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Conference schedule

June 14

Day 1
A Brief History of Madison

An over-view of the city of Madison, the University of Wisconsin and their ongoing pas de duex.

  • Stuart Levitan

Why We Get High

Psychopharmacology, from the pursuit of pleasure to the treatment of pain, from lifestyle choice to end of life decisions.

  • Bill Linton

  • Ken Robbins

The Legacy of George Mosse

  • Paul Breines

  • Hasia Diner

  • John Tortorice

  • David Ward

Peter Pan and Virginia Woolf

Madison's radical theater tradition

  • André De Shields

  • Stuart Gordon

  • Carolyn Purdy-Gordon

Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

The Raindance Experience

Experimental video

  • Ira Schneider

Freedom Riding

Personal memoirs

  • Paul Breines

  • Stuart Ewen

  • Gwen Gillon

  • Paul Higginbotham

Tikkun Olam

Why Madison was a magnet for the Jewish Diaspora during the 20th century.

  • Tony Michels

  • Jonathan Pollack

Capturing the Truth: Documentary Films

  • Peter Gilbert

  • Errol Morris

Telling Stories

How the tales we tell were shaped by the Madison we knew; a writers' workshop

  • Ann Lauterbach

  • Scott Spencer

  • Peter Straub





June 15

Day 2
Earth Day

The Legacy of Gaylord Nelson and its origins in the social protest movement of the '60s

  • Kathleen Falk

  • Tia Nelson

Civil Rights, Social Justice and the Law

Sixty years later, the story that won't go away

  • Ismael Ozanne

  • Dean Strang

Talking Harvey Goldberg

  • Jane Brotman

  • Joe Elder

  • Ben Sidran

  • Marty Tandler

The Beginning of the LGBT Movement

  • Kathleen Nichols

  • Dick Wagner

The Day of DOW

  • Peter Coyote

  • Stuart Ewen

  • Vicki Gabriner

  • Paul Soglin

Reunion Blues Unplugged

Ben, Boz and Tracey sitting around a piano with a guitar talking about music

  • Tracy Nelson

  • Boz Scaggs

  • Ben Sidran

William A Williams; Studies on the Left

  • Fred Ciporen

  • Ron Radosh

Beyond Zap: The History of the Graphic Novel

Serious reading for the child in us all

  • Paul Buhle

  • Dave Wagner

What's so Funny About Madison?

The Comedy Connection

  • Jim Abrahams

  • Andrew Bergman

  • Ben Karlin

Roots of the Women’s Movement

  • Vicki Gabriner

  • Rena Steinzor

  • Margery Tabankin

Ecstasy and the Meaning of the Blues

The neurological connection between altered states and digging the music

  • Daniel Levitin

We Gotta Get Out of This Place

How music kept them alive in Vietnam

  • Doug Bradley

  • Craig Werner

June 16

Day 3
Searching for the Maharishi Within

The radical nature of compassion

  • Richie Davidson

How You Travel Is Who You Are

On the road

  • Tim Cahill

  • Peter Greenberg

The Politics of Resentment

Looking for the Wisconsin Idea in the idea of Wisconsin

  • Katherine Cramer

Conscientious Objection

Not in my name

  • Jerry Rousseau

The State of the 4th Estate

  • Lowell Bergman

  • Walt Bogdanich

  • Jeff Greenfield

  • David Maraniss

The War at Home

  • Frank Emspack

  • Glenn Silber

  • Evan Stark

Radical Pedagogy

The TAA strike, The Teach In and the Black Students Strike

  • Paul Buhle

  • Joe Elder

  • Gerald Lenoir

  • Herb Lewis

Twenty Questions:

Open mic.

  • Jesse Samberg

What's Left of the Wisconsin Idea

  • Russ Feingold

  • Barbara Lawton

  • Tom Loftus

  • David Maraniss

Growing Up Madison

MoveOn, Upworthy and the Makers Movement. The 60s roots of today's social movements

  • Kaleem Caire

  • Anat Shenker Osorio

  • Ben Wikler

The Daily Cardinal

  • Walt Bogdanich

  • Peter Greenberg

  • Jeff Greenfield

  • Steven Reiner

  • Rena Steinzor

  • Allen Swerdlowe

How UW Science Changed the World

DNA, stem cells, Warfarin and Vitamin D

  • John Wiley

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