History

Horatio Alger on Entrepreneurial Individualism

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Horatio Alger and explores Alger’s 19th Century philosophy about how to go from rags to riches.

Thomas Carlyle on Heroes in Service of the Truth

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Thomas Carlyle. Fowler discusses Carlyle’s 19th Century philosophy of truth. Fowler, as Carlyle, discusses the qualities that a hero must embrace.

The Pre-Raphaelites and William Morris

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, explores how to appreciate beauty by looking at the 19th Century Pre-Raphaelites and their most distinguished thinker, William Morris.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on the Self-Directed Individual

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Ralph Waldo Emerson and explores Emerson’s 19th Century ideas about how to become a self-directed individual.

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Barb and Ken Wardius, co-authors, "Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide," share photos and tales of historic Wisconsin lighthouses and the mariners they guided. Learn about the lighthouses on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Winnebago. Discover what life was like for the lighthouse keepers.

The World War I Centennial

Rudy Koshar, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War I with an overview of the world politics and string of events leading up to the war, as well as life during the war, and the repercussions.

Wheel Fever

Jesse Gant, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, and Nicholas Hoffman, Chief Curator, History Museum at the Castle, Appleton, coauthors of "Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State," join “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the popularity and fascinating history of bicycling in Wisconsin.

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.

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