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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.

The Christmas Tree Ship

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist with the Wisconsin Historical Society, and John Janzen, Underwater Videographer, present the story of the shipwrecked schooner Rouse Simmons. The ship, filled with Christmas trees, was en route to Chicago when it sank on November 22, 1912. Thomsen and Janzen share a new video which provides an underwater tour of the wreck site.

Why the World Loves Soccer But Americans Hate It

Tobias Barske, Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at UW-Stevens Point, explores the American attitude toward soccer and compares it to the international love of the sport.

Air America

Neil Hansen, Former Senior Pilot for Air America, shares his experiences as a pilot flying as part of a dummy corporation for the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert operations in China. Hansen provides a history of Air America which operated from 1955 until 1975. This lecture was recorded at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh.

Gustav Klimt as Viennese Modernist

Barbara Buenger, Professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to explore the artwork of Gustav Klimt. Buenger discusses Klimt’s historical vignettes in Viennese Buildings and his work as part of the Secession Movement in the late nineteenth century.

The Roots of the Real Christmas Tree

Neil Prendergast, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point, chronicles the use of live Christmas trees as Christmas decorations in the United States. Prendergast highlights environmental concerns in the late 19th century which stemmed from the cutting of the trees.

The Second Seminole War (1835 - 1842)

John Hall, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to explore the history and culture of the Seminole Indians in Florida during the early nineteenth century. Hall focuses on the Indian war leaders and their involvement in the conflicts between the United States and the Seminole Indians.

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed

Eric Cline, Professor of Classics and Anthropology at George Washington University, discusses the factors that caused the Bronze Age to come to an end. Cline focuses on events of 1177 BC including earthquakes, drought, famine and rebellions and discusses their similarity to events occurring today.

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