Robert McChesney, Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, examines the emergence of the internet and explores the implications of the digital revolution on democratic politics and capitalism.
David Egan-Robertson, Demographer, Applied Population Laboratory, UW-Madison, explores population migration patterns in Wisconsin since 2009. Egan-Robertson provides an international perspective and uses national data to provide context for the statewide patterns.
Susan Nitzke, Professor Emeritus, Nutritional Sciences, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, joins Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class to discuss health and dietary issues that have an impact on society. Nitzke focuses on the crossroads between food, nutrition and social concerns.
Matt Calvert, Specialist, Youth Development, UW-Extension, explores the advantages of encouraging young people to get involved in their towns and villages. Calvert presents a study of the school-aged youth in Florence, WI and how their involvement made a difference in their town.
Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the principle that simpler theories are better than complex theories. Sober focuses on two paradigms to determine if the simplicity of a theory is relevant to determining what the world is like.
Elliott Sober, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, discusses the relationship between science and religion focusing on the “organismic design argument” and the “fine-tuning argument” which state that life could not have happened by a mindless process. Sober presents these theories in Bassam Shakhashiri’s Chemistry and Society class.
Jamala Rogers, Author and Community Organizer, St. Louis, MO, focuses on the history of racial injustice, incarceration rates and segregation in St. Louis and Ferguson, Missouri.
Peter Annin, Co-Director, Freshwater Innovation Center, Northland College, discusses proposals to divert fresh water from the Great Lakes to locations where water is scarce. Annin focuses on the Great Lakes Compact which, with a few exceptions, prohibits diverting water from the Great Lakes.
Cedric Robinson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, defines Black Radicalism and shares stories of individuals involved.
Jim Oberly, Professor, Department of History, UW-Eau Claire, explains tribal sovereignty and provides an historical perspective on how Wisconsin’s eleven federally recognized Native American tribes opened casinos in the state.