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Month: September 2008 (page 1 of 2)

One Man. One Year. A World of Conflict.

Kevin Sites, author of In the Hot Zone: One Man. One Year. Twenty Wars, presents his remarkable photography and documentary on conflicts around the world.

Kevin Sites Photography Display
Wed., Sept. 24, to Thurs., Oct. 2
Cloud Commons Plaza, University Union, UWGB Campus

One Man. One Year. A World of Conflict.
Documentary Film showing
Wed., Oct. 1, 8pm
Phoenix Rooms, University Union, UWGB Campus

One Man. One Year. A World of Conflict.
Presentation by Kevin Sites
Thurs., Oct. 2, 8pm
Phoenix Rooms, University Union, UWGB Campus

For more information, see Kevin Sites In the Hot Zone.

Linothorax Project

Professor Greg Aldrete and UWGB Alumnus Scott Bartell (History, 2008) bring history to life with a project that recreates ancient Alexandrian armor!

See the UWGB Inside story, “Personal Protection, the Ancient Greek Way”, for the full story.

Faculty Forum

“Europe From the Outside: A Mediated Image?”

Professor Maria Obieta
Visiting Scholar from the Universidad de Deusto (Spain)

Friday, September 26
2:30-3:30 pm
Alumni B, Cloud Commons, University Union
UW-Green Bay Campus

Professor will present her research and answer questions regarding the perception of Europe in the United States during the post-war period.

All are welcome to attend.

All the Animals Came Dancing

“All The Animals Came Dancing”

by Denise Sweet

Somewhere between nowhere and shadow
You held still and quiet; a quick slip and
You would totter over the edge of
The world, taking with you ancient
songs of love, of devotion, of longevity,
songs that celebrated the simple elegance
of living in balance.

So many whimpered in your absence:
The throatsingers tried in vain to
call you back, other winged creatures
felt lost and cut off from the harmonious
cranesong that once trumpeted
across the marshlands

It was in our ignorance we fell silent,
Helpless anxious to be of use;
we began to think of bogs and swamps
As eerie, ugly and useless.
We drained those windigo wetlands, paved
Them over with asphalt or planted crops
that floundered or refused to take root

Believe us, aashigsug,we tried to fill
and give function to the emptied camps
of the Whooping Crane. Or were we
fumbling to fill that empty nest
in our hearts shaped by your absence?

 * * *

We are told by the Old Ones
That it is inborn in all beings alive
to return to the place of its beginning,
to rise and sweep with what strength
is left and begin that wondrous trek
towards home, no matter the distance
no matter how difficult the passage.

And so it is aashigsug.  Shy, secretive
And cryptic in coloration, one day
In the bright mist you appeared.
As in your own emergence account,
You stood before us, waiting for us
To send out a simple prayer, to properly
greet you by simply standing still
You stood before us
elegant, erect and majestic in form.
You stood before us, a hooded shaman
From the farthest sky, a stellar space
Out of range of the naked eye.

Through the bulrushes and overgrowth
Of slender reeds, your mate steps forward
and with a slight but mutual bow and brief
address, you wander together, winding through
the wet meadows, springing unto a sandbar
and then suddenly a flawless lift into flight
punctuating the sky with prehistoric
angles some have never seen.

It has been 400 seasons since you have
presented a clutch of chicks, treasures
of the horicon.  Some indispensible
guiding spirit came into the hearts
of humankind and coaxed you out
of the shadows.  This joyous birth
is a ripple away from the impossible.
While you nudge your brood into
Thicker, safer confines, we sang songs
Once again worshipping the ground
you walk on–
and all the animals came dancing.

For more of Professor Sweet’s poetry, be sure to attend Poetry Night: Animal Poems! at 6:30 on Thursday, September 25 at the Neville Public Museum (210 Museum Place, Green Bay).

The End of the Straight and Narrow

David McGlynn

Assistant Professor of English
Lawrence University

Author of
The End of the Straight and Narrow

Fiction Reading and Q&A
1:00-2:00 pm, Monday, Seoptember 22
1965 Room, University Union, UW-Green Bay

Literary Publishing Discussion
with Sheepshead Review
5:15-? pm, TH 310, UW-Green Bay

“McGlynn’s superlatively crafted, deeply sympathetic debut story collection traces the spiritual agonies of Christians trying to make sense of their faith within the vicissitudes of human nature….” —Publishers Weekly

“When a young writer proves in a first collection that he is the real thing, when the stories are as riveting and haunting as David McGlynn’s are, the temptation is to ask how it is possible. McGlynn writes both elegantly and deeply about the trick of salvation and the strange consolation of suffering itself, about the sorrows of the faithful and the faith that’s required of the nonbeliever.”
Jane Hamilton, author of When Madeline Was Young



8:00 pm 

Friday, September 20

Rose Hall 250

This award-winning French animated film, based on the stunning graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, depicts the life of a girl growing up during the Iranian Revolution.

Sponsored by the Student Film Society.


Tongue in Groove

Chuck Rybak Poetry Reading!

Chuck Rybak, Professor of English at UW-Washington County and author of Tongue in Groove, will be a guest in Professor Catherine Henze’s English class on Thursday, September 18, from 3:30-4:50 in Wood Hall 215 (UW-Green Bay campus).  He will be reading selections of his poetry and answering questions from Professor Henze’s students, but all are welcome  and encouraged to attend.

Poetry Night

Animal Poems!

read by

Denise Sweet
Wisconsin Poet Laureate

Professor Denise Sweet invites you to join her for an evening of Animal Poems on Thursday, September 25 at the Neville Public Museum (210 Museum Place, Green Bay).  Bring your favorite animal poem to recite and listen to Dee recite familiar and unfamiliar animal poems, too!

Reading Sign Up – 6:00 p.m.

Open Reading – 6:30 p.m.

Featured Reader to Follow

For more information contact Matt Welter, Curator of Education (448-7851).

New Faculty Profile: Liamar Duran Almarza

Liamar Duran Almarza is a new faculty member in Humanistic Studies and Spanish.  We thought you might like to know a little more about your professor and colleague, so we asked her a few questions about herself.

Where did you go to college?

I studied at the University of Leon (Spain) for my B.A./M.A. in English Philology and M.A. in Linguistics. Then I moved to the University of Oviedo (Spain) to do the coursework for the Doctorate in Women’s Studies. I also spent one year with an  European grant studying English and Irish Literature and Culture at Trinity College, Dublin.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor was Marina Maquiera who taught an introductory course to General Linguistics in my first college year. She was not a very popular teacher because she was very demanding, but I appreciated the fact that she was one of the few professors that would ask us students for our own perspectives and opinions. This is not very common in Spain where most classes are on a lecture format and the professor is the only one to talk for the whole hour….

You have a PhD in what field?

Women’s Studies.

What did you do your research on?

I focused on the works of two Dominican-American women writers and performers who share the experience of migration to the city of New York. In their work they explore issues of identity formation from two different but complementary perspectives: one gives voice to the experiences of a young Dominican migrant who struggles to adapt to the urban environment of New York City while the other depicts the difficulties faced by a returned migrant in the Dominican Republic.

What are your current research interests?

I am interested in Latino/a Cultures in the US, Caribbean Diaspora communities in the world and female narratives of displacement across cultures.

What courses do you teach?

This semester I am teaching Span 201-Intermediate Spanish I (2 sections) and Span 225-Intermediate Conversation and Composition. How would you describe your teaching style?

In teaching, my primary goal is to develop a learner-centered environment in which students get involved and take ownership in the process of learning. In my classes I try to encourage active learning with every activity and project that students have to complete both inside and outside the classroom, so that my students become knowledgeable not only of the Spanish language but also of the diverse cultures and communities in which Spanish is a means of communication. In my quest to develop critical and independent thinkers, I also endeavor to promote cross-cultural awareness and appreciation, and generate insightful learners who are enthusiastic observers of global cultures, informed and knowledgeable across the disciplines and active participants in their communities.

What do you like to do for fun (hobbies)?

I enjoy reading, watching movies, hiking, practicing yoga and downhill skiing.

What was the last good book you read?

Maridos (Husbands) by Angeles Mastretta.

If we looked at your playlist what would we find?

R.E.M., Maná, Bebe, Chambao, Amy Winehouse, Latin Jazz, and, of course, The Beatles.

Faculty Profile: Caroline Boswell

Caroline Boswell is a faculty member in Humanistic Studies and History.  We thought you might like to know a little more about your professor and colleague, so we asked her a few questions about herself.

Where did you go to college?

I went to UW-Madison for undergrad.  Although I received my advanced degrees from Brown University, in my heart I will always be a Badger.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

My favorite professor at UW-Madison was Lee Wandel.  Not only did she introduce me to historiography and early modern witchcraft (fascinating!), but also she taught us all that professors are first and foremost regular people.

You have a PhD in what field?

History – early modern British history, to be exact.

What do you research?

I research intersections between the politics of everyday life—social interactions, squabbles or ordinary power struggles—and larger political and social crises. My forthcoming book, Disaffection and Everyday Life in Interregnum England, explores such issues in England when, after having executed King Charles I, England became a Commonwealth and then a Protectorate under Oliver Cromwell (1650s). Using a series of case studies, I argue that the factional discourses and shifting power relations produced by civil war and revolution complicated traditional patterns of social interaction. Men and women who discussed unwelcome taxes by the market stall, griped over policies at the alehouse, and were pointedly silent before state pageants expressed their disaffection through acts of protest that threatened to provoke new divisions or redefine old conflicts. Grassroots agitation–from disaffected mutters to ritualistic violence against officials–formed an integral part of the broad political culture that shaped debates over governance during one of the most volatile decades in British history.

I am also increasingly engaged with the scholarship of teaching and learning. As many of my students may attest, I’m invested in digital pedagogies that enhance learning and promote student expression through a variety of rich media. Next semester students in my Foundations of Western Culture II course will contribute to a new online, open access resource for future students of European history. I hope to assess this project as a tool that fosters community and student engagement within large humanities courses.

What courses do you teach?

I teach a wide-variety of courses that touch on my interests and areas of expertise. Besides Foundations of Western Culture II, I teach our Humanistic Studies course the Age of Reason and Introduction to the Digital and Public Humanities, which I recently instructed with the amazing and awe-inspiring Chuck Rybak. In history I teach courses on the French and Haitian Revolutions, Drinking and Politics in the British Atlantic World, British History 1500-1700, and Crime and Mentalities in Early Modern Europe. I always have an eye on new courses, and I am very excited to teach our new Humanistic Studies course, HUM STUD 100 “Living the Humanities.” Three of us will team-teach this course, which is designed to introduce students to the humanities as a way of study. By grappling with one of humanity’s problems our students will explore various ways in which the strengths and values that are unique to the humanities can best prepare students for their future. Each section has a topic, and next year we plan to offer “Everybody Eats,” which will consider the culture, politics and ethics of eating.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Evolving. I’m always open to experimenting with new and innovative methods of teaching and I love playing with the ever expanding number of digital tools. Though I often teach large classes, I include a series of student-centered activities—debates, role-playing, and team-based assignments—to engage students directly in the learning process. I prefer problem-based approaches to learning that allow me to take students on an intellectual exploration of enduring historical questions or important trends in European society and culture. Recently I’ve been researching the “maker” movement and authentic learning, and as a result more and more of my courses have assignments that ask students to produce a resource that is designed to assist future learners, teachers, and/or members of the public.

What do you like to do for fun (hobbies)?

I love to explore sights unseen whether in my backyard or abroad. My academic research on drinking habits is matched by a love of beer, so I enjoy visiting breweries across the US when traveling. When I need a distraction I watch sports and when I need comfort I read murder mysteries.

If we looked at your playlist what would we find?

You should ask Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, who, in his “spare” time, functions as my personal DJ. I tend to listen to albums, and I have toyed with the idea of teaching a course structured by The Kinks’ Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire). What do you think?

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