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.
Trevor Stephenson, Director of the Madison Bach Musicians, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to share renditions of Christmas carols in their original arrangements or as they were performed long ago. Stephenson explains the history of the carols and accompanies singers Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, Margaret Fox, Scott J. Brunscheen and Jim LaBelle.
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.”