Fall 2011 Events

Monday, December 19

CFP Deadline: The Nonhuman Turn

A conference sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

This conference takes up the "nonhuman turn" that has been emerging in the arts, humanities, and social sciences over the past few decades. Intensifying in the 21st century, this nonhuman turn can be traced to a variety of different intellectual and theoretical developments from the last decades of the 20th century: actor-network theory, affect theory, and new media theory to name a few. Such varied analytical and theoretical formations obviously diverge and disagree in many of their aims, objects, and methodologies. But they are all of a piece in taking up aspects of the nonhuman as critical to the future of 21st century studies in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The conference is meant to address the future of 21st century studies by exploring how the nonhuman turn might provide a way forward for the arts, humanities, and social sciences in light of the difficult challenges of the 21st century.

Please send abstracts of up to 400 words by Monday, December 19, 2011, to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies c21@uwm.edu. Acceptances will be sent by Monday, January 23, 2012.

More info here.


Thursday, December 15

English 101/102 final portfolio reading day
Curtin 368

English 101 and 102 instructors, please stop by Curtin 368 to fuel up with coffee and breakfast. Be ready in your assigned reading group room to begin reading at 9 AM.


Friday, December 9

The Second Global Studies Fellows Colloquium: Global Networks
11am-1pm, Garland 104

The Center for International Education welcomes its second cohort of Global Studies Fellows for the 2011/12 academic year. On Friday, December 9, Erica Bornstein, Elena Gorfinkel, and Tami Williams will give presentations followed by moderated questions and an open discussion. If you would like to join us for the colloquium, which will include a light lunch (in Garland 104), please RSVP to Eric Herhuth at eherhuth@uwm.edu.

Erica Bornstein, Associate Professor of Anthropology
Project Title: Global Philanthropic Networks

Elena Gorfinkel, Assistant Professor of Art History and Film Studies
Project Title: Global Art Networks: The Case of "Slow" Cinema

Tami Williams, Assistant Professor of Film Studies and English
Project title: 1920s French Impressionist Film and the Making of a Global Cinema Network


Wednesday, December 7

Opening of "The Museum at Red Earth" by Kim Blaeser

Kim Blaeser's new play, "The Museum at Red Earth" opens for a two-night run at the Menominee Casino Resort. Tickets are available through the Casino ticket office, 715 799-3600, ext. 4024. For more information, see the College of Menominee Nation home page. Kim is also featured in the new Verse Wisconsin alongside another poet with UWM in his DNA, Jeff Poniewaz, and reviews of Rebecca Dunham's latest book.


Monday, December 5

UWM-Marquette University First-Year English Graduate Student Conference
5:00-7:00pm, Marquette University's Raynor Library

Monday is the 18th annual UWM-Marquette University First-Year English Graduate Student Conference, Those Who Can, Teach: Theory and Practice in Composition. We alternate hosting the conference with Marquette. This year Marquette is the host. Alice Gillam founded the conference, and she will be recognized for her part in creating a space for collaborating, recognizing, and sharing research into the theory and practice of teaching first-year composition. New GTAS Derek Barnett, Chase Erwin, Michael Sanders, Heejoung Shin, Peter Brooks, Ingrid Nordstrom, Kristin Ravel, Brittany Cavallaro, Lindsay Daigle, and Thomas Vollman will be presenting. For conference location and other info, email Sandy Brusin: sandyb@uwm.edu.


Sunday, December 4

Chad Faries Nonfiction Reading
7-10 pm, The Nut Factory (Greg Klassen's studio) 3720 N. Fratney (between Keefe and Vienna) 3rd floor, studio A, Milwaukee

Chad Faries reads from his memoir, Drive Me Out of My Mind, recently released from Emergency Press. Chad received his PhD from UWM's CW program several years back. He's up from Savannah to do a reading at a pretty cool venue. Chad's work is very personal and incredibly moving. Hope some of you can join on Sun Dec. 4th.

More info at chadfaries.com


Friday, December 2

English 101 End-of-Term Meeting
3-5 pm, Curtin 368

English 101 instructors, the end-of-term meeting is on Friday, December 2, from 3-5 pm


Daniel Kleinman on "Uneven Commercialization: Contradiction and Conflict in the Identity and Practices of American Universities"
3:30pm in Curtin 118
A lecture sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

How and to what extent is higher education in the United States becoming commercialized? Daniel Kleinman argues that widespread claims about the commercialization of higher education are overbroad. For example, although much scholarship on the topic is based on limited data, it still makes arguments about a growing, steamroller-like process of commercialization. And although the scholarship is typically synchronic, it makes assertions about change over time. Moreover, authors' contentions often prove to be anecdotal, rather than systematic or systemic.

Kleinman uses a mixture of close and distant readings of academic leadership publications to paint a picture of the commercialization of U.S. higher education as a complicated, uneven, contradictory, and multifaceted process. He focuses on two measures of commercialization -- the treatment of students as consumers and the use of strategic planning by academic administrators -- and suggests that the extent to which commercial identities and practices are viewed as legitimate varies across time, by institutional type, and by an actor's social position.

Also: Brown bag lunch with Daniel Kleinman
Friday, December 2 at noon Curtin 939
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December 1 through December 4

Nordic Film Festival
All screenings/discussions are held in the Union Theatre, located on the second floor in the Student Union, unless otherwise noted.

The second festival celebrating Nordic culture includes films from all the Nordic countries -- Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Greenland. All films will be shown in the original language with English subtitles. The program is presented by the Scandinavian Studies Program at UWM and made possible with support from the Nordic Council of Ministers, The Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad, The Union Theater, The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the UWM Film Studies Program and the Center for International Education. All films are shown in the original language with subtitles. Screenings are held at the Union Theatre, located on the second floor in the Student Union and are free and open to the public.

For more information: uwm.nordicfilm@gmail.com, (414) 229-4547

See the complete schedule.


Thursday, December 1

Hope's Voice: Does HIV Look Like Me?
7pm in Union Wisconsin Room (2nd floor)
An event sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming, LGBT Resource Center, Women's Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, and the Peer Health Advocates

Imagine finding out that you are not only pregnant but that you are also HIV positive? Janine Brignola discusses her life with HIV, how she has dealt with the diagnoses throughout a pregnancy and the joy of being able to raise a healthy child. Hope's Voiceis a national HIV and AIDS organization committed to promoting the education and prevention of HIV and AIDS to young adults. Hope's Voice uses open dialogue and peer-to-peer education, through both speaker appearances of young adults living with HIV and AIDS and progressive programs to send this crucial message: HIV and AIDS does not discriminate.


Tuesday, November 29

Research Alert Services
4:00 - 5:00pm, Meet in Library Room A
For graduate students

Presenter: Linda Kopecky, Head, Research & Instructional Support Department

The UWM Libraries provide researchers free access to electronic tools to monitor the journals and databases of each academic discipline. Learn how to set up alerts to be notified via e-mail when new articles or books are published in your research area. Recommended for those involved in a long-term research project or a current literature review. Information and registration


Friday, November 18

Global Studies Fellows Colloquium: Global Networks
11am-1pm in Garland 104

The Center for International Education welcomes its second cohort of Global Studies Fellows for the 2011/12 academic year. The Fellows will present their latest research at two colloquia on Friday, November 18 and Friday, December 9. The first will feature presentations by Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Ingrid Jordt, and Lisa Silverman followed by moderated questions and an open discussion. If you would like to join us for the colloquium, which will include a light lunch (in Garland 104), please RSVP to Eric Herhuth at eherhuth@uwm.edu by Friday, November 11.

Natasha Borges Sugiyama, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Project Title: The Diffusion of Cash Transfer Programs in the Developing World

Ingrid Jordt, Associate Professor of Anthropology: The Power of People-to-People Networks in Disaster Relief
Project Title: A Case Study from Military-Ruled Burma

Lisa Silverman, Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies
Project Title: The Rhetoric of Restitution: Compensation and Loss in the Aftermath of the Holocaust


Composition forum
2:00-3:30pm in Curtin 124

It's the last Forum in our fall semester series. John Mulvihill and Craig Medvecky will facilitate our reflection on this topic: "Tensions in Freshman Writing Pedagogy." Please plan to attend and share in the comaraderie. We are so fortunate to have a remarkable community of caring, professional teachers.


Elena Mihas on "Subordination Strategies in Asheninka Perene (Arawak)"
3:00-4:00pm in Curtin 175
Part of the UWM Linguistics Colloquium Series

This study, based on the 2009-2011 fieldwork in Central-Eastern Peru, reports on clause linking strategies in the Southern Arawak language Asheninka Perene. Analyzed within the functional framework which treats subordination as a gradable multifaceted phenomenon, three subordination strategies are discussed: verb nominalization, verb serialization, and juxtaposition of the finite structures with a (bound) dependency marker.


Thomas Dale on "Romanesque Sculpture, the Body, the Senses, and Religious Experience"
3:30pm in Curtin 118
A lecture sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

The re-emergence of architectural sculpture in Europe during the eleventh and twelfth centuries is often considered to be a hallmark of the period style known as the Romanesque with its ties to an ancient Roman past. In this overview of his current book project, Thomas Dale explores, by contrast, how the intrinsically palpable and spatial medium of sculpture, as well as its form and content, appealed to the intensely somatic theology and religious practice of the time. He further considers how sculpture was designed to stimulate the senses as part of daily religious experience. Read more


Wednesday, November 16

Net-WORKING Towards Credibility and Career Success
4:00 - 7:30pm in Mitchell 195
Sponsored by the Graduate School

Presenter: Thomas Bachhuber, Ed.D. Consultant, Career Development/Employment

The importance of networking is indisputable, but myths, misinformation and poor preparation often block success. This workshop for graduate students will address key elements of first impression, research, good questions, the "elevator speech," using social media, and informational interviewing. Information and registration


Friday, November 11

Roundtable Discussion: Using D2L in the English Department
3:30-5pm in Curtin 108

Join us for our first Technology & Pedagogy workshop of the semester, from 3:30-5pm in CRT 108. If you've ever been curious about Desire2Learn (a.k.a. D2L, the university's course management system), or if you've ever wondered how other English instructors use D2L for different courses and levels, then this is the event for you. We'll hear briefly from a great line-up of instructors who teach a range of classes in a range of settings (online, hybrid, and f2f) and who all have ideas to share. Then, the discussion will open up to everyone. It promises to be an informal and productive afternoon." Roundtable participants include Dylan Barth, Paige Conley, Rebecca Dunham, Laretta Henderson, Adam Pacton, Kristi Prins, Kris Terwelp, and Diane Unterweger.

If you miss this workshop, please check back at http://techped.wordpress.com/ for an archive of best practices, tips, and tricks garnered from the discussion.


Thursday, November 10

An Evening with Poet Luis Rodriguez
7pm in the Union Ballroom

Through education and the power of words Luis Rodriguez saw his way out of poverty and despair in the barrio of East LA, successfully breaking free from the years of violence and desperation he spent as an active gang member. Achieving success as an award-winning poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more -- until his 15-year-old son joined a gang. Rodriguez responded by telling his own story in the bestseller Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A. For almost 40 years, Luis has done urban peace and gang intervention work, and in October 2011, has published a new book, It Calls You Back: An Odyssey of Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing, which describes the challenges of his life as a writer, activist, husband, and father and the difficulties of leaving his criminal past completely behind.

For more information, contact Linda Corbin-Pardee, Union Programming, 414-229-3111. Sponsored by Union Programming, Union Sociocultural Programming, the Roberto Hernandez Center, the Creative Writing Program and the Department of Africology.


Wednesday, November 9

Supporting Student Veterans in the Classroom
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Union Room 240

The Veterans Advisory Council invites the campus community to a professional development event that is designed to inform faculty, students, and staff on best practices in working with veteran students on UWM's campus and provide insight of the nuances inherent in military culture. The presenter will be Dr. Carol Hartlein-Sells, a current UWM faculty member in the department of Occupational Therapy, who has just returned from a two year stint in the army. She will share her own personal narrative of her journey in academia as a U.S. military service member re-integrating back into life in the academy, and speak to best practices in working with veteran students. Please join us in our continued effort of fostering a Veteran friendly campus community during this Veteran's week event. Refreshments will be provided.

Registration required - click here.


Monday, November 7

Charlotte Frost Work-in-Progress Discussion
1pm in CRT 939

the Center for 21st Century Studies' Works in Progress series continues with Charlotte Frost (PhD, Art History, Birkbeck College, University of London), one of C21's two Provost Fellows, who "will talk about the ways the production of art historical knowledge is shifting from book to digital formats. She will also talk about her work in the founding of an experimental art history book series that utilizes a hybrid print/digital format."


Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4

Conference on Critical Refugee Studies
Student Union Ballroom - 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

Displacement of populations affects the uprooted as well as communities that receive them. Recognized by international proxy after World War II, the identity category of refugee has a history as long as the incidence of warfare and other crises that result in displacement. This conference uses the 20th century invention of the category of refugee as a means to compare the experiences of displaced persons across time and space. We invite papers that chronicle and reflect on the experiences and representations of refugee populations.

Invited speakers include Mutsuo Ikuhara (International Medical Corps), Michael Rios (Associate Professor, Urban Design and Community Planning, University of California-Davis), Romola Sanyal (Lecturer, Global Urbanism, Newcastle University), Ghita Schwarz (New York Legal Aid, specializing in Immigrants' Rights), and Shirley Tang (Department of American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston).

Read more and view the program schedule.


Wednesday, November 2

Richard Rogers on "The End of the Virtual: Digital Methods"
1:30 pm, 4th Floor Conference Center, Golda Meir Library
A lecture hosted by the Center for 21st Century Studies, UWM School of Information Studies (SOIS), and Digital Future initiative

There is an ontological distinction between the natively digital and the digitized, that is, the objects, content, devices and environments that are "born" in the new medium, as opposed to those that have "migrated" to it. Should the current methods of study change, however slightly or wholesale, given the focus on objects and content of the medium? The research program that Rogers puts forward thereby engages with "virtual methods" that import standard methods from the social sciences and the humanities. That is, the distinction between the natively digital and the digitized also could apply to current research methods. What kind of Internet research may be performed with methods that have been digitized (such as online surveys and directories) vis-a-vis those that are natively digital (such as recommendation systems and folksonomy)?

Second, Rogers proposes that Internet research may be put to new uses, given an emphasis on natively digital methods as opposed to the digitized. He will strive to shift the attention from the opportunities afforded by transforming ink into bits, and instead inquire into how research with the Internet may move beyond the study of online culture only. How to capture and analyze hyperlinks, tags, search engine results, archived websites, and other digital objects? How may one learn from how online devices (e.g., engines and recommendation systems) make use of the objects, and how may such uses be repurposed for social and cultural research? Ultimately, Rogers proposes a research practice that grounds claims about cultural change and societal conditions in online dynamics, introducing the term "online groundedness." His overall aim is to rework method for Internet research, developing a novel strand of study, digital methods.

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Thursday, October 27 through Saturday October 29

PSOA Unruly Music Festival
All concerts start at 7:30pm in the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Vogel Hall, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Unruly Music explores contemporary trends in chamber music, improvisation, electronic sound, and multimedia, spanning a wide variety of genres and styles. Directed by composer Christopher Burns, Unruly Music is a co-production of the Peck School of the Arts at UWM and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are available from the Marcus Center box office (414) 273-7206 and Peck School of the Arts box office (414) 229-4308

$12 general / $10 seniors & UWM faculty, staff & alumni / $8 students


Tuesday, October 25

Book Artist Fred Hagstrom Lecture
7pm, Special Collections, located on the 4th Floor of the UWM Golda Meir Library

Fred Hagstrom, book artist, printmaker, and art professor at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, will present the 2011 Ettinger Book Artist Lecture. Hagstrom, whose work focuses primarily on social, political, and literary issues, will discuss his use of the book form as an art medium. He is the recipient of three Blandin Fellowship grants, a McKnight Foundation Fellowship, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. His work is featured prominently in an exhibition this fall entitled "Illuminating the Issue: Artists Books as Social/Political Critique" in the 4th Floor Exhibition Gallery, Golda Meir Library, adjacent to Special Collections, Oct.10 - Dec. 31, 2011. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information or special needs, call 414-229-4345.

Image: "One of Many" - Intaglio - 70 x 47.5 cms


Monday, October 24

Rebecca Dunham Discusses "Black Horizon: A Documentary in Verse"
1pm, Curtin 939

Rebecca Dunham will talk about her Center for 21st Century Studies fellowship project, a " book-length poetic sequence, "Black Horizon: A Documentary in Verse," in which she explores the intersection of global environmental events, specifically the BP oil spill, and poetry as a documentary form." This is part of the C21 Works-in-Progress (WIP) Series.


Sunday, October 23

Jeffrey Eugenides Reading
12pm, Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave.

The acclaimed author of The Virgin Suicides and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Middlesex will read from his new novel, The Marriage Plot. Madeleine Hanna is an English major in the 80's at a renowned university. Her senior thesis is about the Victorian "marriage plot" of the great English novels. Unfortunately, or fortunately, for her thesis and her life, Madeleine discovers semiotics -- the great literary theories rooted in philosophy of language. As she deconstructs everything she thought she knew about literature (and life), she falls in tumultuous love with Leonard, a ravishingly attractive and intelligent fellow student. Meanwhile, her best friend Mitchell is embarking upon a globetrotting journey of theological and spiritual exploration, all while convinced he is Madeleine's soulmate. Circling through the perspectives of each point in this triangle, we at once are connected to each one as though it was ourselves or a loved one whose story we are witnessing. With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides asks the questions: "Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?"


Friday, October 21

Jane Taylor: "PERFORM / REFORM"
3:30pm Curtin 118
A lecture sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

As part of her ongoing enquiry into the history and theory of the performance of the self, Jane Taylor (Centre for Humanities Research, University of Western Cape, South Africa) looks to understand the ways in which a sustainable "Self" is staged to manage the contradictions arising out of historical crisis and epistemic rupture. She is particularly interested in the figure of "Conversion" as a rhetorical trope that allows for continuity across a radical break. Taylor uses the testimonies from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to explore the staging of personhood that emerged as individuals sought to dissociate themselves from the Apartheid regime within which they had functioned. She also looks back across Western art historical and literary traditions to locate figures of conversion who manage the crises of selfhood that arise during the violent and traumatic decades of the Reformation.

Also: Brown bag lunch with Jane Taylor, Friday, October 21, 12 noon in Curtin 939

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Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World (a book discussion)
7-8:30pm, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

What is Earth to American people of color? Alison Deming and Lauret Savoy have compiled a collection of answers to that question in The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (Milkweed Editions, 2011). The provocative essays in their book exist at the intersection of cultural identity and ecological awareness, featuring work from more than thirty contributors of widely diverse backgrounds. The Aldo Leopold Foundation will co-sponsor a discussion panel with contributors from The Colors of Nature, including editor Lauret Savoy, publisher Patrick Thomas, and authors Kimberly Blaeser, Debra Kang Dean, and Maria Melendez. Join us for a lively evening as we investigate relationships between culture, place, and identity that historically have been overlooked in traditional environmental writing.

This event is part of the Wisconsin Book Festival.


101 Midterm Meeting
3-5 pm, Curtin 368

101 instructors, please take some time this week to read the student writing, to collect your thoughts about your students' work so far this semester, and to marshall your ideas about where you'd like your students' writing to go from here -- and how you plan to help them get there.


Thursday, October 20 through Saturday, October 22

26th Linguistics Symposium
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - Union

"Language Death, Endangerment, Documentation, and Revitalization" will be held in the Union and is free for the UWM community.

In a globalized world where hundreds of languages are expected to become extinct in the 21st century, it is highly relevant to analyze the viability and continuity of threatened languages. The purpose of the 26th Linguistics Symposium is to discuss this impending loss to humankind from a multidisciplinary perspective. Keynote speakers are Daryl Baldwin (Myaamia Project, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio), Daniel L. Everett (Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley University), Carol Genetti (Linguistics, UCSB), Lenore Grenoble (Linguistics, University of Chicago), K. David Harrison (Linguistics, Swarthmore College, and National Geographic Society), Iren Hartmann and Cecil Garvin (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany), Marianne Mithun (Linguistics, UCSB), and Sarah Thomason (Linguistics, University of Michigan). Read more.


Thursday, October 20

United We Read: October Student/Faculty Reading
Von Trier, 2235 N. Farwell Ave., 8:00-9:00pm

Mark your calendars! October's student/faculty reading happens Thursday, October 20 at 8pm at Von Trier Tavern on the East Side. October's reading will feature the work of Ellen Caswell, Craig Medvecky, Chris Drew and Valerie Laken. Please come and support your colleagues as they read their fiction and poetry! If you don't know Von Trier, it's at 2235 N. Farwell Ave. (corner of North and Farwell) and they make a mean Irish coffee. We'll be hosting our reading in their very interesting back room. A Milwaukee must see.


Wednesday, October 19

Maria Melendez Reading
Milwaukee Public Library Villard Square Branch, 7:00pm

Poet Maria Melendez reads at the Milwaukee Public Library Villard Square Branch, 5190 N. 35 St., Milwaukee, WI. Presenting this event is our colleague and Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cardenas. Melendez is author of two collections of poetry from University of Arizona Press: How Long She'll Last in This World (2006), and Flexible Bones (2010). She has been a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Poetry, a two-time Honorable Mention recipient for the International Latino Book Awards, and a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her essays appear in Ms. Magazine , Sojourns and elsewhere, and her poetry and essays are widely anthologized, most recently in Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World. NPR's American Democracy Project broadcast several of her essays on arts and activism, and she currently edits Pilgrimage, a literary magazine emphasizing the themes of spirit, witness and place.

Refreshments and conversation follow!


Friday, October 14 through Sunday, October 16

Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Conference
Hilton Milwaukee City Center

On Friday, the 2011 Midwest Popular Culture Association and Midwest American Culture Association Conference comes to town at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Among the presenters on tap are some of our very own graduate students, including Shawna Lipton, Katherine Morrissey, Elisa Neckar, Adam Ochonicky, Melissa Olson, Nicole Rosario and Andrew Smart. See the program for more details.


Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival
Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Avenue Fort Atkinson, WI

The Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival will feature the Nature of Wisconsin Poetry Panel, Sat., Oct. 15, 10:30-12:30 -- B.J. Best, Brenda Cardenas, Cathryn Cofell, Kim Blaeser, Laurel Bastian, Thomas R. Smith; Poetry Round Table Readings and Discussions, Sat., Oct. 15, 3:00-5;00 p.m. -- Laurel Bastian, CX Dillhunt, B.J. Best, Derrick Harriell, Cathryn Cofell, Brenda Cardenas, Thomas R. Smith, Kim Blaeser.


Friday, October 14

Composition Forum
Curtin 124, 3:00-4:30pm

Having trouble designing class work activities that connect to the course portfolio goals? Want help thinking through how to scaffold class work activities to complement the course goals? Do you want to help your colleagues by sharing some of your own strategies? Then you want to make sure you attend our next forum on Friday, October 14, at 3:00 in Curtin 124. Terry Thuemling will facilitate/present this forum.


Kirt H. Wilson on "Imitation, Leadership, and Violence: How to Understand Racial Hostilities After the Civil War"
Merrill 131, 2:00-3:15pm
Sponsored by the Rhetorical Leadership Graduate Certificate/Concentration Program

In this lecture, Professor Wilson analyzes the rhetoric surrounding the birth and initial growth of the Ku Klux Klan. He posits that rhetorical leadership, which is often thought to originate from political and cultural elites, is sometimes little more than the rearticulation of widespread social narratives. He argues first that, after the Civil War, US citizens debated the meaning of freedom and citizenship through narratives about African-American behavior.

Wilson is Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. His research specialty is public discourse regarding race relations.
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Thursday, October 13

Nicole Cooley Reading and Craft Talk

Poet Nicole Cooley will host a craft talk in CRT 405 at 2pm, and then read from her work at 7:30pm at the Hefter Center. Cooley grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her most recent book is Breach, a collection of poems about Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast, published by Louisiana State University Press in 2010. In November 2010, her fourth book of poems, Milk Dress, co-winner of the Kinereth Gensler Award, will appear with Alice James Books in November. Her multi-media artist's book, collaboration with book artist Maureen Cummins, titled Salem Lessons was published in Fall 2010. She has published two other books of poems and a novel.

These events are free.


Sunday, October 9

Panther Prowl 2011
Join our Department's team, The Run-Ons, for this year's Panther Prowl 5k Run/Walk on October 9! Warm-up starts at 9:45 am, and the race begins at 10:00 followed by a post-event party and awards presentation on the Garland Hall lawn at 11:00. Register for the team here.


Thursday, October 6

James Liddy

Honoring James Liddy and His Poetry
UWM Golda Meir Library Learning Commons, 3:00 pm

The Center for Celtic Studies joins the Golda Meir Library archives department to honor UWM Professor and poet James Liddy's life and work with colleagues, former students and friends reading some of his writings. The event celebrates the opening the James Liddy Papers, a collection of the Irish author's correspondence, literary papers and general files. Speakers include Jim Chapson, Liddy's partner for more than 40 years; Liam Callanan, English chair at UWM; John Gleeson, co-director of the Center for Celtic Studies and Nancy Madden Walczyk, associate director of the Center for Celtic Studies.


Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, October 2

Milwauke Film Festival

Thursday is the opening night of the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival, which has all sorts of English Department involvement from members past and present. Cara Ogburn is Panels Producer, and she has a great line-up scheduled. If you've not gone before, this is definitely the year to start the tradition. There are more venues (and more convenient venues) than ever, and the opening night party is conveniently timed to follow the UWR reading (below). Visit the Milwaukee Film Festival website.


Friday, September 30

Generation 9/11

Generation 9/11: So far/So close
Zelazo Center (2419 East Kenwood Boulevard) Room # 250
6:00-7:00pm, Q and A 7:00-8:00 pm
Hosted by the Center for International Education and The Peck School of the Arts

Chris Wolfe's solo performance entitled "Generation 9/11: So Far / So Close" is a fast-paced, moving and surprisingly funny one-man drama that explores how a generation was affected by September 11th from afar - via TV, internet and phone. Following the show, Chris encourages you to share your stories and ask questions about the project (how he interviewed subjects for this performance, financed it via Kickstarter (crowdfunding), how audiences were different/the same in the US and the UK, etc.). Wolfe is an American expatriate living in London. A storyteller, he is primarily dedicated to writing, directing, and performing solo performances. He is especially interested in issues that engage directly with the world via documentary and journalistic techniques.

Wolfe will be on campus for lunch on Friday (around 12:30pm) and would enjoy meeting with graduate students. Please email Eric Herhuth if you are interested.


Jonathan Flatley on "Black Leninism; Or, Newspapers and Revolutionary Attunement from Lenin to the League of Revolutionary Black Workers"
Curtin 118, 3:30 pm
Hosted by the Center for 21st Century Studies

Although neither Leninism nor the traditions of black radicalism are likely to come first to mind when we look for resources for understanding and addressing the critical, political, and economic predicaments of the early 21st century, Jonathan Flatley argues that the black Leninism of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers deserves our close attention at precisely this historical moment. Lenin and the League offer us lessons about the work of political organization and the centrality of affect and mood to that work. For this talk, Flatley examines the role of the factory newspaper in the creation of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) in 1968, which later expanded and became the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

To see the documentary film Finally Got the News (1970), which Flatley's talk will in part reference, stop by Curtin 118 at 4:00pm on Tuesday 9/27. Finally, Flatley will participate in a brown bag discussion at noon on Friday 9/30 in Curtin 939 about two of his published pieces on "liking," part of his current book project.
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Wednesday, September 28

Center for Celtic Studies

Center for Celtic Studies Kick-Off
Greene Hall, 6:00-9:00 pm

Come for Celtic music and dance, featuring a live band and ceili instruction. Special guest: noted Dublin ballad singer, Barry Dodd. Meet fellow students and members of the community interested in Celtic topics. Find out about the Certificate in Celtic Studies and future CCS events. Enjoy the craic, conviviality and good company!


Tuesday, September 27

American Boy book cover

Larry Watson Reading
Boswell Books (2559 N. Downer Ave.), 7:00 pm

Larry Watson will read from his new novel, American Boy, at Boswell Books. According to a Denver Post book review, Watson's eighth novel "injects a wistful but vibrant sense of life into an otherwise abysmally barren landscape: the limitless wintertime prairie of Willow Falls, located on the Minnesota-South Dakota border. 'in a state that boasted of having ten thousand lakes, Willow Falls was near none of them.' The story, set in 1962, starts with an irresistible confession from young Matthew Garth. 'I was seventeen years old when I first saw a woman's bare breasts, in itself an unremarkable occurrence. But when you consider that I also saw my first bullet wound on that same body, you have a set of circumstances truly rare.' As the mystery of the bullet wound unfolds, Matthew's life unravels."


Thursday, September 22

UNITED WE READ: student-faculty reading
Boswell Books (2559 N. Downer Ave.), 7:30 pm

This is the very first iteration of UNITED WE READ, our annual student-faculty reading series: "Come join the CW Program as we kick off another year with our acclaimed Student/Faculty Reading Series," Joe Rein writes. Maurice Kilwein-Guevara, Brittany Cavallaro, Melissa Olson, and Jennifer Kontny will read. Free.


Friday, September 16

Composition forum
Curtin 108, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Join us for the first composition forum of the new academic year! Kris Terwelp, Mary Brehm and Deb Siebert will present and lead a discussion on e-Portfolio, a D2L-supported platform for making digital essays and other digital texts.


Thursday, August 25 - Tuesday, August 30

English 101 new instructor orientation
Curtin Hall


Wednesday, August 24

English 101 returning instructor orientation
Curtin 368, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

English 102 instructor orientation
AUP 179, 1:00 - 3:00 pm


Tuesday, August 23

English 095 instructor orientation
Curtin 118, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Composition Online instructor orientation
Curtin 108, 3:00 - 5:00 pm