UWM College of Letters & Science

NOTICE: Some of the Letters & Science Dean’s Office staff that were located in Holton Hall have moved temporarily to the Northwest Quadrant, fifth floor. Advisors are in Holton Hall (main reception desk is in the center of the first floor hallway) and Bolton Hall (for African American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, and Southeast Asian American Student Services). The new locations for the Dean and his administrative staff can be found at http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/contact/.

The largest of UWM's schools and colleges, our curriculum spans all of the areas that are traditionally included in a liberal arts education: Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Every L&S student graduates prepared for work or graduate school with a well-rounded foundation including practical knowledge in their chosen field and lifelong skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.

Enhance your education with: undergraduate research, honors, service learning, study abroad, first-year seminars, and internships.

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Oct 30
A 2014-15 Year of the Humanities event.

A self-described trans-dyke, reluctant-polyamorist, sadomasochist, and recovering Scientologist, Kate Bornstein has been instrumental in raising transgender visibility.

She is a role model for a generation of people that is learning how to define its gender and sexuality, and survive in a world that frequently greets them with hate and hostility.

Kate Bornstein will share her story through a [fantastic!!] one woman show titled "Men, Women, and the Rest of Us." This evening with Kate Bornstein will have you questioning the world around you, wondering about your own identity, and thinking about how gender and gender dynamics dominate the world.

In the UWM Union, Fireside Lounge.

Seating for this event is first-come, first-served. The event is FREE, and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For more information, email Emily at peerout@uwm.eduTogether.

Co-sponsored by the College of Letters & Science; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender Studies certificate program; the Center for 21st Century Studies; the Sam and Helen Center for Jewish Studies; and the UWM Student Association.


Oct 31
A 2014-15 Year of the Humanities event.

The Feminist Theory Research Workshop aims to bring together feminist scholars from across disciplines to read and discuss recent works in feminist theory and to cultivate members' research programs as these relate to feminist theory.

Discussion will focus on Silvia Federici's "Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction and Feminist Struggle"

In Curtin Hall, Room 929


Oct 31
Hongbo Ma, School of Public Health, UW-Milwaukee, presents "Environmental health implications of engineered nanomaterials: What have we learned from ZnO and TiO2?" in Lapham Hall N101.

Coffee and cookies served outside the lecture hall from 3:30 to 4:00pm.

Sponsored by the UWM Department of Biological Sciences.


Oct 31
A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 Event.

Join the Center's faculty, staff and students for a Celtic gathering with refreshments, spirits of all kinds, scary stories, dance, ceol and craic! Ceol provided by Blackthorn Folly. Talk by John Gleeson.

Sponsored by the UWM Center for Celtic Studies.


Oct 31
A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 Event.

Please join us for a fun (and haunting) night of poetry and prose. Our fantastic reading lineup includes Professor Liam Callanan and graduate students Caitlin Scarano, Kate Carsella, and Siwar Masannat.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Nov 2
Dr. Michael Danti from Boston University presents in Sabin Hall, Room G90.

The Rowanduz Archaeological Program (RAP) seeks to revitalize archaeology in Iraqi Kurdistan through the implementation of a long-term, integrative program of multidisciplinary archaeological research projects and cultural heritage management initiatives. The area represents one of the most compelling and unknown corners of the Near East — over a century of warfare and political strife have prevented most archaeological research. In 2013, the Department of Antiquities of the Kurdistan Regional Government granted RAP a five-year permit to conduct archaeological surveys and excavations in the Soran District of northeastern Erbil Province. The surrounding mountain ranges of the western Zagros have been renowned for millennia for their scenic wonders and strategically prized as a natural stronghold for controlling mountain routes. Previously scholars knew little about this region in antiquity save for its hidden potential gleaned from historical sources, travelers’ accounts, or the occasional archaeological reconnaissance.

Archaeological reconnaissance and excavations have revealed evidence for human occupation over the longue durée with clear evidence of the region’s prosperity in the later Bronze and early Iron Age. RAP promises to shed much new light on this Zagrosian buffer state, whatever its ancient name(s), as well as its vacillating relations vis-à-vis its hegemonic neighbors Assyria and Urartu and their complex and shifting networks of vassals and allies.

Dr. Michael Danti is Assistant Professor with the Department of Archaeology at Boston University, and Consulting Scholar with the University of Pennsylvania Museum. He holds his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D.) and Purdue University, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His areas of specialization are Near Eastern archaeology, Mesopotamia, Iran, cultural heritage management, museum studies, archaeological method and theory, and complex societies. He is currently Director of Excavations at Tell es-Sweyhat (Syria), Rowanduz (Iraqi Kurdistan), Mosul (Iraq), and Director of the Hasanlu (Iraq) Publication Project. Professor Danti's current publication projects in preparation include Hasanlu Excavation Reports IV (with M. Cifarelli, University of Pennsylvania Musem), Hasanlu V: The Late Bronze and Iron I Periods and "Searching for Musasir: The Rowanduz Archaeological Program" in New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology in the Near East (The Oriental Institute).

This lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Milwaukee Society It is free and open to the public and followed by free refreshments.


Nov 4
A 2014-15 Year of the Humanities event.

Jan Vansina, now emeritus, held the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professorship and the Vilas Professorship in History and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. This guest lecture marks the occasion of the publication of Jan Vansina’s new memoir: "Through the Day, Through the Night: A Flemish Belgian Boyhood and World War II".

His many books include Living with Africa, Oral Tradition as History, Being Colonized, Antecedents to Modern Rwanda, Kingdoms of the Savanna, The Children of Woot, and Paths in the Rainforests, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

Sponsored by the Departments of History and Africology; the UWM Libraries; and the University of Wisconsin Press.

Free and open to the public in the 4th Floor Conference Center of the Library.


Nov 5
A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 event.

One in a series of creative writing workshops that use the late Dr. Maya Angelou’s body of work and life story as a springboard for discussion and inspiration to create original work of any written form.

Participants will be invited to perform at Lyrical Sanctuary presents In Memoriam: Maya Angelou on December 10 from 8-10pm in the UWM Union Fireside Lounge. Participants will also be invited to share in the creation of an altar honoring Maya Angelou as part of the annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit in the UWM Union Concourse on November 3-5.

Hosted by: Franklin Kline.

This event is free and open to the public in the Inclusive Excellence Center (Student Union, Room 198)

Nov 5
A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 event.

Thomas Malaby from the Department of Anthropology presents in the Digital Humanities Lab located in the Golda Meir Library.

Free and open to the public.


Nov 5
A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 Event.

Drago Momcilovic, Comparative Literature, UW-Milwaukee, presents "Anthems of the Disempowered: Anglo-European Music and Chilean Cultural Memory after Pinochet."

This talk is an exploration of the aesthetic and political implications of the transmission of iconic musical texts and scenes from the Anglo-American world to the repressive world of armed violence and "quotidian traumas" suffered under General Pinochet. Two artistic illustrations will be used: Pablo Larrain's 2008 film "Tony Manero" and Ariel Dorfman's 1991 play "La muerte y la doncella."

Free and open to the public at the UWM Libraries' American Geographical Library (3rd floor).

Sponsored by UWM's Latin America, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies Program and the Masters in Language, Literature and Translation Program.


Nov 6
A 2014-15 Year of the Humanities event.

This exhibition showcases extraordinary examples of two and three dimensional folk art from the UWM Art Collection created in an array of media. The exhibition artwork highlights the fusion of traditional practices and innovative creativity by 20th century nonacademic artists.

Opening Reception Gallery Talk by Katherine Murrell begins at 5:30 PM.

This exhibition runs until December 18th during normal gallery hours (Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm). It is free and open to the public.

The Art History Gallery is located in Mitchell Hall (3203 N. Downer), Room 154.

Generously sponsored by the Friends of Art History.


Nov 7
A 2014-15 Year of the Humanities event.

A panel of Humanities Graduates now working in the local Milwaukee area will talk about their education and career path and provide advice on how to find a job after graduation. Come to the Library 4th Floor Conference Center and learn more!

Panelists include: Bree Spencer, Community Programs Director at Safe and Sound Matthew Pinix, JD, Attorney, Law Office of Matthew S. Pinix Diana Cherone, On-site medical and legal interpreter for SWITs, Ltd. Fred Jandt, Project Manager at Beacon Technologies Inc. Matthew Richter, JD, Compliance Manager, UWM

Register at: http://www4.uwm.edu/gradsch/detail/?eventid=51136

Nov 7
Renee Walker, Community & Behavioral Health Promotion, Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, presents "Disparities in neighborhood access to food and the implications for health outcomes."

In the American Geographical Society Library of UWM's Golda Meir Library.

Sponsored by the UWM Department of Geography.


Nov 7
A Year of the Humanities 2014-15 event.

Caroline Seymour Jorn, Department of Comparative Literature, presents in Sabin Hall, Room G90.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.


Nov 7
Do you know why out of 88 constellations, only 12 make up the zodiac? Do you know what the names are for the 12? Learn several of the beautiful myths that go along with the zodiac constellations. In addition, guests will get to see many state-of-the-art images of cool astronomical objects to be found in these constellations

The show, as always, includes an indoor stargazing portion to look at familiar patterns such as the Big Dipper, Orion, and Pegasus as they appear in both a city and country setting. Guests will be able to ask questions at the end of the program.

$3 admissions.

Every Friday night through December 12th.

For directions to the UWM Planetarium, see http://www4.uwm.edu/planetarium/shows/fridayshow/current-friday-night-show.cfm

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