Christopher Tyler, the head of the Brain Imaging Center at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the science of depth perception and Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering work in understanding perspective. Da Vinci may have been the inspiration for Torricelli who drew the map Columbus used in his discovery of America.
Jerry Apps, Author
"Old Farm: A History" is Jerry Apps' recent book describing Roshara, the farmstead where he and his family have spent more than 40 years forging a close relationship to the land. In this 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival presentation, Apps unearths the history of his acreage--from the last glacier to Menominee Indian residents to early European settlers to the present.
Michael Hecht, a local artist, utilizes a unique interaction of music, personal artwork and historic speech excerpts by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to bring a personal perspective to the life of Dr. King.
Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor at Wired magazine and the author of “How We Decide” and “Proust Was a Neuroscientist”, shares a sparkling and revelatory introduction to the new science of creativity. Shattering the myth of muses, higher powers, even creative “types,” Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively.
Dave Driscoll and Joe Kapler, curators at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, discuss the exhibit, "Wisconsin Innovations: from the Iconic to the Unexpected." Learn about the decision process they went through, the challenges of presenting research in a popular, artifact-based format and enjoy the stories behind some of the state's best and least-known inventions.
Bob Kahn, Author Bob Kann, author of "A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook," shares stories about Lizzie Kander, Milwaukee's early 20th century culinary wonder. Kander's "Settlement Cook Book" helped young immigrant girls learn to cook nutritious "American-style" meals. The proceeds from her book helped to build Milwaukee's first settlement house and later Jewish Community...
James Gill Photographer, WPT. George Banda Combat medic, 101st Airborne Div. Bruce Jensen Gunners mate, USS Stone County, Mobile Riverine Force.
James Kurtz Platoon leader, 1st Infantry Div. Rev. Ray Stubbe, Navy chaplain, Siege of Khe Sanh. Willie Williams Staff sergeant, 25th Infantry Div. Mik Derks Producer, WPT. Panel discussion related to Jim Gill's portraits of Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans.
Elizabeth Streb Choreographer and Founder STREB Lab for Action Mechanics discusses the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, SLAM. She describes it as an effort to change the space that creative people work in.
Ruth Shelly, the executive director of Madison Children's Museum, discusses the museum's focus on using local people, using local products and using processes that involve the local community to create the new museum space.
Gwen Ifill, the moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week" shares her journey beginning as a newspaper reporter to her present job at PBS. Ifill talks about her mentor, Tim Russert, her tried and true means to get a comment for a story and her work at PBS.