Ben Sidran, a musician and author, and Richard Davidson, the director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, combine their talents, interests, and spirit of adventure to present an original exploration into the interface of neuroscience and Jazz. Sidran and Davidson offer techniques to liberate the mind, moving from “mistakes” to “opportunities.”
Frank X Walker, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Kentucky and author of six poetry collections, reads from his historical poetry and talks about the challenges of writing and teaching. Walker is joined by two of his students, Madison poet CX Dillhunt and Seattle poet Drew Dillhunt.
Joan Houston Hall, Chief Editor, Dictionary of American Regional English, UW-Madison, discusses the next volume of the “Dictionary of American Regional English.” Volume 6 is a companion to the first 5 volumes, containing comparative maps, the original questionnaires, and fieldwork data.
Pat Ehrenberg, a quilter from Ripon, WI, shares the stories behind the quilts that were sewn during the Civil War and distributed to the soldiers on the battlefields. Quilts that were made for the soldiers were a different size and shape than what most quilters would have made for their homes and they were made out of unusual fabrics due to a shortage of material during the war.
Eric Kasper, Associate Professor, Political Science, UW-Barron County and Benjamin Schoening, Assistant Professor of Music, UW-Barron County, discuss the effects of music used during presidential political campaigns on the results of those elections. Kasper and Schoening accompany their talk with short musical selections to illustrate changes in campaign music throughout the years.
Stephanie Golightly Lowden, Author, discusses the political climate in Wisconsin during World War I and how it impacted German-Americans. Her research of this time period inspired her children's novel, 'Jingo Fever,' which explores the timeless issues of immigration and bullying.
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.
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.
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.
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.