John McWhorter, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Columbia University, explores language as a shifting and evolving process. McWhorter discusses how the meanings of words change over time.
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.
Amos Bitzan, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison, discusses early 19th century history that led Jewish scholars to look to Wissenschaft, or the sciences, for answers to religious and cultural issues.
Dan Stephans, Former Chief State Architect of the State of Wisconsin, discusses the artwork incorporated into the design of the Wisconsin State Capitol. George B. Post, architect and designer, included the artwork as a symbol of civic pride, duty and good government.
Charles Quagliana, Former Capitol Preservation Architect for the State of Wisconsin, discusses the career of George B. Post, designer and architect of the Wisconsin State Capitol building. Quagliana focuses on Post’s contribution to the architecture of the time, his selection as the architect for the Capitol and Post’s incorporation of art into the design.
Deborah Butterfield, Artist, shares her journey as a sculptor and presents images of the artwork she has produced. Butterfield is best known for creating sculptures of horses using various media.
Julie Lesnick, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wayne State University, discusses the benefits of consuming insects as a sustainable protein source. Lesnick explores long held stigmas and talks about which countries have incorporated insects into their diets.
Ahna Skop, Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics at UW-Madison, shares her journey from growing up in a family of artists to her career as a scientist. Skop encourages a blending of art and science to improve scientific understanding.
Jedediah Purdy, Professor of Law at Duke University, discusses different ways of looking at landscapes and explains that our mind organizes the terrain to create something of meaning to us. Purdy explores different ways to look at landscapes including as a place of origin and a place of conflict.
Maryo Gard Ewell, Arts Administrator and daughter of Robert E. Gard, discusses the history of the Wisconsin Regional Art Program in the 1940s. Self-taught artists enrolled as noncredit students at the University of Wisconsin and introduced the arts to rural communities. This was the embodiment of the Wisconsin Idea--extending the knowledge and research of the university to everyone in the state.