Yi-Fu Tuan, Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, shares stories of heroic explorers who ventured to forbidding environments to test their power of endurance. Tuan explores the idea that humans can find salvation in geographies that fit their romantic aspirations and their nature.
Charles Konsitzke, Associate Director, UW Biotechnology Center, Josh Hyman, Director, DNA Sequencing Facility, UW Biotechnology Center, and Jed Henry, Researcher and Filmmaker, discuss the mission to locate and confirm the identity of Private Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian citizen enlisted in the US Army and killed in action during the battles in Normandy in 1945.
Raymond Benson, Author, Film Historian and Musician, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life of Ian Fleming and the history of the James Bond novels. Upon Fleming’s passing, his estate chose authors to continue writing new Bond adventures. Benson was tapped to write James Bond novels from 1997 through 2003.
Susan Krueger, Map Librarian, Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses ways maps can be used by genealogists, treasure hunters, historians, teachers, artists and hobby enthusiasts. Krueger explores how “outdated” maps can still be used and highlights various maps available at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Daniel Einstein, Historic and Cultural Resources Manager, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture, UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the life and interests of naturalist John Muir.
Frank Tuerkheimer, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss events from 1971 through 1973 which led up to the “Saturday Night Massacre” during the Watergate scandal. Tuerkheimer was an Associate Special Prosecutor assigned to determine if the dairy industry had contributed illegal funds to candidates.
Jeff Skiles, Vice President, Experimental Aircraft Association, shares his story as the co-pilot of the US Airways plane that landed in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. Skiles presents a moment by moment account of what has become known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.
Jeff Sindelar, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, carves into the history of meat processing from ancient Roman times to present day, highlighting ways the industry developed in Wisconsin over the past 150 years.
Penelope Niven, author of "Thornton Wilder: A Life," and Tappan Wilder, Thornton Wilder's nephew, delve into the life and works of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.
Joseph Mason, Professor, Department of Geography, UW-Madison, discusses naturalist John Muir’s walk from Madison to the Muir family farm in upper Marquette County in the 1860s. Mason highlights the changes in terrain, at that time, from rolling prairie in DeForest to wetlands in Poynette to forest in Ennis Lake.