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.
Richard Quinney, Author, "A Farm in Wisconsin," shares the story of his family’s farm which grew from a few acres to the present day 160 acres. Quinney’s family farm in Walworth County, WI was purchased by his great-grandfather in 1868 shortly after emigrating from Ireland.
Jim Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, takes a journey back to 1999 to look at how people were using computers and software in their lives as compared to present day. Brown explores electronic literature focusing on “Reagan Library” created in 1999 by Stuart Moulthrop.
James Campbell, Author and Journalist, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss his adventure in a 56 foot long, traditional Hawaiian sailing canoe, using only the stars as a navigational tool. Campbell and a photographer sailed 2500 miles across the central Pacific with sailors from the island of Satawal.
Craig Wilson, Author, "Hanging by a Thread" and "A Little More Line," discusses his two books of kite photography. Using a camera suspended from a kite Wilson photographs nature, cityscapes, landscapes, festivals and even a Badger game. Enjoy the beauty of Wisconsin from a different perspective.
Jon McKenzie, Professor, Department of English, UW-Madison, discusses digital humanities, the transformational relationship between information technologies and the arts and humanities. McKenzie also discusses Nietzsche’s Gay Science and how it has been reintroduced through comix.
Jody Clowes, Curator, Vital Skills Exhibition, moderates a panel discussion about the importance and relevance of preserving traditional skills and the best means of passing them on. The panel includes: Jim Lorman, Ruth Olson, Anne Pryor, Robert Schulz, and Greg David.