The history of holism and its contrasts with our current health care system will be the topic of the first After Thoughts presentation of the 2015-16 series tonight (Oct. 6). Associate Professor of Nursing T. Heather Herdman is the featured speaker at the event 5 to 7 p.m. at the Weidner Center. With a reception, the cost is $15. Also tonight, National Review senior editor Richard Brookhiser visits via the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series to discuss his new book on Lincoln and America’s Founders. The free talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre.
Another fan of Thomas Paine is Richard Brookhiser, historian, author and nationally known conservative intellectual, who’ll be on campus for a Historical Perspectives Lecture Series appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the University Union. His campus host, Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, is promoting the lecture. He offers a sneak preview of Brookhiser’s talk on Lincoln and the Founders by sharing a link to his own Daily Beast review of the author’s recent book, Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln.
Nationally renowned historian and journalist Richard Brookhiser — senior editor of the National Review, a respected voice of the conservative movement and author of biographies of Washington, Hamilton and, now, Lincoln — will speak Tuesday evening, Oct. 6, in a free public lecture at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Brookhiser’s topic is “Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln,” which is the title of his 2014 book delving into the extent to which Abraham Lincoln’s devotion to America’s founding principles informed his most decisive actions as president including the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation.
His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union located on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
The program opens the 2015-16 edition of the University’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Brookhiser’s visit coincides with the series’ 30th anniversary, the University’s celebration of 50 years since its founding, and the 150th anniversary year since Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.
Brookhiser concedes that previous biographers have noted the 16th president’s stated admiration for America’s Revolutionary Era founders, but only in passing. He believes the connections deserve more attention as foundational to Lincoln’s greatness.
“Instead of being a Lincoln scholar looking back to the man’s roots,” Brookhiser recently told one interviewer, “I am the author of eight books on the founders looking ahead to their greatest heir, and so I see those connections more clearly.”
Brookhiser began writing for William F. Buckley’s National Review in 1970, at the age of 15 (a piece about antiwar protests at his high school). After earning his bachelor’s degree from Yale he turned down acceptance to that university’s law school to join the staff full-time in 1977. For a short time he wrote speeches for Vice President George H.W. Bush during the Reagan administration, before returning to journalism. His columns have appeared in The New York Observer, Time, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, among others.
As a noted historian, Brookhiser has been a frequent guest on national television programs including PBS’ “Bill Moyers Journal” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” In 2009 he was featured on Moyers’ show alongside UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, a fellow historian and student of the Founding Fathers, and a nationally known biographer of Thomas Paine. Kaye invited Brookhiser to guest lecture at UW-Green Bay, an invitation that resulted in the latter’s October 2012 presentation on James Madison.
An award-winning professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and well-connected nationally with prominent historians and political analysts, Kaye founded the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series in 1985 as a way to get his students and others up close with leading thinkers in their fields.
The first speaker was historian Christopher Hill of Oxford University. In subsequent years, renowned British labor historians including Victor Kiernan and Dorothy and E.P. Thompson visited Green Bay. Notables including Frances Fox Piven, Cass Sunstein and national columnists both liberal and conservative —E.J. Dionne, Brookhiser, Michael Novak, Joe Conason, Eric Alterman and John Nichols, among others — have made appearances, as well. Kaye says the promise of a weekend in Green Bay, perhaps a trip to Lambeau Field or Door County, a home-cooked meal or two (many of the guests stay at the Kaye family residence) and a chance to take the pulse of Midwestern students and others on issues of the day are draws for the visitors.
The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• About 12,000 years ago, the UWGB campus was a cool-weather boreal forest, advancing north as the glaciers retreated. Then, the glaciers came back, burying that forest a few dozen feet below the paths, trees, lawns and roads that occupy the surface landscape today. What excavators found in 1991
• It seemed like the sun always shined on outdoor commencement at UWGB (at a minimum, there was hardly a rainout for 25 years) until that streak stopped. Permanently.
• The University turns 50 this year, and Prof. Harvey Kaye’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series turns 30 with a visit by a conservative heavyweight.
• With about 2 percent of the state’s professoriate, UW-Green Bay has excelled at winning state-teacher of the year honors, taking about 12 percent of the available statewide awards.
• The musical scene of the old BlueWhale Coffeehouse is fondly remembered by a generation of alumni.
• The old Phoenix Sports Center saw its share of pickup basketball games involving current students, alumni, faculty and staff. No less an expert than the unofficial commissioner of ‘Noon Ball,’ the retired Dan Spielmann, shares memories of favorite players.
Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of the Center for History and Social Change advises campus and community to mark their calendars for two big events this fall marking both 50 years of UW-Green Bay and 30 years of the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series:
• Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Christie Theatre – Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review, a prominent conservative and author of biographies of Washington, Hamilton and others, will speak on “Lincoln and the Founders”
• Nov. 3, 2 p.m., Christie Theatre – Margaret Somers, professor of sociology and history, University of Michigan, on 20th century political economist and “economic democracy” advocate Karl Polanyi
Rachel Watson, a faculty member with the African-American Studies program at the University of Illinois, Chicago, is the featured guest lecturer Monday (April 20) as part of UW-Green Bay’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Watson will speak at 12:45 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Her topic is “The New Jim Crow? Figuring the Past in Contemporary Injustice.” All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.
Just a reminder: Nationally known political writer and journalist John Nichols will address the topic “Socialism in America” as the next installment in UW-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Nichols’ talk, free and open to the public, takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the Christie Theatre. Nichols has worked as associate editor of The Capital Times newspaper in Madison since 1993 and is a contributing writer for The Progressive and The Nation magazines. Nichols argues that while the words “socialist” and “socialism” have become widely used as smear terms in American politics, the actual application of socialist principles is rather widely accepted. Read more.
Nationally known political writer John Nichols will address the topic “Socialism in America” in the next installment of UW-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. Nichols’ talk, free and open to the public, takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in the Christie Theatre of the University Union. Nichols has worked as associate editor of The Capital Times in Madison since 1993 and is a contributing writer for The Progressive and The Nation magazines. In his UW-Green Bay talk, it is expected Nichols will discuss themes presented in his 2011 book The ‘S’ Word: A Short History of An American Tradition… Socialism. In it, he argues that while the words “socialist” and “socialism” have become widely used as smear terms in American politics, the actual application of socialist principles can be found in successful programs including Social Security and the “sewer socialism” that stressed public works projects and the common good in U.S. cities including Milwaukee. For details.
Nationally known political writer and journalist John Nichols will address the topic “Socialism in America” as the next installment in UW-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series.
Nichols’ talk, free and open to the public, takes place at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the Christie Theatre of the UW-Green Bay University Union.
Nichols has worked as associate editor of The Capital Times newspaper in Madison since 1993 and is a contributing writer for The Progressive and The Nation magazines. He is regarded as one of Wisconsin’s best-known progressive political voices. The late author Gore Vidal once said of him, “Of all the giant slayers now afoot in the great American desert, John Nichols’ sword is the sharpest.”
Nichols’ work has appeared in The New York Times and Chicago Tribune, among others. He has appeared on “Bill Moyers Now” and has been a regular contributor to MSNBC with appearance on the Ed Schulz and Chris Hayes commentary shows.
In his March 24 talk at UW-Green Bay, it is expected Nichols will discuss themes presented in his 2011 book The ‘S’ Word: A Short History of An American Tradition… Socialism. In it, he argued that while the words “socialist” and “socialism” have become widely used as smear terms in American politics, the actual application of socialist principles is rather widely accepted. Many of its concepts, Nichols writes, remain alive and well in programs including Social Security and the “sewer socialism” that stressed public works projects and the common good in U.S. cities including Milwaukee.
Nichols’ most recent book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, co-authored with media critic Robert W. McChesney, examines what they view as the way big money and special interests are challenging the DNA of American democracy. Nichols also is the author of Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street.
The lecture series is the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change. First organized in 1985, the series brings in a wide variety of historians and social scientists who speak on relevant issues. It is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.
The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission.
We had the date correct (Oct. 8) but not the day of the week. The UW-Green Bay’s Historical Perspectives Lecture Series will begin its 2014-15 season next WEDNESDAY with a 2:15 p.m. performance in the Union’s Christie Theatre of the program To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine. See more details.