Badger Café: Beyond the Left-Right Divide

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Don’t miss your opportunity to see University of Wisconsin Professor Michael Wagner discuss the intricacies of our modern-day political divide, its coverage in the news media and the far-reaching consequences of our political participation. An associate professor in UW’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Prof. Wagner will focus on how our complex politics affect voting behavior, party identification, political participation and media use.

Prof. Wagner’s presentation and discussion, hosted by the WAA: Brown County, will be held Tuesday, March 15 at the Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place in Green Bay. Light refreshments begin at 6 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, Badger Cafe guests are invited to get a special peek behind the curtain of the Neville Museum during a private, 45-minute tour,  starting at 5:30 p.m. the night of the event.

Registration for the event can be completed online.

According to Wagner: “The United States is far more complicated than it appears in the typical “red state-blue state” coverage we see in the news media. While we tend to think of Americans being “liberal,” “moderate,” or “conservative,” American public opinion is actually organized around two primary types of issues: economic and cultural.

“Things get complicated because some people have liberal views on both types of issues, some have conservative views on both types of issues and others have views that are liberal on some issues and conservative on others.”

Guests interested in the private Neville Museum tour will be able to enter restricted space to see the film freezer/vault, where the Green Bay Press-Gazette negative collection (about 650,000 negatives and counting) is stored, examples of tin type photography from the Civil War era, a 9,000 year old mammoth tusk, H. C. Prange holiday figures, thousands of stone tools/weapons in dry storage, and items that are incoming to the Neville collection or getting ready to be put on display.  This opportunity highlights some fascinating items and provides for a non-traditional museum visit with up close and personal interaction with artifacts.