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Debussy’s Piano Portraits

Catherine Kautsky, Professor of Music at Lawrence University, joins Wisconsin Public Radio host Norman Gilliland, to discuss the inspiration behind Claude Debussy’s piano works. Kautsky performs Debussy pieces and explains the history and structure of the works.

The Art of World War I Corporal Francis Webster

Darrek Orwig, Editor of Somewhere Over There: The Letters, Diary, and Artwork of a World War I Corporal, joins Norman Gilliland, Host on Wisconsin Public Radio, to discuss the life and work of World War I soldier and Iowa native Corporal Francis Webster. Webster documented the grim realities of combat as well as wartime French civilian life.

The Story of the Reformation

Lee Palmer Wandel, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the Protestant Reformation led by Martin Luther in 16th century Europe. Wandel explores the “true church” versus the “false church” paradigm which fueled the desire for change.

The Village of Cooksville: 1842-2017

Larry Reed, Chair of Historic Cooksville Trust, Inc., joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of Cooksville, Wisconsin, a village whose buildings and layout imitates the look of towns in New England.

Adventures of an International Peace Broker

Joseph Elder, Professor in the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to share stories of his work to promote peace between India and Pakistan in the 1960s.

Africa's Vibrant Arts: Past and Present

Henry Drewal, Professor in the Department of Art History at UW-Madison, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the meaning and symbolism represented in African art throughout the centuries. Drewal also introduces sensiotics, the study of art and the senses as a means for understanding the African cultures.

Carols of Christmas Past

Trevor Stephenson, Director of the Madison Bach Musicians, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to share renditions of Christmas carols in their original arrangements or as they were performed long ago. Stephenson explains the history of the carols and accompanies singers Alisa Suzanne Jordheim, Margaret Fox, Scott J. Brunscheen and Jim LaBelle.

Russia since 1945: History's Long Shadow

David McDonald, Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, joins “University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the political history of the Soviet Union. McDonald shares his knowledge of the inner workings of the country and offers insights into future relations between Russia and the United States.

Hollywood Westerns and American Myth

Robert Pippin, Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the ways movie Westerns perpetuate an unrealistic image of life out west. Pippin focuses on John Wayne’s movies “Stagecoach,” “Red River,” and “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

Eugenics in Wisconsin

Phyllis Reske, Graduate Student in the College of Letters and Science at UW-Milwaukee, joins University Place Presents host Norman Gilliland to discuss the history of sterilizing people deemed unfit due to mental deficiencies. Reske explores the laws passed in Wisconsin in the early twentieth century which focused on epileptics and the mentally disabled.

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