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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.

The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon

Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, memorializes the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Temple traces the decline from billions of birds to one, to none.

Early Excavations at Aztalan

Kurt Sampson, Naturalist, Aztalan State Park, shares photographs taken during excavations at Aztalan State Park. The photos, dated 1919, 1920 and 1932, offer a glimpse into the site’s prehistoric occupation.

Medicine and Superstition in Ancient Greece

James McKeown, Professor, Department of Classics, UW-Madison, explores the medical beliefs held by the ancient Greeks. While much of what they believed still holds true today, some of their beliefs fall into a gray area between fact and fantasy.

Secrets of Antarctic Weather and Climate

Matthew Lazzara, Researcher, Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, UW-Madison, shares the history of the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s more than fifty year involvement in observing the conditions on Antarctica, the coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Recent observations of the continent show a warming in the central west.

The Visible Scientist

Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, reflects on the history behind communication between scientists and the public. Dunwoody defines the visible scientist as somebody who can adapt to a rapidly evolving communications environment.

Literature of the First World War

Marguerite Helmers, Professor, English Studies, UW-Oshkosh, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to delve into the reasons so many poets, memoirists and novelists wrote about World War I. Helmers explains that the reality of the technological advances in warfare in contrast with what men expected when they enlisted is reflected in their writings.

An Illustrated Journey From Dejope to Madison

Aaron Bird Bear, Recruitment and Retention Specialist, School of Education, UW- Madison, explains how the UW-Madison campus landscape can serve as a classroom and can address learning goals for students. Bird Bear highlights the archaeological sites on campus and discusses the transformation of the land from Dejope (Four Lakes) to Madison.

Landing a C-97G at Dodgeville

Tom Thomas, Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Retired), elaborates on the role he played in landing a Boeing C-97G onto a 2,700 x 30 foot runway. The plane was purchased in 1977 by the owner of the Dodgeville Airport in Wisconsin for the purpose of turning it into a restaurant - known as the Don Q Inn. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider

Author and Historian Clark Kidder shares stories of orphans transported from New York City to the Midwest. Nearly 150,000 children were sent to live with farm families between 1853 and 1929. Kidder tells the story of his paternal grandmother, Emily Reese Kidder of Milton who was brought to Wisconsin in 1909 on an orphan train.

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