History

B17, the Final Mission

Chris Henry, Staff Member, Experimental Aircaft Association, presents personal stories and never before seen photos of what it was like to be a crew member aboard the B17 Flying Fortress during World War II. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.

The Medieval Battlegrounds of the First World War

Carol Symes, Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, explores the use of medieval monuments and cathedrals as a motivation to rally the French people to fight in World War One.

The U.S. Campaign Against Psychosurgery

Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.

Rethinking Jean Nicolet's Journey to Wisconsin

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, delves into the myths claiming that Jean Nicolet was seeking an inland passage to China by way of the Great Lakes. Based on a misunderstanding of the original sources, Jung presents a fascinating reinterpretation of Nicolet’s journey.

Cancer Research Milestones at McArdle Lab

Henry Pitot, Professor Emeritus, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, UW-Madison, shares the history of the lab. Pitot discusses the researchers who have worked at the 75 year old laboratory and highlights their cancer research findings.

The Science of Supper Clubs

Terese Allen, Co-author, "The Flavor of Wisconsin," Ron Faiola, Author, "Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience," and Robin Shepard, Author, "Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs" share their thoughts on the history and cuisine of Wisconsin supper clubs.

Lost Towns of Southern Wisconsin

Kim Tschudy, Historian and Author, shares stories of southern Wisconsin’s abandoned “ghost” towns. Important in the early development of the state, these lost towns now only exist as notes on old maps or in local lore.

The Battle of Wisconsin Heights

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland to discuss the military leadership of Black Hawk at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. Black Hawk and his 120 warriors held off an estimated 700 American militia volunteers allowing the women, children and elderly under his protection to escape.

Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry

Patrick Jung, Associate Professor, General Studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering, joins "University Place Presents" host Norman Gilliland to explore the life, career and art of 20th century German painter, Erich Mercker. A prolific artist, Mercker produced 3,000 paintings focusing on landscapes and industrial artwork.

Our Funny University

Scott Dikkers, Founding Editor, The Onion and Jim Mallon, Producer and Director, Mystery Science Theater 3000 join moderator and Wisconsin Public Television Producer Andy Moore to share their insights into humor. Dikkers and Mallon discuss the unique UW-Madison humor and how it has encouraged college activism.

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