Is Democracy Possible in the Middle East?

Hala Ghoneim, Assistant Professor, Languages and Literatures, UW-Whitewater, discusses the skepticism surrounding the possibility of democracy in the Middle East, explains why it’s a fair to ask if there can be democracy and provides an overview of the Egyptian Spring.

Sanitation in Developing Countries

Norm Doll, Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses water and sanitation issues in the slums of developing countries around the world. Doll highlights work being done in Nejapa, El Salvador to create a sanitation system.

Living in the Extreme in Sierra Leone

Thierry Cruvellier, Journalist and Author, discusses history, politics, civil war, reconstruction and the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Cruvellier delves into how humans behave in times of crisis when faced with difficult choices.

Emerging Diseases of the 21st Century

Dennis Maki, Professor Emeritus, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses the history of infectious diseases and how to prepare for these emerging diseases at the global, national, state and local levels. Maki focuses on the Ebola virus and looks toward future global threats which could be more devastating that the Ebola outbreak.

Gender Equality in Higher Education

Myra Marx Ferree, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, delves into opportunities for females and gender politics within universities. Ferree shares her research of German gender politics with a global perspective.

Antibiotics in Poultry Production

Mark Cook, Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, UW-Madison, analyzes the use of antibiotics in poultry production and describes alternatives that he and his colleagues have developed. Cook looks at the impact of new poultry housing regulations in California.

Race, Gender and Carceral Feminism

Beth E. Richie, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago, and Fabu, Former Poet Laureate, Madison, WI. Richie talks about racial identity, sexuality, class, culture and incarceration focusing on the experiences of African American women. Fabu shares poetry that offers a glimpse into African American women’s experiences.

Democratic Successes and Challenges in Nigeria

Adam Paddock, Assistant Professor, History, UW-Whitewater, delves into the history of Nigeria, focusing on colonization and British rule and discusses the challenges facing the democratic government in Nigeria today.

Wisconsin Responds to Avian Influenza

Darlene Konkle, Assistant State Veterinarian, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, discusses the state and federal responses to the avian influenza in Wisconsin. Konkle shares the timeline of events, the elements of an emergency animal-disease response and the lessons learned in dealing with this highly pathogenic incident.

Pediatric Transplants

Lainie Friedman Ross, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, examines the decision process used to determine whether a pediatric transplant should come from a live or deceased source.


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