Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject and Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort are Terry Kaldhusdal’s fifth and sixth documentary films. His previous work includes Thinking Like a Historian, for the Wisconsin State Historical Society, and America’s Kings and Queens: The Gilded Age in Middle America, winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 2010 Public Programs Award.
His brother Pete’s fight with pancreatic cancer brought Terry to focus on how we treat people who are seriously ill and his film work on end-of-life care has been described as “narrative ethics at it best” by Myra Christopher of the Center for Practical Bioethics. To date, his eight-year collaboration with Michael Bernhagen in this important genre has garnered 22 awards and an Emmy nomination.
Twenty-five years ago, Terry moved from southern California to Wisconsin where he joined his wife as a classroom teacher and later emerged as one of the nation’s leading public educators. In 2007, he was honored as the Wisconsin State Teacher of the Year; in 2011 as the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher of the Year for Wisconsin; and in 2014 as a Fellow of the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes.
Terry currently teaches social studies at Kettle Moraine Middle School in Dousman, Wisconsin.