Tag: American Intercultural Center

Bittersweet Winds exhibit returns to UW-Green Bay campus

The Intertribal Student Council once again brings the education-focused collection “Bittersweet Winds” to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The nationally touring exhibit challenges the history of ‘Indian’ representations in mass media and popular culture.

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, November 16-18, in Alumni Rooms A and B on the main level of the University Union, on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

Scheduled at various times during the exhibit’s stay at UW-Green Bay are opportunities for guided tours, video presentations, a faculty panel, and student and teacher discussion sessions. Attendees are also able to take in the exhibit on their own to see the historical and present-day representation of Native American populations.

Educator and activist Richie Plass, has been a prominent spokesperson over the last decade as Wisconsin policymakers and others have taken up the issue of American Indian cultural history and the use of race-based mascots. Creator and curator of the traveling exhibit, Plass (Menominee/Stockbridge-Munsee) says the project started as his way to inform the public about mascots and logos which depict Native Americans in erroneous ways.

The Bittersweet Winds exhibit includes both historic and present-day examples of outright stereotyping displayed alongside more accurate portrayals of Native American people and culture.

For more information, contact Crystal Lepscier, an adviser in UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center.



Another year, another SASU Egg Roll Fundraiser (with changes)

The Southeast Asian Student Union is holding another egg roll fundraiser, this time to help students attend the Midwest Asian American Student Union conference in Minnesota. There are a few changes this year, however. The front desk of the American Intercultural Center (on the lower level of the Union) will no longer collect order forms and payments. Instead, SASU students will staff a table inside the AIC where forms and payments can be completed, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each business day between Nov. 9 and 18. (Email if you’re unable to make it, and they’ll arrange to pick up orders and payments.) Also, they will no longer sell egg rolls by the half dozen – future sales will be in increments of one dozen only, at $15 per dozen. Finally, they’re replacing the green onions and cilantro combo with white onions instead. One more thing: You’ll be able to specify the date and time that you’d like to pick up your egg rolls. “Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us with any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll try to respond within 24 hours.”

Survey of students on bus transportation

Justin Mallett of the American Intercultural Center and others on campus are working with Green Bay Transit on a survey of current UW-Green Bay students and their future preferences regarding bus routes and stops, and potential shuttle routes of interest to the student population. You can check out the survey here.

AIC, SASU plan trip to Twin Cities on Hmong history, culture

The American Intercultural Center and the Southeast Asian Student Union are organizing a one-day trip to the We Are Hmong Minnesota exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. Come and learn more about the Hmong culture. In addition, the museum trip includes storytelling led by Lt. Nhia-Long Vu as part of the Stories from a Hmong Secret Warrior panel. Also part of the day is a visit to the nearby Hmong Village market — the Twin Cities have the largest urban Hmong population in America, roughly 65,000 residents — with unique fruits, vegetables, traditional Hmong food, clothing and much more. The date is Saturday, Oct. 17, departing at 7 a.m. from the Studio Arts Blue parking lot with an estimated return of 11 p.m. The fee of only $10 covers museum entrance and coach bus fare. The signup deadline is Monday the 12th at the AIC. For more on the exhibit or market.

Faculty, staff to present at Ally Conference

The Oct. 24 diversity and equality conference at UW-Green Bay will feature presentations by a good many faculty and staff members of the University. As of this date, presenters include: Christin DePouw, Education; Joel Muraco, Human Development; Kristin Vespia, Human Development; Pao Lor, Education; Stacie Christian, Human Development; Kristy Aoki, Office of International Education; Jemma Lund, Office of International Education; Justin Mallett, American Intercultural Center; Mai Lo Lee, American Intercultural Center; Crystal Lepscier, American Intercultural Center; and Jeff Willems, Residence Life.

Update on Campus Cupboard: More items requested

The UW-Green Bay Campus Cupboard has assisted more than 25 individuals with the provision of food, personal items and cleaning products, as well as clothing. At this time, the Campus Cupboard is seeking laundry detergent, vegetarian soups, peanut butter, cereals including instant oatmeal, and toilet paper as the inventory on these items is very low or nonexistent. The Pride Center is happy to come pick up items from your workstation or office, or you can drop off your donations at a collection box in your area or in the Pride Center on the lower level of the University Union, across from the American Intercultural Center. If you know students or employees who would like to receive items from the Campus Cupboard, the Cupboard is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m., or Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or, interested persons can inquire about assistance at the website. Please contact Stacie Christian with your questions.

Faculty/staff note: Lepscier artwork

Crystal Tourtillott Lepscier, an adviser in the American Intercultural Center, had artwork exhibited at the Athens Cultural Center in Athens, N.Y., in the Hudson River Valley this past summer. It was part of the exhibit “Taking Root: Caniskek and the Meeting of Two Worlds” (Caniskek being the name of the Mohican village before European settlement). Lepscier’s work — ceremonial beadwork of traditional style, along with accompanying sketches — was exhibited alongside that of contemporary local and national Mohican artists.

2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow set for April 25

2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow FlierThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council will present the 2015 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at the Kress Events Center on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive.

The event, which is free and open to the public, attracts participants and spectators from across Wisconsin and surrounding states.

It will include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., as well as a no-cost feast at 5 p.m. at the Mauthe Center on campus. M&J Catering will provide food for the feast.

The theme for the 2015 Pow Wow is “Honoring the Family,” and the event will include a smoke dance special and men’s traditional special. Other honor dances will be held to recognize UW-Green Bay students, UW-Green Bay alumni and others.

The host drum for the event is Midnite Express, a well-known award-winning drum out of Minneapolis.  Three invited drums include one youth drum, Tomahawk Circle (from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe band), to honor all ages of the family. The other two are Eagle Singers and Str8 Across (Menominee).

The master of ceremonies will be Marin ‘Mark’ Denning of the Oneida Nation, and Tyler Defoe (Oneida) is arena director for the event. The Pow Wow’s female head dancers are Antoinette Lester (Oneida, Memoninee) and Kesekokiw Grignon (Oneida, Menominee). The male head dancer is Matthew Lester (Navaho). The color guard unit from the Wisconsin Indian Veterans Association’s Oneida Chamber will bring in the flags during each grand entry.

Sponsors for the Pow Wow include UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council, SUFAC, Office of the Provost, American Intercultural Center, First Nations Studies Program, Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Life, the Diversity Taskforce, Common Theme Committee, Stockbridge-Munsee Community and Oneida Nationa Tourism.


Panel on race relations, policing draws community attention

race-relationsA panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Local Police” attracted large attendance Tuesday night (April 14) at the Union’s Phoenix Room. Hosted by the American Intercultural Center, moderated by Justin Mallett and featuring Mayor Jim Schmitt, local police chiefs (UWGB’s Tom Kujawa included) and representatives of the African-American community on the panel, the event also drew extensive and positive media coverage.
Fox 11

WBAY-TV previews Tuesday’s forum on race relations, policing

A panel discussion on “Race Relations and the Local Police” is scheduled to take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (April 14) at the Union’s Phoenix Room. WBAY-TV offers a preview. They interviewed Justin Mallett of the American Intercultural Center, which is hosting the event, and Public Safety Director Tom Kujawa. A “shoot/don’t shoot” training simulator in the University Union’s 1965 Room will be available to students and others most of the day, giving participants an opportunity to gain a better appreciation of a law enforcement officer’s perspective on potential deadly force situations.
To see the TV-2 story
To see the University news release