History

Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone

Thierry Cruvellier, Journalist and Author, discusses history, politics, civil war, reconstruction and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Cruvellier delves into how humans behave in times of crisis when faced with difficult choices.

Forensic DNA

Josh Hyman, Director, Biotechnology DNA- Sequencing Facility, UW Madison, tells the story of PFC Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian fighting for the U.S. who was killed in World War II. Gordon’s remains were mislabeled and missing for years. Eventually the remains were found and using forensic DNA sequencing were verified as belonging to Gordon.

Paramount Records: Beyond the Blues

Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian, Mills Music Library, UW-Madison, and Dean Blackwood, Founder, Revenant Records, share the stories behind the music made by Wisconsin musicians and recorded by Paramount Records in the 1920s and early 1930s. Although Paramount Records was known for its recording of blues, gospel and jazz, Caw highlights some of the other musical styles they released.

The Badger State Trail

William Hauda, President, Friends of the Badger State Trail, explains the history of the Badger State Trail from its origin as a freight and passenger rail line from Chicago to Madison which failed to gain approval in the Wisconsin Legislature to a premier bicycling trail. Hauda discusses how the Badger State Trail fits into the national bicycle interstate system.

Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

Beth E. Richie, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Fabu, Former Poet Laureate, Madison, WI. Richie talks about racial identity, sexuality, class, culture and incarceration focusing on the experiences of African American women. Fabu shares poetry that offers a glimpse into African American women’s experiences.

Democratic Successes and Challenges in Nigeria

Adam Paddock, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, delves into the history of Nigeria, focusing on colonization and British rule and discusses the challenges facing the democratic government in Nigeria today.

American Poets on Death and Suffering in the Civil War

Beth Lueck, Professor, Languages & Literature, UW-Whitewater, discusses the poems written during the Civil War to come to terms with the death of loved ones and to bear witness to the losses. Poems focused on loss, displacement and sorrow.

Our Declaration: In Defense of Equality

Danielle S. Allen, Professor, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study, delves into the Declaration of Independence, presenting historical facts and encouraging the re-commitment to civic agency and equality.

Harley-Davidson's Lost Photographs, 1915-1916

Amy Gnadt, Curator, Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, focuses on the rich photo archive at the Harley Davidson Museum. Recently discovered photos, featured in the 2013 "Exposed! Harley-Davidson's Lost Photographs, 1915-1916" document century old Milwaukee products, people and places.

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Richard Haven, Professor Emeritus, Communication Department, UW-Whitewater, discusses the Battle of Gettysburg, the worse battle of the Civil War, and critiques the Gettysburg Address based on its artistry and its impact on the audience.

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