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Dr. Derek Jeffreys to offer Humanistic Studies 351: Punishment with the help of NEH “Enduring Questions” Grant

This spring, Dr. Derek Jeffreys will be teaching HUM STUD 351 on the theme of Punishment.  Dr. Jeffreys has completed detailed research into the subject spirituality and solitary confinement and a follow-up study on spirituality and torture. Check out an interview he did with Harper’s Magazine on one of his publications on the subject!Last year he won a major national grant to assist his development of this new course on punishment, and the grant will allow him to bring in several preeminent speakers on the subject. The course is a great opportunity not to be missed!

Discussion on “Global Terrorism: The World after the Paris attacks”

Panel discussion: “Global Terrorism: The World after the Paris attacks” November 24th, 4:30pm Phoenix Room C


Pres. Obama at G20 summit following attacks

Cristina Ortiz, UW-Green Bay Professor of Humanities and Global Studies, Chair of Modern Languages, “Paris: the city and the symbol”

Katia Levintova, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of Global Studies “Mourning all victims”

David Coury, UW-Green Bay Professor of Humanities and Global Studies, Director of Center for Middle Eastern Studies “Terrorism in a Global Age”

Dave Helpap, UW-Green Bay Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration “US Federal and State Reaction to the Aftermath of the ISIS Attacks”

Roundtable discussion of Syrian refugee crisis this Thursday

This Thursday the Center for Middle East Studies and Partnerships is co-sponsoring with St Norbert College’s Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding, a roundtable discussion on the refugee crisis in Europe. The event takes place at 7:00pm in the Fort Howard Hall at St Norbert. Please share the information and attached flyer with interested students.Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 8.59.15 AM

Join us for an “After Thoughts” presentation on “The Flax Project,” Nov. 3rd

UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Medieval History, Heidi Sherman, and Associate Professor of Fiber Arts, Alison Gates, will present “The Flax Project” Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Grand Foyer of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Historian Sherman and textile artist Gates will share their experiences working across academic disciplines and across the ages as they perfect the art and practice of growing a fiber crop and processing the harvest on a college campus. Sherman and Gates, along with an outstanding undergraduate researcher, grew and processed their first successful crop in 2011. Since then, they have planted successful crops each year with a team of new students from History, Art and several other majors. The Flax Project is funded through grants from the UWGB Research Council, the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost.

After Thoughts begins with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by the Sherman and Gates’ presentation beginning at 5:45 p.m. Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $15. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online at Walk-up registration also is an option.

Global Studies Roundtable Discussion, 10/29 in MAC 103

Dr. Tim Mau

The next Global Studies conversation will be about most recent Canadian elections and their implications for the domestic and foreign policies of our next-door neighbor. It will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2-3pm in Room 103 of the University Union. Discussion will be led by Dr. Tim Mau, Professor of Canadian politics and public administration (University of Guelph, Canada). As you know, these discussions allow us, as campus, to have important and timely conversations about topical events and processes around the world.

Published poet Coutley, a UW-Green Bay alumna, returns for reading

Award-winning poet and educator Lisa Fay Coutley returns to her undergraduate alma mater, UW-Green Bay, for a reading and question-and-answer session on Monday, Oct. 26.

The program, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union, located on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Coutley is an assistant professor of creative writing and poetry at Snow College in Utah. In January 2016, she will relocate to Eugene, Ore., for a half-year assignment as a visiting professor with the poetry and creative writing program at the University of Oregon.

Coutley will read from works including her debut poetry collection, Errata, published earlier this year by Southern Illinois University Press.

Announcing the Fall 2015 Great Books Series!

The fall session of the Great Books Discussion Group is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, downtown Green Bay.  The group meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Board Room.  Staff from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Department of Humanistic Studies leads the discussions.


Date Title & Author Presenter:
September 8 Flatland
Edwin A. Abbott 
Rebecca Nesvet
October 13 Notes from the Underground
F. Dostoevsky
Kevin Kain
November 10 My Name is Red
Orhan Pamuk
David Coury
December 8 La pedagogia del oprimido (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)
Paulo Freire
Hernan Fernandez-Meardi


The library offers many of these titles in a variety of formats. Copies can be reserved or downloaded from the library’s online catalog – visit  and click on the library card. These discussions are free and open to anyone interested in participating.  Parking is free downtown after 6:00 p.m.

Pope Joan Tomorrow Night at the Christie Theatre

“Pope Joan”this Wednesday(April 29) starts at 7:00 pm in Christie Theatre.

Everyone is welcome!

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In 814 A.D Johanna’s young life seems already determined,  but she senses a spiritual calling and strikes out against the confines of social and ecclesiastical rule and follows her growing faith and conviction. Disguising herself as a man, she enters the Bendictine cloister in Fulda, where she lives as an herbalist and doctor until her true identity is in jeopardy of being discovered…

Interested in Science Fiction??

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Say hello to something new!! The Humanistic Studies Department is introducing a new minor in Science Fiction.


Congratulations to Professor Greg S. Aldrete of UWGB History!

Professor Aldrete has been chosen to receive the University of Wisconsin System‘s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff as one of two recipients of the 23rd annual Regents Teaching Excellence Awards! For more information about this award:


Gregory S. Aldrete, Professor, Department of History, UW‑Green Bay. Aldrete has been teaching at UW-Green Bay since 1995. He regularly teaches eight different courses of approximately 450 students per year, as well as numerous independent studies. Recently, he developed an innovative interdisciplinary course on military history in which students learn through “living history.” An example was the multi-year Linothorax Project, in which his students re-created and tested the linen armor that Alexander the Great wore during his conquests. The published results garnered international attention. His teaching methods include analyzing primary documents, holding debates, role-playing, and other hands-on activities. He has written and recorded dozens of video lectures for The Teaching Company, with the first series entitled, “The History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective.” Aldrete gives frequent public lectures, including local venues as well as Iowa State University, Boston University, and the University of Manitoba in Canada. His students frequently comment on his depth of knowledge and passion for the subject of history and for teaching. Aldrete was selected in 2012 as Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE). In 2009, he received a national award of merit from the American Philological Association as one of the nation’s top teachers of classics.

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