Politics/Law

Politics/Law

The Color of Food: Reflecting on Our Food Movement

Natasha Bowens, author of “The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming,” discusses agricultural identity in farmers of color. Bowens focuses on justice and inclusivity within the food movement and reflects on her journey from food insecurity to growing food.

Vaccine Refusal and Public Health

Malia Jones, Assistant Scientist in the Applied Population Laboratory at UW-Madison, focuses on an increasing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their school aged children. Jones discusses diseases which have been virtually eradicated in the United States but are still active in other countries.

Jews and the Science of "Race" in America

Eric Goldstein, Director of the Institute for Jewish Studies at Emory University, discusses the classification of Jews as the “Hebrew race” in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Goldstein explores the categorizing of immigrant ethnic groups as a means of organizing and understanding each group’s place in society.

Rebuilding U.S. - Cuba Relations

Jennifer Collins, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Anju Reejhsinghani, Associate Professor of History and International Studies at UW-Stevens Point provide a history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba. Collins and Reejhsinghani share stories from their 2016 UW-Stevens Point study abroad program to Cuba.

Heroin and Other Opioids: A Wisconsin Epidemic?

Lori Edwards, Senior Chemist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses the history of opium use in society and in Wisconsin. Edwards looks at narcotic impairment indicators and presents case studies of individuals using opioids.

A Discussion with Associate Justice Elena Kagan

Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, shares stories of her journey toward becoming the fourth woman to sit on the nation’s highest court. Kagan talks about her childhood, her position as Solicitor General, working as a clerk, and her experiences as a justice on the Supreme Court.

Justice, Power and Landscape

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.

Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South

Mark Speltz, Author and Historian, explores civil unrest in northern states during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Speltz shares photographs of police brutality, and the activists who fought against segregation and job discrimination in northern cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland and others.

Inequality of Opportunity in an Unequal Country

Tim Smeeding, Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, talks about social mobility, focusing on the advantages provided by the family you’re born into. Smeeding discusses whether less advantaged families have the same opportunities to move up and explores ways to address the inequality.

Peer Influences on Crime and Deviance

Cesar Rebellon, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire, discusses juvenile crime in the United States. Rebellon discusses whether the differential association and social learning theories are accurate when determining if peer pressure affects the way people act.

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