June Melby, Author, "My Family and Other Hazards," addresses the rise and fall in popularity of miniature golf from its beginnings in the 1920s during the Great Depression to the present. Melby shares stories of her summers working at her family’s miniature golf course.
F. Peter Wagner, Associate Professor, Political Science, UW-Whitewater, discusses the three waves of global democratization: from 1820s until the aftermath of World War I, after World War II, and from the 1970s until the early 1990s. Wagner delves into the fourth wave which includes the Arab Spring.
Molly Patterson, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, explains the Arab Spring movement in Saudi Arabia and its effect on the Shia Muslim population.
Dawn Bondhus Mueller, Executive Director, Wisconsin Automotive Museum, Hartford, presents the history of the Kissel Motor Car Company, the manufacturer of custom built automobiles, located in Hartford from 1906 until 1931. Although fewer than 200 complete cars exist today, Kissel produced around 35,000 cars within a twenty five year span.
Deborah Blum, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, discusses the corrupt atmosphere in the 1930s which lead to forensic scientists joining with the police to determine cause of death. Blum focuses on poisons often used in the early 20th century to commit murder.
Eva Schloss, Survivor, Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, shares her memories of the Holocaust and her capture by the Nazis in 1944 on her 15th birthday. Schloss and her mother were freed by Russian troops in 1945; her father and brother did not survive. Her mother later married Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank. Schloss went on to co-found the Anne Frank Trust UK in 1990.
Tom DuBois, Professor, Department of Scandinavian Studies, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the indigenous people of Northern Europe, the Sami. DuBois explains the culture of the Sami people who have lived in the area for thousands of years.
Stephen Kantrowitz, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the surrender by Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse, ending the Civil War. Kantrowitz explains the political situation surrounding the war and discusses the circumstances which led to the surrender.
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.
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.