Bob Jacobson, author of 'Les Paul: Guitar Wizard,' describes the many obstacles and inspirations that shaped Les Paul's amazing career as one of America's true musical giants. In addition to inventing the solid-body electric guitar, Paul pioneered the multi-track recording machine.
Sarah Clayton, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the mysteries of Teotihuacan, the site of an ancient city in central Mexico. Excavations of the area, including chambers in the pyramids, give a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived there.
Nancy C. Unger, an associate professor of history at Santa Clara University, examines how the unique environmental concerns and activism of women framed the way the larger culture responded. She also highlights the contributions of Wisconsin women to environmental history. Unger is the author of “Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History.”
James Pearson, the exhibitions director at the Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the lithographs created by George Bellows. Bellows was active in the Ashcan movement, which consisted of artists painting and drawing life on city streets, in tenement buildings and the rise of the working class.
Dan Fuller, a lecturer in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to explain the history of photographic methods before the invention of photography.
R. Bruce Allison, author of “If Trees Could Talk,” offers fascinating stories that introduce noteworthy trees, both past and present, across Wisconsin.
Anna Andrzejewski, an associate professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, discusses vernacular buildings or “everyday spaces” through the perspective of anthropology, history, American studies, cultural geography, landscape architecture and history, folklore, and material culture to construct frameworks that help us describe the common buildings and landscapes of America.
David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at UW-Madison, shares the geologic story of Lake Mendota, Glacial Lake Wisconsin, Indian Lake and Devil’s Lake.
Author Bob Kann, author of "Joyce Westerman: Baseball Hero," shares Kenosha native Joyce Westerman’s stories of growing up during the Great Depression, working at American Motors, and playing professional baseball. Westerman played for eight years in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League depicted in the movie, "A League of Their Own."
Daniel Einstein, the historic and cultural resources manager in Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture at UW-Madison, presents the history of the Camp Randall Arch. For 100 years, the arch has offered a gateway to a 5-acre memorial park honoring the 70,000 Union soldiers who received military training at the site during the Civil War.