History

Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States

John Zimm, Associate Editor, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, discusses the book, “Wisconsin Women in the War Between the States.” Zimm highlights ways the women worked to support the war effort including encouraging the men to enlist, making bandages and clothing and sending food to the troops.

Bob Shank: Pioneer American Pilot

Fred Stadler, Volunteer Pilot, EAA, presents recently discovered photographs and audio recordings that document the life of Bob Shank, a pioneer air mail pilot, was also a flight instructor during World War I and World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Past, Present, and Future of Vehicle Electrification

Theodore Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, presents a history of electric vehicles over the past 100 years. Bohn discusses the pros and cons of the different types of battery power that have been used, how electric cars are currently being powered and what the future looks like.

Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified

Larry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, introduces two arguments against believing in miracles. He focuses on the kind of inference upon which believers rely, and reframes David Hume’s famous argument against believing in miracles.

The Centennial and Future of Cooperative Extension

Richard Klemme, Dean and Director, UWEX Cooperative Extension, celebrates the first 100 years of Cooperative Extension Service. The 1862 Morrill Act set up colleges of agriculture and mechanic arts providing for the instruction mission. The 1887 Hatch Act set up agricultural experiment stations providing for the research mission and the Smith-Lever Act in 1914 provided for the extension mission.

Collecting Civil Rights Manuscripts During the 1960's

Michael Edmonds, Deputy Director, Library Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, explains why the Wisconsin Historical Society owns one of the nation’s richest archives on the civil rights movement. For 50 years researchers have turned to these archives to find letters, diaries, meeting minutes, photographs and other primary sources related to the uprisings and unrest of the mid 20th century.

Ukraine, Russia, and the International Response

Yoshiko Herrera, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison experts: Scott Gehlbach, Professor, Department of Political Science, Ted Gerber, Professor, Department of Sociology, Andrew Kydd, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, David McDonald, Professor, Department of History, on the relationship between Ukraine and Russia.

The Mysterious Story of Lady Be Good

Dick Campbell, Aviation Historian, explores the mystery of the World War II American B-24D Liberator, Lady Be Good. The plane, lost in a bombing raid on Naples, Italy on April 4, 1943, was discovered nearly intact in 1958 and the remains of all but one of the crew members have been found. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Milwaukee Irish Fest and the Ward Irish Music Archives

Barry Stapleton, Director, Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee, discusses the origins of the Milwaukee Irish Fest and talks about the Ward Irish Music Archives, the largest public collection of Irish music in America. The collection includes more than 40,000 Irish recordings and memorabilia.

An African American Life in Search of Justice

Jody LePage, Co-Author, "Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice," presents the oral history autobiography of Sylvia Bell White. The story focuses on Sylvia Bell White's post-World War II migration to Milwaukee and her pursuit of justice for her younger brother's racially charged murder.

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