Politics/Law

Civil War Aftermaths: Wisconsin Union Veterans

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.

The State of Wisconsin’s Forests

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.

Children Are Not Colorblind

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.

A Genealogy of “America”

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.

Introduction to Economic Development

Brian Doudna, Executive Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, explains the basics of tax incremental financing for newly elected politicians.

Women in Higher Education and Intercollegiate Athletics

Kristina Navarro, Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Coaching, UW-Whitewater, explores the relationship between women’s athletics and higher education. Navarro provides an historical perspective of women in athletics dating back to ancient times.

Ethiopia’s Grand Dam Plan

Paul Block, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, explores the implications of the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, GERD, and the streamflow reductions to the upstream countries of Sudan and Egypt. The dam across the Blue Nile River will be the largest hydropower facility in Africa.

Societal Perceptions of Aging

Betsy Abramson, Deputy Director, Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, shares the history, origins, definitions and examples of ageism in the United States. Abramson explores the language use that is commonly used to perpetuate ageism and offers recommendations to combat the stereotypes.

Walking in Two Worlds

Alvin “Chip” Beal, Multicultural Affairs Coordinator, UW-Superior, explores issues in society caused by “isms” such as racism, sexism, heterosexism and ageism. Beal, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, uses personal examples of how he has been affected and infected by “isms.”

Reclamation of Nonmetallic Mining Sites

Bronson Thalacker, Technician/Specialist, Soil & Water Conservation, Barron County, discusses the steps, required by state law, to reclaim non-metallic mines when mining is complete. Thalacker focuses on the high-quality sand in Wisconsin being used for hydrofracking and the land reclamation plans that are in place.

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