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Department of Classics | The Biotechnology Center
William Aylward is Professor of Classics and has been at UW-Madison since 2000. His research interests include ancient Greek and Roman art, architecture and technology; urbanism in the ancient Mediterranean world; Homer and legends of the Trojan War, and the archaeological sites of Troy and Zeugma on the Euphrates in the modern nation of Turkey. He participated in the annual expedition to Troy between 1996 and 2012. Together with German and French research partners, he is currently developing a new UW-Madison archaeological expedition to the ancient city of Miletus (in western Turkey).
Talks by William Aylward:
1. Recent discoveries and enduring mysteries at the archaeological site of Troy.
Video of William Aylward
Aaron Bird Bear
Assistant Dean and Director
Student Diversity Programs- School of Education
Aaron Bird Bear (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Dine' Nations) came to Dejope (Four Lakes) in 2000 to support Indigenous students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2010, Bird Bear began advising students in the School of Education. Beginning in 2012, Bird Bear has assisted with the School's Act 31 efforts in its Teacher Education programs. Act 31 refers to the 1989 Wisconsin state statutes incorporating First Nations Studies into public PK-12 education. Notably for all schools of education in the state, "Beginning July 1, 1991, the state superintendent may not grant to any person a license to teach unless the person has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally-recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in the state." Aaron is an alumnus of the Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis MS program at UW-Madison.
Talks by Aaron Bird Bear:
Department of History
Laird Boswell is a Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an expert on modern French history, French politics and society, the history of nationalism, and the contemporary extreme right in Europe
Talks by Laird Boswell:
2. The European Extreme Right
Charles L. Cohen
Professor and Director
Department of History | Religious Studies | Lubar Institute
Charles L. Cohen, the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions and Director for the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions, teaches and writes about colonial British North America, American religious history, and the braided histories of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. His scholarship has been recognized by, among other awards, the Allan Nevins Prize of the Society of American Historians for his work on the psychology of Puritan religious experience, terms on the councils of both the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and the American Society for Church History, and appointment as Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians. His teaching has been honored by two awards from the UW-Madison History Department, the Emil Steiger Award for Excellence by UW-Madison, a Phi Beta Kappa award from UW-Madison, and listing in Who's Who of American Teachers. He created UW-Madison's Advanced Placement Summer Institute; directed the Religious Studies Program from 1997-2005; and is Founding Director the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions (LISAR), whose mission is to create better understandings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by encouraging ongoing discussion of these traditions and their interrelationships among scholars, members of those traditions, and the general public.
School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Holtz Center
Lucas Graves is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research centers on the challenges digital, networked communications pose to media practices and institutions. He is working on a book about the fact-checking movement in American news. Lucas has worked as a technology and media analyst and a magazine journalist, most recently for Wired. He received his doctorate in Communications from Columbia University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago.
Talks by Lucas Graves:
1. A Brief History of Fact-Checking
2. Fact-Checking and the New Ecology of News
3. Blogging, Muckraking, and the Rise of "Annotative Journalism"
4. Networking Values: Net Neutrality, the NII and the "Democratization" of the Internet
Department of History
John W. Hall is the Ambrose-Hesseltine Associate Professor of U.S. Military History at UW-Madison. He holds a B.S. in History from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Ph.D. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He specializes in early American military history with particular emphasis on partisan and Native American warfare. He is the author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War (Harvard University Press, 2009) and numerous essays on early American warfare, including "An Irregular Reconsideration of George Washington and the American Military Tradition, Journal of Military History (July 2014), which won an Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Prize.
Unavailable for talks until further notice, as Professor Hall will be serving as a historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read all about it here.
Talks by John Hall:
3. Indian Alliance Politics in the Western Great Lakes
4. The Future of Warfare
6. Indian Removal as Ethnic Cleansing
7. The Citizen Soldier in Myth and History
Department of History, American Indian Studies Program, Department of Afro-American Studies
Stephen Kantrowitz writes and teaches about race, politics, and citizenship in the nineteenth-century United States, and especially the era of the Civil War. He regularly teaches courses on the nineteenth-century U.S., the Civil War era, slavery and slave revolts, and Native American History. Professor Kantrowitz was born in Boston, earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University, and has been teaching at UW-Madison since 1995. He is Vilas Distinguished Professor of History and the recipient of numerous awards for his scholarship and teaching. In the 2016-17 academic year he will be the Fulbright Distinguished Chair of American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark.
Talks by Stephen Kantrowitz:
1. How the Ho-Chunk Resisted Removal
2. More Than Freedom: African American Citizenship in the Nineteenth Century United States
3. Who Freed the Slaves? Making Sense of Civil War Slave Emancipation
Video of Stephen Kantrowitz
Department of German
Mark Louden is a linguist who received his training in Germanic linguistics at Cornell University. A fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, he has published extensively on this language and other German-American varieties, as well as Yiddish. In addition to his position as a Professor of German, he co-directs the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies and is affiliated with the Center for Jewish Studies and the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture.
Talks by Mark Louden:
3. The German Language in America
4. What Is Pennsylvania Dutch
5. What Is Yiddish?
Mark Louden published a book called Pennsylvania Dutch, The Story of an American Language. For more information, click this link! http://padutch.net/book/
College of Letters & Science | UW Geology Museum
Dave Lovelace is a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in Triassic-aged rocks of the Rocky Mountain West (252-201 million years ago). He joined the UW Geology Museum team as a research scientist after completing his PhD at UW-Madison's Department of Geoscience in 2012. Dave combines the study of ancient bones, trackways, and soils to build a picture of what ecosystems looked like 230 million years ago -- when the first mammals, turtles, crocodiles, lizards, dinosaurs, and birds evolved. Since becoming a member of the museum team, Dave had made several exciting discoveries including: the oldest known turtle tracks in the world, two mass-death-assemblages of Late Triassic amphibians, and the oldest dinosaur tracks in Wyoming.
David Lovelace's Talks:
2. Modeling Dragons: Niche Partitioning in Komodo vs. Two Triassic Dinosaurs
3. Stories in Stone: The Life Histories of Dinosaurs
4. Hidden Biodiversity: Ancient Tracks and Traces
Alice D. Mortenson/Petrovich Professor
Department of History
David McDonald has been a faculty member with UW-Madison since 1988. A graduate of the University of Toronto and the recipient of a doctorate at Columbia University, McDonald teaches and conducts research in the history of the Russian Empire. In addition to teaching classes in his specialty, McDonald has served as Special Assistant for Athletics (in the wake of the Shoe Box scandal) and has chaired UW-Madison's Department of History. He also chaired the search that yielded Rebecca Blank, current chancellor of UW-Madison.
Talks by David McDonald
2. The Rhythms of Russian History
3. Why Canada Matters
4. Intercollegiate Athletics: Misunderstandings and Opportunities
5. The Case for the Humanistic Education
Director and Associate Researcher
Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
Dr. Noel Radomski is the Director and Associate Researcher for the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) at UW-Madison. In this position, he delivers presentations to and engages in informal conversations with postsecondary education leaders, government officials, policymakers, business leaders, media, local service organizations, and others. He also serves at the center's chief liaison to the UW System, Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin Independent Association of Colleges and Universities, Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, UW-Madison, and Wisconsin's elected officials. Dr. Radomski has been with UW-Madison since 1997.Talks by Noel Radomski:
1. UW-Madison technology transfer and university-business relations
Department of History
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen is the Merle Curti Associate Professor of History at UW-Madison. She received her BA in History from the University of Rochester in 1992 and her PhD in History from Brandeis University in 2003. Her research examines U.S. intellectual and cultural history, with a focus on the transatlantic flow of ideas and cultural movements. She is the author of American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas (Chicago, 2012), and a number of essays on themes in American thought for The Wilson Quarterly, Daedalus, and the Guardian blog. She is currently working on a book on the search for wisdom and wonder in 20th-century American life. She was recently awarded the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorship.
Talks by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen:
1. Nietzsche's Influence on 20th-Century American Life
2. The Quest for Wisdom in the 20th-Century United States
3. The Making of "Spirituality" in Modern America
4. Anti-Intellectualism in American History
5. Philosophical Lives: Or, How Americans Have Loved Wisdom from Emerson to Oprah
6. U.S. Thought and Culture and the Transatlantic Traffic of Ideas
Oral History Program
Troy Reeves heads the oral history program at the UW-Madison Archives and has directed oral history programs since 1999. He also serves as the managing editor of the Oral History Review and is on the board of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
Talks by Troy Reeves:
1. What is Oral History? And Why Does it Matter?
2. Stop. What's that Sound? The UW-Madison Archives & the Vietnam Era
College of Engineering Physics
Bela Sandor has been a faculty member at UW-Madison since 1968 after earning a PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois. Dr. Sandor has worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories, the Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory and has served as a Guest Professor at Osaka University and a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Dr. Sandor also served as the technical expert for the NOVA documentary, Building Pharaoh's Chariot, which aired in February 2013.
Talks by Bela Sandor
Departments of History, Legal Studies, Sociology | Law School
Karl Shoemaker received a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001, and holds a JD from Cumberland School of Law. He is the author of Sanctuary and Crime in Medieval Europe, 400-1500, and numerous scholarly articles. He has been a member of UW-Madison's faculty since 2002. He is currently researching the Devil's medieval legal career.
Talks by Karl Shoemaker:
2. Trial by Ordeal in the Middle Ages
3. The Origins of Trial by Jury in England
4. Sanctuary for Crime in European History
Department of Theatre & Drama | Jewish Studies
Robert Skloot retired in 2008 after 40 years of teaching, directing and administrating at UW-Madison. His career has included serving as Fulbright Professor in Israel, Austria, Chile and The Netherlands. He is the author and editor of many books and essays about the theatre of the Holocaust and genocide, including The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust (1988) and the two-volume anthology The Theatre of the Holocaust (1981; 1999) and The Threatre of Genocide: Four Plays About Mass Murder in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, and Armenia (2008). In 2011, Skloot was chosen for inclusion in Fifty Key Thinkers on the Holocause and Genocide, ed. Bartrop and Jacobs (2011). Skloot's play, "If the Whole Body Dies: Raphael Lemkin and the Treaty Against Genocide" (2006), has been read around the U.S. and internationally (Sarajevo, The Hague) and in its Spanish version (Aunque Todo el Cuerpo Muera) in Cuba and Peru. The Hebrew translation was read last March in Israel. Polish, and German translations have been recently completed.
Talks by Robert Skloot:
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Kevin Walters is a Historian and Strategic Research Coordinator for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and a PhD Candidate in the UW- Madison History Department. Although much of his family comes from the Midwest, he grew up in Temple, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate. He came to Madison after completing an MA in Humanities and an MA in History from the University of Texas at Dallas and after working eight years as a Staffing Planner and Forecaster for the consumer finance division of GE Capital.
Talks by Kevin Walters:
1. Getting the Sunshine In: Vitamin D and WARF, 1923-1944
2. How to Handle Harry: Steenbock, Brittingham, and the Legacy of WARF"
3. The Sunshine, Vitamin D and the Dairy State
4. What's the Big Idea?: The University of Wisconsin and the World
Lee Palmer Wandel
Department of History | Department of Religious Studies | Center for Visual Culture
Lee Palmer Wandel is a professor in History, Religious Studies and the Center for Visual Culture. Professor Wandel focuses her studies on the ways Christianity has shaped our understanding of persons, time, things, and space, perusing that question in European history. Professor Wandel was a recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, one of the highest honors for a professor at UW-Madison. She has been with UW-Madison since 1998, previously teaching at Yale and Stanford.
Talks by Lee Palmer Wandel:
2. Reformation Stories
3. Christianity and Our Understandings of Space and Time