Julie Plier, Freelance Lexicographer, Luanne von Schneidemesser Senior Editor for the Dictionary of American Regional English
Julie Plier, freelance lexicographer and Luanne von Schneidemesser, senior editor for the Dictionary of American Regional English, talk about Wisconsin words and discuss how various ethnic and cultural groups have influenced and enriched the English spoken in our state.
David Morgan Professor of History, Middle East Studies and Religious Studies, UW-Madison.
David Morgan discusses the political leadership of Iran from the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini to the present.
Susan Lederer Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison. Lederer examines how the myth and metaphor of "Frankenstein" articulate the human dilemma of modern science. She offers a historical overview of scientific research from Shelley's day, when the smallpox vaccination revolutionized immunology, to today's cutting-edge scientific developments.
Hank Whipple, Former Member, Board of Curators, Wisconsin Historical Society.The same day the stock market crashed in October of 1929, the steamer S.S. Wisconsin sank in Lake Michigan off Kenosha, Wis. Join Hank Whipple, past member of the Board of Curators for the Wisconsin Historical Society, as he shares her story.
Liaquat Ahamed, author
Liaquat Ahamed explains the country's current economic state and how we can look to historical events like the Great Depression for lessons. He also provides his insights into the future of the United States' economy.
Eugene Trani President Emeritus, Virginina Commonwealth University
Eugene Trani explains how land-grant institutions have eroded progessively in the second half of the 20th century. He looks at a land-grant university's mission for the challenges to come and how UW Madison is modernizing its mission to face the economic challenges of the future.
James Lorence, Professor & Author
David Taylor, Author
Herbert Lewis, Professor
Join the panel discussion of James Lorence's " The Unemployed People's Movement: Leftists, Liberals and Labor in Georgia, 1929-41" and David Taylor's "Soul of a People: The WPA Writers' Project Uncovers Depression America". Two Oneida writers, Oscar Archiquette and Ida Blackhawk, also participate in the panel.
Andrew Bacevich Professor
Paul Buhle PhD, Author
Alfred McCoy Professor & Author
Dr. Andrew Bacevich, professor at Boston University, discusses his publications on political and social issues. Dr. Paul Buhle is the co-author of William Appleman Williams biography. They discuss the life of Williams as well as their own publications.
Harvey Pekar, Comic-book Writer & Author
Paul Buhle, PhD, Author
Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle appear at the 2009 Wisconsin Book Festival to discuss the graphic adaptation of "Working" by Studs Terkel; it's the first effort to translate Terkel's oral history classic into comic art.
Jim Lattis Director, UW Space Place
Jim Lattis discusses the history of the Washburn Observatory and the renovations themselves.