Panelists, Moderators and Speakers

Jim Abrahams

Movie director and writer best known for spoof movies that he co-wrote and produced, such as Airplane! and The Naked Gun series. read more »

Panels:

  • What's so Funny About Madison?

Andrew Bergman

Screenwriter, film director, and novelist, he received a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has writt... read more »

Panels:

  • What's so Funny About Madison?

Lowell Bergman

Chair in Investigative Reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, he is a producer/correspondent for the PBS document... read more »

Panels:

  • The Legacy of George Mosse
  • The State of the 4th Estate

Walt Bogdanich

Assistant editor for the New York Times Investigations Desk and an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of... read more »

Panels:

  • The State of the 4th Estate
  • The Daily Cardinal

Doug Bradley

After being drafted in 1969, he served at Army Headquarters in Vietnam in from 1970 to 1971. He then relocated to Madison where he co-fou... read more »

Panels:

  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Jane Brotman

Witnessing the Dow demonstration and attending Harvey Goldberg's lectures changed her life; after leaving the University of Wisconsin, sh... read more »

Panels:

  • The Day of DOW
  • Talking Harvey Goldberg

Paul Buhle

Moderator

Former Senior Lecturer at Brown University, he is the author or editor of 35 volumes including histories of radicalism in the United Stat... read more »

Panels:

  • Beyond Zap: The History of the Graphic Novel

Moderator:

  • William Appelman Williams, Studies on the Left and Radical America
  • Radical Pedagogy

Tim Cahill

The author of nine books, he was a founding editor of Outside Magazine and has won numerous awards, including the National Magazine Award... read more »

Panels:

  • How You Travel Is Who You Are

Kaleem Caire

Kaleem Caire; former CEO of the Urban League of Greater Madison and founder of One City Early Learning Center, is a native of Madison. H... read more »

Panels:

  • Growing Up Madison

Fred Ciporen

Taught history at Brooklyn College, where he was active in the "Open Admission" protests. In 1980, he left teaching to pursue o... read more »

Panels:

  • William Appelman Williams, Studies on the Left and Radical America

Laurie Beth Clark

Moderator

Since the 1980s Clark has made large-scale, site-specific installations and solo and collaborative performances, single-channel and multi... read more »

Moderator:

  • The Raindance Experience

John Coatsworth

John Coatsworth is the Provost of Columbia University, as well as Professor of International and Public Affairs and of History. He is a ... read more »

Panels:

  • The War at Home

Nicholas V. Cozzi

Nicholas V. Cozzi, Ph.D. is a scientist and educator at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Pharmaco... read more »

Panels:

  • Why We Get High

Katherine Cramer

Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin... read more »

Panels:

  • The Politics of Resentment

Richie Davidson

Professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as founder and chair of the Center for Healthy Mind... read more »

Panels:

  • Searching for the Maharishi Within

Hasia Diner

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Class of 1968, Hasia Diner is the Paul S. and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish Hi... read more »

Panels:

  • The Legacy of George Mosse
  • Tikkun Olam

Jackie DiSalvo

associate Professor, Marxist-Feminist literary scholar at Baruch College, after being red-baited out of Rutgers. An activist from Mississ... read more »

Panels:

  • Radical Pedagogy

Frank Emspak

Frank Emspak, PhD History UW, he spent the next 20 years as an activist in the trade union movement in Lynn MA, returning to the Madison ... read more »

Panels:

  • The War at Home

Stuart Ewen

A Distinguished Professor at Hunter College and the City University of New York Graduate Center in the departments of History, Sociology ... read more »

Panels:

  • The Day of DOW
  • Freedom Riding

Kathleen Falk

Served as Dane County Executive from 1997 until 2011; previously she worked as co-director and legal counsel of Wisconsin's Environmental... read more »

Panels:

  • Earth Day

David Feingold

David Feingold graduated from the University of Wisconsin (1967,) he organized and marched with Martin Luther King in the Chicago Freedom... read more »

Panels:

  • Conscientious Objection

Michael Feldman

Moderator

an American radio personality, his Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, distributed by Public Radio International, was carried on doze... read more »

Moderator:

  • What's so Funny About Madison?

Jerry Fortier

had a bird's eye view of every performance of “Peter Pan” while pumping psychedelic effects out of the Play Circle projection booth and t... read more »

Panels:

  • Peter Pan and Virginia Woolf

Roberta Gassman

Moderator

now on UW's faculty, she was President Obama's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at U.S. Department of Labor, Secret... read more »

Moderator:

  • The Illustrated Sixties:

Christine George

Associate Director for Research, Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Research and Learning, focusing on collaborative community-un... read more »

Panels:

  • Radical Pedagogy

Peter Gilbert

Producer and Director of Photography of the award winning film Hoop Dreams, he is currently a professor in the Documentary Film Making pr... read more »

Panels:

  • Capturing the Truth: Documentary Films

Gwen Gillon

A longtime resident of Madison, she grew up in Anniston, Alabama and received a scholarship to Tougaloo College where she became part of ... read more »

Panels:

  • Freedom Riding

Michael Goldberg

Moderator

Now retired after enjoying a 40-year career as an arts presenter and administrator, he has run 3 extraordinary venues (WI Union Theater, ... read more »

Moderator:

  • Peter Pan and Virginia Woolf

Ann Gordon

Historian, Research Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, she spent 30 years assembling, editing, & publishing papers of Elizabeth Cady ... read more »

Panels:

  • Radical Pedagogy

Peter Greenberg

Got his start working at the Daily Cardinal and went on to become the Travel Editor for NBC's Today sho... read more »

Panels:

  • How You Travel Is Who You Are
  • The Daily Cardinal

Jeff Greenfield

Moderator

Former editor of the Daily Cardinal, he graduated with a law degree from Yale where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal, then served as... read more »

Panels:

  • The Daily Cardinal

Moderator:

  • The State of the 4th Estate

Neil Heinen

Moderator

Editorial Director at WISC-TV and regular opinion contributor to Madison Magazine. read more »

Moderator:

  • Why We Get High

John Herman

Associate Chief of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harv... read more »

Panels:

  • Why We Get High

Scott Herrick

Scott Herrick worked as a "Peace Intern" on behalf of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) providing draft counseli... read more »

Panels:

  • Conscientious Objection

Paul Higginbotham

Moderator

A Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the first and only African American to serve on the court, he has been involved in the civil r... read more »

Moderator:

  • Freedom Riding

Dan Kaufman

Dan Kaufman; a contributor to the New York Times and The New Yorker, he grew up in Madison and moved to Brooklyn in part to... read more »

Panels:

  • The Politics of Resentment
  • Growing Up Madison

Jonathan Kauffman

is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle food section and the author of Hippie Food, a narrative history of how Americans came to ea... read more »

Panels:

  • Food for People, Not for Profit:

Ann Lauterbach

Poet, essayist, and professor, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the John D. an... read more »

Panels:

  • Madison and After: Becoming a Writer

Barbara Lawton

Barbara Lawton served two terms as Wisconsin's first woman to be elected lt. governor, and later co-founded Issue One, dedicated to reduc... read more »

Panels:

  • What's Left of the Wisconsin Idea

Gerald Lenoir

Part of the Black student strikes that won the establishment of the Afro-American Studies Department, he was also a leader in the antiapa... read more »

Panels:

  • Radical Pedagogy

Stuart Levitan

Madison-based historian, journalist and radio host, he is completing a history of Madison in the '60s, to be published by the Wisconsin H... read more »

Panels:

  • The Illustrated Sixties:

Daniel Levitin

Cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, writer, musician, and record producer, he is James McGill Professor Emeritus of psychology and be... read more »

Panels:

  • Ecstasy and the Meaning of the Blues

Herb Lewis

Herbert Lewis; a cultural anthropologist, he has long been engaged with the history of anthropology. His early research involved the soci... read more »

Panels:

  • Radical Pedagogy

Bill Linton

Co-founded the non-profit Usona Institute in 2014, a medical research organization that supports research to further the understanding of... read more »

Panels:

  • Why We Get High

Tom Loftus

Served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1977 until 1991 and was speaker of the Assembly; he was then appointed by president Bill Clin... read more »

Panels:

  • What's Left of the Wisconsin Idea

David Maraniss

Moderator

Journalist and author, he currently serves as an associate editor for The Washington Post. He received a Pulitzer Prize for National Repo... read more »

Panels:

  • The State of the 4th Estate

Moderator:

  • What's Left of the Wisconsin Idea

Alfred McCoy

Moderator

Alfred William McCoy; holds the Harrington Chair in History and is the J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–M... read more »

Moderator:

  • Talking Harvey Goldberg

Ron McCrea

Moderator

Former Press Secretary for Wisconsin's governor in 1980 and News Editor of the Madison Capitol Times for many years, his most recent work... read more »

Moderator:

  • Earth Day

Tony Michels

The George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a special emphasis on immigration, p... read more »

Panels:

  • Tikkun Olam

Doug Moe

Moderator

The author of numerous critically-acclaimed non-fiction books, as well as thousands of newspaper columns and magazine articles, he writes... read more »

Moderator:

  • How You Travel Is Who You Are

Kalleen Mortensen

a retired librarian from the UW-Madison, School of Education Library with specialization in Archives, founded the Madison Lesbian Herstor... read more »

Panels:

  • The Beginning of the LGBT Movement

Justine Nagan

Justine Nagan; the Executive Director of American Documentary, Inc., and an Executive Producer onPOV (PBS) and America Reframed (World Ch... read more »

Panels:

  • Capturing the Truth: Documentary Films

Tia Nelson

Recognized for her work on climate change, she served for 17 years with The Nature Conservancy and was the first director of its global C... read more »

Panels:

  • Earth Day

Tracy Nelson

Concert: Shannon Hall, Friday, June 15, 2018

Nelson moved to San Francisco in 1966 from Madison, where she became part of the music scene there, and has been a recording artist for o... read more »

Concert: Shannon Hall, Friday, June 15, 2018

John Nichols

Moderator

A liberal / progressive American journalist and author, he is Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital... read more »

Moderator:

  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Kathleen Nichols

Active in the Madison LGBT scene, she was a Dane County Supervisor and is currently an advisor for the Communication Arts major at the Un... read more »

Panels:

  • The Beginning of the LGBT Movement

Ismael Ozanne

A lifelong resident of Madison, Wisconsin, he played varsity soccer for the Badgers men's soccer team, worked as an Assembly Page for the... read more »

Panels:

  • Civil Rights, Social Justice and the Law

Dennis Paoli

has written for film, TV, the stage, and the internet. His feature films include adaptations of H. P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator, From Beyon... read more »

Panels:

  • Peter Pan and Virginia Woolf

John Parfrey

John Parfrey graduated from UW-Madison in 1969 and served his alternative service as a CO at Madison General Hospital from 1970-1972. He ... read more »

Panels:

  • Conscientious Objection

Steve Paulson

Moderator

the Executive Producer and one of the founders of To The Best Of Our Knowledge, he has been a contributing writer for Salon and Nautilus ... read more »

Moderator:

  • Searching for the Maharishi Within

Gerald Peary

a Ph.D. From UW-Madison in Communications, he is a retired film professor from Suffolk University-Boston, a long-time film critic for the... read more »

Panels:

  • William Appelman Williams, Studies on the Left and Radical America

Lester Pines

Moderator

a civil rights and criminal litigator in practice in Madison for over forty years, he was a student of Harvey Goldberg, George Mosse, Sta... read more »

Moderator:

  • Civil Rights, Social Justice and the Law

Odessa Piper

Moderator

following cooking and farming in Wisconsin's driftless region, Odessa Piper founded Madison's pioneering farm to table restaurant L'Etoil... read more »

Moderator:

  • Food for People, Not for Profit:

Jonathan Pollack

Received his PH.D. from the University of Wisconsin, now Professor of history at Madison College (formerly MATC) and honorary scholar, UW... read more »

Panels:

  • Tikkun Olam

Ron Radosh

a founder of the UW folk music club, a member of The Socialist Club, and an editor of "Studies on the Left," he is currently a ... read more »

Panels:

  • William Appelman Williams, Studies on the Left and Radical America

Steven Reiner

Moderator

The Director of Video Journalism and an associate professor in the Stony Brook University School of Journalism, he is a thirty year veter... read more »

Moderator:

  • The Daily Cardinal

Anne Reynolds

consults on board leadership, cooperative start-ups, and organizational development, having served for decades at the University of Wisco... read more »

Panels:

  • Food for People, Not for Profit:

Ken Robbins

Dr. Ken Robbins; board certified in internal medicine and psychiatry with a master's in public health, he has been on the clinical facult... read more »

Panels:

  • Why We Get High

Hannah Rosenthal

Moderator

Served as a Special Envoy and as the head of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in the Obama Administration for three years. ... read more »

Moderator:

  • Tikkun Olam

Matt Rothschild

Moderator

The executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Prior to joining the Democracy Campaign at the start of 2015, he worked at Th... read more »

Moderator:

  • The Day of DOW

Jerry Rousseau

Moderator

Jerry Rousseau graduated from UW-Madison in 1970 and served his alternative service as a CO at Madison General Hospital on an inpatient p... read more »

Moderator:

  • Conscientious Objection

Allen Ruff

Long-time Madison resident, author, activist and weekly radio host on WORT-fm, he received his PHD in History at the UW. His dissertation... read more »

Panels:

  • Talking Harvey Goldberg

Jesse Samberg

A student at the UW Madison in the '60s, he went on to become Head of Business Services & Senior Director of Performance Management w... read more »

Panels:

  • Open Mic: Stories From the Trenches

Boz Scaggs

Concert: Shannon Hall, Friday, June 15, 2018

After attending the University of Wisconsin, he gained fame in the 1970s with several Top 20 hit singles, including, "Lido Shuffle&q... read more »

Concert: Shannon Hall, Friday, June 15, 2018

Ira Schneider

A pioneer of video in the late 1960s and early 1970s, his video installation work and single channel tapes explored the manipulation of t... read more »

Panels:

  • The Raindance Experience

Scott Seyforth

Scott Seyforth holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is in his 23rd ye... read more »

Panels:

  • The Beginning of the LGBT Movement

Anat Shenker Osorio

A communications expert, researcher and political pundit whose one-of-a-kind work is challenging the way dozens of organizations and poli... read more »

Panels:

  • Growing Up Madison

Ben Sidran

Moderator

Madison musician, writer, journalist and teacher, he has recorded 35 solo albums and written five books, including There Was a Fire: Jews... read more »

Panels:

  • Talking Harvey Goldberg

Moderator:

  • Ecstasy and the Meaning of the Blues

Leo Sidran

Moderator

A musician, composer, performer, and producer whose credits include co-producing the Oscar-winning song "Al Otro Lado Del Rio" ... read more »

Moderator:

  • Growing Up Madison

Glenn Silber

Filmmaker best known for his film, The War At Home, a documentary about the anti-war movement in Madison, Wisconsin which was nominated f... read more »

Panels:

  • The War at Home

Paul Soglin

Moderator

Mayor of Madison for more than two decades, including stints in the 1970's, '80s, '90s and the 21st century; a former UW anti-war student... read more »

Panels:

  • The Day of DOW

Moderator:

  • The Politics of Resentment

Scott Spencer

Graduate of the University of Wisconsin, he has written eleven novels, two of which, Endless Love and Waking the Dead, were adapted into ... read more »

Panels:

  • Madison and After: Becoming a Writer

Rena Steinzor

A Professor at the University of Maryland School Law School, her career has focused on regulatory systems particularly health, worker saf... read more »

Panels:

  • Roots of the Women’s Movement
  • The Daily Cardinal

Norman Stockwell

Moderator

Norman Stockwell, publisher of The Progressive, for over 20 years, served as WORT Community Radio’s Operations Coordinator in Madison, Wi... read more »

Moderator:

  • The War at Home

Dean Strang

A Wisconsin criminal defense attorney known to the general public for his appearance in the Netflix series Making a Murderer. read more »

Panels:

  • Civil Rights, Social Justice and the Law

Anne Strainchamps

Moderator

host and cofounder of Wisconsin Public Radio's To The Best Of Our Knowledge, she has been a featured interviewer on the program for more ... read more »

Moderator:

  • Madison and After: Becoming a Writer

Evan Stark

A self-described "student leader frozen in time," he is a forensic social worker, co-director of the Yale Trauma Studies, speci... read more »

Panels:

  • The War at Home

Peter Straub

Best selling novelist and poet, his horror fiction has received numerous literary honors such as the Bram Stoker Award, World Fantasy Awa... read more »

Panels:

  • Madison and After: Becoming a Writer

Allen Swerdlowe

Holds masters degrees in Architecture from Columbia University and Fine Arts from the Chicago Art Institute and an undergraduate degree i... read more »

Panels:

  • The Daily Cardinal

Mari Jo Buhle

emerita professor of History and American Studies, Brown University, attended graduate school in Madison, 1968-71 and completed a PhD in ... read more »

Panels:

  • Roots of the Women’s Movement

Marty Tandler

An original founder of SDS at the University of Wisconsin. read more »

Panels:

  • Talking Harvey Goldberg

Nick Thorlekson

Nick Thorlekson's graphic novel about Herbert Marcuse is coming soon from City Lights, and his stories have appeared in Paul Buhle's comi... read more »

Panels:

  • Beyond Zap: The History of the Graphic Novel

John Tortorice

Moderator

Director Emeritus, George L. Mosse Program in History, UW-Madison. read more »

Moderator:

  • The Legacy of George Mosse

Dave Wagner

Moderator

Journalist, investigative reporter and author of The Politics of Murder: Organized Crime in Barry Goldwater's Arizona. He was a contr... read more »

Moderator:

  • Beyond Zap: The History of the Graphic Novel

Dick Wagner

Moderator

Long time Madison activist in the LGBT community, he just completed a book about the gay history of Wisconsin. read more »

Moderator:

  • The Beginning of the LGBT Movement

David Ward

Trained as a geographer, he was Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin from 1993 to 2001, then president of the American Council on Ed... read more »

Panels:

  • The Legacy of George Mosse

Howard Waxman

Playwright, novelist, and director he is a veteran of the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a founding member of Madison's Broom Street Theater,... read more »

Panels:

  • Peter Pan and Virginia Woolf

Craig Werner

Teaches in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the UW and is co-author of the recent book We Got To Get Out Of This Place with Dou... read more »

Panels:

  • We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Ben Wikler

The Washington Director of MoveOn.org, the nation's largest grassroots progressive organization, he led the group's award-winning work to... read more »

Panels:

  • Growing Up Madison

Carla Wright

serves on the board of Midwest Organic Services Association and President of the Board for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education ... read more »

Panels:

  • Food for People, Not for Profit:

Sue Zaeske

Moderator

Associate Dean for Advancement, Arts & Humanities, College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin, her scholarship focuses on rhet... read more »

Moderator:

  • Roots of the Women’s Movement