Spring 2011 Events

Friday, May 13

Composition Program final portfolio reading
Curtin, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Thursday, May 12

English Department Spring Awards ceremony
Curtin 368, 2:45 pm

All are invited to join us in honoring this year's student and faculty accomplishments. The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception.


Wednesday, May 11

Furrow release party and open mic night
Union 280, 6:00 pm

Furrow, UWM's undergraduate literary journal, is having its 2010-11 issue release party and open mic night. All are invited to celebrate this year's issue.


Friday, May 6

Milwaukee Area Academic Alliance social event
Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N Commerce St, 5:00 pm

Join the Milwaukee Area Academic Alliance in English for a social evening at Lakefront Brewery, coordinated by our own Mariann Maris. The 5:00 pm brewery tour will be given by a Riverside University High School teacher. Your $7.00 admission includes a souvenir pint glass, four beer tastings, a coupon for a free beer at one of several Milwaukee-area restaurants and bars, and a great opportunity to meet and get to know other English teachers in Milwaukee. For more information, contact Mariann at mariann.maris@gmail.com.


Tuesday, May 3

Undergraduate Writers Read
Boswell Books, 2559 N Downer Ave, 7:00 pm

Please join us to celebrate the fine work of UWM creative writing undergraduates. Readers include Rachel Gomez, Matt Hart, Rachel Niemann, Bethany Price, Joshua Vogt and Carly Wycklendt. This is an excellent chance to hear and support the great work our young writers do!


Saturday, April 30

Emerging Compositions
Curtin 368, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the Composition Program for our 3rd annual First-Year Composition Professional Development Conference. This day-long conference features research on teaching writing from first-year writing teachers.


Friday, April 29

Embodied Placemaking in Urban Spaces, part two, a symposium
Curtin 175, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

See the Center for 21st Century Studies' website for more information.

Co-sponsored by the UWM Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Initiative, Peck School of the Arts, Urban Studies Program, and the Departments of Anthropology and History


Composition forum
Curtin 124, 2:00 pm

Exploring "Fresh Perspectives: Connecting English 101 and 102," Alexis Pegram, Jenna Green, Kara Vande Graaf and Anna Kirchner will lead a discussion examining how English 101 has informed their teaching of 102, their reading of the 102 course goals and critical questions that have come into focus for them considering 102 in relation to their experiences teaching 101.

This forum will be an opportunity to help veteran 102 instructors reflect on their teaching and prospective 102 instructors consider existing and potential relationships between English 101 and 102.


Thursday, April 28

English 102 end-of-semester instructor meeting
Bolton B64, 2:00 pm


Wednesday, April 27

English 102 end-of-semester instructor meeting
Lapham 253, 2:00 pm


Friday, April 22

Technology & Pedagogy workshop
Curtin 108, 1:00 pm

Matthew Russell, Learning Technology Center consultant, presents ePortfolios and Multimodal Composition.


Midwest Modernism lecture
Architecture and Urban Planning (AUP) 170, 4:30 pm

Join the Center for 21st Century Studies in welcoming Anna Andrzejewski (Art History, UW-Madison) for the lecture Midwestern Modernism: "Wrightification" and Domestic Architecture in Madison, Wisconsin, 1930-1970.

Co-sponsored by UWM Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Initiative


United We Read: Student/faculty reading series
Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St, 6:00 pm

Join us for the final student/faculty reading of the academic year, featuring Milwaukee Poet Laureate Brenda Cárdenas, Pushcart-nominated Dawn Tefft, and Puschcart-nominated and Wisconsin Writer's Council Sternig-awarded Christi Clancy.

Gather at 6:00 pm for a cash bar at Thief Wine Bar and Buffalo Water Beer Bar in the Market, head upstairs at 6:30 for the reading, and enjoy more drinks downstairs at 8:00 after the reading.



Thursday, April 21

Technology & Pedagogy workshop
Curtin 108, 12:30 pm

Trent Hergenrader discusses his experience teaching English 236: Intro Topics in Creative Writing: Gaming, World Building and Narrative this spring -- including pedagogical theories behind his approach, the successes and challenges in using gaming theory and exciting new narrative possibilities afforded by Web 2.0 technologies.

Feel free to take a sneak peak at the course wiki and a Google map of post-apocalyptic Milwaukee, which Trent will reference during the talk.


Virginia Burke Award ceremony
Greene Hall, 3:00 pm

Join students, teachers, administrators, family and friends to celebrate the academic achievements of English 095, 101, 102 and 201 students at our annual Virginia Burke Writing Contest award ceremony. Our featured speaker will be Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Writing Center Director Margaret Mika.


Ernesto Cardenal reading
Golda Meir Library conference center (fourth floor), 6:00 pm

Internationally known Nicaraguan poet Ernesto Cardenal will give a bilingual reading from his new book, The Origin of Species & Other Poems. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, the Special Collections Library and UWM Libraries and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Friday, April 15

English 101 end-of-semester instructor meeting
Curtin 368, 3:00 pm


Valerie Laken book release reading
Boswell Books, 2559 N Downer Ave, 7:00 pm

Join us as Valerie Laken reads from her new short story collection, Separate Kingdoms.


Thursday, April 14

Graduate Policy Committee meeting


Friday, April 8

Visiting writers' craft talk
Curtin 368, 1:00 pm

Our visiting fiction writers, Adam Johnson and Neil Connelly, conclude their visit with the department in a fiction writing craft talk.


Thursday, April 7

Celtic Studies bagpiping talk
Greene Hall, 6:30 pm

History professor and stealth bagpiper Aims McGuiness presents "A Toast to Teachers of Piping." In this humorous, anecdotal presentation, McGuiness pays tribute to Isle of Mull native Brian Hughes, McGuiness' piping teacher and mentor. (The excellence of his teaching is evident from, among other things, U2's choosing McGuiness to open for them in Denver during their 1984 "Unforgettable Fire" Tour.)

Assorted refreshments, including a cash bar, will be available. This event is free and open to the public.


Derrick Harriell reading
Union Fireside Lounge, 7:00 pm

Come hear Derrick Harriell read from his poetry collection, Cotton.


Visiting writers' reading and book signing
Hefter Center, 3271 N Lake Dr, 7:30 pm

Our visiting fiction writers, Adam Johnson and Neil Connelly, will take part in a joint reading and book signing.


Wednesday, April 6

Drew Blanchard book launch and reading
Woodland Pattern, 720 E Locust St, 7:00 pm

Drew Blanchard will read from his new collection, Winter Dogs, released this year from Salmon Poetry.


Friday, April 1

Technology & Pedagogy workshop Curtin 108, 2:00 pm

Would your students benefit from making remixes, mashups, animated poetry or short movies? Our very own Rachael Sullivan will demonstrate how to work with iMovie and lead a discussion of how you might incorporate it into your English classes.


Lauren Berlant lecture
Curtin 175, 3:30 pm

Join the Center for 21st Century Studies in welcoming Lauren Berlant (English, University of Chicago) for the lecture The Desire for the Political.

Co-sponsored by the UWM Department of English


Composition forum
Union 280, 4:30 pm

Composing Connections between High School and College Writing Teachers, lead by Dani Hartke, will be a discussion between UWM composition instructors and area high school English teachers seeking to develop a shared understanding of writing in high school and college. Pizza will be provided!


Thursday, March 31

Jack Anderson dance/poetry collaboration
Mitchell 254, 7:00 pm

Poetry reading and dance event with Jack Anderson, a native of Milwaukee and a longtime resident of Manhattan. He is a dance writer and critic for The New York Times, Dancing Times (London) and New York Theatre-Wire, among others. He has written or edited seven books on dance, including The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and Art Without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance. He and George Dorris co-founded Dance Chronicle and co-edited it for 21 years.

Sponsored by UWM's Dance Department, the Creative Writing Program and the Peck School of the Arts


Wednesday, March 30

Jack Anderson contemporary dance history lecture
Mitchell 341, 1:00 pm

Lecture from Jack Anderson, a native of Milwaukee and a longtime resident of Manhattan. He is a dance writer and critic for The New York Times, Dancing Times (London) and New York Theatre-Wire, among others. He has written or edited seven books on dance, including The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and Art Without Boundaries: The World of Modern Dance. He and George Dorris co-founded Dance Chronicle and co-edited it for 21 years.

Sponsored by UWM's Dance Department, the Creative Writing Program and the Peck School of the Arts


Friday, March 11

English 101 midterm instructor meeting
Location TBA, 3:00 pm


Thursday, March 10

English 102 midterm instructor meeting
BOL B83, 2:00 pm

Graduate Policy Committee meeting


Wednesday, March 9

English 102 midterm instructor meeting
LAP 253, 2:00 pm


Tuesday, March 8

UWM alum Ron Tanner (PhD, Creative Writing) craft talk on "Four strategies for developing engaging, complicated characters in fiction -- with some remarks about nonfiction"
Curtin 109, 3:00 pm

Ron Tanner reading his newly-published book, Kiss Me, Stranger
Boswell Books, 2559 N Downer Ave, 7:00 pm


Monday, March 7

James Smith lecture
Hefter Center, 3271 N Lake Dr, 6:00 pm

Join the Center for Celtic Studies for a 6:00 pm reception and 6:30 pm lecture on "A Book's Afterlife: The Ryan Report, State Complicity, and the Magdalen Laundries" by James Smith (English, Boston College).

The Magdalen Laundries were workhouses operated by various orders of the Catholic Church in which many Irish women and girls were effectively imprisoned because they were perceived to be a threat to the moral fiber of society. The last laundry closed in 1996. In 1993, an order of nuns in Dublin sold part of their Magdalen convent to a real estate developer. The remains of 155 inmates, buried in unmarked graves on the property, were exhumed, cremated, and buried elsewhere in a mass grave. This triggered a public scandal in Ireland and since then the Magdalen laundries have become an important issue in Irish culture. Professor Smith is an advocate for the rights of Magdalens and their relatives. In this lecture he will also address the report of the Ryan Commission (2009) that investigated abuse in Irish institutions for children.

Presented by the Center for Celtic Studies and co-sponsored by the departments of English, History, and Sociology, and the Center for Women's Studies


Friday, March 4

Composition forum
Curtin 124, 3:00 pm

Alice Gillam, Dennis Lynch and Jim Stoner will facilitate this forum on reflective writing.


Curtin 175, 3:30 pm

Join the Center for 21st Century Studies in welcoming Jacalyn Harden (Anthropology, Wayne State) for the lecture 21st Century Wish Dreams: Seattle, Detroit, and the Recalcitrant Anthropologist.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology


Thursday, March 3

Boudreaux Reading
Hefter Center, 3271 N Lake Dr, 7:30 pm

Poet Matthew Zapruder joins us as the 2011 reader in the Boudreaux Reading Series. He will also give a craft talk in Curtin 368 at 2:30 pm.


Saturday, February 26

Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference keynote address
4:45 pm, Curtin 175

The Center for 21st Century Studies welcomes Catherine Malabou from the Department of Philosophy, Université Paris, Nanterre, will talk on Plasticity in between Paranoia and Schizophrenia.


Friday, February 25

4th annual Business Writing Award Ceremony
Hefter Center, 3271 N Lake Dr, 10:00 am

Please join the instructors of the English Department's Business and Professional Writing Program as we honor the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 winners of the Business Writing Award competitions. The ceremony includes a brief program, assorted beverages and treats.

This event is sponsored by MLG, the largest real estate organization in Wisconsin, as well as The Business Journal, the UWM Foundation, the English Department and the UWM Business Writing Instructors.


Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference keynote address
4:30 pm, Curtin 175

The Center for 21st Century Studies welcomes Heather K. Love from the Department of English, University of Pennsylvania, who will talk on Sticking Together.


Friday, February 25 - Saturday, February 26

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 6th annual MIGC takes on "Ambivalence."


Wednesday, February 23

UWM Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Terry McMillan
Union, 7:00 pm

Author Terry McMillan discusses her work. For more information, see the UWM Union website.


United We Read: Student/faculty reading series
Von Trier, 2235 N Farwell Ave, 7:00 pm

Readings from Molly Magestro, Craig Medvecky and Kim Blaeser.


Tuesday, February 22

Transforming the Jericho Road: Continuing the Struggle for Social Justice in the 21st Century
Union Fireside Lounge, 7pm

This event includes a screening of the documentary film A Village Called Versailles and a panel discussion on service and activism in New Orleans and Milwaukee. The film looks at Versailles, a tight-knit neighborhood on the edge of New Orleans, home to the densest ethnic Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, residents rebuild their homes only to have them threatened by a toxic landfill planned in their neighborhood. As the community fights back, it turns a devastating disaster into a catalyst for change.

The panel discussion will feature UWM graduate and undergraduate students Yolonda Claybrooks, Lee Abbott, Ellyn Thompson and Tony Johnson, who will talk about their experiences with activism and service and show how even small acts have the power to make a difference.


Friday, February 18

The Center for 21st Century Studies' [Ø] [zerospace] with Matthew Burtner:

Interactive NOMADS (Network-Operational Mobile Applied Digital System) participatory colloquium and performance
Curtin 175, 3:30 pm
With Christopher Burns (UWM), Chris Chafe (Stanford), Scott Deal (IUPUI), and Steven Kemper (UVA)

Telematic concert
Music Recital Hall, 7:00 pm
With MICE (UVA), RAT (Kansas City), MILO (UWM), Telematic Collective (IUPUI), Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (Stanford), and Internet2 Research Group (NYU)


Peter Filkins reading
Boswell Books, 2559 N Downer Ave, 7:00 pm


Thursday, February 17

Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding visits UWM
3:00 pm

Space is limited; if you're interested in attending, please contact Joe Rein at jmrein@uwm.edu for more information.


Paul Harding reading
Boswell Books, 2559 N Downer Ave, 7:00 pm
Presented in co-operation with the UWM English Depatrment


Monday, February 14

Freedom Riders screening and talkback
Union Theatre, 6:30 pm

This screening of Freedom Riders is part of the African American Film Festival and includes a talkback session with Mark Samels, the film's Executive Producer. For more information, call MPTV Friends at (414) 297-8004 or go to the Freedom Riders website.

Co-sponsored by local PBS affiliate MPTV, UWM Union Sociocultural Programming and the UWM Department of History


Friday, February 11

Composition forum
Curtin 124, 1:00 pm

Join Dylan Barth, composition instructor and Learning Technology Center consultant extraordinaire, to learn about "Strategies for Designing a Blended Composition Course." This disccussion will help us prepare for several composition classes next year that blend face-to-face and online instruction.


Wednesday, February 9

Dean's Distinguished Lecture
UWM School of Continuing Education, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, 7th fl, 5:30 pm

Interim Provost Johannes Britz will talk on "The WikiLeaks Controversy: Its Political and Ethical Implications."


Friday, February 4 - Sunday, February 13

Festival of Films in French
Union Theatre

The 14th annual Festival of Films in French celebrates the diversity and global reach of French-language cinema. The twelve films, all Milwaukee premieres, explore Canada's Far North, Québec, Haiti, French Guiana, Tunis, Monaco, the French provinces, Paris, and more. To learn more and for the festival schedule, check it out here.


Friday, February 4

Panel on Wikileaks
Curtin 175, 2:00 pm

The Center for 21st Century Studies welcomes Laura DeNardis (Yale Law), and UWM faculty A. Aneesh (Sociology), Sandra Braman (Communication), Richard Grusin (C21), Rob Ricigliano (Communication, IWA), and Michael Zimmer (SOIS) to a discussion on Wikileaks.


Friday, January 28

Watershed Milwaukee: Art, Activism, and Community Engagement 2011
Union Art Gallery, 5 pm

Join us for the opening of the Union Art Gallery's first show of the semester. This new installation about local and international water issues comes from Nicolas Lampert, Raoul Deal, Colleen Ludwig and Sweetwater Organics. Work from community print shops and a series of films by Laura Klein are also being shown. Other UWM participants include Lane Hall, Lisa Moline, Kathryn E. Martin and Jesse Graves. For more information, visit: http://watershedmke.wordpress.com/.

Sponsored by Peck School of the Arts


United We Read: Student/faculty reading series
Boswell Books, 2559 N Downer Ave, 7:00 pm

Join us as we kick off another semester with work from Aviva Cristy, Rob Verhein and Peter Blewett.