Maryo Gard Ewell, Arts Administrator and daughter of Robert E. Gard, discusses the history of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program in the 1940s. Self-taught artists enrolled as noncredit students at the University of Wisconsin and introduced the arts to rural communities. This was the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea--extending the knowledge and research of the university to everyone in the state.
Jonathan Shailor, Professor in the Communication Department at UW-Parkside, discusses his work with the Shakespeare Prison Project at the Racine Correctional Institute and explores the connection the prisoners discover as actors in Shakespeare's plays.
Henry Drewal, Professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the meaning and symbolism represented in African art throughout the centuries. Drewal also introduces sensiotics, the study of art and the senses as a means for understanding the African cultures.
James Voegeli, Son of Don Voegeli, and David Null, Director of UW Archives and Records Management, share the story of Don Voegeli, a prolific composer who wrote the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Don Voegeli, a UW professor, worked as Music Director at Wisconsin Public Radio for 41 years. David Null discusses the challenges of preserving the music for the future.
Randall Duk Kim, Former Artistic Director and Co-founder, of American Players Theater and Anne Ochiogrosso, Former Director and Co-founder of American Players Theater, present a tribute to William Shakespeare to celebrate the Bard’s 400-year legacy. Kim and Ochiogrosso discuss the influence Shakespeare’s works have had on their careers.
Joshua Calhoun, Professor in the Department of English at UW-Madison, discusses how Shakespeare’s sonnets have been organized, printed and grouped over the centuries. Calhoun explores love and heartbreak in the poems.
Mary Anna Evans, Assistant Professor in the Department of Professional Writing at the University of Oklahoma, discusses the importance of focusing on facts to write an entertaining story. Evans uses archaeology, scientific methods and her life experiences to create historically accurate fiction.
Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin Poet Laureate; Fabu, Former Madison Poet Laureate; Dion Kempthorne, Dean Emeritus at UW-Richland Center; and Timothy Yu, Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at UW-Madison, discuss how poetry and fiction can shape the future of our communities by engaging diverse populations.
Barrett Klein, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at UW-La Crosse, explores the role of insects in society. In addition to being portrayed on currency, artwork and fashion, insects can contribute to advances in technology and medicine.
Sarah Meredith Livingston, Associate Professor in the School of Music at UW-Green Bay, and Jiebing Chen, Erhu Virtuoso, celebrate the lives of five performing artist: Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Antonia Brico, Isadora Duncan and Billie Holiday. Chen performs on the erhu and shares the story of her immigration to the United States from China.