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A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America

Michael Edmonds, Author of “Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America,” discusses how people in the Midwest relate to the birds around them. Birds have been worshipped, are the subject of folktales and fables, have been admired, and have provided food for humans.

How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family

Madeline Uraneck, Author of “How to Make a Life: A Tibetan Refugee Family and the Midwestern Woman They Adopted,” shares the story of a Tibetan family’s escape from their homeland and the journey which brought them to Madison. Uraneck discusses her friendship with refugee Tenzin Kalsang and the bond that they created.

In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth

Robert Root, Author of “Walking Home Ground: In the Footsteps of Muir, Leopold, and Derleth,” shares the story of his journey toward understanding naturalists John Muir, Aldo Leopold and August Derleth. Root explored John Muir State Natural Area, Aldo Leopold’s shack and the Sac Prairie portrayed through the inspiration of August Derleth.

Wisconsin State Parks: Gateways to the Ancient Past

Scott Spoolman, Author of “Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History,” discusses the geologic history that hikers and travelers can observe while visiting the Wisconsin State Park system.

Wisconsin and the Shaping of American Law

Joseph A. Ranney, Adjunct Professor at Marquette University Law School, discusses the regional and national patterns that contribute to and shape Wisconsin’s laws. Ranney examines how Wisconsin has influenced national laws.

Pioneer Spirit and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Family

Jennifer Van Haaften, Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, discusses how the lives of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer family was portrayed in her novels and presents a more complex image of what it was like to live on the prairie during the late nineteenth century.

Indian Mounds of Wisconsin

Robert Birmingham, Co-Author of “Indian Mounds of Wisconsin,” provides an overview of the effigy mounds, created by American Indians. Birmingham contends that the mounds model the Native American belief system and their relationship with the spirit world.

Black Suffrage in Early Wisconsin

Christy Clark-Pujara, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, explores the history of black male disenfranchisement during the first years of Wisconsin’s statehood. This exclusion at the ballot box ultimately resulted in Wisconsin becoming the first state where black men could vote.

Pinery Boys: Lumberjack Songs of the Upper Midwest

James P. Leary, UW-Madison Professor Emeritus and co-author of “Pinery Boys: Songs and Songcatching in the Lumberjack Era,” recounts the story of Franz Rickaby, a scholar who collected the tunes and lyrics of songs sung by lumberjacks in the lumber camps of the Upper Midwest. Leary shares recordings of the songs.

J.R.R. Tolkien in Wisconsin

William Fliss, Archivist for the Special Collections and University Archives at Marquette University, explains how Marquette University became the owner of the original papers and manuscripts written by J.R.R. Tolkien. The collection includes “The Hobbit,” The Lord of the Rings,” and “Farmer Giles of Ham” and other works by Tolkien.


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