Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.
Floor van de Velde, Visiting Artist Lecturer, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, shares her artwork which fuses science and art. Van de Velde focuses on the history of light in artwork and introduces her work.
Alex Zhu, Winner, 2015 Young Artists' Competition, Racine Symphony Orchestra, and accompanist Seungwha Baek, Madison, join Norman Gilliland for a violin and piano performance which aired live on “The Midday” program on Wisconsin Public Radio.
Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the indigenous people of Northern Europe, the Sami. DuBois explains the culture of the Sami people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.
Sam Weller, Author, "The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury," delves into Ray Bradbury’s life and writings focusing on “Fahrenheit 451.” Weller, Bradbury’s official biographer, discusses Bradbury’s life and the cultural influences which culminated in the writing of the book.
Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, UW-Madison, and Dean Blackwood, Founder, Revenant Records, share the stories behind the music made by Wisconsin musicians and recorded by Paramount Records in the 1920s and early 1930s. Although Paramount Records was known for its recording of blues, gospel and jazz, Caw highlights some of the other musical styles they released.
Beth E. Richie, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Fabu, Former Poet Laureate, Madison, WI. Richie talks about racial identity, sexuality, class, culture and incarceration focusing on the experiences of African American women. Fabu shares poetry that offers a glimpse into African American women’s experiences.
Beth Lueck, Professor, Languages & Literature, UW-Whitewater, discusses the poems written during the Civil War to come to terms with the death of loved ones and to bear witness to the losses. Poems focused on loss, displacement and sorrow.
Susan Friedman, Professor, English and Women's Studies, UW-Madison, discusses her research on contemporary Muslim women writing about current events in today’s world.
Denis Kitchen, Cartoonist and Founder, Kitchen Sink Press, traces his journey as an underground cartoonist and a satirist.