Politics/Law

Politics/Law

Ethics, Society, and Advances in Brain Science

Judy Illes, Professor of Neurology at The University of British Columbia, explores the impact that advances in the treatment of the nervous system disorders has on society today and into the future. Illes focuses on consciousness disorders, spinal cord injuries and neuro-degenerative diseases.

The Walleye War and Its Aftermath

Larry Nesper, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, details the conflicts between the state of Wisconsin and the Ojibwe bands of northern Wisconsin in the 1980s and 1990s concerning the Native Americans' right to spearfish. Nesper discusses how the relationship between the state and the tribes have transformed in subsequent years.

The Politics of Resentment

Katherine Cramer, Professor in the Department of Political Science at UW-Madison, shares the results of a five-year study to determine how people around Wisconsin view Madison, its people and the university. Cramer explores an urban-rural divide and the implications in statewide politics.

A Conversation with Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Robert Yablon, Professor at the UW Law School, and Lindsey Powell, Former Clerk to Justice Sotomayor, provide a glimpse into the inner workings of the Supreme Court. Yablon and Powell clerked for Justice Sotomayor during her first year on the court.

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.

Partnership to Protect Wisconsin’s Lakes

Eric Olson, Director and Lake Specialist at UW-Extension Lakes, explores the Wisconsin Lakes Partnership between private landowners and the state. The partnership manages the thousands of inland lakes in Wisconsin using this community-based strategy. Olson discusses the current and long term issues that the lakes are facing.

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.

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