Spring 2012 Events

Spring & Summer 2012

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Friday June 15

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference Info Session
1pm, Curtin 104

If you're a grad student who is interested in the SCMS Conference and wants a chance to ask questions and get more information, please join us for an SCMS Info Session on Friday, June 15th at 1pm in Curtin 104. Patrice Petro, Gilberto Blasini, and (barring delayed flights) Tasha Oren will all be there to to talk about the SCMS conference, how it works, and offer advice for proposing and presenting at it.

The SCMS Conference "provides a forum for scholars and teachers of film and media studies to present and hear new research; to provide a supportive environment for networking, mentoring, and collaboration among scholars otherwise separated by distance, language, or disciplinary boundaries; and to promote the field of cinema and media studies among its practitioners, to other disciplines, and to the public at large, in part through public recognition of award worthy achievements and other significant milestones within the field."

This meet-up was organized within Plan H, but anyone who is working in film/tv/media and thinks they might find it helpful is welcome. For anyone who can't attend, please let Katie Morrissey (morriss9@uwm.edu) know and she will share notes with you.

Monday May 21

Returning the Gift (RTG) Conference Volunteers' Meeting
6pm, Bolton Hall, Room 196

A small committee is busy planning the 20th Anniversary Returning the Gift (RTG) Conference, a gathering of Indigenous writers and performers. The tagline for the event is "A Gathering of Words at the Gathering of Waters." The first RTG was a seminal event in contemporary American Indian literary history, and RTG remains important for the support it gives to emerging American Indian writers, the community it cultivates, and the presence it builds for American Indian literature.

The Milwaukee RTG will include two days of conference activities at the UWM Hefter Center including panels, publishing plenaries, and keynote presentations. We will also have a pre-conference reception with a "mixed-bag" open mic event at MATC (6:00 p.m., September 4th) performances by Joy Harjo and Joe Bruchac at Woodland Pattern (7 p.m., September 5th) and a Harjo Extravaganza at Marquette (in the Weasler Auditorium, 7 p.m., September 6). We will then move to the lakefront and participate in the Indian Summer festival beginning with Education Day on Friday. Throughout the weekend we will schedule readings, theater, music, storytelling, and other artistic performances, host book signings, and generally celebrate the Native arts.

You are invited to help with the planning, participate in the programming, assist with operations, and be on hand to schmooze with writers. We are calling for an "all hands on deck" meeting for volunteers. Whether you’re willing to chair a session, pick up a writer at the airport, distribute broadsides at Indian Summer, hand-out name tags, run a committee (food, transportation, publicity), all help is appreciated! There will be opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to interact with writers and publishers and for creative writing grad students to participate in manuscript reviews for emerging writers. Also, this is a lovely way to support writers in general, upon whom much of our research, teaching, and scholarship rely. If you have students you know will be around in the summer, please let them know about this opportunity. Web gurus needed! Creative writers needed! Milwaukee savvy folks needed!

Volunteers, please come to this meeting or email Kim Blaeser (kblaeser@uwm.edu) or Michael Wilson (michael@uwm.edu) for more information. Check out the website here.

Thursday May 10

Annual Department Awards Ceremony
2:15pm in CRT 368

On the last day of classes, the department will host its annual awards ceremony. Please come and help us honor the winners of this year's department awards in a number of categories. You can also take in the newly installed "Sonnets by Women Poets" etchings, which were donated by PhD alumna Dr. Marjorie P. Piechowski. Refreshments will follow.

Thursday May 3 through Saturday May 5

The Nonhuman Turn Conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies
Curtin Hall and elsewhere

This conference takes up the “nonhuman turn” that has been emerging in the arts, humanities, and social sciences over the past few decades. Running roughly parallel to this nonhuman turn in the past few decades has been the "posthuman turn" articulated by such important theoretical works as Katherine Hayles' How We Became Posthuman and Cary Wolfe's What Is Posthumanism? Thinking beyond the human, as posthumanism is sometimes characterized, clearly provides one compelling model for 21st century studies. But the relation between posthumanism and humanism, like that of postmodernism to modernism, can sometimes seem as much like a repetition of the same as the emergence of something different.

Thus, one of the questions that this conference is meant to take up is the relation between posthumanism and the nonhuman turn, especially the ways in which taking the nonhuman as a matter of critical, artistic, and scholarly concern might differ from, as well as overlap with, the aims of posthumanism. In pursuing answers to such questions, 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.

For more information please see the conference website.

Image credit: Instagram user boqopod. Participate in the #c21nonhuman Instagram challenge!

Friday, April 27 through Saturday, April 28

World Cinemas, Global Networks CIE Conference
Hefter Center

While global cinema has proliferated in recent years, access to an array of recent work remains uneven and our knowledge is further inhibited by distribution and exhibition practices. This new cinematic work commands attention among critics, cinephiles, and scholars across the globe, and yet is almost invisible in the United States. To illuminate this enigmatic case, the "World Cinemas, Global Networks" conference will explore filmmaking across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, and take stock of the transnational trends, aesthetic features, and geopolitical exchanges that have contributed to the flourishing of world cinema at a time when many point to the obsolescence of film itself.

For more information please check out the conference website.

Tuesday, April 24

Susan Stryker on "Cross-Dressing for Empire: Transgender Performance at San Francisco's Bohemian Club, 1870s-1920s"
3:30pm, 4th Floor Library Conference Center
Sponsored by the William F. Vilas Trust Fund, UWM Women's Studies Program, Department of History, LGBT Resource Center, LGBT Studies Certificate Program, and Women's Resource Center.

Susan Stryker is Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. She has served as executive director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco for many years and also co-directed the Award-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria. Professor Stryker is co-editor of The Transgender Studies Reader. Her current projects include a feature-length film about 1950s transsexual celebrity Christine Jorgensen and research into 19th-century cross-dressing theatricals at San Francisco's elite Bohemian Club. She has also played a major role in launching the new journal, Transgender Studies Quarterly. Her talk will explore the role that performances at the Bohemian Club played in constructing white heteronormative masculine identities for club members in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

For more information please contact Women's Studies at (414) 229-5918.

Friday, April 20

Virginia Burke Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
1pm, Greene Hall

Join us for our annual Virginia Burke Writing Contest Awards Ceremony. Do plan on making every effort to attend. Virginia Burke dedicated her life to teaching first-year composition, most of it here at UWM. She knew first hand what challenging and important work this is, and she recognized the significant impact this work, your work, has on the future lives of students. The Award Ceremony honors the outstanding work our students do in our classes, and it also acknowledges the role you play in helping your students achieve excellence and discover their "voice." Please make every effort to make time to attend this event -- and thank you for choosing to do this important work.


Catherine Gallagher on "Why We Tell It like It Wasn't: Counterfactual Narrative Forms"
2:15pm, Curtin 368
Funded by the William H. Vilas Trust and co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for 21st Century Studies

The lecture explores the conceptualization and history of historical counterfactualism while analyzing the reasons for its spread across narrative genres and its rising popularity during the last half century. This talk is based on Professor Gallagher's current work which "examines the connections between alternate history novels, counterfactual histories, social policies, and political debates. One part of the project examines current intersections of these four phenomena, explaining what they tell us about the state of our collective historical imagination. The second part explores the thesis that non-linear narrative forms, which develop alternate paths that a story might take, have been used since the eighteenth century, when counterfactual history was first used by military historians to help train future officers. The project is more broadly a study of how narrative form meets historical ambition, especially during periods of national redefinition." Catherine Gallagher, Eggers Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, is an authority on the British novel and cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, on the historiography and theory of the novel, and alternate-history narratives.

Also please join us for a reception (hosted by C21) after the talk in 939 Curtin Hall.

Thursday, April 19

Brown-bag conversation with Catherine Gallagher
12pm, Curtin 939

Join us for "The Current State of the Field: Literary and Cultural Studies, the Advantages and Limits of New Directions," a brown-bag conversation with Catherine Gallagher. To accompany her lecture the following day.

Friday, April 13

Pre-Occupy Symposium
1:30pm, Curtin 175
Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

This symposium addresses how earlier occupations and protests in California (particularly surrounding Oscar Grant and the University of California) and in Wisconsin (especially the occupation of the state capitol) set the stage for the current occupations across the globe. Such pre-occupations, we would contend, acted as forms of pre-acceleration or incipient movement without which Occupy Wall Street may never have happened. Featuruing George Ciccariello-Maher (History, Politics, Drexel), Joshua Clover (English, UC-Davis), and Dan S. Wang (Fine Art, Columbia College). More info here

Also please join us for a free poetry reading by Joshua Clover, Saturday, April 14, 7:30 pm at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 E Locust Street, Milwaukee).

Wednesday, April 11

Jens Lapidus film screening and book signing
5-6pm, Curtin 175

Jens Lapidus, author of Easy Money, brings his national book tour to UWM, courtesy of the Scandinavian Studies Program at UWM and the Swedish Embassy. "Easy Money is an unflinching look at Stockholm's underworld, told from the perspective of the mob bosses, the patsies, and the thugs who help operate its twisted justice system. The book has been called "a searing debut" by Publishers Weekly, and critic James Ellroy has described it as "an epic European thriller to rival the Stieg Larsson books...beautifully rendered and a wildly thrilling novel." Audience members will get to preview the film adaptation three months before its U.S. debut. The action film is directed by Daniel Espinoza, director of the current hit "Safe House" starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. After the screening, Jens will answer audience questions and sign books. Books will be available for purchase at the UWM Bookstore in the Union." For more information, contact Veronica Lundback at lundback@uwm.edu.


Phong Nguyen fiction reading
7-8pm, Greene Hall

Wonderful UWM alum, former Cream City Review editor and all-around great guy Phong Nguyen returns to campus with his book tour. He'll read from his award-winning collection, MEMORY SICKNESS. Welcome home, Phong!

Tuesday, April 10, Thursday, April 19, and Friday April 20

Emerging Compositions: First-Year Composition Professional Development Series

This year, instead of an all-day conference, we're holding a series of three forums for our first-year instructors of English 101 to present the research on teaching they have conducted this semester:

Tuesday, April 10, 11 am-12:30 pm -- CRT 118: "A Community of Pedagogies in the Composition Classroom" featuring:

  • Bri Cavallaro: "Considering the Common Place of Prewriting in Creative Writing and Composition"
  • Zach Finch: "CineComp: Writing about Film Pedagogy and UWM's 101"
  • Ingrid Nordstrom: "Blogging in the Composition Classroom"
  • Mike Sanders: "Ekphrasis in the Composition Classroom"

Thursday, April 19, 3:30-5 pm -- CRT 124: "Transforming the Classroom: Practice and Performativity" featuring:

  • Derek Barnett: "At the Intersection of Revision and Resistance"
  • Chase Erwin and Carter Moulton: "Transforming Environments: Shame and Space in Composition Pedagogy"
  • Kal Heck: "Mo' Better Papers"
  • Heejoung Shin: "Performing Against Gender: Teaching Composition Online"

Friday April 20, 3:30-5:00 pm -- CRT 108: "Classroom Under Construction: Motivating Students through Voice, Play, Found Texts, and Literacy Narratives" featuring:

  • Peter Brooks: "I Belong in a Museum: Building Literacy with Reflective Blocks"
  • Lindsay Daigle: "Voice in First-Year Composition"
  • Kristin Ravel: "Activity Gallery for the ENG101 Classroom"
  • Tom Vollman: "Found Text and First-Year Composition"

Please join us to discuss pedagogies, places, and practices involved in teaching writing -- something we do across the English department.

Tuesday, April 10

Katrin Girgensohn on "Writing Center Work in Germany: Different Contexts, New Horizons"
4-5:30pm, Marquette University Memorial Union 254

The Writing Center welcomes Prof. Katrin Girgensohn on a site visit, part of her year-long study of U.S. writing centers. Founder and academic director of the European University Viadrina's Writing Center, she is also the European Writing Centers Assn's current chair and a UW-Madison visiting scholar. On Tuesday, from 4:00-5:30 pm, at Marquette University Memorial Union 254, Prof. Girgensohn will speak: "Writing Center Work in Germany: Different Contexts, New Horizons." She'll discuss significant similarities and differences with U.S. writing centers as well as the current German educational system.

Saturday, March 31

Dr. Robert O'Brien-Hokanson on Writing Assessment
10am-12pm, Greene Hall

Please join your colleagues in UWM's English Department for an informative lecture and discussion on writing assessment in and beyond First Year Composition. Dr. O'Brien-Hokanson will discuss the role of student writing and assessment in Alverno College's abilities-based curriculum. As he explains Alverno's model, we will examine how outcomes in First Year Composition courses can influence campus-wide writing goals. We look forward to a lively conversation with members of UWM's writing community and hope to see you there! Contact Vicki Bott (vlbott@uwm.edu) or Jessica Nastal (jlnastal@uwm.edu) for more info.

Friday, March 30

Timothy Lenoir on "Premediating Neurofutures: Brain-Machine Interfaces and the New New Media"
3:30pm Curtin 118
Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

For this talk, Timothy Lenoir (Visual Studies, Duke) begins with work in brain-machine interfaces currently used in therapeutic neuroprosthetics, engages with the visionary speculations neuroengineers such as Miguel Nicolelis at Duke on their future deployment in ubiquitous computing networks, and then contemplates the implications of these prospective developments for reconfigured selves. The second area he explores is the convergence of work in the cognitive neurosciences on the massive role of affect in decision making and the leveraging of next-generation social media and smart devices as the "brain-machine" interfaces for measuring, data-mining, modeling, and mapping affect in strategies to empower individuals to be more efficient, productive, and satisfied members of human collectives. He frames this part of his argument in terms of Richard Grusin's notions of "premediation." If any of these speculations have merit, Lenoir suggests that we may then want to invest in "neurofutures" - very soon.

Brown bag lunch with Timothy Lenoir Friday, March 30, 12 noon Curtin 939

Please see more info here: http://www4.uwm.edu/c21/pages/events/abstracts/12spring/lenoir.html.

Thursday, March 29

Boudreaux Reading featuring Poet Chase Twichell
7:30pm, Hefter Center

This year's Boudreaux Reader will be Chase Twichell. Chase is the author of seven books of poetry. Her seventh book, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, won the 2011 Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award. Her work has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Artists Foundation. She is a recipient of an Award in Literature from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Hygh Ogden Poetry Prize from Trinity College.

She also co-edited, with Robin Behn, The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets who Teach Poetry and was editor of Ausable Press for ten years. She has taught at Warren Wilson College, The University of Alabama, Goddard College, Hampshire College, and Princeton University. Robert Hass wrote in the Washington Post that her poems "are full of sharp observation, both of the world and herself, unsentimental poems with a sinewy intellectual toughness, and ... a stark, sometimes bewildered clarity." Publisher's Weekly calls her "a major voice in contemporary poetry."

Tuesday, March 27

CIE Global Studies Fellows Balloon Launch
Garland Hall (1st Floor)
Balloon Launch 2:30-3:30 pm and CIE Open House 3:00-4:30 pm

UWM is the place for powerful ideas, and this year's Global Studies Fellows at the Center for International Education invite you to share your "powerful ideas" by joining us for a photo-documented balloon launch. Participants will write their (brief) ideas on a balloon to be launched. The Fellows (see below) will be there with their ideas and are eager to hear yours. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to participate in this public expression of ideas, and to learn from the diversity of intellectual and imaginative work at UWM. All are welcome and please circulate this announcement.

Please see more info here: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/documents/CIE-Balloon-Launch1.pdf.

Sponsored by UWM's Center for International Education and Organized by the Global Studies Fellows.

Thursday, March 15

UNITED WE READ Student/faculty reading series: March installment
7pm, Boswell Books (on Downer Ave)

The "United We Read" Student Faculty reading series will feature another exciting installment this month. Readers: Lane Hall, Ching-In Chen, Joe Rein, and Ann McBee.

Wednesday, March 14

Spring Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshop
4pm-5pm, Mitchell Hall, Room 361

Students submitting a formal Master's Thesis or Dissertation to the Graduate School are invited to attend the Spring Formatting Workshop. Representatives from the Graduate School will review UWM formatting requirements for the Master's Thesis and the PhD. Dissertation, as well as answer any questions that may arise. Registration is not required, but encouraged.

Formatting guidelines are available on the Graduate School website as well as in Graduate School, Mit 261. Formal Thesis deadlines for Spring 2012 Graduates are: Defend by 5/7/12 and submit final, signed thesis by 5/14/12. Please contact the Graduate School for any additional information.

Friday, March 9

Composition Forum: Featuring Writing Program Director Dennis Lynch
12-1pm, Curtin 108

Do plan to attend our forum and learn how we have been assessing our program's effectiveness and what we have learned based on our assessment. Bring your lunch and join us for an informal discussion. This forum will be of particular interest to anyone who is planning to attend the special Forum on Assessment involving Alverno College that will be held on 3/31.


Technology/pedagogy workshop: "Zotero 101" featuring Katie Morrissey
3:15-4:45pm, Curtin 108

Zotero is a free, open-source tool that helps students and researchers create a research and readings database. Manage and generate citations. Archive materials from the web. Organize your sources. Build a shared reference library with your students. Get your PDFs under control. Conquer research chaos. AND, back by popular demand... coffee! (plus tea and possibly a baked snack)

Please respond to sulliv97@uwm.edu by March 5 if you plan to come. Laptops are provided, but since this event will guide you through the installation of Zotero in your word processor, it would be best to bring your own laptop. If you miss the event, I will post a review at http://techped.wordpress.com

If you're curious to see what Zotero looks like in action, here's an example of an individual research project and an example of a group research project.


Joseph Rein on "Empire, God Worship, and Tlatoanis: Fictional Representations of Mesoamerican Cultures"
2pm, Room E281 (second floor, east wing; adjacent to the Music Library)

The Scholar and the Library Series welcomes our very own dissertator Joe Rein, who will give a talk on "Empire, God, Worship, and Tlatoanis: Fictional Representations of Mesoamerican Cultures." Rein, recipient of a 2011-12 Chancellor's Golda Meir Library Scholar Award, will discuss his research on Mesoamerican history and its fictional representations. Rein's work focuses specifically on life in Mexica-controlled lands and their surrounding areas before and during the beginning stages of colonization. Using research including codices, poetry, anthropological and archaeological journals, the Relaciones Geograficas survey from the AGS Library, and contemporary novels, Rein examines inter-tribal conflicts, political structures, and human sacrifice. More info here.


Haiti 2012: a celebration of contemporary Haitian art and culture
2-7pm, Curtin 175

The weeklong Haiti 2012: Dreams and Reality "celebration of contemporary Haitian art and culture" concludes in Curtin Hall, after spending the week prior traveling through Chicago, Marquette, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Bringing to Milwaukee and Chicago internationally acclaimed Haitian film maker Arnold Antonin, artists and gallery directors Mireille Perodin-Jerome & Edouard Duval-Carrie, and authors Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Yanick Lahens and Lyonel Trouillot, this event highlights the specificity and vitality of contemporary Haitian culture. Friday's stop in Curtin Hall is entitled, "FAULTLINES: Literature, Politics, Life / FAILLES: Litterature haitienne," and features a roundtable discussion about Haitian literary history plus presentations by three Haitian authors about their writing practices. Richard Grusin will kick things off at 2p and events follow through to 7p. See the detailed schedule, including events elsewhere earlier in the week.

Tuesday, March 6

Real World Deities in Fictional Worlds: the Gods of Dungeons and Dragons
4pm, Bolton 150

Monte Cook is the co-creator of "Dungeons & Dragons 3.5" and the lead designer of the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons. He delivers a talk on "Real World Deities in Fictional Worlds." Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow.

Monday, March 5

Heather Warren-Crow on Girlhood and the Plastic Image
11:30am in Curtin 939
Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

The Center for 21st Century Studies' works in progress series continues with Heather Warren-Crow (Art and Design) who "will present work from "Girlhood and the Plastic Image," her current book project. The book intervenes equally in the fields of girl studies and digital culture studies, arguing that reproduction, dissemination, and consumption of plastic images are understood in connection to feminine adolescence. This project will enable her to consider the role of youth in the discursive formation of presentness and futurity. More info here.


Lev Raphael on "My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped"
7pm, Congregation Sinai, Fox Point
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies

A son of Holocaust survivors, writer Lev Raphael was certain that Germany was one place he would never visit. But after his mother's death, Raphael's research led him to a distant relative living in the very city where she had been a slave laborer. What would he learn if he actually traveled to the place where his mother had found freedom and met his father? After his own books started appearing in German, Raphael's frequent book tours led him to encounter not so much a new Germany, but a new self: someone unafraid to face the past and transcend it.

Thursday, March 1

Eric Hayot Professionalization Grad Student Q&A
10:00am Curtin Hall 939

Calling all graduate students! Eric Hayot, a very successful and well-respected graduate of the UWM English Phd program, will be visiting on Tuesday March 1. Although he will be giving a brown bag and a public talk, he has also generously offered to do an informal workshop on professionalization for current graduate students. Hayot is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University and the author of Chinese Dreams (U of Michigan Press), and The Hypothetical Mandarin (Oxford U Press). If you can find time in your schedule please come and talk about the job market, and the joys and pains of the profession. It should be practical, enlightening, and fun!.


Eric Hayot on "Comparative Literature in the 21st Century: Literary History After European Time"
2:00pm Curtin 368
Hosted by the Center for 21st Century Studies

Though literature is not a technology, the historical models literary scholars use to describe literary history owe a great deal to the languages of originality, novelty, progress, and invention--the core of the idea of technological development. This is no real surprise: putting progress at the center of historicity is one of the things that makes us moderns. But if you think like a modern person then it's very hard to ever really make a good case for why someone interested in the history of modern literary aesthetics ought to read the literature of the non-Western world. Hayot's talk makes that case. It does so by rethinking from the ground up our concepts of literary history and progress, redescribing the history we know (or think we know) in a new language that requires us to be far more worldly and global in our arguments about literary change.

There will also be a Brown bag lunch with Eric at 11:30am in Curtin 939

More info

Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25

The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference 2012: What Happens Now? Interdisciplinarity for the Future

The seventh annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be held February 24-25, 2012, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies and its 2011-12 research theme "What is 21st Century Studies?" This year's theme seeks to raise new questions, extend disciplinary and multidisciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon the current state of knowledge production in relation to our 21st century future. We are very excited about the panelists and the keynote speakers this year.

Keynote: Siobhan Somerville (English, Illinois) - Friday, February 24 - 2:00pm in Curtin 175

Keynote: Kathryn Stockton (English, Utah) - "Kid Orientalism: How a Global Future for Child Sexuality is Now Surfacing" - Friday, February 24 - 3:30pm in Curtin 175

Graduate Student Presentations - Saturday, February 25 8:00pm - 5:00pm in Curtin 175

Please check the MIGC website for the full schedule.

The MIGC is proudly produced by graduate students in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The conference is generously sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Graduate School and the College of Letters and Science. UWM students have created this conference as a venue for graduate students from a diverse array of disciplines to share their research in a supportive and critical environment. The conference organizers can be contacted by email at themigc@gmail.com.

Friday, February 24

Business and Professional Writing Program Awards Ceremony
10:30am at the Hefter Conference Center

The instructors of the UWM English Department's Business and Professional Writing Program honor the award winners of the Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 Business Writing Award challenge.

Thursday, February 23

Reading by Visiting Writer Isobel Dixon
7pm at the Hefter Center

Isobel Dixon is a literary agent and poet, living in Cambridge. Born in Umtata, South Africa, she has Masters degrees in English Literature, and in Applied Linguistics, from Edinburgh University. She is a director of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in London, and represents writers from around the world, including many acclaimed Southern African writers like Achmat Dangor, George Makana Clark, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Deon Meyer, Marlene van Niekerk, Ivan Vladislavic, Imraan Coovadia and Zakes Mda.

She will hold a craft talk at 2pm in Curtin 368.

Wednesday, February 22

Brenda Cardenas Reading
7:30pm in the Caestecker Gallery of Ripon College's Rodman Center for the Arts

Brenda Cardenas, Milwaukee's poet laureate and associate professor in the Creative Writing program, will read from her collected works of poetry. The event is free and open to the public. Cardenas is the author of two collections of poetry, Boomerang (Bilingual Press, 2009) and From the Tongues of Brick and Stone (Momotombo Press, Institute for Latino/a Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2005).

Monday, February 20

Center for 21st Century Studies' Works-in-Progress Series: Michael Newman
11:30pm in Curtin 939

Michael Newman (Journalism) will present work from his current book project, "Play TV: Early Video Game History." Newman's project considers gaming in the home in the 1970s and early '80s as the convergence of TV and computer. Video games in this context functioned to masculinize television and the feminized domestic spaces of its use. The new electronic medium was understood to be active, purposeful, and future-oriented, but also as potentially threatening to young gamers and their culture.

Friday, February 17

Technology/Pedagogy workshop: iTunes and Audacity
3:30-5:00pm in Curtin 118

Please join us for "Sound(ing) Composition" featuring Sarah Etlinger. From paper comments to audio essays to podcasts to playlists... discover the possibilities of using iTunes and Audacity audio software in your teaching, commenting, and composing.

Graduate students and instructors in English or English-related programs are welcome to attend. No previous technical experience assumed. To RSVP, please email sulliv97@uwm.edu by Friday 2/10. You will need your own headphones for this workshop. Earbuds would suffice, but noise-canceling headphones are ideal. Laptops will be provided. If you bring your own laptop, please download and install iTunes and Audacity (free and available for Mac and PC) before the workshop. If you miss the event, a review will be posted on the techped blog. Email Rachael Sullivan at sulliv97@uwm.edu if you have any questions!

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Thursday, February 16

Bridging the Gap Between High School and College Writing Teachers
Union 181, 4:30-6:30pm

If you attended our High School Connection Forum last spring, then you can help spread the word to everyone that they should be sure to come to Union 181 on Thursday, February 16, from 4:30-6:30, for "Bridging the Gap Between High School and College Writing Teachers," featuring Patrice Ball, MPS K-12 English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, and a panel of high school teachers. At this forum, we will continue the work we began last spring to bridge the communication gap between secondary and post-secondary teachers. In particular, in this forum we will discuss our purposes and practices of reading and writing about non-fiction texts.

We will be providing a pizza supper. Look for the flyer in your mailbox, and please post it far and wide. Do come and help us make sure that the the waters between high school and college are less troubled.

Wednesday, February 15

LGBT on Campus: Three Critical Issues to Consider in 2012
1pm-2:30pm, Lubar S250

Join presenters as they bring voice to LGBT populations on campus and equip administrators, faculty, staff and campus policy-makers with the knowledge and awareness to implement changes to improve the campus climate for LGBT people. This event aims to delve deeper into three critical concerns from the report relevant to addressing LGBT issues confronting college campus communities, including: 1) the academic success and persistence of students identifying as sexual and/or gender minorities, 2) the emotional health, mental health and safety of LGBT students, and 3) LGBT students' intersecting identities in areas such as students of color, student-athletes, spirituality, etc.

United We Read UWM student/faculty reading
8:30pm, Foxglove Gallery, 820 E. Locust St.

Join us for the next installment of our department's United We Read student/faculty reading featuring Melissa Morrow, Colleen Abel, Todd Wellman and Rebecca Dunham.

Reader bios (silly and serious):
  • MELISSA MORROW is currently on a juice fast. ...Please do not judge her for seeming like she's on another planet, as she hasn't eaten in solid foods in fifteen days.
  • COLLEEN ABEL is a third year PhD at UWM. She is a former Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at UW-Madison, and her work has appeared on Chicago Public Radio, in magazines such as The Southern Review, Notre Dame Review, West Branch, Mid-American Review, and others, and in the anthology The Book of Irish American Poetry from the 18th Century to the Present.
  • TODD WELLMAN is an editor, writer, and designer in several fields, including literary fiction and staff learning systems. Recent highlights for him have been volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House of Southeastern Wisconsin as an interviewer and writer; serving as Fiction Editor for cream city review; and writing and designing change management campaigns for Public Allies, Inc. Follow him on Twitter ... @toddwe
  • REBECCA DUNHAM is a professor in Creative Writing and the author of THE MINIATURE ROOM and THE FLIGHT CAGE.

Friday, February 10

Frieda Knobloch on "Remaking Environmental Studies: Excavating Bedrock and Creating Formations"
3:30pm Curtin 118
Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies

Contemporary environmental crisis and its discourses are pressing enough to have informed at least one whole book on our saturation in the matter: Frederick Buell's From Apocalypse to Way of Life: Environmental Crisis in the American Century (2003). The environmental discourse that has emerged as legitimate in addressing present crisis - whether in the effects of climate change, or fragmented animal migration routes, or the dangers of hydraulic fracturing in natural gas production - is primarily scientific. Environmental Studies as a field reflects this orientation. We are pleased to expose students to humanistic expressions and approaches, and certainly ethics, but in the end it is their ability to inhabit essentially scientific approaches (even to humanistic concerns, like the cultural values that they may have to document for a federal environmental assessment) that secures their employment and makes them sound like accomplished young professionals ready to solve the problems of our time. There has, at the same time, been a tremendous intellectual backlash against thoughtless "scientism," and, in popular and political cultures, against the premise that science is at all valid in describing our world. For this talk, Frieda Knobloch (American Studies, Wyoming) uses geology, in relation to desert environments, to sketch the imperative of remaking environmental studies and understanding in this era from the ground up, and proposes alternative legitimacies in both environmental understanding and discourse.

Brown bag lunch with Frieda Knobloch: Friday, February 10, 2012 - 12 noon - Curtin 939

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Thursday, February 9

UWM Union Theatre, 7pm

Come join a screening and talk-back of Truffaut's homage to Hitchcock with THE BRIDE WHO WORE BLACK, co-presented by the department's very own PLAN H student Zachary Finch. Read more about the film here.

Friday, February 3 through Sunday February 12

Kick-off: The 15th Annual Festival of Films in French
Varying times, Union Theatre | open to the public

The 15th Annual Festival of Films in French celebrates the wide range of French-language cinema. The fourteen films, most of them Milwaukee Premieres, take us to Quebec, Burkina Faso, Corsica, the French provinces, Paris, Moscow, and more. All films are in French and other languages w/English Subtitles. Talkbacks follow certain screenings. All films are FREE!

View the full schedule here.

Thursday, February 2

LGBT Film Screening: Vito
7pm, Union Theatre | $5, Open to the public
Sponsored by the UWM Film Department's Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival as part of their monthly screening series.

A bracing new documentary about Vito Russo, fierce and tireless activist for the LGBT community and also the cultural critic who, most notably, wrote the landmark work of LGBT film criticism, The Celluloid Closet. (Directed by Jeffrey Schwarz, 93 min., 2010.) For more information, contact the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival: lgbtfilm@uwm.edu or UWM LGBT Film.

Wednesday, February 1

Rachel Baum on "A Second Life for the Jews of Europe: Shoah and Virtual Memory"
7pm, Sister Camille Kliebhan Conference Center, Cardinal Stritch University
Sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies

In Spring 2009, a Jewish magazine dedicated an issue to memory -- noteworthy only because the magazine, 2Life, exists on Second Life (SL), a simulated world. Several new developments on Second Life had made the issue of memory particularly pressing to its Jewish residents: the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened an exhibit on Kristallnacht; an elderly Holocaust survivor gave her testimony; and a new "sim" (simulated reality) offered an experience of the Eastern European shtetl. This lecture builds upon recent scholarship of Second Life by anthropologists, film scholars, and philosophers to argue that SL has radically changed the categories of "home," "memory," and even "human" in ways that are of vital significance to the study of the Shoah.

Tuesday, January 31

Spoken Word with Dasha Kelly
7:00pm - 9:00pm, Alumni Fireside Lounge

On January 31st the Center for Volunteerism and Student Leadership will be hosting spoken word poet Dasha Kelly in the Alumni Fireside Lounge at 7pm. Dasha will encourage guests to artistically reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King Junior's message as well as give a Milwaukee specific insight to social justice issues. Complimentary coffee, tea, and chocolate fondue bar will be available for those in attendance. Registration not required but encouraged.

Monday, January 30

Writing Center Open House
11am-2:00pm, Curtin 127

All are invited to the Writing Center's spring open house. Stop in and get acquainted. Learn about our increasingly popular (upgraded) synchronous online tutoring program and other resources. TEACHERS: Pick up brochures or arrange for a brief class visit. STUDENTS: 1st time visitors can register and choose choice appt times!

As a reminder... conversations with the Center's qualified tutors - one on one, in a friendly, confidential and impartial atmosphere - can benefit writers with a variety of tasks, from any discipline and at any skill level. Nearly 50% of writers who visit the Center are advanced undergrads, grad students, faculty and staff. Writers can make their own 30 or 60 min appts on our website or simply walk in to CRT 127 or the Library to see if a tutor is immediately available. We're open until 7:00pm Mon-Wed nights. Synchronous online tutoring is also an option via our website during all open hrs.

Thursday, January 26

Chancellor's Plenary Address
2:30pm-3pm, Wisconsin Room - UWM Union

Chancellor Lovell will present his spring plenary address to the UWM community on January 26, 2012 at 2:30pm in the Wisconsin Room. The Chancellor invites all faculty, academic staff, classified staff, students, and friends to join him. While everyone at UWM is invited to attend this presentation, it is important that supervisors and employees work together to ensure that office operational needs are met while allowing as many people as possible to attend. A live webcast of the plenary will be available to those unable to attend the presentation in person. For further information or if you have special needs that require assistance, please contact the Office of the Secretary of the University, Lubar N450, 414-229-5988.