Gary Varner, a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University, discusses the basis of moral status, personhood, and near-personhood, in relation to animal research.
Charles Snowdon, a professor in the Psychology Dept. at UW-Madison discusses the habits of the cotton-top tamarin, a South American primate. Snowdon explains his research techniques which include a non-invasive study of the animals.
Lawrence Hansen, a professor at the University of California-San Diego, focuses on the ethics of using animals for research. Hansen questions whether experimentation produces the desired results and whether the end justifies the means.
Mike Jacobs, a professor at UW-Baraboo/Sauk Co., focuses on the propaganda employed by the nativist faction--xenophobes who believe any new Americans should resemble the macro-culture in appearance, customs and ambition. Jacobs demonstrates that fears have neither changed nor diminished over the course of American history.
Dennis Dresang, professor emeritus at LaFollette School of Public Affairs, UW-Madison, discusses the process the university went through in deciding which company will produce sports and fan apparel. One aspect they take into consideration is the working conditions of the manufacturing facilities where the clothing and sportswear are made.
Tanya Lokshina, a Russia researcher at Human Rights Watch, examines modernization and discusses human rights defenders in Russia. Russia appeared to improve its standing on the international arena by expanding its cooperation on human rights issues with international institutions and delegations. However, the human rights climate in the country remains hostile.
Anthony Shadid, Foreign Correspondent, The New York Times
Anthony Shadid speaks on the war in Iraq from the position that the war is far from over. He emphasizes the common theme of unintended consequences resulting from United States actions as well as stressing that responsibility should be taken. He predicts the fate of not only our troops, but Iraq in general.
Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, Epidavros project
Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson explore innovative methods to inform, educate, and catalyze people, to think about issues in new ways through documentary film making
Andrew Kydd, Associate Professor of
Political Science, UW Madison
Andrew Kydd gives an update on the status of Iranian nuclear programs, their civil and potential military applications and the state of international negotiations over the question of a nuclear Iran.
Janine Geske, a Distinguished Professor of Law at Marquette University, and Scott Straus, associate professor of political science at UW-Madison, consider the role of restorative justice in the U.S., emphasizing reparation to victims and community members, and justice after atrocity in Africa.