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.
John Broihahn, State Archeologist and Keith Jasin, Masters Student in Cultural Anthropology, UW-Milwaukee, State Archeologist
Wisconsin celebrates Historic Preservation and Archaeology Month each May. John H. Broihahn as he shares interesting details about the mounds and burial-mound building development in Wisconsin.
Melvin Laird Symposium, Biographer Dale Van Atta, UW Prof. Jeremi Suri, Univ. of Kentucky
Prof. George Herring, WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary
John Scocos & Marshfield Clinic Executive Director Reed Hall
Melvin Laird speaks about rehabilitation funds for veterans. A panel of scholars speak about Melvin Laird.
Tom Hooyer, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, UW-Madison
Tom Hooyer, a glacial geologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, talks about the history of the great glacial lakes within the borders of Wisconsin and discusses the effects climate change had on them.
Molly Jahn, Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Madison
The history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison dating back to the first dean in 1880 through today and plans for the future of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
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.