Arts/Culture

Imagining Possible Worlds

Science Fiction Author Kim Stanley Robinson, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery David Krakauer, UW-Madison English Assistant Professor Monique Allewaert and Wisconsin Public Radio Producer Steve Paulson discuss how science fiction can help us imagine possible worlds. Also, hear the winning entries of the Three Minute Futures flash science fiction contest, dramatized for radio.

The Photography of Witness

Wisconsin Photographers Michael Kienitz, Kevin Miyazaki and Craig Schreiner focus on stories of everyday life, personal narratives, struggles and conflict through photographic images.

Canoes: The Art and Science of Hydro Dynamic Design

Liese Pfeifer, Academic Curator, Design Gallery, UW School of Human Ecology; James Steiner, Outreach Program Coordinator, Center for Integrative Design, UW-Madison; and Nick Molzahn, student, Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering, UW-Madison, discuss high performance racing canoes, concrete canoes and ancient canoe artifacts, exhibited at the Design Gallery at the School of Human Ecology.

Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Ward Irish Music Archives

Barry Stapleton, Director, Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee, discusses the origins of the Milwaukee Irish Fest and talks about the Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public collection of Irish music in America. The collection includes more than 40,000 Irish recordings and memorabilia.

One Small Farm

Craig Schreiner, Photographer, captures everyday life on the farm through photographs in his book, “One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life.” Schreiner follows the Lamberty family of Pine Bluff, Wisconsin as he explores the future of small farm agriculture and the rural way of life.

Romantic Geography

Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, shares stories of heroic explorers who ventured to forbidding environments to test their power of endurance. Tuan explores the idea that humans can find salvation in geographies that fit their romantic aspirations and their nature.

The Fortepiano: From Enlightenment to Romanticism

Trevor Stephenson, Director, Madison Bach Musicians, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland for an in-studio performance and lecture which was originally broadcast live on “Midday,” a classical music program on Wisconsin Public Radio. Stephenson explores the history of the fortepiano and explains how the instrument creates its unique sound.

The James Bond Phenomenon

Raymond Benson, Author, Film Historian and Musician, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life of Ian Fleming and the history of the James Bond novels. Upon Fleming’s passing, his estate chose authors to continue writing new Bond adventures. Benson was tapped to write James Bond novels from 1997 through 2003.

Old Maps, New Stories

Susan Krueger, Map Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses ways maps can be used by genealogists, treasure hunters, historians, teachers, artists and hobby enthusiasts. Krueger explores how “outdated” maps can still be used and highlights various maps available at the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Novels and Politics Today

Orhan Pamuk, author and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, discusses his novels. Pamuk explains how the novel “Snow,” was his first and will be his last political novel and he explores where he find the ideas for each of his novels.

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