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Five Myths About the Scientific Revolution

Nancy Turner, Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville, debunks five commonly held misconceptions concerning the Scientific Revolution. Turner focuses on the sun-centered universe, magic, the Protestant Reformation, alchemy and the discoveries in medicine, biology, astronomy and physics.

Ye Olde Pub: England’s Early Drinking Houses

Caroline Boswell, Associate Professor of History at UW-Green Bay, delves into the medieval and early modern history of the English public houses. Boswell discusses the cultural, social and political nature of the drinking establishments sometimes referred to as “dens of iniquity.”

Natural Atmospheric CO2 and Human History

David Archer, Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, explains the relationship between the use of fossil fuel, the natural concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the ability of human society to recognize and understand anthropogenically triggered climate change.

The United States and the Great War

David Krugler, Professor of History at UW-Platteville, provides an overview of World War I including: the causes of the war, the reluctance of the United States to join the fighting, the major battles and the peace settlement.

Charles Van Hise's Field Notebooks

Carol McCartney, Outreach Manager at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, focuses on the geological research of the Lake Superior region conducted by Charles Van Hise. McCartney discusses Van Hise’s work, shows samples of rocks and maps, and shares data from his approximately 450 field notebooks. In 2011, Van Hise’s field notebooks were scanned into the UW Digital Collection.

The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values

Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean of the College of Professional Studies at UW-Green Bay, focuses on the values of modern organizations through the filter of the rights put forth by the founding fathers in the Constitution. Arendt reflects on the role the organization plays in society.

Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor

Bob Jacobson, Author of “Ole Evinrude and His Outboard Motor,” shares the success story of Ole Evinrude. Jacobson traces Evinrude's story from the time the family left Norway when Evinrude was three, to his invention of the outboard motor.

Community at the Harley Davidson Fall Ride

Lisa Theo, Instructor in the Department of Geography and Geology at UW-Stevens Point, explores the connection between Tomahawk, WI and Harley Davidson Motorcycles. Theo equates the Annual Fall Ride in September to the mythical village of Brigadoon and discusses the feeling of community that arises from the biking enthusiasts.

Maritime Archaeology Using Ultralight Aircraft

Tamara Thomsen, Maritime Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, and Suzze Johnson, Ultralight Pilot in Two Rivers, discuss the discovery of five shipwrecks off of Rawley Point in Lake Michigan. Thomsen shares the histories of the ships and Johnson focuses on the challenges of finding the shipwrecks along the coast of Manitowoc County.

Genealogy and the Wisconsin Historical Society

Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at the Wisconsin Historical Society, reviews the resources available at the Wisconsin Historical Society to help research local and family histories.

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