Arts/Culture

Monsters as a Mirror of Cultural Anxiety

Frances Auld, Assistant Professor, English, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, and George Christiansen, Senior Lecturer, Anthropology-Sociology, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County, explore the use of monsters in medieval literature, as a part of contemporary and popular culture and through an anthropological lens.

Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland to explore the life, career and art of 20th century German painter, Erich Mercker. A prolific artist, Mercker produced 3,000 paintings focusing on landscapes and industrial artwork.

Our Funny University

Scott Dikkers, Founding Editor, The Onion and Jim Mallon, Producer and Director, Mystery Science Theater 3000 join moderator and Wisconsin Public Television Producer Andy Moore to share their insights into humor. Dikkers and Mallon discuss the unique UW-Madison humor and how it has encouraged college activism.

Ernest Hüpenden's Painted Forest Murals

David Smith, Art Professor, Edgewood College, introduces the murals painted by self-taught artist Ernest Hüpenden in the late 1890s. Hüpenden’s work reflects the rich tradition of folk art in Wisconsin and is painted on the walls and ceiling at The Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin.

Viskonsin! Yiddish Radio in Badgerland

Henry Sapoznik, Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, UW-Madison, shares the history of how Yiddish radio came to Wisconsin in 1929. With an offer from William Paley to join the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), WISN in Milwaukee signed on to air Yiddish programming from New York City.

Wisconsin Printmakers

Andrew Stevens, Curator of Prints, Chazen Museum of Art, UW-Madison, discusses printmaking as an art form. Stevens introduces the works of various print makers throughout Wisconsin history.

Literature of the First World War

Marguerite Helmers, Professor, English Studies, UW-Oshkosh, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to delve into the reasons so many poets, memoirists and novelists wrote about World War I. Helmers explains that the reality of the technological advances in warfare in contrast with what men expected when they enlisted is reflected in their writings.

Horror Film and the Body

Jesse Stommel, Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland for an exploration into the world of horror films. Stommel shares clips from horror films to highlight the themes that scare us.

The Role and Responsibility of the Writer

Author, playwright and journalist Brad Schreiber talks about the role and the identity of writers, how society views them, and how they can achieve artistic and spiritual satisfaction as writers today.

The Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, explores how to appreciate beauty by looking at the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelites and their most distinguished thinker, William Morris.

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