Florencia E. Mallon, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, explores the notion of “America” which originally applied to the full Western Hemisphere but which transformed within the emerging nation to refer to the United States. Mallon discusses instances where the utopian notion of “America” as a country causes tension with other North American and South American countries.
Chris Henry, Staff Member, Experimental Aircraft Association, discusses the Apollo 13 mission. An in-flight explosion changed the focus from a moon landing to a rescue mission. Henry discusses the recent reunion of the astronauts.
Elizabeth Lapina, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins ”University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the 11th century wars known as The Crusades. These wars were based on the Christians’ belief that they were fighting for God and doing God’s work.
Kristina Navarro, Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching, UW-Whitewater, explores the relationship between women’s athletics and higher education. Navarro provides an historical perspective of women in athletics dating back to ancient times.
Joseph Elder, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology UW-Madison, explores Mahatma Gandhi’s belief system and its pertinence to society today.
Sam Soderberg, Staff Sergeant, Wisconsin Air National Guard, discusses the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project which is using DNA technology to identify the remains of the Americans missing in action from World War II and the Korean War.
James Longhurst, Associate Professor, History, UW-La Crosse, explores the 1890s idea of a sidepath network of hard-surface bike paths, protected by law, crossing the nation. Networks were built from upstate New York to central Minnesota.
Monica Macaulay and Rand Valentine, Professors, Department of Linguistics, UW-Madison, explore the history of Wisconsin Native American languages, discuss the decline in use of the languages and describe the revitalization projects working to bring back the Ojibwe, Menominee, Potawatomi, Hocak, and Oneida languages.
Thomas Broman, Professor, History of Science Department, UW-Madison, and Sergio González, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, introduce a collaborative public history project which shares a community’s interesting or important objects through an interactive website.
Richard Schwinn, Great-grandson of Ignaz Schwinn, shares the history of the Schwinn Bicycle Company and focuses on the bicycle distribution system, Schwinn’s secret success factor.