Charles Brokopp, Director, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, offers the history of screening newborns which began 50 years ago with testing for PKU, phenylketonuria. Newborn babies in Wisconsin are now screened for more than 40 disorders with early detection saving lives, improving quality of life and cutting health care costs.
Peter Sobol, Historian of Science, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the different cultures’ beliefs pertaining to the end of the world. Sobol presents a history beginning with the Egyptians and continuing to present day.
Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to delve into the art and history of encounters and connections among the Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings in the years before 1066.
David Herlihy, author of "Bicycle: The History," delves into the history of the bicycle, originally described as a “mechanical horse.” Herlihy discusses the invention of the bicycle, the freedom it provides, regardless of social class, and the passion surrounding this mode of transportation.
Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, Curator, Ebling Library, UW-Madison, examines the use of radiation throughout history including: the use of x-rays in diagnosis and treatment, occupational hazards of working with radiation, the military use of x-rays, the history of tanning, a UW connection with Marie Curie, bomb shelters in the 1960s, the bombing of Hiroshima and concerns about nuclear accidents.
Penelope Niven, author of "Thornton Wilder: A Life," and Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder's nephew, join University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life and work of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.
Robert Birmingham, Author, offers a glimpse into the lives of the soldiers and settlers who sought refuge at Fort Blue Mounds, strategically located in southwestern Wisconsin, during an 1832 conflict. Fast forwarding to the present; Birmingham along with Wisconsin Historical Society archaeologists and volunteers search for the fort and unearth fascinating details into the lives of the inhabitants.
Claudia Card, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, explores genocide from a philosophical perspective. Card presents her hypothesis about social death and explains “the atrocity paradigm,” her theory of evil.
Peter Rott, Architect, Isthmus Architecture, Inc., Madison, discusses the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed A.D. German Warehouse is located in downtown Richland Center. Rott provides his perspective on what might be done to enhance the future of the Warehouse.
David Perrodin, Director, Student Services, DeForest Area School District, discusses the history of school violence, the three pillars of school security, and effective approaches to school crisis preparedness. Perrodin shares findings from his research into active shooting situations and recommends ways to lessen the chances of a violent attack on a school.