Thongchai Winichakul, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison
Native of Bangkok, Thailand, Professor Thongchai Winichakul explores the historical background of the city, the ethnic and religious conflicts there, and the crisis of democratization.
Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison
Americans are still passionately arguing about the life, career, and legacy of our sixteenth president, who played a role in reformulating many of the most basic aspects of American life. Arguments about Lincoln are really arguments about the nation as it was remade by Confederate defeat, slave emancipation, and Reconstruction.
Lance Herdegen, an author and historian, delves into the history of the Iron Brigade--Wisconsin and Michigan soldiers fighting in the Civil War. Herdegen explains the Black Hat and Iron Brigade labels and discusses the battles in which they fought.
Cori Olson, Executive Director, Milton House Museum
Pioneer Joseph Goodrich built what is now the oldest concrete home in the U.S. Goodrich created a tunnel used for the Underground Railroad, now part of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Virginia Boyd, Professor, School of Human Ecology, UW-Madison
Frank Lloyd Wright was committed to designing a house that reflected a uniquely American way of life. Professor Virginia Boyd identifies several ways he translated his abstract ideas about an appropriate American house form into actual design.
Ed Lyon, Senior Outreach Specialist, Department of Horticulture, UW-Madison
Allen Centennial Gardens is a 2.5 acre gem on the UW-Madison campus. New director of the Gardens Ed Lyon brings a new vision for Allen Centennial. This talk explains the history of the Gardens, discusses changing trends and audiences and defines Lyon's vision of how the Gardens will adapt to meet new needs.
Jeremi Suri, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison
With an impressive background in history, Professor Jeremi Suri analyses the likely relationship between the United States and Europe in the aftermath of the Iraq War.
Erika Janik, Freelance writer
Erika Janik used her interest in strange things in history to energize her collection of bizarre stories, which she collaborated to create her book and exhibit called "Odd Wisconsin".
Janice Rice, Outreach Coordinator, College Library, UW-Madison. Tom Jones, Assistant Professor, Department of Photography, UW-Madison
Janice Rice and Tom Jones offer a Ho-Chunk perspective on Steven Hoelscher's "Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies." The book examines H. H. Bennett's work and the Ho-Chunk people he photographed in the Wisconsin Dells area.
Matthew Guenette, Poet and educator
Dave Zirin, Sports writer
Readers rarely connect political affairs to the athletic field. Dave Zirin, author of "A People's History of Sports in the United States," points out some consequential links between sports and politics in America. He appears with award-winning Madison poet Matthew Guenette who reads from his collection "Sudden Anthem."