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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Buhle, Author; Mary Jo Buhle, Author; Ruth Coniff, Political Editor, The Progressive Magazine; Robert McChesney, Author; John Nichols, Associate Editor, Capital Times; and Matthew Rothschild, Editor, The Progressive, join in a panel discussion focusing on the history of protests and the Progressive Movement in Wisconsin.
Earlise Ward, PhD, UW School of Nursing and Tracy Schroepfer, PhD, UW School of Social Work
Tracy Schroepfer discusses the steps of the model Partners Buildings Bridges, which looks at cancer health disparities and medically underserved communities in Wisconsin. Earlise Ward focuses on the trends of mental health disparities nationally and in Wisconsin, and the research being done.
Jeffrey Niederdeppe, PhD, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, discusses media campaigns and socioeconomic disparities in health behaviors. He looks at a case study of smoking cessation, the different responses to media messages in Wisconsin, and his new research project which tries to develop narratives and images for population health messaging.
Fred Wade, Attorney, talks about the Frankenstein veto, which is the power of the governor to use his partial veto power in a way that allows him to make laws that were not originally approved by the legislature. Fred discusses the contradiction this posses and looks into the history of Wisconsin's state constitution.
Dr. James Minor, Senior Program Officer, Southern Education Foundation, discusses the correlation
between the level of education
and quality of life, especially relating to the African American and Latino communities.
Dr. Damon Williams and Dr. Jerlando Jackson join in a panel discussion.
Amy Stambach, Educational Policy Studies, UW Madison, discusses the role of American Evangelical missions in Africa. The first decade of the 21st century marks a high point in missionary involvement in international development work.