Ron McCrea, author, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to tell the story behind Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s residence in Spring Green, WI. McCrea shares rare photographs of the residence under construction and discusses the murders and subsequent fire in August of 1914 that took the lives of Mamah Borthwick, Wright’s paramour, along with her children and four others.
Pat Ehrenberg, a quilter from Ripon, WI, shares the stories behind the quilts that were sewn during the Civil War and distributed to the soldiers on the battlefields. Quilts that were made for the soldiers were a different size and shape than what most quilters would have made for their homes and they were made out of unusual fabrics due to a shortage of material during the war.
Eric Kasper, Associate Professor, Political Science, UW-Barron County and Benjamin Schoening, Assistant Professor of Music, UW-Barron County, discuss the effects of music used during presidential political campaigns on the results of those elections. Kasper and Schoening accompany their talk with short musical selections to illustrate changes in campaign music throughout the years.
Stephanie Golightly Lowden, Author, discusses the political climate in Wisconsin during World War I and how it impacted German-Americans. Her research of this time period inspired her children's novel, 'Jingo Fever,' which explores the timeless issues of immigration and bullying.
Steven Nadler, Professor, Department of Philosophy at UW-Madison, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland for a discussion of the life, times, and philosophy of seventeenth century philosopher, Rene Descartes. Nadler focuses on the mysterious background of an iconic painting of the philosopher which is hanging in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Patricia McCormick, Author, discusses her novel, “Never Fall Down: Finding Humanity on the Cambodian Killing Fields.” The story tells the tale of a courageous, real-life 11 year old boy who survived the Khmer Rouge by playing music in the Killing Fields of Cambodia.
Paul Buhle, Author; Mary Jo Buhle, Author; Ruth Coniff, Political Editor, The Progressive Magazine; Robert McChesney, Author; John Nichols, Associate Editor, Capital Times; and Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive, join in a panel discussion focusing on the history of protests and the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin.
Dan Manoyan, author of“Alan Ameche: the Story of ‘The Horse,’” and Joe Schuster, author of “The Might Have Been.” Manoyan discusses Alan Ameche’s life and career: immigration from Italy to Kenosha, football triumphs, and his life after hanging up the cleats. Schuster explores the costs of chasing a dream of playing major league baseball and the loss that comes when the dream is unattainable.
Jim Feldman, author of "The Buildings of the University of Wisconsin," talks about the history, construction, and diverse styles of the buildings on the UW-Madison campus.
Michael Edmonds, author, discusses the history of fictional lumberjack legend and hero, Paul Bunyan.