History

Past, Present, and Future of Vehicle Electrification

Theodore Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, presents a history of electric vehicles over the past 100 years. Bohn discusses the pros and cons of the different types of battery power that have been used, how electric cars are currently being powered and what the future looks like.

Bob Shank: Pioneer American Pilot

Fred Stadler, Volunteer Pilot, EAA, presents recently discovered photographs and audio recordings that document the life of Bob Shank, a pioneer air mail pilot, was also a flight instructor during World War I and World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

The Centennial and Future of Cooperative Extension

Richard Klemme, Dean and Director, UWEX Cooperative Extension, celebrates the first 100 years of Cooperative Extension Service. The 1862 Morrill Act set up colleges of agriculture and mechanic arts providing for the instruction mission. The 1887 Hatch Act set up agricultural experiment stations providing for the research mission and the Smith-Lever Act in 1914 provided for the extension mission.

Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts During the 1960's

Michael Edmonds, Deputy Director, Library Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, explains why the Wisconsin Historical Society owns one of the nation’s richest archives on the civil rights movement. For 50 years researchers have turned to these archives to find letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs and other primary sources related to the uprisings and unrest of the mid 20th century.

Ukraine, Russia, and the International Response

Yoshiko Herrera, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison experts: Scott Gehlbach, Professor, Department of Political Science, Ted Gerber, Professor, Department of Sociology, Andrew Kydd, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, David McDonald, Professor, Department of History, on the relationship between Ukraine and Russia.

The Mysterious Story of Lady Be Good

Dick Campbell, Aviation Historian, explores the mystery of the World War II American B-24D Liberator, Lady Be Good. The plane, lost in a bombing raid on Naples, Italy on April 4, 1943, was discovered nearly intact in 1958 and the remains of all but one of the crew members have been found. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Ward Irish Music Archives

Barry Stapleton, Director, Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee, discusses the origins of the Milwaukee Irish Fest and talks about the Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public collection of Irish music in America. The collection includes more than 40,000 Irish recordings and memorabilia.

An African American Life in Search of Justice

Jody LePage, Co-Author, "Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice," presents the oral history autobiography of Sylvia Bell White. The story focuses on Sylvia Bell White's post-World War II migration to Milwaukee and her pursuit of justice for her younger brother's racially charged murder.

The Past, Present & Future of Your Television

Bruce A. Johnson, Technical Director, University Place, Wisconsin Public Television, takes us on a fast paced romp through three quarters of a century of technological progress. Learn how new technologies are changing the ways we consume visual media.

William James and the Search for Life After Death

Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to delve into the history of spiritualism and the Society for Psychical Research in America. Notable in the group was psychologist and philosopher William James, who risked his reputation in an attempt to find proof of life after death.

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