Spring 2010 Events

Thursday, May 13, 2:00 pm

English Department Spring Awards Ceremony
Curtin 368

Join us to celebrate teaching and academic achievements this year and to thank our outgoing department chair, Andrew Martin.


Thursday, May 13, 4:00 pm

English 813 student reading
Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust St

Students from Kimberly Blaeser's Writing as Spiritual Quest class share their poetry and prose.


Wednesday, May 12, 2:00 pm

MALLT graduate student presentations
Curtin 321

Join MALLT for their final colloquium of the semester. Hear from three graduate students about their work: Kris Knisely, "Still a Girl's Game: Technology and Masculinity in the American Foreign Language Classroom"; Léa Cicchiello, "Celebration and Denial: The Poetry of Renée Vivien"; and Priscilla Charrat, "'The Legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller' by Flaubert: The Sources of the Legend."


Friday, May 7, 5:30 pm

Celtic Studies certificate presentation
Greene Hall

Dr. Kevin Reilly, President of the University of Wisconsin System, will present Celtic Studies certificates to those qualifying this year and give a lively and enjoyable talk titled "The Irish and the English Language."

This talk explores--and has fun with--the at once arm's length and lovingly intimate relationship between the Irish people and the English language. A foreign tongue, English has nonetheless become a plaything in the mouths of the Irish, who have wielded it with great literary, political, moral, and comic force. Why that might be so is the subject of this talk.


Wednesday, May 5, 2:00 pm

MALLT colloquium
"In Transit: Narratives by German Jews of Exile, Flight and Internment during France's Dark Years"
Curtin 321

Speaker Ruth Schwertfeger, Professor of German, will talk on on narratives written by German Jews about their experiences as refugees in France after 1933 and then as internees during the occupation of France--the Dark Years when they were stigmatized on two fronts, as Germans and as Jews. These narratives have traditionally been assigned to the field of Exile Studies, with little or no emphasis on their Jewish context. The result is that famous German Jews are barely visible in Exile Studies as Jews, and invisible as exiled Germans in the history books of the Vichy years. Their status has been "in transit." Yet all of these writers, whether famous or unknown were both Germans and Jews.

The talk will address how identity was represented by four groups that can be broadly categorized: famous writers, political dissidents, ordinary people (die kleinen Leute) and adults who later wrote about their experiences as hidden children.


Saturday, May 1, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

FYC Professional Development Conference
Curtin 368

Join us for "Emerging Compositions and Other Digressions," our 2nd annual First-Year Composition Professional Development Conference. This day-long conference features research on teaching writing from first-year teachers in our program.


Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 pm

Image and Text workshop reading
Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust St

Join us for an hour of genre-bending intermedia responses to challenges such as "sounding the body," "shadow journals" and "writing the city streets" from Lane Hall's English 414 creative writing workshop in digital narrative.


Thursday, April 22, 2:00 pm

UWM Center for Women's Studies Feminist Lecture Series
Union 280

Dr. Amina Mire examines the strategies and biotechnological innovations operating in the global marketing of anti-aging and skin-whitening products to women to discuss links between the gendered social investment in youthful appearance and the promotion of a racialized ideal of whiteness in this talk, "Pigmentation Pathology and the Biomedicalization of Aging."

Sponsored by the UWM Center for Women's Studies and the William F. Vilas Trust Fund.


Thursday, April 22, 3:30 pm

"Using Your UWM Webspace for Teaching," a technology and pedagogy workshop
Curtin 108

Join Kristi Prins and Anne Wysocki to discuss various ways you might put your PantherFile webspace to work.


Thursday, April 22, 4:00 pm

Myths, Tales or Stories?: Jeremiah Curtin's Indian and Irish Collections
Curtin (named for Milwaukee's own Jeremiah Curtin) 368

In this paper, John Eastlake addresses Curtin's fieldwork with Native Americans and in Ireland, paying particular attention to how Curtin evaluated the myths, tales, stories and other materials he collected.

Sponsored by the UWM Center for Celtic Studies.


Thursday, April 22, 7:00 pm

Student/faculty reading
Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust St

Christi Clancy, Lane Hall and Molly Magestro read from their work.


Wednesday, April 21, 8:00 pm

Sister Spit: Next Generation Tour
Bolton 150

The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang Sister Spit is making an appearance at UWM! Don't miss this multimedia literary explosion of zinesters, feminists, fashion plates, novelists, performance artists, poets and fancy scribblers.

Featuring prolific queer luminary Michelle Tea, graphic novelist and Catholic school survivor Elisha Lim, poet/playwright/performance artist Lenelle Moise, psychic memoirist Len Plass, zinester/portraitist/graphic novelist Nicole J. Georges, and PowerPoint loving shape-shifter Annie Danger!

Co-sponsored by A Broader Vocabulary Cooperative and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.


Friday, April 16, 2:00 and 3:00 pm

Center for 21st Century Studies academic publishing and progress presentations
Curtin 118

At 2:00 pm, join Merry Weisner-Hanks and John Blum from the Center for 21st Century Studies to discuss writing book proposals, submitting journal articles, working with editors, and getting funding for humanities research.

Then, at 3:00 pm, Modern Studies program dissertators Diana Belscamper (History), Daniel Brown (English), and Donte McFadden (English) present their dissertation projects on popular memory and public imagination.


Friday, April 16, 2:00 pm

First-Year Composition Workshop
Curtin 124

Julie Nelson and Anne Wysocki discuss ways the DK Handbook can support pedagogies in our first-year writing program.


Thursday, April 15, 2:00 pm

MALLT Colloquium: Putting the Zing back into Course Management Tools with Ning!
Curtin B84

Anita Alkhas and Mingyu Sun look at how the social network platform Ning has been used this semester in place of D2L in two undergraduate language courses and a graduate course, as well as how Ning has been used for a UWM-sponsored outreach organization (Southeast Wisconsin Academic Alliance in French).

They also discuss the advantages Ning offers (for example, ease of set-up, an engaging interface, greater flexibility and interactivity for instructors and students alike) as well as the capabilities that Ning does not (yet) offer.

Co-organized by LRC and MALLT.


Friday, April 9, 1:00-3:00 pm

Virginia Burke Awards Ceremony
Greene Hall

Join students, teachers, administrators, family and friends to celebrate the academic achievements of UWM students at our annual Virginia Burke Writing Contest Awards Ceremony. For the first time, students with winning essays in English 201 will join English 095, 101 and 102 students at the ceremony. Associate Dean Jeff Merrick is our featured speaker.


Friday, April 9, 3:30 pm

"Animating the Archive: Vectors and Other Experiments in Scholarly Publishing"
Curtin 175

Tara McPherson gives a lecture for the Center for 21st Century Studies co-sponsored by the English and Film departments.


Friday, April 2, 3:00 pm

First-Year Composition Workshop
Curtin 124

Jennifer Dworschack-Kinter and Kristi Prins lead a workshop on "Working with Design and Purpose in the Composition Classroom." Join us for coffee and conversation!


Thursday, April 1, 3:30 pm

"Remix Redux: Post-C's Remix Review and Discussion," a technology and pedagogy workshop
Curtin 108

Join Anne Wysocki and Kristi Prins to discuss "remix"--the theme of this year's Conference on College Composition and Communication--and how you might use remixing in your class. (It isn't necessary to attend CCCC or teach composition to join in this discussion!)


Wednesday, March 31, 2:00 pm

MALLT Colloquium
Curtin 766

Geoff Skoll, Associate Professor at Buffalo State College, presents "Modernism to Postmodernism and Its Contribution to a Culture of Fear," a talk based on a chapter in his forthcoming book, Social Theory of Fear: Terror, Torture, and Death in a Post-capitalist World.


Thursday, March 18, 2:00 pm

"National Literatures in a Global Age," a symposium
Curtin 368

Join us to hear Ihab Hassan, Emeritus Vilas Research Professor at UWM, speak on "Janglican: National Literatures in the Age of Globalization," and Nickolas Jose, Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University, speak on "Australian Exceptionalism: Literally Off the Map."


Friday, March 12, 3:30 pm

"What Is the Place of Public Scholarship?" a forum with UWM faculty and staff
Curtin 118

Cheryl Ajirotutu (Anthropology), Jasmine Alinder (History), Gregory S. Jay (English), and Kate Kramer (Center for 21st Century Studies) will address the desire to locate public scholarship within traditional scholarly practice and how the members of a public university can participate in their surrounding communities.

Co-sponsored by the UWM College of Letters & Sciences and the Cultures and Communities Program


Thursday, March 11, 12:00 and 2:00 pm

Visiting Scholars Interdisciplinary Series: The Global Modern and Women's History Month

Brownbag and lecture with Antoinette Burton, Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Chair of the Department of History at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Join us for a brown bag lunch and discussion of Burton's recent work at 12:00 pm in Curtin 939 and for her talk, "'Every Secret Thing?' Racial Politics in Ansuyah R. Singh's Behold the Earth Mourns (1960)," at 2:00 pm in Curtin 368.

Professor Burton's visit is co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Department of English, the Department of History, the Vilas Trust, and the Center for Women's Studies.



Thursday, March 11, 2:30 and 7:00 pm

UWM/Boudreaux Reading

Poet Matthea Harvey will give a talk about poetic craft at 2:30 pm in Curtin 321 and then give a reading of her work at the Hefter Center at 7:00 pm.


Wednesday, March 10, 2:00 pm

MALLT Colloquium
Curtin 839

Rescheduled

Patricia Lunn, professor emerita in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Michigan State University, presents "Catalan Literature/Literature Written in Catalan."


Thursday, March 4, 3:30 pm

"PowerPoint is Evil: Try Prezi!" a technology and pedagogy workshop
Curtin 108

Join Anne Wysocki and Kristi Prins to explore how the presentation software Prezi might be used in and out of the classroom.


Thursday, March 4, 6:00 pm

Screening of Vincent Who? and talk with author and producer Curtis Chin
Union Fireside Lounge

In 1982, Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments. For the first time, Asian Americans around the country galvanized to form a real community and movement. This documentary features interviews with the key players at the time, as well as a whole new generation of activists. Vincent Who? asks how far Asian Americans have come since then and how far we have yet to go.

This event is sponsored by the Multicultural Student Coalition and co-sponsored by the Hmong Diaspora Studies, Union Sociocultural Programming, LGBT Resource Center, Academic Affairs, Cultures and Communities Program, Center for International Education, L&S Film Studies Program, Department of English, and the Organization of Chinese Americans-Wisconsin Chapter.


Thursday, March 4, 7:00 pm

Student/faculty reading
Open Book Co-op, 4093 N Oakland Ave

Join us to hear Valerie Laken, Matt Schumacher and Joseph Rein read from their work.


Friday, February 26, 10:30 am

Business Writing Challenge Awards Ceremony
Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N Lake Dr

Please join instructors from the Business and Professional Writing Program as we honor Spring and Fall 2009 Business Writing Award competition winners. The ceremony includes a brief program, assorted beverages, and treats.

This event is co-sponsored by MLG, The Business Journal, the UWM Foundation, the English Department and Business Writing instructors.


Friday, February 26, 3:00 pm

First-Year Composition Workshop
Curtin 124

Mike MacDonald and Suchi Banerjee lead a workshop on "Working with 'Difficult' Texts in the Composition Classroom." Join us for coffee and conversation!


Friday, February 26, 3:30 pm

"Shanghai and the History of the Future," a lecture
Curtin 118

The Center for 21st Century Studies welcomes Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Professor of History at UC-Irvine.

Co-sponsored by the UWM Department of History


Thursday, February 18, 7:00 pm

Student/faculty reading
Boswell Book Company, 2559 N Downer Ave

Liam Callanan, Cherri Conley, and Ann Stewart read from their work.


Friday, February 12 - Saturday, February 13

Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

In conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies and its research theme for 2009-2011, "Figuring Place and Time," the fifth annual MIGC takes on "Obsolescence" in a plenary-style two-day conference.


Friday, February 12, 2:00 pm

Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference keynote address
Curtin 175

The Center for 21st Century Studies welcomes Matthew Coolidge, Founder/Director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Culver City, CA. He will speak on "Monuments of Disintegration."

Co-sponsored by UWM College of Letters and Science


Friday, February 12, 7:00 pm

Book release reading
Woodand Pattern, 720 E Locust St

Brenda Cárdenas reads from her new book, Boomerang.


Friday, February 5, 3:00 pm

First-Year Composition Forum
"Close Reading in Composition"
Curtin 124

Meredith Kruse, Andrew Anastasia and Lee Abbott discuss different ways they use close reading in combination with other practices, such as rhetorical analysis and critical pedagogy, in their composition classrooms.


Friday, January 29, 7:00 pm

Student/faculty reading
Boswell Book Company, 2559 N Downer Ave

Michael Dean Clark, Chris Drew, Erika Mueller, and Susan Firer read from their work.