James Crow, Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison
Millard Susman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Genetics, UW-Madison
Professor Millard Susman and Professor James Crow together discuss the life and accomplishments of Joshua Lederberg. They touch on his research done at UW-Madison, his research done elsewhere, and the impacts of his discoveries in microbial genetics.
Jim Draeger, Author; Mark Speltz, Author
Co-authors of "Fill'er up" Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz present on the topic of gas stations, followed by questions from the audience and book signings.
Aseem Ansari, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison
Professor Aseem Ansari tells about Professor Har Gobind Khorana who won the Nobel Prize 40 years ago. He cracked the genetic code and was the first to synthesize a gene. Ansari also discusses the Khorana Scholars Program created to honor the tradition of ingenuity and collaboration between India and the United States.
James Conant, a professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, delves into the history of politics in Wisconsin. Conant discusses the rise of the progressive movement and talks about the issues that were excluded from the state constitution.
David Canon, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Professor David Canon discusses how Washington is broken and his ideas for fixing it. He points out the flaws of the nomination and election process then proposes potential remedies.
Nancy C. Unger, Professor, Department of History, Santa Clara Univeristy
Nancy Unger expresses her fascination with Bob LaFollette's progressive legacy in her lecture entitled "Fighting Bob LaFollette's Progressivism, Past, Present and Future". He was recognized as one of the seven greatest senators in American history. She aims to increase understanding and appreciation for what he created.
Pete Cohen, Department of Medicine, UW-Madison
Pete Cohen explains HIV/AIDS as a disease itself. Then he moves into presenting some of the research that led to the current understanding of the disease. He'll also cover some of the existing problems with our understanding and research.
Jean Phillips, Senior Special Librarian and Paul Menzel, UW Senior Scientis, Space Science and Engineering Center, UW-Madison
Phillips and Menzel give some information on the city of Madison, a history of meteorological satellites, and the role that Verner Suomi plays in this combination.
Historian and author Robert J. Laplander
Robert Laplander talks about "The Lost Battalion" being the bloodiest battle America has ever been involved in. He discusses the history of what really happened during this event and its connection to Wisconsin.
Joseph Salmons, Professor, Department of German, UW-Madison
Wisconsinites know and regularly celebrate the role of immigration in our state's history. Language is one of the most important things immigrants bring with them. UW Madison Professor Joseph Salmons talks about language as a window onto the immigrant experience, past and present.