Politics/Law

Barriers to Addressing Our Climate and Energy Challenges

Sharon Dunwoody, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, UW-Madison, Dietram Scheufele, Professor, Dept. of Life Sciences Communication, UW-Madison, and Kathy Kuntz, Executive Director, Cool Choices, discuss the latest research on American social and informational hurdles that are hindering action on serious climate and energy problems.

Innovation and Criminal Justice in Wisconsin

Walter Dickey, Professor, University of Wisconsin Law School, introduces innovative ideas to change the Wisconsin Criminal Justice system. Dickey discusses his work with judges, prosecutors and juries.

Computers, Privacy and the Tor Network

Roger Dingledine, director of the TOR Project, discusses the legal, technical and social ramifications of on-line surveillance.

Genocide and Social Death

Claudia Card, Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, explores genocide from a philosophical perspective. Card presents her hypothesis about social death and explains “the atrocity paradigm,” her theory of evil.

Computers, Privacy and the Government

Jeffrey Rosen, Professor of Law, George Washington University, explores the legal, technical and social ramifications of on-line surveillance.

School Security and Crisis Preparedness

David Perrodin, Director, Student Services, DeForest Area School District, discusses the history of school violence, the three pillars of school security, and effective approaches to school crisis preparedness. Perrodin shares findings from his research into active shooting situations and recommends ways to lessen the chances of a violent attack on a school.

From the Age of Abundance to the Age of Scarcity

Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of American History, University of Kansas, reflects on the question: is the age of abundance and infinite growth now coming to an end? Worster questions whether an age of limits and equilibrium, which may last for decades or centuries, has begun.

Gross National Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister of Works and Human Settlement, Bhutan, discusses using Gross National Happiness as an alternative to the Gross National Product. In addition to economic activity, the Gross National Happiness measures factors such as cultural integrity, conservation, governance, physical and mental health, community values and education in the small, mountainous country.

Maraniss on Obama

David Maraniss, author, explores the life and family history of President Barack Obama. In his biography, Maraniss delves into the values and the forces which set Obama on course toward becoming President.

Boston, Chechnya and Terrorism

Ted Gerber, Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, Andrew Kydd, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UW-Madison, and Uli Schamiloglu, Professor, Languages and Cultures of Asia, UW-Madison, discuss terrorism in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. This faculty roundtable discussion focuses on political Islam and the situations in Russia and Chechnya.

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