Erik Olin Wright, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison
Professor Erik Olin Wright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison talks about his research project, "Real Utopias Project," which investigates empirical cases that have tried to make utopia real, and looks at theoretical ideas and proposals on how to achieve utopia.
Ryan Griffis, Professor, School of Art and Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Professor Ryan Griffis discusses the work of the Temporary Travel Office, a fictional yet operational tourism agency that specializes in tactical tourism. He explains the work of the travel office and offers some definitions for clearer understanding of this arena.
J. Morgan Puett, Project Artist, Department of Art, UW-Madison
J. Morgan Puett discusses an interest in fashion, the arts, and the current project being developed.
Michael Lynch, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies in Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University
Michael Lynch explores the history of nanotechnology before discussing his own work with visualization, electron microscopy, and his research project.
Catherine Swessel, MSW, LCSW, Director of Foster Care and Adoption Services at Children's Service Society of Wisconsin
The Children's Service Society of Wisconsin is a licensed foster care and adoption agency. Catherine Swessel talks about the different kinds of adoption while focusing on domestic infant adoption, and discusses the process in which one would go through.
Nancey Murphy , Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary and Richard Davidson, Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, UW-Madison
Explore the connection between science and religion. Look at how neuroscience effects our idea of the soul with Dr. Nancey Murphy. Then analyze research of the changing states of brain functioning with Dr. Richard Davidson.
Daniel G. Petereit, MD, John Vururevich Cancer Care Institute, Rapid City Regional Hospital, South Dakota
Learn about the Walking Forward project from Daniel G. Petereit. The project addresses cancer disparities in the American Indians in western South Dakota. Petereit also discusses the Cancer Disparity Research Partnership project, its key elements, the five-year results and the funding.
Ronnie Hess, a journalist and poet; John Lehman, a poet and founder of ”Rosebud” Magazine; and Margot Peters, a biographer and professor Emeritus in the Department of English at UW-Whitewater, provide an introduction to the lives, legends, humor and surprises of Wisconsin's great writers.
Bob Jacobson, author of 'Les Paul: Guitar Wizard,' describes the many obstacles and inspirations that shaped Les Paul's amazing career as one of America's true musical giants. In addition to inventing the solid-body electric guitar, Paul pioneered the multi-track recording machine.
John DeMain, music director of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Academy Fellow; Jane Simon, curator at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida; and Valerie Laken, assistant professor of English at UW-Milwaukee and author of "Separate Kingdoms: Stories" consider how the arts can provide new ways of understanding tragedy.