Susan Lederer Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison. Lederer examines how the myth and metaphor of "Frankenstein" articulate the human dilemma of modern science. She offers a historical overview of scientific research from Shelley's day, when the smallpox vaccination revolutionized immunology, to today's cutting-edge scientific developments.
Bill Ivey Director, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbuilt. Former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bill Ivey has been exploring the nexus of art and public policy for decades. He shares his vision for a federal, state and local public arts policy that reaches wider and digs deeper than the system now.
Kathleen Kline Science Writer, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. "People of the Sturgeon" is a history of the cultures surrounding lake sturgeon in Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago region. While other populations of sturgeon were almost wiped out, Winnebago sturgeon have survived and flourished through a community-wide effort of people who are now joined together as People of the Sturgeon....
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.