Livestock Stewardship

Heidi Carroll, Extension Associate at South Dakota State University, discusses the shift from scientific control over animal care to individual responsibility. Carroll delves into the public’s perceptions of the ethical treatment of cattle.

Addressing Cyberbullying

Justin Patchin, Professor of Political Science at UW-Eau Claire, delves into the issues surrounding technology and adolescents. Patchin shares stories of online bullying and discusses the challenges schools and the police face in their attempts to stop the behavior.

Black Bear and Wolf Management

Brad Koele, Wildlife Damage Biologist at the Wisconsin DNR, explains how bears and wolves are monitored in Wisconsin. Koele talks about nuisance management for bears and discusses the Endangered Species Act and its impact on controlling the numbers of wolves.

Race and Citizenship in Antebellum America

Martha Jones, Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, discusses birthright citizenship for free African Americans before the Civil War and shares the story of African American activist George Hackett.

Eugenics in Wisconsin

Phyllis Reske, Graduate Student in the College of Letters and Science at UW-Milwaukee, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of sterilizing people deemed unfit due to mental deficiencies. Reske explores the laws passed in Wisconsin in the early twentieth century which focused on epileptics and the mentally disabled.

The Immigrant Experience: An Evening of Dreaming

Reyna Grande, Author, of “The Distance Between Us,” shares her experiences as a Mexican immigrant coming to the United States. Grande discusses the violence, drug cartels and poverty in her hometown and the obstacles she overcame to become a U.S. citizen.

Why the World Loves Soccer But Americans Hate It

Tobias Barske, Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at UW-Stevens Point, explores the American attitude toward soccer and compares it to the international love of the sport.

International Governance of Human Genome Editing

Pilar N. Ossorio, Professor at the UW-Madison Law School, discusses the ongoing multinational work to develop guidelines, principles and institutional oversight for altering or editing human genomes. Ossorio explains the challenges of regulating this globally available technology including cultural constraints and the lack of binding international agreements.

Heart & Soul: A Roadmap to a Thriving Community

Gabrielle Ratté Smith, Senior Associate for Strategic Partnerships at the Orton Family Foundation, shares stories of three communities that have been transformed and are flourishing by intentionally focusing on community involvement.

Healing the Heart of Democracy

Parker Palmer, Author, and Musicians Carrie Newcomer and Gary Walters, encourage political discussions that bridge political divides and promote a civic community using music and the spoken word. Palmer and Newcomer focus on thoughtfulness, good humor, and hope.


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