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Humanistic Studies

Faculty Forum: Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors

Of Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors:
Social Satire in the Works of Rodolfo Santana and Juan Rivera Saavedra

Professor Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz

Friday, April 30
2:00-3:00 pm
University Union
Phoenix A
UW-Green Bay Campus

This work-in-progress lecture will discuss the major themes in two plays: Rock para una abuela virgen (1988) by the Venezuela playwright Rodolfo Santana and Los profesores (1958) by the Peruvian Juan Rivera Saavedra.  Both of these works have enjoyed an unexpected resurgence in popularity in the last few years: Santana’s social farce was recently adapted to the silver screen garnering rave reviews, while Rivera Saavedra’s previously banned absurdist commentary on Peruvian academia was finally staged in Lima three years ago.

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.

Great Books Fall 2010

The Department of Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library invite you to participate in the spring semester’s Great Books Discussion series.  On the second Tuesday of each month, a member of UW-Green Bay’s Humanitistc Studies faculty will lead a discussion on one of the “great books” of western and world culture.  The schedule for the fall semester 2010 is…

September 14, TOPIC: NATURAL LAW/RELIGION, Leviathan, Hobbe Chapters 6, 12 and 14, Presented by Professor Derek Jeffreys

October 12, TOPIC: UTOPIANISM, Utopia, Thomas More, Presented by Professor Kevin Kain

November 9, TOPIC: LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY, Open Veins of Latin America Presented by Professor Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz

December 14, TOPIC: RUSSIAN DRAMA, The Cherry Orchard, Chekov Presented by Professor Heidi Sherman

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

The Great Books Discussion series is held on the Lower Level of the Brown County Library (Central Branch – 515 Pine St., Downtown Green Bay).  Discussions begin at 6:30 p.m.

See you there!

Aldrete-Guided Linothorax Project in the News

The Discovery Channel recently reported on Professor Greg Aldrete’s linothorax faculty/student collaborative research project.  The poster referred to was designed by UWGB graduate Scott Bartell (history and humanistic studies) and last week won the Best Poster Prize at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America. More info, including the poster and video, can be found on the project’s website.

The Pope’s Toilet

The Green Bay Film Society will present the next International Film of the semester on Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum.

The Pope’s Toilet
Uruguay, 2007

In 1988, Melo, an Uruguayan town on the Brazilian border, awaits the visit of Pope John Paul II. 50,000 people are expected to attend, and the most humble locals believe that selling food and drink to the multitude will just about make them rich. Petty smuggler Beto thinks he has the best idea of all—he decides he will build a WC in front of his house and charge for its use.  His efforts bring about unexpected consequences, and the final results will surprise everyone.

All are welcome to attend.

More information on the Green bay Film Society may be found here.

Lockard’s Last Lecture

“Crossing Borders: Disciplines, Cultures, and Histories”

 A lecture by Craig Lockard

November 19, 3:30
Christie Theatre, University Union, UWGB

 Please join Social Change and Development as we honor our retiring colleague Craig Lockard. Professor Lockard has served the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a dedicated teacher, scholar, and institutional and intellectual leader. To our benefit, he has also served the larger academy and intellectual world as a distinguished historian and theoretician of world history.

Co-sponsored by the History Department and the Center for History and Social Change. Please contact Kim Nielsen at nielsenk@uwgb.edu with questions or if accommodations are needed.

Emma’s Bliss

The Green Bay Film Society will present the next International Film of the semester on Wednesday, November 18th at 7:00 pm in the auditorium of the Neville Public Museum.

Emma’s Bliss
Germany, 2006

Max, a car salesman, has been diagnosed with cancer and faced with the knowledge that he doesn’t have much longer to live. He impulsively steals money and a car and sets out to flee. By chance he encounters Emma, an eccentric young woman who lives alone on a farm with a different conception of life and death. Director Sven Taddicken’s odd and wondrous film about death and dying pointedly contrasts Western medicine’s sometimes intrusive approach to prolonging life by any means necessary with a graceful acceptance of the inevitable.

All are welcome to attend.

More information on the Green bay Film Society may be found here.

Kevin Soucie

French Club Soucie