Steve Ackerman, Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies, UW-Madison, analyzes the weather, the storm movement and decisions made by the captains piloting ships on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank.
David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus, Geology and Geophysics, UW-Madison, shares an historical perspective of how the landscape could have been viewed a hundred years ago and contrasts that with a new remote sensing technology called “Lidar,” a combination of light and radar.
Leslie Bellais, Curator, Costumes and Textiles, Wisconsin Historical Society, presents a bedspread from the Wisconsin Historical Society’s collection which was purported to have been on bed where Abraham Lincoln died. Bellais examines the evidence, sources and theories surrounding the bedspread.
Jim Oberly, Professor, Department of History, UW-Eau Claire, explains tribal sovereignty and provides an historical perspective on how Wisconsin’s eleven federally recognized Native American tribes opened casinos in the state.
Cedric Robinson, Professor Emeritus, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara, defines Black Radicalism and shares stories of individuals involved.
James Marten, Professor and Chair, Department of History, Marquette University, discusses issues that plagued Civil War veterans upon their return to civilian life in Wisconsin. Marten delves into medical, financial, political and cultural challenges.
Matthew J. Prigge, Author, "Milwaukee Mayhem," shares stories of mystery, murder and mayhem during the early years of Milwaukee’s history as a city.
Chris Henry, Staff Member, Experimental Aircraft Association, discusses the Apollo 13 mission. An in-flight explosion changed the focus from a moon landing to a rescue mission. Henry discusses the recent reunion of the astronauts. This lecture was recorded at the EAA AirVenture Museum.
Florencia E. Mallon, Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, explores the notion of “America” which originally applied to the full Western Hemisphere but which transformed within the emerging nation to refer to the United States. Mallon discusses instances where the utopian notion of “America” as a country causes tension with other North American and South American countries.
Elizabeth Lapina, Assistant Professor, Department of History, UW-Madison, joins ”University Place Presents” host Norman Gilliland to discuss the 11th century wars known as The Crusades. These wars were based on the Christians’ belief that they were fighting for God and doing God’s work.