Arts/Culture

The Lithographs of George Bellows - Ep. 765

James Pearson, the exhibitions director at the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the lithographs created by George Bellows. Bellows was active in the Ashcan movement, which consisted of artists painting and drawing life on city streets, in tenement buildings and the rise of the working class.

Photographic Methods Before Photography Ep. 763

Dan Fuller, a lecturer in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to explain the history of photographic methods before the invention of photography.

If Trees Could Talk - Ep. 760

R. Bruce Allison, author of “If Trees Could Talk,” offers fascinating stories that introduce noteworthy trees, both past and present, across Wisconsin.

Vernacular Architecture – Ep. 758

Anna Andrzejewski, an associate professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, discusses vernacular buildings or “everyday spaces” through the perspective of anthropology, history, American studies, cultural geography, landscape architecture and history, folklore, and material culture to construct frameworks that help us describe the common buildings and landscapes of America.

The All American Girls Professional Baseball League - Ep.743

Author Bob Kann, author of "Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero," shares Kenosha native Joyce Westerman’s stories of growing up during the Great Depression, working at American Motors, and playing professional baseball. Westerman played for eight years in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie, "A League of Their Own."

A Conversation with George Takei – Ep. 728

George Takei, an actor, talks with University Presents host Norman Gilliland about his life and his career. Takei discusses his childhood in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, his early acting jobs and landing the role as Sulu in “Star Trek.”

The Science and Art of Making Sausage – Ep. 722

Jeff Sindelar, an assistant professor of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison, demonstrates and explains the important scientific principles of sausage (bratwurst and summer sausage) manufacturing while intertwining the history and art associated with these products.

How to Be the Next Michael Feldman – Ep. 721

Michael Feldman, the host of “Whad'Ya Know” from Wisconsin Public Radio, talks about what lead him to his weekly radio program. He discusses innovation, risk-taking and his successful twenty-five years with the program.

UW's Dictionary of American Regional English – Ep. 716

Joan Houston Hall, chief editor of The Dictionary of American Regional English at UW-Madison, explores whether American English is becoming “homogenized” by the media and the mobility of the American population. Based on fieldwork and a collection of written materials, DARE includes terms that we use that are “normal” to us but that may not be understood by people in other places.

Entrepreneurial Thinking and the Arts – Ep. 697

Jennifer Uphoff Gray, the artistic director of Forward Theater Company, discusses the intersection between an artist endeavor and entrepreneurship. Gray talks about the mission statement of the organization and the financial and artistic goals set at the inception of the Forward Theater Company in 2009.

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