Lisa Theo, Instructor in the Department of Geography and Geology at UW-Stevens Point, explores the connection between Tomahawk, WI and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Theo equates the Annual Fall Ride in September to the mythical village of Brigadoon and discusses the feeling of community that arises from the biking enthusiasts.
Lynn Richie, President of Land O'Lakes Arts, and Wendy Powalisz, Program Director of Land O'Lakes Arts, discuss the business model of the arts center, introduce the programs they offer and share the importance of providing an artistic outlet in the community.
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.