UW-Whitewater: Public lectures explore Wisconsin’s unique heritage

Beer, brats, and cheese are often at the forefront of discussions involving Wisconsin’s heritage. What about the business, cultural, environmental and historical contributions Wisconsin has made?

These subjects and more will be discussed this fall in the Fairhaven Lecture Series, “Wisconsin: A Heritage to be Proud Of,” sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

“It’s a way to bring in shared knowledge and education to others in a very fun way,” said Sally Vogl-Bauer, professor of communication and coordinator of this semester’s lecture series. “These lecturers are people who are phenomenal in understanding the role that Wisconsin has played.”

While a few topics are easily associated with Wisconsin, other speakers will reveal some of the state’s lesser-known, but unique, contributions to society.

Lectures begin Monday, Sept. 26, with a look at Wisconsin’s dairy industry and continue for nine weeks exploring the state’s environmental heritage, its meat and wine and even its self-taught artists.

Among the lectures are “The Milton House and the Underground Railroad” and “A Walk Around Geneva Lake 1870-1912.”

All lectures are free and open to the public. They are held on Mondays at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Retirement Community, 435 West Starin Road, Whitewater. Street parking is adjacent to the building. Lectures also are available as podcasts.

The lecture series is a community outreach program offered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education that allows experts to share their knowledge with the public.

Next year, the Spring 2012 Fairhaven Lecture Series theme will be “BRIC: Taking a Closer Look at the Changing World Order.”

This series will examine the emergence of Brazil, Russia, India and China and how their rise to power may transform global trade and world power relations.

To learn more about the Fairhaven Lecture Series visit http://www.uww.edu/conteduc/fairhaven/ .

Fall 2011 Fairhaven Lecture Series

Sept. 26, Corey Geiger, senior associate editor, Hoard’s Dairyman, Fort Atkinson; “The Wisconsin Dairy Industry: A Strong Past and Bright Future.”

Oct. 3, Eric Compas, assistant professor, GIS Center director, Department of Geography and Geology, UW-Whitewater; “Muir, Leopold, and Nelson: Tracing Wisconsin’s Environmental Legacy into the 21st Century.”

Oct. 10, Janell Gray, special programs coordinator, Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters, Watertown; “Behind the Beans.”

Oct. 17, Martin Perkins, curator of research, Old World Wisconsin, Eagle; “Preserving Southeast Wisconsin’s Architectural Past at Old World Wisconsin.”

Oct. 24, Jeff Sindelar, assistant professor, Extension meat specialist, UW-Madison, UW Meat Laboratory; “A History and Overview of the Wisconsin Meat Industry.”

Oct. 31, Cori Olson, executive director, Milton Historical Society/Milton House Museum, Milton; “The Milton House and the Underground Railroad.”

Nov. 7, Helen Brandt, curator, Geneva Lake Museum, Lake Geneva; “A Walk Around Geneva Lake 1870-1912.”

Nov. 14, Jeff Hamilton, president, Sprecher Brewery, Glendale; “Celebrating Wisconsin’s Small Breweries.”

Nov. 21, Robert Mertens, associate dean, College of Arts and Communication, UW-Whitewater; “Handmade Myths and Homemade Monuments: Visionary Environments of Wisconsin Self-Taught Artists.”

Nov. 28, Gail and John Nordlof, owners, Northleaf Winery, Milton; “A Colorful Chronicle of Wisconsin Wine.”