Winchester Academy – Nothing Like It In the World: The Epic Saga of the Transcontinental Railroad

Nothing Like It In the World: The Epic Saga of the Transcontinental Railroad
Dr. Brett Barker
April 24 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Dr. Brett Barker, Associate Professor of History, UW-Marathon County, returns to Winchester Academy with his latest research topic. The building of the first transcontinental railroad, linking the Pacific coast with the Midwest, remains one of the greatest examples of engineering skill and human perseverance. In this presentation, Prof. Barker will explore the design and conception of the railroad, its shaky beginnings during the Civil War, the 5-year struggle to complete it, and the human dimension of this great drama. Mary Ellen Boario sponsored this program.

Winchester Academy: Angels of the Underground

Angels of the Underground: The American Women Who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II
Theresa Kaminski
March 6 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Theresa Kaminski, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, highlights the activities of Margaret Utinsky and her `Miss U` network that provided supplies and information to the American POWs in the Philippines as well as to the guerrilla forces. Working with Utinsky was Claire Phillips, a glamorous singer who used her nightclub, the Club Tsubaki, to gather intelligence from its Japanese customers and serve as a clearinghouse for prisoner relief efforts. It is a true-life tangled tale of wartime intrigue. Pat and Mary Phair sponsored this program.

To Mediate or Not to Mediate: That is the Question

NATALIE C. FLEURY
October 10 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library

Natlie Fleury is the Program Coordinator for Dispute Resolution, Adjunct Professor at Marquette School of Law. Fleury covers basic theory regarding the most common methods used to resolve legal disputes and examines recent research detailing how parties choose which dispute resolution mechanism to use.

Searching for Life Beyond Earth: What does the Future Hold?

Searching for Life Beyond Earth: What does the Future Hold?

MARGARET TURNBULL
October 3 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library

Investigator for the SETI Institute`s Carl Sagan Center for the Study of life in the Universe. Dr. Turnbull, astrobiologist, describes the fast-changing landscape of the search for life on other worlds, gives a brief overview of the ways we can carry out this search and where we stand currently in our knowledge.

Sturgeon: An Ancient Fish in Wisconsin Waters

Ron Bruch is a Fisheries Biologist and Director Wisconsin DNR Fisheries (Ret.) A Wisconsin native with a 38-year DNR career as a fisheries biologist, Dr. Bruch is well known for nurturing Winnebago System`s lake sturgeon into the world`s largest population, enabling a unique winter spearing season.

Winchester Academy: Alcohol, Behavior, and the Brain

Alcohol, Behavior, and the Brain
BRUCE HETZLER
June 20 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library
Bruce Hetzler is a Professor of Psychology at Lawrence University. The effects of alcohol on brainwaves and behavior form the context of Dr. Hetzler`s presentation; also including metabolism, tolerance, social effects of alcohol, effects on memory, hangovers, and effects on brain neurotransmitters.