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The Burnham Telescope

Jim Lattis, Director of UW Space Place, discusses the history of Sherburne W. Burnham’s telescope, a 6-inch refractor telescope built in 1870. Lattis documents the locations around the country and around the world where the telescope was set up to view double stars and eclipses.

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 History and Science of Children with Disabilities

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW Medical School, discusses how children with disabilities were historically treated. Schalick highlights the medical and scientific innovations inspired by the needs of the children.

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.

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin: Part II

Peter L. Belmonte, Independent Scholar and Author, presents "Calabrian-Americans During World War I;" Jana Weiss, Associate Professor of U.S. History at the University of Münster, discusses "World War I and the U.S. Brewing Industry;" and Brian Faltinson, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the Wisconsin Army National Guard, talks about "The 32nd 'Red Arrow' Division."

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin: Part III

Rebecca Berens Matzke, Associate Professor of History at Ripon College, presents "The Pamphlet War in the Great War;" Amy Fels, Graduate Student at UW-Milwaukee, discusses "Oshkosh on the Home Front;" and Jennifer Madeline Zoebelein, Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University, shares "The Poetry of Byron Comstock."

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin: Part I

Richard L. Pifer, Retired Director of Reference at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses "Patriotism in the Traitor State;" Kevin Abing, Archivist at the Milwaukee Historical Society, presents “Milwaukee Goes to War;” and Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses “Wisconsin’s Hyper-Patriots.”

The Great Sphinx: From the Eocene to the Anthropocene

Robert Schneiker, a Geologist/Geophysicist in Wisconsin, discusses geologic and geotechnical evidence in determining the age of the Great Sphinx in Egypt.

What Taliesin Looked Like: 1911-1912

Jack Holzhueter, Former Editor at the Wisconsin Historical Society, shares the history of Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home located near Spring Green. Holzhueter discusses how the Wisconsin Historical Society acquired the photograph albums that contain rare and historically significant images of the original Taliesin, built in 1911.

The Wisconsin Idea: How Do We Define the Concept?

Gwen Drury, M.S. ’14, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison, explores the early history of the Wisconsin Idea and identifies the forces which brought about the concept. Drury discusses how the Wisconsin Idea was distinct from current thought in academia, how it was the same and how it has changed over time.

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