Maria Ogrydziak, Chair, Board of Directors, U.S.-Baltic Foundation.
Maria Ogrydziak explains the importance of Estonia's independence from Russia since 1991, also offering a brief lesson on the history of this small, Baltic republic.
Ryan Swadley, Wisconsin Historical Museum.
Ryan Swadley discusses the history of socialism and the part Victor Berger played in the socialist movement in Milwaukee in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Jeffrey Williamson, Emeritus Professor, Harvard University.
Jeffrey Williamson challenges the belief that the supply of third world labor is elastic; the US can get as many immigrants as it wants. He also claims that the United States is not a nation of immigrants.
Scott Rankin, Department of Food Science.
The consumption of raw milk has been a controversial issue since pasteurization was first discovered. Passionate devotees actively proclaim multiple health benefits from consuming raw milk. Those charged with ensuring a safe food supply display equal passion and certainty. How will the "Dairy State" navigate through the issue of raw milk consumption?
John W. Hall, the Ambrose-Hesseltine Assistant Professor in U.S. Military History at UW-Madison and a former Army strategist.
Nearly 1.9 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. 2.5 million served in Vietnam War. Considering the enormous impact the Vietnam War has had on our country, what will be the American response to our current wars?
Stephanie Whitehorse and Giri Venkataramana introduce Bhavna Sharma, Eyleen Chou, and Paul Fossum, three engineers who are working on revolutionizing housing in developing communities as well as improving the living conditions in third world countries while promoting efficient use of resources all around the world.
Tim Donohue, director, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Professor of Bacteriology, UW-Madison
Tim Donohue sheds light on where we
currently get and how we use our energy and how it flows from the suppliers to the us. He also spends time on the topic of biofuels and how he sees their importance in the context of capturing and utilizing renewable energy sources.
Daniel Bromley, Anderson-Bascom, Professor of Applied Economics (Emeritus), UW-Madison
Daniel Bromley speaks about Bismarck and his time there as well as his book entitled "The Scramble in Africa". He tells the way he sees the situation in Niger and their missing president as well.
Jeremy Suri Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison
Professor Jeremy Suri talks about the past, present, and future state of the relationship between the United States and Europe. He dives into the history of problems and achievements between some of the European leaders and the U.S.
David Morgan Professor of History, Middle East Studies and Religious Studies, UW-Madison.
David Morgan discusses the political leadership of Iran from the rise of the Ayatollah Khomeini to the present.