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.
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.
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.
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 Krueger explores how “outdated” maps can still be used and highlights various maps available at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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.
Lawrence Conservatory of Music student ensembles “Quartet Masque” and “Involuntary String Band,” along with student Jonathan Fagan join Wisconsin Public Radio’s Norman Gilliland, host of University Place Presents. These performances, recorded at Lawrence University, aired live on “The Midday” on WPR.
Penelope Niven, author of "Thornton Wilder: A Life," and Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder's nephew, delve into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.
Caroline Levine, Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, argues that novelists picked up the nineteenth century call for scientists to practice “suspending judgment,” or to not rush to conclusions, in their experiments and made it a model for their own storytelling, democratizing the scientific method while attracting an increasing circle of readers.
Dr. Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History of Modern Christianity at the University of Chicago Divinity School, discusses the need for global religious tolerance and understanding in relation to American religious history.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison.
Deborah Blum delves into the birth of forensic medicine and poisoning murders in her latest non-fiction book, "The Poisoner's Handbook," set in jazz-age New York City.