Russell Gardner Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UW-Madison
Professor Russell Gardner talks about how we have a primal instinct to share our thoughts and experiences through communication forms of music, written language, and the arts.
Wendell Berry, Author
Wendell Berry reads from his short story, "Making it Home." The story chronicles the journey of Art Roundberry, a World War II soldier returning home from the war. As Art walks through the familiar countryside, his thoughts return to the battlefield.
Linda Barry Author
Paul Buhle PhD, Author
James Danky Author and Editor
Paul Buhle presents his new book entitled "Comics in Wisconsin" and James Danky's book "Underground Classics: The Transformation of Comics into Comix". Along with Linda Barry, these three take a look at comics as part of understanding our culture.
Jane Hamilton, Author. David Rhodes, Author
In a humorous presentation at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival, authors Jane Hamilton and David Rhodes present excerpts from their latest works. Hamilton reads from her sixth novel, "Laura Rider's Masterpiece," and Rhodes reads from his 2008 novel, "Driftless."
Harvey Pekar, Comic-book Writer & Author
Paul Buhle, PhD, Author
Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle appear at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss the graphic adaptation of "Working" by Studs Terkel; it's the first effort to translate Terkel's oral history classic into comic art.
Jonah Lehrer, Author & Contributing Editor, "Wired"
Jonah Lehrer writes on the topics of psychology, neuroscience and the relationship between science and the humanities. The author of "How We Decide" and "Proust was a Neuroscientist," he appears at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival with a presentation titled "From Marshmallows to Metacognition: What Can Science Teach Us About Decision-Making?"
Cabell Gathman PhD Student, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison
PhD student in the sociology department Cabell Gathman tells about her research and interest area in how people present themselves on the internet as opposed to how they present themselves in face-to-face interactions.
Cathy Vrentas Interim Biotechnology Outreach Specialist, UW-Madison Biotechnology Center and UW-Cooperative Extension
Cathy Vrentas set up a cheese tasting in order to explain the science behind cheese as well as beer.
Roberta Hill, Associate Professor, English and American Indian Studies, UW-Madison
Aaron Birdbear, Graduate Student and Graduate Research Scholar, UW-Madison School of Education
Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator, College Library, UW-Madison
The history and stories passed down by Roberta Hill as she tells of her grandparents, Charles Abram Hill and Dr. Lillie Rosa Minoka-Hill.
Megan Blake-Horst, Gallery Manager, Absolutely Art
Meghan Blake-Horst is the gallery manager for a community-based art gallery on the east side of Madison called Absolutely Art. Her gallery showcases affordable art and stresses the importance and impact of buying locally.