Margaret George, Historical Novelist, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to examine the reputation of Nero, Emperor of Rome, who ruled in the 1st century A.D. Installed on the throne at the age of 16 by his mother, Nero was an artist and attempted to bring the Greek culture to Rome.
David Smith, Art Professor, Edgewood College, introduces the murals painted by self-taught artist Ernest Hüpenden in the late 1890s. Hüpenden’s work reflects the rich tradition of folk art in Wisconsin and is painted on the walls and ceiling at The Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin.
Megan O'Connell, Executive Director, Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, Mineral Point, shares the history of the center for artists and crafts people in Wisconsin’s Driftless region. Artists are drawn to Shake Rag Alley to share traditional craft techniques.
Susan Apps-Bodilly, Teacher and Author, “One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades,” delves into what education was like in one-room schools in Wisconsin. Students were in class with their siblings and teachers lived with the families. Learn what led to the closing of the schools, which were also gathering places for the community.
Richard Hirsh, Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech, explains the origins of regulation in the American electric utility system and explains its close tie to technical innovation. Hirsh also delves into deregulation and its effects on the energy industry.
Cara Lee Mahany Braithwait, Director, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; Scott Williams, Wisconsin Energy Institute Liaison, Wisconsin Public Utility Institute; and Terry Hottenroth, Attorney, Hottneroth Law Offices, LLC; discuss the history of power and the history of the politics that brought us to the industry that we have today.
Henry Sapoznik, Director, Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, UW-Madison, shares the history of how Yiddish radio came to Wisconsin in 1929. With an offer from William Paley to join the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), WISN in Milwaukee signed on to air Yiddish programming from New York City.
Erika Janik, Author, Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine, shares stories of popular alternative medical cures in 19th century America. Janik discusses remedies which challenged mainstream medical practices and which drew support from such notables as Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Charles Darwin.
Stanley Temple, Professor Emeritus, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, memorializes the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. The last surviving passenger pigeon died in a Cincinnati zoo in 1914. Temple traces the decline from billions of birds to one, to none.
Kurt Sampson, Naturalist, Aztalan State Park, shares photographs taken during excavations at Aztalan State Park. The photos, dated 1919, 1920 and 1932, offer a glimpse into the site’s prehistoric occupation.