humor, and hope.
Rob Reid, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education Studies at UW-Eau Claire, models storytelling techniques designed to engage children in the story you are reading to them. Reid shares his list of favorite read out loud books.
Frank Stella, Artist, joins Stephen Fleischman, Director, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Richard H. Axsom, Senior Curator, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Jordan Schnitzer, Art Collector, to share his life story and discuss where he finds inspiration for his artwork.