Barry Burden, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Dr. Barry Burden comments on the idea of "getting to purple", which searches for ways to overcome the red/blue dichotomy of our nation's politics.
James Conant, a professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, delves into the history of politics in Wisconsin. Conant discusses the rise of the progressive movement and talks about the issues that were excluded from the state constitution.
David Canon, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Professor David Canon discusses how Washington is broken and his ideas for fixing it. He points out the flaws of the nomination and election process then proposes potential remedies.
David Broder, a political correspondent from The Washington Post, discusses the U.S. election process including what it means to establish a government. Broder explores some of the past campaigns and focuses on the McCain versus Obama election.
Nancy C. Unger, Professor, Department of History, Santa Clara Univeristy
Nancy Unger expresses her fascination with Bob LaFollette's progressive legacy in her lecture entitled "Fighting Bob LaFollette's Progressivism, Past, Present and Future". He was recognized as one of the seven greatest senators in American history. She aims to increase understanding and appreciation for what he created.
Florence Chenoweth, Managing Director, The Human Rights Initiative, UW-Madison
Florence Chenoweth discusses the political issues surrounding world hunger as well as the human rights to food and to be free from hunger.
John Pray, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
Professor Pray speaks of the Wisconsin Innocence Project in which DNA evidence has been used to prove inmates innocence.
Melvin Laird Symposium, Biographer Dale Van Atta, UW Prof. Jeremi Suri, Univ. of Kentucky
Prof. George Herring, WI Dept. of Veterans Affairs Secretary
John Scocos & Marshfield Clinic Executive Director Reed Hall
Melvin Laird speaks about rehabilitation funds for veterans. A panel of scholars speak about Melvin Laird.
Paul DeLuca, Vice Dean, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Paul DeLuca discusses the conflict of interest in clinical trials in the medical field today. He talks about the national perspective, and he discusses the perspective in Wisconsin and how the conflict is being managed.
Erik Olin Wright, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison
Professor Erik Olin Wright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison talks about his research project, "Real Utopias Project," which investigates empirical cases that have tried to make utopia real, and looks at theoretical ideas and proposals on how to achieve utopia.