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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
Susan C. Cook
Director | Professor
Mead Witter School of Music
Susan C. Cook is a music historian and dance scholar whose published work and current research engages with American musical repertories of all kinds. She is particularly interested in the social contexts of art, musical and dance practices as well as the regional practices of Wisconsin.
Talks by Susan Cook:
3. Ragtime Culture, 1890-1910
4. Why do we sing stories?
Allen Centennial Garden
Benjamin Futa is the Director of the Allen Centennial Garden at UW-Madison. Ben is passionate for connecting people to plants, and has experience working in a range of public gardens. Ben's primary interests lie in the power of urban gardens to transform their surrounding communities and landscapes.
Talks by Benjamin Futa:
Assistant Professor of Horn
School of Music
Daniel Grabois is the newly appointed professor of horn at the UW-Madison School of Music. He performs in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and serves as the Curator of SoundWaves, a series he created that combines science lectures with music performances. The former Chair of the Department of Contemporary Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, he is the hornist in the Meridian Arts Ensemble, a sextet of brass and percussion soon to celebrate its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary. With Meridian, he has performed over fifty world premieres, released ten CD's, received two ASCAP/CMA Adventuresome Programming Awards, and toured worldwide, in addition to recording or performing with rock legends Duran Duran and Natalie Merchant and performing the music of Frank Zappa for the composer himself.
Talks by Daniel Grabois:
1. Classical Music Today. (What is the role of "serious" music in society, and why do we need it, or do we?
2. Contemporary Music. (Why do composers write what they write?)
3. A Performer's Tale. (What's it like to spend your life blowing air through a French horn?)
School of Education
Erica Halverson is an Associate Professor of Digital Media & Literacy in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at UW-Madison. Dr. Halverson's research focuses on how people learn to make art and the function that art-making serves in identity development and literacy learning. Dr. Halverson studies art-making across a variety of media including theatre, film, radio, and digital and physical making. In 2010, Dr. Halverson received the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and and Scholarship in Learning Technologies. Dr. Halverson is also the co-founder of Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based non-profit educational theatre program for elementary school students.
Talks by Erica Halverson
Department of Dance
Karen McShane-Hellenbrand is a Faculty Associate at the UW-Madison Dance Department. She teaches a wide variety of students in Modern, Dance for PE Majors, Pedagogy, Creative Dance for Children, Ballroom and Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique. Karen, who has a BS in Dance Education and an MFA, is a performer, choreographer, teacher, artist-in-residence. She regularly presents for continuing /teacher education programs on using movement as a tool to teach across the curriculum, teaching educators to use movement and a creative methodology in the classroom. Her goals are to promote access to dance education and to embody professionalism; keeping dance from being an elitist art form.
Talks by Karen McShane-Hellenbrand1. Dancing Across the Curriculum; Arts Integration
2. Using Dance as a Tool to Teach for Training the Athlete
3. Dance as a Creative Methodology for Use in the Classroom
4. Design Models for Successful Artist - In - Residence Programs
5. Creative Dance for Children
6. Dance in K-12 Schools
Curator of Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Chazen Museum of Art
Maria Saffiotti Dale has been Curator of Paintings, Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Chazen Museum of Art since 1999. She has curated exhibitions on portraiture, illuminated manuscripts, and drawings. Each summer she offers a Curatorial Connections course for museum members which focuses on works of art in the permanent collection. She is the general editor of European Medals in the Chazen Museum of Art: Highlights from the Vernon Hall Collection and Later Acquisitions, and has published on Italian medieval and early modern painting and manuscript illumination. As curator at the Chazen Museum of Art, she is responsible for the care, research, and exhibition of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from the museum's collection and manages the museum's conservation program as well as the Objects study room.
Talks by Maria Saffiotti Dale:
1. "From the Elvehjem Art Center to the Chazen Museum of Art: Forty-Five years of History (1970-2015)"
2. "Preserving Works of Art and What the Materiality of Objects Teaches us"
3. "The Splendor of the Illuminated Book"
4. "Old Master Drawings from the Permanent Collection"
5. "Medieval Art at the Chazen Museum of Art"
Norma Saldivar is the interim executive director of the UW-Madison Arts Institute and Professor of Theatre with a specialization in Theatre Direction. In her 17 years at UW-Madison, Saldivar has taught courses in acting, directing, and collaboration. She has served as director of University Theatre where she has commissioned, produced and directed plays and musicals. Currently, as the leader of the UW-Madison Arts Outreach, she is engaged in interdisciplinary arts programming and outreach initiatives, such as the Wisconsin Film Festival, which challenge the boundaries and impact arts can have on community.
Originally from Chicago, Saldivar earned her masters of fine arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, with an emphasis in directing, and bachelor of fine arts in acting from Illinois Wesleyan University. As a theatre artist, she has worked as a director, producer, casting director, and dramaturge for productions in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Milwaukee.
Talks with Norma Saldivar:
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
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:
School of Music
Scott Teeple serves on the faculty of the UW Band program in the School of Music. He conducts the Wind Ensemble, comprised of the top musicians in the School of Music, shares responsibilities with the Concert Band and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting. He conducts the Winds of Wisconsin, a high school honors band, during the academic year. His conducting has taken him throughout the United States and Asia.
Talks by Scott Teeple:
1. Bands at UW
2. Music at UW
3. Teaching Music in the 21st century
4. How Bands parallel the business world in the 21st century
5. Being a Badger in Madison and Beyond