Politics/Law

The Shame of College Sports

Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author and Historian, critiques the NCAA and the business of college sports. Walter Dickey, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School, defends the existence of athletics at first rank universities, such as the UW.

Horatio Alger on Entrepreneurial Individualism

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Horatio Alger and explores Alger’s 19th Century philosophy about how to go from rags to riches.

Thomas Carlyle on Heroes in Service of the Truth

Booth Fowler, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, channels Thomas Carlyle. Fowler discusses Carlyle’s 19th Century philosophy of truth. Fowler, as Carlyle, discusses the qualities that a hero must embrace.

Ethical Issues in Sports Medicine

Greg Landry, Professor of Pediatric Sports Medicine, UW School of Medicine, reviews six challenging medical ethics cases from his 30 years as a team physician, with the University of Wisconsin Athletic Teams and the 1992 U.S. Olympic Committee.

Doping and Sports

Travis T. Tygart, C.E.O., U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, best known for his agency's investigation of Lance Armstrong, advocates for the integrity of sports and clean athletes. Norman Fost, UW School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, presents arguments against doping rules in sports.

Gender Verification and Sports

Katrina Karkazis, Medical Anthropologist, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, examines gender verification of female athletes and the latest Olympic policies. David Allen, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, UW School of Medicine, argues the importance of hormones in determining gender.

Cheese is Alive!

Heather Paxson, Associate Professor, MIT Anthropology, Mark Johnson, Assistant Director, Center for Dairy Research, UW-Madison and Andy Hatch, Co-owner, Uplands Cheese discuss the political life of our food—particularly cheese. Paxson discusses her research on the regulation of raw milk cheeses.

Why Belief in Miracles is Unjustified

Larry Shapiro, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, introduces two arguments against believing in miracles. He focuses on the kind of inference upon which believers rely, and reframes David Hume’s famous argument against believing in miracles.

Ukraine, Russia, and the International Response

Yoshiko Herrera, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, moderates a panel discussion with UW-Madison experts: Scott Gehlbach, Professor, Department of Political Science, Ted Gerber, Professor, Department of Sociology, Andrew Kydd, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, David McDonald, Professor, Department of History, on the relationship between Ukraine and Russia.

Behavioral Screening and Intervention

Richard Brown, Professor, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses ways that general healthcare professionals can deliver systematic behavioral screening and intervention (BSI) services to promote healthier behaviors and to better recognize and treat mental health disorders, including addiction.

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