Arts/Culture

The Philosopher, the Priest and the Painter

Steven Nadler, Professor, Department of Philosophy at UW-Madison, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland for a discussion of the life, times, and philosophy of seventeenth century philosopher, Rene Descartes. Nadler focuses on the mysterious background of an iconic painting of the philosopher which is hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The Immigrant Artist at Work

Edwidge Danticat, author of "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work," shares stories of artists who have emigrated from their homelands and the complicated relationships that have lead them to create art in exile. Danticat, a Haitian-American, is a MacArthur Genius Grant award winner.

Maraniss on Obama

David Maraniss, author, explores the life and family history of President Barack Obama. In his biography, Maraniss delves into the values and the forces which set Obama on course toward becoming President.

Revitalizing Rural Life through the Arts

Donna Neuwirth and Jay Salinas from the Wormfarm Institute inReedsburg, WI, and Mitch Menchaca, Americans for the Arts in Washington D.C., discuss ways to build community through the arts. This panel discussion focuses on opportunities to incorporate the arts in rural areas.

Finding Humanity on the Cambodian Killing Fields

Patricia McCormick, Author, discusses her novel, “Never Fall Down: Finding Humanity on the Cambodian Killing Fields.” The story tells the tale of a courageous, real-life 11 year old boy who survived the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields of Cambodia.

The Arts and Sciences in the Year 2112

Lynda Barry, Cartoonist and Author, shares her thoughts on the future of the arts, sciences and schooling in 2112.

Sports and Dreams in America

Dan Manoyan, author of“Alan Ameche: the Story of ‘The Horse,’” and Joe Schuster, author of “The Might Have Been.” Manoyan discusses Alan Ameche’s life and career: immigration from Italy to Kenosha, football triumphs, and his life after hanging up the cleats. Schuster explores the costs of chasing a dream of playing major league baseball and the loss that comes when the dream is unattainable.

Out of the Northwoods

Michael Edmonds, author, discusses the history of fictional lumberjack legend and hero, Paul Bunyan.

Lands for the Public: America's Best Idea

Dayton Duncan, a writer, and co-producer with PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, discusses the history of public land--land purchased, held and preserved for the use of all Americans.

Lost Stories of Frank Lloyd Wright

Ron McCrea, Journalist and Author, Sarah Leavitt, Curator, National Building Musuem, Washington D.C., Mariamne Henken Whatley, Professor Emerita, Gender & Women's Studies UW-Madison, Elissa R. Henken, Professor, Folklore and Celtic Studies, University of Georgia, and Jonathan T. Henken, Bagpiper and Cabinet Maker, share stories of Frank Lloyd Wright and read from the diary of Priscilla Henken.

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