“Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited” at the St. Norbert art gallery inside the Bush Art Center. This exhibit captures moments of worship and other spiritual moments of 11 different types of marginal religious communities in California (For example, Muslims formerly from Cambodia whose family and friends were victims of genocide in the 1970′s; an ashram mainly for people with HIV; a Buddhist program for prisoners, etc.). This exhibition runs until October 22nd but the gallery is only open on weekdays from 9:00-3:00, so it may be hard for some of you to get a chance to see the exhibit. But if you can make it, it will be well worth your time. The photographer, Rick Nahmias, also has a book based on the exhibit with the same title “Golden States of Grace”, which is probably available at the St. Norbert bookstore.
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More and more of our students, staff, and members of the community are becoming engaged in political activities such as collecting signatures for the recall of the governor and senators, the Occupy movement, and other protests. At the same time, we have seen the willingness on the part of the police across the nation to engage in the use of violence against protesters.
When we showed Little Town of Bethlehem, we had an audience member talk about how she didn’t think she could stop herself from using violence if she saw someone (including security forces) attack someone she cared about. I think that is quite natural (or at least the norm in our culture); it is unnatural in America to respond to violence with NON-violence. We must learn how to do this. And we must have a reason for doing it; we must understand why it is important not to hit back.
So . . . in order to provide our community – our students and fellow teachers and parents and loved ones – with all the knowledge and tools available in order to be prepared in the case that they are protesting and someone decides to use violence against them, I thought it was important to have a knowledgeable and experienced teacher come and teach us. We are fortunate to have someone in our community who is able and willing to come and share with us both the reasons for engaging in non-violent action, and also the methodology.
It will be great to have very practical, nitty-gritty – “this is what to do when someone swings a baton at your head” kind of training, which will come after some discussion of the history and meaning or ideology of non-violence. I hope some of you will join us:
Do you have a desire to change power relations and social structures and an attitude of respect for all humanity or all life?
Come learn techniques to effectively advocate for bringing about social change and meet others who are also passionate about it.
Thursday February 9th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday February 11th from 12:00 to 4:00 (Vegan/Organic Lunch is included!)
at the Mauthe Center (blue building across from the Kress Center)
To RSVP or questions contact: Abby Ledvina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!
Women in Religion – February 16th at 7pm, Women from various faith backgrounds gather to discuss the impact they have on their respective religion.
February 23rd at 7pm – Movie Screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. This film tells the story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.
Sue Premo will be on campus this month to represent the Volunteer Center and help eager students sign up with agencies who desperately need their help. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking for service-learning opportunities.
THE VOLUNTEER CENTER OF BROWN COUNTY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009
University Union, ALUMNI A & B
Sue Premo, Community Relations Director,
UW-Green Bay Alumni will cover:
· Reasons to volunteer
· Connecting with volunteer opportunities
· The Volunteer Guide
· Opportunities to sign-up
· Short-term volunteer activities
· Information on the searchable database
Well, so much for my good intentions to keep this blog up to date! I’ll just keep trying. In the meantime, here are some events you really should check out:
Mental Health Awareness Week
As part of Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 6th – October 10th), the Psychology and Human Development Club and the Brown County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) invite you to learn more about NAMI’s efforts in our community. Speakers will include NAMI community organizers, consumers, and the City of Green Bay Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team. The event will be held on October 7th at 5:30 to 7:30 in MAC 208. To learn more about NAMI, please visit their website at www.nami.org. For questions about this event, please contact Professor Ryan Martin at email@example.com.
A Day in the FieldLearn about opportunities for Leaders, Problem-Solvers and Analytical Thinkers within the software industry. Whether you are about to graduate or have a few years left, Epic wants to invite you to learn about various career opportunities in Healthcare IT. When: Friday, October 17th 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.Where: Epic – Verona, WI AgendaTour our State of the Art FacilitySee a demo of our software & learn what we doLearn about the Healthcare Industry, technology and jobs availableGet tips on where to find jobs and how to interviewLunch is provided Cost: Free!Register: RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, major, school and graduation date. Check us out online at www.epicsystems.com. Stay Tuned For . . .- Graduate School Night (Hosted by Psi Chi, late Oct.–information about graduate school options)- Meet the Faculty Night (Hosted by the Psych/Hum Dev club — informal social hour with food/beverages–mid Oct.)
Here are some great things to do this week. Unfortunately, the talk on Native American Identity was cancelled, and I am too slow to post about the talk on Hmong Lao in Thailand. However, there are still some interesting and – more importantly – valuable things you can do to learn and help the community.
Social Work students have been working to organize events in honor of Anne Kok and to bring awareness to homeless issues. Since we have been talking about shantytowns, these seem particularly relevant for students in my Cross-Cultural class.
UW-Green Bay Habitat for Humanity holding Shanty Town fundraiserA “Shanty Town” fundraiser sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Habitat for Humanity chapter will dramatize the plight of the homeless. The Shanty Town event is set for Friday evening, April 25, through Saturday morning, April 26, at Bay Evangelical Covenant Church, 2280 Nicolet Drive. For details, or info on how to take part, visit http://www.uwgb.edu/univcomm/news/archive/2008/08-99.htm
Panel Discussion on Homelessness
“The public is invited to a panel discussion on homelessness in Green Bay to take place at The Salvation Army, 626 Union Ct., at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6. Panelists include a longtime community advocate/activist, a school social worker from Green Bay Area Public Schools, and a client of the social service community. The panel will be moderated by Kathy McMurray, president of the Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition. Marc Seidl at email@example.com has more info.”
Word goes out on ‘Jam for Justice’ to benefit Freedom HouseStudents attending UW-Green Bay, in cooperation with the Ecumenical Center, are planning a Jam for Justice concert to benefit the Freedom House family homeless shelter located near campus. The event will be held Friday, May 2 and begin with a free simple supper at 5 p.m. and speakers from Freedom House. Organizers say the evening will continue with live music performed by UW-Green Bay students and faculty and performers including Finding Faith Band, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Good News, Joey Cox, Dave Sponholz, Zack Davoodi, Mike Casey and more. For info or contribute, call Jan Scoville, director of the Ecumenical Center, at 465-5133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the Jam for Justice is an item you no longer want that could be used by homeless families getting a “hand up” from Freedom House. A list of items Freedom House needs can be found at http://www.freedomhouseministries.org/needs.html