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.
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.
Cedric Robinson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, defines Black Radicalism and shares stories of individuals involved.
James Marten, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Marquette University, discusses issues that plagued Civil War veterans upon their return to civilian life in Wisconsin. Marten delves into medical, financial, political and cultural challenges.
David Mladenoff, Professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, UW-Madison, shares the history of Wisconsin forests and discusses the role natural and historic disturbances have played. Mladenoff discusses challenges that must be faced to ensure the sustainability of our forests into the future.
Erin N. Winkler, Professor and Chair, Africology Department, UW-Milwaukee, explores how children form ideas about race, what children learn and when they learn it.
Florencia E. Mallon, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, explores the notion of “America” which originally applied to the full Western Hemisphere but which transformed within the emerging nation to refer to the United States. Mallon discusses instances where the utopian notion of “America” as a country causes tension with other North American and South American countries.
Brian Doudna, Executive Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, explains the basics of tax incremental financing for newly elected politicians.