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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

Come on out to the Philosophers’ 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

 

Professor Greg Aldrete Wins a 2012-13 Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Humanities!

UW-Green Bay’s Aldrete lands second NEH fellowship on ancient Rome
Award-winning UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete has landed yet another prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, this time for the 2012-13 academic year. The grant will provide 12 months support for Aldrete to research and write the book Riots in Ancient Rome. He says periodic riots gave Rome a reputation for lawless violence and indicted its poor as unruly, but he argues many of the riots were in fact organized, instigated and exploited by the political and social elite. It is Aldrete’s second NEH fellowship. Currently on leave from UW-Green Bay as a postdoctoral fellow with the humanities research institute at UW-Madison, Aldrete will return to teaching in Green Bay for the 2011-12 academic year.  For more on this latest honor, click http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/log-news/headlines/02/07/faculty-aldrete-neh-fellowship/

Upcoming Lecture September 22 at the Neville Public Museum by Professor Saxton-Ruiz at the Neville Public Museum

How to Ride the Chicken Buses of Central America, presented by Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz (Humanistic Studies and Spanish), Wednesday Sept 22 at 6:30 pm.

Explore the history behind refurbished U.S. school buses that find a new life in Central American countries. Join Professor Saxton-Ruiz in a discussion of the art and slogans that are painted on these buses as an expression of popular culture and as a space for traditionally marginalized groups to express themselves.

Location: the Neville Public Theater of the Neville Public Museum

Aldrete-Bartell LInothorax Project in the News… Again

Professor Greg Aldrete and Scott Bartell’s  linothorax collaborative research project is gaining national and international attention.  During a session taped by a German news crew for a European TV series, Green bay Channel 2 and Channel 11 reported on the project:

And see Professor Aldrete shoot Scott Bartell with an arrow at Channel 2:

Full stories available at Channel 2 and Channel 11.

Aldrete wins Solmsen Fellowship

Greg Aldrete, Professor of Humanistic Studies (History), has won the Solmsen Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities for the academic year, 2010-2011. This is a residential fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities in Madison.

Here’s his project description:

Riots in Ancient Rome: The inhabitants of ancient Rome seem to have been a riotous lot.  For the 575-year period from 200 BC to AD 375, there are at least 154 episodes of unruly collective behavior in the city of Rome that could be considered riots (an overall frequency of 1 significant riot every 3.7 years).   The worst of these resulted in pitched battles in the streets, hundreds of deaths, widespread looting, acts of arson, and even the lynching of leading magistrates of the state.   Due to such incidents, Rome has often been characterized as a lawless and violent place, and its inhabitants, especially the poor, portrayed as disorderly and fickle.   The reality, however, is considerably more complex.   Many outbreaks were organized, instigated, and exploited not by the indigent, but rather by Rome’s political and social elites.   Furthermore, acts of violent urban collective behavior frequently occurred within the constraints of a tacit but nevertheless well-recognized set of informal societal expectations.  Finally, the motivations of those who participated were far more varied than the primary sources typically depict.  The goal of this project is to produce a scholarly book that is a comprehensive study of the riots that plagued ancient Rome during the Republic and Empire, and which not only explores their history, but also offers a more nuanced investigation of their causes, characteristics, organization, and effects.

Thomas E. Daniels Scholarship

Students are invited to apply for the annual Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship.  The deadline for applications is March 30, 2009.  Applications may be found online.

Professor Thomas E. Daniels taught in the Languages and Literatures Program at UWGB from 1968 until his untimely death in 1980.    Having earned a Ph. D. in American Studies from Washington State University, he was very well-suited to be one of the founding members of an interdisciplinary program and university.  Professor Daniels’ research focused on American literature in the 1920s and 1930s, in particular on the work of Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ernest Hemingway, but his courses explored the interconnections between literature and history, sociology, economics, and philosophy.  In addition, he emphasized the importance of World Literature, noting that American culture does not exist in a vacuum.  A charismatic individual, Thomas Daniels helped define the character of the Humanities at UWGB.

GUIDELINES FOR THE THOMAS E. DANIELS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  1. At the time of application or nomination, the student must have at least sophomore standing and be seeking support for full-time undergraduate study at UWGB.
  2. The student must be a declared major or minor in English or Modern Languages.
  3. The student must show an academic record of high achievement and must present statements from at least two faculty members attesting to the student’s promise for distinguished academic success and commitment to high intellectual standards.
  4. Previous winners of Crandall or Daniels cash awards are not eligible to win a further cash award although they can apply and receive Finalist recognition.  Applicants are encouraged to apply for both scholarships if they are eligible, but will only receive a cash award for one.

Coryl Crandall Scholarship

Students are invited to apply for the annual Coryl Crandall Memorial Scholarship.  The deadline for applications is March 30, 2010.  Applications may be found online .

Professor Coryl Crandall taught in the Humanistic Studies and Languages and Literatures Programs at UWGB from 1968 until his untimely death in 1978.  Professor Crandall served as Assistant Dean of the College of Creative Communication, the purpose of which was to examine the problem of human identity and the individual’s impact on the environment.  His primary academic interest was in Renaissance and Restoration English drama, but his interests were wide-ranging and included contemporary drama and world drama as well.  His first love, however, was acting.  In his youth, he had participated in the avant-garde productions of Harry Partch, and he was very active as both actor and director in student theater, community theater, and educational television, including such productions as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Lion in Winter, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.  An inspiring teacher and mentor, Coryl Crandall helped define the character of the Humanities and the Arts at UWGB.

GUIDELINES FOR THE CORYL CRANDALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

  1. At the time of application or nomination, the student must have at least sophomore standing and be seeking support for full-time undergraduate study at UWGB.
  2. The student must be a declared major or minor in Arts and Visual Design, Humanistic Studies, one of their disciplinary majors, or a related personal major.
  3. The student must show promise of distinguished academic achievement.
  4. Coryl Crandall’s work was identified with the college more than with a single program.  Moreover, his commitment was especially to students who can reach across traditional academic disciplines and rise above the limitations of the classroom.  Therefore, the student should have a record of well-rounded achievement and potential, and be undertaking academic work that involves contributions to the student’s immediate community within the university or the wider community of northeastern Wisconsin or beyond.
  5. Previous winners of Crandall or Daniels cash awards are not eligible to win a further cash award although they can apply and receive Finalist recognition.  Applicants are encouraged to apply for both scholarships if they are eligible, but will only receive a cash award for one.

20 Years Ago Today…

the Berlin Wall fell:

More at Deutsche Welle’s 20 Years Fall of the Wall.

Great Books Discussion: Ray Bradbury’s _Farenheit 451_

The Department of Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library invite you to participate in the next Great Books Discussion Tuesday, November 10 on the Lower Level of the Brown County Library (Central Branch – 515 Pine St., Downtown Green Bay) beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit 451
presented by Professor David Voelker, UWGB History Department

The discussion is free and open to the public.  Faculty, students, and community members are encouraged to attend.  Of course, we encourage you to read the book before attending the discussion, but even if you cannot, you may find the session enlightening.

See you there!