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19

Sep

For the Good of the Game

Bud Selig

09/19/2019 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium - Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Department of History, the longtime Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig in conversation with Professor David McDonald. Selig provdes an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and revealing his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide.

 

More than a century old, the game of baseball has always been resistant to change—owners, managers, players, and fans all hate it. As always, baseball needs to evolve—to compete with other professional sports, stay relevant, and remain America’s Pastime. Perhaps no one knows this better than Bud Selig who, as the head of MLB for more than twenty years, ushered in some of the most important, and controversial, changes in the game’s history—modernizing a sport that had remained unchanged since the 1960s.

 

For the Good of the Game - Bud Selig - <span class="date-display-single">09/19/2019 - 5:00pm</span>

10

Oct

The Illimitable Freedom of the Human Mind: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of a University

Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

10/10/2018 - 4:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, the 2018 James Madison Lecture welcomes Andrew O'Shaughnessy to speak about Thomas Jefferson’s revolutionary ideas about higher education, which continue to have relevance to public education in our country today. Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the Vice President of Monticello, the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and a prize-winning author.

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27

Sep

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Caroline Fraser

09/27/2018 - 6:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2017 Schewe Lecture features Pulitzer Prize winner, Caroline Fraser, speaking about her new book, Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

 

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.

 

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder - Caroline Fraser - <span class="date-display-single">09/27/2018 - 6:00pm</span>

19

May

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists

Andrea-Teresa Arenas & Eloisa Gómez

05/19/2018 - 1:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

The Wisconsin Historical Society, Somos Latinas Digital History Project participants, coordinators, volunteers, and partners, and the Wisconsin Book Festival invite you to celebrate the progress of this important oral history project.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 1 p.m. celebration conversation in the auditorium, light refreshments and a book signing. Celebrants will have an opportunity to learn about how the Somos Latinas Collection of oral histories, begun in 2012, will be shared with the public and schools, to view the premiere of video-based interviews, to explore the first copies of the Somos Latinas book by Wisconsin Historical Society Press, to peruse Chican@ and Latin@ history with online displays by the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium, Chicanas Por Mi Raza, to meet the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies students who interviewed the 45 Somos women who made history, and to celebrate the Chican@ and Latin@ women who did so much with so little.

 

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists - Andrea-Teresa Arenas & Eloisa Gómez - <span class="date-display-single">05/19/2018 - 1:00pm</span>

11

Oct

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

Annette Gordon-Reed

10/11/2017 - 4:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, Annette Gordon-Reed presents the 2017 James Madison Lecture: The Hemings Family of Monticello in Madison. Hailed by critics and embraced by readers, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs is one of the richest and most insightful accounts of Thomas Jefferson in a generation. Following her Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello, Annette Gordon-Reed has teamed with Peter S. Onuf to present a provocative and absorbing character study that reveals our third president. Gordon-Reed and Onuf fundamentally challenge much of what we thought we knew, and through their painstaking research and vivid prose create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself.

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs - Annette Gordon-Reed - <span class="date-display-single">10/11/2017 - 4:00pm</span>

28

Sep

The Blood of Emmett Till

Tim Tyson

09/28/2017 - 5:00pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Presented in partnership with the Friends of UW-Madison Libraries, the 2017 Schewe Lecture features Tim Tyson speaking about his new book, The Blood of Emmett Till.

 

The Blood of Emmett Till - Tim Tyson - <span class="date-display-single">09/28/2017 - 5:00pm</span>

20

Oct

James Madison Lecture

Gordon Wood

10/20/2016 - 4:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Five years have passed since the emergence of democracy movement across the Middle East.  In his lecture, Dr. Wood will share insights from his lifelong study of the American Revolution, expanding on thoughts he offered to Egyptian leaders during their visit to the prestigious Center for Strategic and International Studies.

James Madison Lecture - Gordon Wood - <span class="date-display-single">10/20/2016 - 4:30pm</span>

23

Oct

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History

Jerry Apps

10/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

Wisconsin has been a farming state from its very beginnings. And though it's long been known as "the Dairy State," it produces much more than cows, milk, and cheese. In fact, Wisconsin is one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation.
 

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History - Jerry Apps - <span class="date-display-single">10/23/2015 - 3:30pm</span>
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