Barry Gaberman, Senior VP, The Ford Foundation and Shep Zeldin, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, UW-Madison
Barry Gaberman discusses the context of civil society and its importance. Then he goes into a discussion of philanthropy, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Lastly he touches on the current economic crisis and its impact on civil society.
Paul Ehrlich, President, Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University
Forty years after the publication of his influential book "The Population Bomb," Paul Ehrlich appears at the 2008 Wisconsin Book Festival. His most recent work, "The Dominant Animal: Human Evolution and the Environment," traces the history of evolution and the impact of these changes on the planet.
Amitava Kumar, Writer and Journalist, Department of English, Vassar College
Moustafa Vavoumi, Associate Professor, Department of English, CUNY
Moustafa Bavoumi and Amitava Kumar share the stage. Bavoumi wrote a book which tells the stories of seven young Arab and Muslim American. Kumar's book addresses the global war on terror.
Edward Friedman, Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison
Professor Ed Friedmen looks into the "love affair" between the Communist Party regime in Beijing, China, which continuously and systematically abuses human rights, and the elites in sub-Saharan Africa.
Laura Heisler, Intellectual Property Manager, WARF
Laura Heisler is a program developer for the Morgride Institute for Research and the intellectual property manager for WARF. She explains what intellectual property is and how to use is entrepreneurially. She also goes into a discussion about WARF, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
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.