History

The Battle of Midway

Dick Campbell, Aviation Historian, shares the story of the World War II Battle of Midway. This battle involved numerous aircraft carriers from both the American and Japanese sides. The daring and skill of the U.S. Naval leaders and the air crews resulted in a military victory, changing the course of the war. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

The Art of Blown Glass Scientific Tools

Tracy Drier, Master Glassblower, Department of Chemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the history of glass and demonstrates some of the techniques he uses to create technically-tailored, made-to-order glassware for the Chemistry Department.

Nero

Margaret George, Historical Novelist, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to examine the reputation of Nero, Emperor of Rome, who ruled in the 1st century A.D. Installed on the throne at the age of 16 by his mother, Nero was an artist and attempted to bring the Greek culture to Rome.

Ernest Hüpenden's Painted Forest Murals

David Smith, Art Professor, Edgewood College, introduces the murals painted by self-taught artist Ernest Hüpenden in the late 1890s. Hüpenden’s work reflects the rich tradition of folk art in Wisconsin and is painted on the walls and ceiling at The Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin.

Art and History at Shake Rag Alley

Megan O'Connell, Executive Director, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point, shares the history of the center for artists and crafts people in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. Artists are drawn to Shake Rag Alley to share traditional craft techniques.

Stories from the Days of One-Room Schools

Susan Apps-Bodilly, Teacher and Author, “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades,” delves into what education was like in one-room schools in Wisconsin. Students were in class with their siblings and teachers lived with the families. Learn what led to the closing of the schools, which were also gathering places for the community.

The Social Contract that Created the Monopoly

Richard Hirsh, Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech, explains the origins of regulation in the American electric utility system and explains its close tie to technical innovation. Hirsh also delves into deregulation and its effects on the energy industry.

The History of Power Production

Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; Scott Williams, Wisconsin Energy Institute Liaison, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; and Terry Hottenroth, Attorney, Hottneroth Law Offices, LLC; discuss the history of power and the history of the politics that brought us to the industry that we have today.

Viskonsin! Yiddish Radio in Badgerland

Henry Sapoznik, Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, UW-Madison, shares the history of how Yiddish radio came to Wisconsin in 1929. With an offer from William Paley to join the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), WISN in Milwaukee signed on to air Yiddish programming from New York City.

The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine

Erika Janik, Author, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, shares stories of popular alternative medical cures in 19th century America. Janik discusses remedies which challenged mainstream medical practices and which drew support from such notables as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Charles Darwin.

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