1. How do entrepreneurs use creativity to develop new products and services? Join us as George Tzougros of the Wisconsin Arts Board moderates a passionate panel of movers and shakers in Wisconsin's thriving entrepreneurial scene:

    Tryg Jacobson, co-founder of Jake’s Cafe, a creative community and coworking space in Sheboygan: “I [thought we] might be able to develop a destination that businesses all over Wisconsin could rely on to solve problems in a collaborative, interdisciplinary fashion.” (source)
    Ben Richgruber, executive director of the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center and leader in the Confluence Project, a new $45 million performing arts center in downtown Eau Claire: “As we strive to create something new, successful, and so deeply collaborative [as the Confluence Project], everything we think we know is now on the table to be challenged and explored.” (source)
    Gregory St. Fort, executive director of 100state, a coworking community in Madison: “Wisconsin is considered one of the worst places to live if you are black but here I am, the executive director of 100state and a leader in Madison’s entrepreneur community.” (source)
    This is the third talk from the Academy-led Wisconsin Creativity Initiative. Developed by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters in partnership with the Wisconsin Arts Board, Arts Wisconsin, and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Creativity Initiative seeks to examine the elements of a creative economy that make the most sense for Wisconsin, and the ways we can harness these elements to make our communities and our state stronger. Our aim for the Wisconsin Creativity Initiative is to change the conversation about the power of creativity to improve Wisconsin’s economy, educational systems, and quality of life.

    Recorded by Wisconsin Public Television for University Place.

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  2. The American Dream is a shared dream of our own creation. The phrase implies the inclusion of all who live here and embrace the promise of a democracy that represents its diverse citizens and communities. Yet rapid, even erratic, policy changes surrounding immigration and American influence abroad are having an effect on people who share this dream across the United States. At the same time, the Seventh Generation philosophy that guides sovereign Indian nations often collides with dreams that center on short-term economic success.

    Artist Terese Agnew hosts a panel discussion with journalist and Academy Fellow Patty Loew and community organizer Jesus Salas exploring what it means to be an American today and how different perspectives on Americanism contribute to—or detract from—our shared identity. The panel opens with a short performance by Blanche Brown about Caroline Quarlls, the first person known to have escaped slavery through Wisconsin’s Underground Railroad. Quarlls and panelist Jesus Salas are both featured in the Writing in Stone exhibition, on view in the Wisconsin Academy's James Watrous Gallery.

    The presentation from the Wisconsin Academy's American Dream in Wisconsin series was recorded on November 4, 2017, by WisconsinEye.

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  3. Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, at the 2017 Wisconsin Book Festival for a reading featuring some of Wisconsin's best writers and poets. 2017 award-winning short story writers/readers are Bob Wake (Cambridge), Jeff Esterholm (Superior), and Anne Zindler (Waukesha); award-winning poets/readers are Nicholas Gulig (Ft. Atkinson), Hansa Kerman Pistotnik (Madison), and Georgia Ressmeyer (Sheboygan).

    Free and open to the public, this reading is hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, with support from Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Book Festival, and Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts. Learn more about how to submit your work to our annual fiction and poetry contests at wisconsinacademy.org/contests.

    Thanks to our contest sponsors: Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Book Festival, Shake Rag Alley Center for Arts & Crafts.

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  4. The phrase "America’s Dairyland" often brings to mind images of cows munching on green grass, a farmer heading out to chop hay, or a nice plate of artisan cheese. You might not immediately picture the people milking the cows, baling the hay, or working in the cheese plants. In this second talk in the Wisconsin Academy's American Dream in Wisconsin series Michael Bell and Sarah Lloyd will discuss the many hands behind the scenes of Wisconsin agriculture and what structures are necessary to build a fair labor system that gets our food from field to fork.

    Recorded by WisconsinEye on October 17, 2017, in the Wisconsin Studio of Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin.

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  5. Diversity has been one of Milwaukee’s hallmarks since the city’s infancy. A bewildering variety of ethnic communities have emerged there, including Native Americans and French Canadians before the dawn of urban time; Yankees, Germans, Irish, Poles, and Italians in the nineteenth century; and Latinos and African Americans in the twentieth—and that’s just the major groups. Each has played a formative role in the making of Milwaukee, but harmony has not been the dominant theme in their complex coexistence. A pecking order developed early and changed regularly in Milwaukee, usually in response to the arrival of newer groups.

    In the first talk of the Wisconsin Academy's The American Dream in Wisconsin Series, historian and Academy Fellow John Gurda explores how in Milwaukee, as in other American cities, differences became divisions—and how we can work to reconcile the promise of diversity with its abundant challenges.

    This talk was recorded on September 19, 2017, by WisconsinEye.

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