Politics/Law

Politics/Law

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.

Panel on Race, Children and Privilege

Community experts participate in a panel discussion to answer questions about race and privilege inequity in their work with young children, how inequity is addressed within their work and what a future of race and privilege equality looks like.

Digital Disconnect: The Internet and Democracy

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.

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