Politics/Law

Politics/Law

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.

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.

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