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The Walleye War and Its Aftermath

Larry Nesper, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UW-Madison, details the conflicts between the state of Wisconsin and the Ojibwe bands of northern Wisconsin in the 1980s and 1990s concerning the Native Americans' right to spearfish. Nesper discusses how the relationship between the state and the tribes have transformed in subsequent years.

Ship Captain’s Daughter

Ann Lewis, Author of “Ship Captain's Daughter,” reflects on what it was like to grow up in the family of a Great Lakes shipping captain.

Wisconsin's Famous Effigy Mounds

Amy Rosebrough, Archaeologist at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses the sacred earthen sculptures created by Native people a thousand years ago to mark the graves of their dead. The effigy mounds, found primarily in Wisconsin, take the shapes of animals, birds and spirits.

Women Who Dare

Sarah Meredith Livingston, Associate Professor in the School of Music at UW-Green Bay, and Jiebing Chen, Erhu Virtuoso, celebrate the lives of five performing artist: Hildegard von Bingen, Clara Schumann, Antonia Brico, Isadora Duncan and Billie Holiday. Chen performs on the erhu and shares the story of her immigration to the United States from China.

Dressing Children in the 19th Century

Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society, discusses the changes in attitudes about children’s clothing beginning in the late 1700s. Instead of dressing young children as miniature adults, clothing which allowed children more freedom of movement became the fashion.

Five Myths About the Scientific Revolution

Nancy Turner, Professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Education at UW-Platteville, debunks five commonly held misconceptions concerning the Scientific Revolution. Turner focuses on the sun-centered universe, magic, the Protestant Reformation, alchemy and the discoveries in medicine, biology, astronomy and physics.

Ye Olde Pub: England’s Early Drinking Houses

Caroline Boswell, Associate Professor of History at UW-Green Bay, delves into the medieval and early modern history of the English public houses. Boswell discusses the cultural, social and political nature of the drinking establishments sometimes referred to as “dens of iniquity.”

Natural Atmospheric CO2 and Human History

David Archer, Professor of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago, explains the relationship between the use of fossil fuel, the natural concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the ability of human society to recognize and understand anthropogenically triggered climate change.

The United States and the Great War

David Krugler, Professor of History at UW-Platteville, provides an overview of World War I including: the causes of the war, the reluctance of the United States to join the fighting, the major battles and the peace settlement.

Charles Van Hise's Field Notebooks

Carol McCartney, Outreach Manager at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, focuses on the geological research of the Lake Superior region conducted by Charles Van Hise. McCartney discusses Van Hise’s work, shows samples of rocks and maps, and shares data from his approximately 450 field notebooks. In 2011, Van Hise’s field notebooks were scanned into the UW Digital Collection.

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