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Podcasting in the Name of Frankenstein!

Phoenix Studios LIVE Event

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On October 17th, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay had their first ever Phoenix Studios LIVE event at the Fort Howard Hall. The event organized by the brilliant Phoenix Studios Producer Kate Farley was a fantastic showcase of the great podcasts that are produced here at UWGB. The hosts and masterminds of the night were Kate Farley and her Production Assistant and  intern from the Communications department, Ntxhee Yee Thao. Phoenix Studios LIVE was a night of exciting and fascinating conversations focused on engaging topics that related to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and horror.

 ALL THE RAGE: “Mob Creation”

IMG_8248The night started with a discussion on “Mob Creation” with hosts of ALL THE RAGE, Dr. Ryan Martin of the Psychology Department and Dr. Chuck Rybak of English and Humanities who is Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. During this podcast, the two discussed what qualities define a “mob”, and how that compares to our common conception of what a mob is (you know, grab your torch and pitchforks, etc.). They cited real-life examples from day to day occurrences and joked about how they themselves could be defined as a two-person mob.  

INDENTED: “Let’s Not Forget Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley”

IMG_8503Second on the night’s roster was the podcast, Indented. Hosted by Krynn Hanold, the English Creatives Intern, Dr. Rebecca Nesvet of the English, Humanities, and Woman & Gender Studies, and Dr. Jessica Van Slooten of the English department and Women’s Gender Studies Program Co-chair from the UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. During their segment, they discussed the daring and impressive life of Mary Shelley, a woman well ahead of her time.

During the podcast, Dr. Nesvet illustrated an impressive skill that Wollstonecraft Shelley had learned from her father: reading two books at one time. This task was believed to be the best way to compare two books. Dr. Nesvet also passionately discussed how well educated MWS was during a time where women normally didn’t receive an extensive literary education.

IMG_8317As a woman who was ahead of her time, MWS discussed topics of gender roles in a subtle and profound way through her work. Dr. Van Slooten discussed how MWS used gender to defy the values of the 19th century and the expectations of men and women in society. Drawing from Dr. Van Slooten’s expertise in gender studies, she breaks down the gender conceptions that MWS depicts in her writing of Frankenstein.

SERIOUS FUN: “It Came From the Public Domain”

IMG_8446So who is Frankenstein’s monster, and does our vision of him parallel with MWS’ writing? The podcast, SERIOUS FUN! hosted by Dr. Carr with his special guest Bob the stuffed ‘creature’, takes on the topic of legal rights in relation to the image of Frankenstein’s monster. During this interactive podcast, the audience was asked to draw the image that pops into their head when thinking of Frankenstein. Naturally, the audience drew the typical creature (bolts in the neck, flat top head, scar on the forehead, etc.) created by Dr. Frankenstein and not Dr. Frankenstein himself. The image we think of as Frankenstein was first proposed by James Whale’s interpretation of the creature in his 1931 adaptation of FrankensteinCarr delved deeper in the matter to explain the timeline of the copyright of the images of Frankenstein and discusses why and how we have many of different versions of Frankenstein today. 

Bird in the Wings: “Designing Fear” 

IMG_8588The last two podcasts of the evening discussed the construction of horror and how it can invoke joy in some while terror in others. The podcast Bird in the Wings is hosted by Kelli Strickland, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. For this special event, Strickland invited two guests from Thirteenth Floor Entertainment who work on designing the popular haunted house attraction in Green Bay, Terror on the Fox. During this podcast, they discussed what goes into creating fear and how to construct an environment that represent real-world problems in consumers’ lives. Haunted houses are very similar to theatre productions in the way that IMG_8624they are crafted and strategically planned to make the audience feel targeted emotions. Through the use of costume design, lighting design, and the good ol’ fashion ‘jump-scare’, they create an immersive interactive environment of entertaining fear. They don’t stop there; the haunted house cast even communicates to each other about the outspoken fears of the customers to be used against them in their walkthrough of horror. (Quick tip: When walking into a haunted house, do NOT express that you are deathly afraid of clowns, because the employees will hear you, and be sure to get a clown all up in your business)

Psychology and Stuff: “Why Do People Like Horror?”

IMG_8637The night ended on the topic of horror movies, specifically why people enjoy them. The podcast Psychology and Stuff was hosted by senior Psychology student Sammy Alger-Feser, Dr. Jason Cowell of the Psychology and Human Development departments, and Dr. Ryan Martin of the Psychology department. The panel was perfectly weighted with Sammy who is a horror film fanatic, Dr. Martin who just might consider watching a scary movie (given that the film has good qualities), and Dr. Cowell, who is not a fan. Throughout the discussion, they brought up their own personal experiences with horror and went on to explain the psychological processes behind their reactions to this type of film.

Final Thoughts On The Night

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It is impossible to summarize every aspect of the thrilling topics that were discussed throughout the night. Even though each of these podcasts has different foundations in their disciplines, they all found creative and festive ways to incorporate their topics into a fluid overall theme. Phoenix Studios LIVE was a great event to showcase the variety of podcasts that UWGB produces. This night was also an excellent representation of the ways UWGB professors, students, and technical staff have created a common platform for the different departments and areas of study. Through this event, the podcasts were able to reach a broader audience and showcase their individual focus, quirks, and personalities. 

We are very excited to see what Phoenix Studios has in store for us next. If you are interested in hearing the recordings from this event, each podcast will be posting their individual segments from the night and you can find them by clicking here

 

Written by Rachel Scray and Elayna Hartter

Photo Credit: Haley Falcon – Thank you for capturing the night.

 

 

 

 

 

Great Books discussion of Calderon de la Barca’s “Life is a Dream” Tuesday, Jan. 12

Monument to Calderon de la Barca in Madrid, J. Figueras, 1878 (WikiCommons)

Please consider joining us for a discussion of Calderon de la Barca’s 17th century play “Life is a Dream,” moderated by our very own Professor Cristina Ortiz.  The work grapples with questions of free will, fate and metaphysics. Even if you haven’t had a chance to read it, the discussion will be illuminating and educational!

The discussion starts at 6:30pm in the second-floor board room at the Brown County Public Library, Downtown Branch, and they are free and open to the public.

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

Presenters:

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 https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afterthoughts. 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 www.browncountylibrary.org  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.

Great Books Discussions schedule Fall 2014!

Please come to the Brown County Central Library on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The Great Book Discussions are held in the Board Room (2nd Floor).

September 9

Apocryphal New Testament

 

Professor Brian Sutton

October 14

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Professor Kevin Kain

November 11

Letters to a Young Poet and Selected Poems

Rainer Maria Rilke

Professor David Coury

December 9

Beloved

Toni Morrison

Professor Rebecca Meacham

Come on out to the Philosopher’s Cafe

Green Bay Area Philosophers’ Café – A meeting of minds

What is the Philosophers’ Café?
Faculty from UWGB and St. Norbert College are collaborating to initiate a series of Philosophers’ Cafés in the Green Bay area. Philosophers’ Cafés are public forums held at local coffee shops and pubs in which community members engage in open, friendly, and respectful dialogue in a relaxed and informal setting. We will discuss topics ranging from traditional philosophical problems to pressing contemporary issues. Topics will be introduced and discussions moderated by faculty from either St. Norbert College or UWGB.

Who should attend?
All are welcome and a diversity of views and approaches are encouraged. No formal training in Philosophy (or anything else) is required – just an interest in good questions and good conversation.

Check out this year’s schedule at: http://www.uwgb.edu/philosophers-cafe/schedule.asp

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