Children, Language, and Schooling

Dr. Moore will speak in the Christie Theatre on Thursday, April 19th at 5pm

Reflexive Research, Outreach, and Engagement with

Children and Families of the Somali Diaspora

Dr. Moore’s research explores how culture shapes language and literacy development in communities whose members use multiple languages and participate in multiple schooling traditions.  She has published extensively on her ethnographic work with two communities in Cameroon, and is currently working with a Somali community in Ohio who experiences double-schooling.

Leslie Moore earned a doctorate in Applied Linguistics and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA. In between graduate degrees she was a visiting scholar in African Languages & Linguistics at Leiden University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the National Science Foundation Center for Informal Learning and Schools at UC Santa Cruz. Dr. Moore specializes in language socialization research, an ethnographic and interactional discourse analytic approach to the study of human development and learning. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and Fulbright, and Dr. Moore has recently completed her work as the Principle Investigator on an Ohio Humanities Council/National Endowment for the Humanities Major Grant for K-12 Education. Her work has appeared in anthropological, linguistic, educational research, and interdisciplinary journals and reference works, including Text & TalkSocial Analysis, Language Arts, Language & CommunicationStudies in African LinguisticsThe Handbook of Language SocializationThe Anthropology of Learning in Childhood, and The Encyclopedia of Language and Education.

Rana Husseini Comes to Town!

We are so excited to welcome award-winning Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini to Green Bay from April 3-13. Ms. Husseini has a full schedule, with speaking engagements on UWGB and St. Norbert’s campuses as well as at venues in the community. Three of the easiest ways to hear her speak are:

Wednesday, April 4, 2:15-3:35 • UW-GB Talk on her book “Murder in the Name of Honor”, Christie Theater

Tuesday, April 10, TBA • Speak at the St. Norbert College Women’s Center

Friday, April 13, 12 – 1:30 • Fox Cities Book Fair, UW-Fox Valley

Rana’s reporting on what she always refers to as “so-called” honor crimes for the Jordan Times was instrumental in breaking the silence and sparking a grassroots movement in that country that successfully reformed the way such crimes are treated under the law.   A powerful and outspoken advocate for human rights, Ms. Husseini also provides valuable insights into the world of Jordanian youth (especially girls’ football).

Children And War

As part of both our Common Theme and our team-taught course on War and Peace, we have a special treat tomorrow night – Wednesday, Feb. 25. 

Dr. James Marten, Chair of the History Department at Marquette University will be present with us through the use of telecommunications technology.  Dr. Marten is the influential author and editor of many books including Children in Colonial America: Children and Youth in America, The Boy of Chancellorville and Other Civil War Stories, Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era & Muckraking, Lessons of War: The Civil War in Childern’s Magazines, The Children’s Civil War and of course the text we are using in the course – Children and War

He will speaking about the book and about his own work on children’s lives during the Civil War.  He’ll be able to provide a historian’s insight on interpreting children’s feelings, thoughts, experiences and behaviors in the past.  It will be an amazing opportunity to ask about different research methodologies.

We are very excited to welcome him and would love to have you join us.  We will be in IS 1034 at 5:15 pm.  Please come along for an interesting evening.

Interested in Zen?

Dr. Von Dras has extended an invitation to the broader campus community to visit his Spirituality and Development class on March 2 at 5:15.  It is an opportunity to hear Rick Stirr, current leader of the Madison Zen Center and a student of Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, Abbot of the Rochester Zen Center.  Roshi Kjolhede is the Dharma heir of Roshi Phillip Kapleau, author of “The Three Pillars of Zen.” 

The presentation will be an introduction to Zen practice using Seng Ts-an’s “Affirming Faith in Mind.”

It promises to be a very interesting evening, and we don’t even have to drive to Madison for it!  If you would like to check it out, come to MAC 103 and be sure to leave some of the desks for the actual students.

Apologies to all

The editor wishes to apologize for the long gaps between posts.  There have been some health-related issues that have kept her from being as active as she would like.  There may still be reduced traffic here, but things are looking up, and we hope to have a more active site this semester. 

Please send us your news, your ideas for topics, and anything else you think the community of anthropologists and culture-lovers might be interested in. 

Like this:  The travel course to Ecuador returned recently and has posted many wonderful pictures.  For those thinking about taking this trip next year, you might want to check it out!

Interested in Making a Little Money While You Travel Abroad?

The Office of International Education will host several workshops this month for students interested in traveling internationally.  The first will offer information about how to land jobs teaching English in other countries.  Others will provide a forum to hear about study abroad programs and international student exchanges.  These are all great ways to get some real experience immersing yourself in another way of life.

Teaching Abroad
Learn about teaching English abroad
Monday, Nov. 10, 3 p.m., Office of International Education, Cofrin Library 207

Study Abroad Panel
Learn about study abroad from UWGB students who made the journey.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, noon, American Intercultural Center, UU150

National Student Exchange Info Session
Study in more than 200 universities in the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands and Canada.
Thursday, Nov. 13, noon, American Intercultural Center, UU150

The World of Foods
Learn about cooking healthy recipes from around the world. Samples included.
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2:30 p.m to 3:30 p.m., LS 231, Cost: Students $3, Staff/ Faculty/ Community $5
MUST RSVP to: Sponsored By:  Human Biology/Nutritional Sciences

UWGB Nites! International Twist!
Come to the Union for UWGB Nites gone international. See the Union Web site for details: 

Friday, Nov. 14, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., University Union

Upcoming Seminar for Those Interested in Serving

Career Services is serving as a host site for an upcoming virtual seminar – A Call to Serve:  2009 Nonprofit Career Paths.  This seminar is open to the entire campus community – faculty, staff and students. The seminar will be held on Thursday, November 6 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in MAC 137.  Feel free to bring your lunch with soda, water and cookies provided.

The seminar will feature Shelly Cryer, author of The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job That Makes a Difference.  Shelly will offer a birds-eye view of jobs in the nonprofit sector in 2009 and the career paths within it. Cryer will focus on opportunities and obstacles to helping interested students land meaningful nonprofit sector jobs and will provide concrete strategies for successful nonprofit sector career counseling and advice on the best resources.

During this seminar, participants will discover and explore:

  • the size and scope of the nonprofit sector, the key subsectors within it, and range of job functions,
  • key barriers to landing a nonprofit job, and strategies for overcoming those barriers,
  • job search strategies specific to the nonprofit sector,
  • the best resources for nonprofit sector job preparation and job hunting, and
  • tips for building connections to a campus’ local nonprofits, as well as national nonprofits.

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Linda Peacock-Landrum in Career Services by email to or calling Career Services at 465-2163.

Don’t Forget the Powwow!

This Saturday, April 12th – Kress Events Center – from noon to 10pm

Over 1,000 people are expected this year; you should be one of them!

Schedule of Events

• Noon – Doors open

• 1 p.m. – Grand entry (song and dance with performers in full, traditional regalia)

• 3 p.m. – Ceremony honoring education the First Nations major

• 4 p.m. – Musician Wade Fernandez

• 5 p.m. – Feast (at the neighboring Ecumenical Center provided by M & J’s Traditional Catering)

• 7 p.m. – Second grand entry

• 10 p.m. – Event closes

Lao American Poet on Campus

Thursday, April 10th 8 pm (performance at 9pm)

 PHX Club, University Union 

Bryan Thao Worra will read his poetry this week as part of the American Intercultural Center’s Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Festival Celebration.Thao Worra will conduct an hour-long poetry reading at 9 p.m. in the Phoenix Club of the University Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The event is free and open to the public.

His first full-length book of poetry, “On the Other Side of the Eye,” was released last year by Sam’s Dot Publishing.  The book covers topics from the ancient kingdom of Lane Xang, to the CIA’s secret wartime activities in Laos during the Vietnam War era, to the cosmos. “It’s like a swimming pool; you can go to the very deep end or have fun splashing around near the edges, with a little something for everyone,” Thao Worra said. Thao Worra’s other work has appeared in more than 70 journals, publications and exhibits. He is currently working on another poetry book and a collection of short, Southeast Asian-American horror stories.  

Thao Worra was born in Vientiane, Laos in January 1973. The adopted son of an American pilot working in Laos at the time, Thao Worra came to the United States months later as an infant.