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Charles Van Hise's Field Notebooks

Carol McCartney, Outreach Manager at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, focuses on the geological research of the Lake Superior region conducted by Charles Van Hise. McCartney discusses Van Hise’s work, shows samples of rocks and maps, and shares data from his approximately 450 field notebooks. In 2011, Van Hise’s field notebooks were scanned into the UW Digital Collection.

The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values

Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies at UW-Green Bay, focuses on the values of modern organizations through the filter of the rights put forth by the founding fathers in the Constitution. Arendt reflects on the role the organization plays in society.

Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor

Bob Jacobson, Author of “Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor,” shares the success story of Ole Evinrude. Jacobson traces Evinrude's story from the time the family left Norway when Evinrude was three, to his invention of the outboard motor.

Community at the Harley Davidson Fall Ride

Lisa Theo, Instructor in the Department of Geography and Geology at UW-Stevens Point, explores the connection between Tomahawk, WI and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Theo equates the Annual Fall Ride in September to the mythical village of Brigadoon and discusses the feeling of community that arises from the biking enthusiasts.

Maritime Archaeology Using Ultralight Aircraft

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Suzze Johnson, Ultralight Pilot in Two Rivers, discuss the discovery of five shipwrecks off of Rawley Point in Lake Michigan. Thomsen shares the histories of the ships and Johnson focuses on the challenges of finding the shipwrecks along the coast of Manitowoc County.

Genealogy and the Wisconsin Historical Society

Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, reviews the resources available at the Wisconsin Historical Society to help research local and family histories.

Russia since 1945: History's Long Shadow

David McDonald, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the political history of the Soviet Union. McDonald shares his knowledge of the inner workings of the country and offers insights into future relations between Russia and the United States.

Race and Citizenship in Antebellum America

Martha Jones, Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, discusses birthright citizenship for free African Americans before the Civil War and shares the story of African American activist George Hackett.

Eugenics in Wisconsin

Phyllis Reske, Graduate Student in the College of Letters and Science at UW-Milwaukee, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of sterilizing people deemed unfit due to mental deficiencies. Reske explores the laws passed in Wisconsin in the early twentieth century which focused on epileptics and the mentally disabled.

Women Smugglers in Early America, 1701-1754

Eugene Tesdahl, Assistant Professor of History at UW-Platteville, explores the role that women from the Mohawk tribe played in transporting goods from Albany, NY to Montreal, Canada in the early to mid-eighteenth century.

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