The UW-Green Bay Common Theme committee is requesting proposals for the 2015-16 academic year Common Theme. This year the committee is particularly interested in a theme that will help UW-Green Bay celebrate “50 Years of Excellence.” The theme should lend itself to interdisciplinary analysis and conversation, be of high academic caliber and conducive to scholarly dialogue, should lend itself to collaborative links across the campus (student affairs, academic affairs and community engagement), and be accessible, yet potentially engaging, for students and the community. You can find past common theme topics on the Common Theme website. Proposals are due on or before Sunday, Nov. 30, and should be submitted to Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. If you have any questions regarding the Common Theme proposals, please contact Ritch or Brenda Amenson-Hill.
UW-Green Bay and the Common Theme committee will present a series of “Phoenix Talks” — modeled after the popular TEDx talks — Nov. 3-6 in the Christie Theatre. Each session will feature three engaging community leaders (most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni) who will discuss their careers and talk about the importance of public service. Each session will focus on a different theme — public education Monday (Nov. 3), nonprofits Tuesday (Nov. 4), environmental issues and causes Wednesday (Nov. 5) and city government and politics Thursday (Nov. 6). The talks, which directly relate to this year’s Common Theme of “Engaging in Public Life,” will take place from 11 a.m.-noon, and are free and open to the public. For more information, including a full lineup of speakers, check out our news post.
UW-Green Bay will present a series of public discussions modeled after the popular TEDx Talks series, Nov. 3-6 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union.
Dubbed “Phoenix Talks,” each of these events will feature three engaging community leaders — most of whom are UW-Green Bay alumni — who will discuss their careers and answer the question, “Why have you chosen to devote your life to public service?” The talks are presented as part of the 2014-15 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Engaging in Public Life.”
The discussions, which run from 11 a.m. to noon, are free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.
Each Phoenix Talk event will focus around a theme. A complete list of topics and speakers is as follows:
Monday, Nov. 3 — Public education
Nick Nesvacil ’07, special education teacher, Green Bay Preble High School
Jo Weibel ’97, principal, Edison Middle School (Green Bay)
Jenny Wassenberg ’98 and ’03, teacher, Phantom Knight School of Opportunity (West De Pere)
Tuesday, Nov. 4 — Nonprofits
Sara Bruesewitz ’12, development, American Red Cross
Nicole Hoffman ’99, vice president of development, ASPIRO
Sarah Inman ’92, vice president of community impact, United Way
Wednesday, Nov. 5 — Environmental issues and causes
Crystal Osman ’08, Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and Olde Main Street, Inc.
Ned Dorff, teacher and activist, Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners
Thursday, Nov. 6 — City government and politics
Jim Schmitt, mayor, city of Green Bay
Dan Lindstrom ’07, Green Bay City Planning Department
With a new school year just a week away, your University Common Theme committee is spreading the word about this year’s topic, Engaging in Public Life. Proposed by Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, Public and Environmental Affairs, this year’s theme aims to get people thinking about the myriad ways in which they can engage in public life, politics and civic activities.
Common Theme events start this week, so keep an eye on the calendar (and submit your own events) at www.uwgb.edu/commontheme/events. Throughout the year, the Common Theme committee also would like to highlight the many different ways in which students, faculty and staff engage in community service and public life. If you would like to share a story, photo or video of an event, please contact one of the Common Theme co-chairs, Brenda Amenson-Hill or Donna Ritch. For information on the Common Theme program, past themes and more, visit www.uwgb.edu/commontheme.
Could you live on a dollar a day? Three college students set out to do just that in a remote Guatemalan village, documenting their 56-day journey for the documentary film “Living on One Dollar.” On Tuesday (Feb. 18), the UW-Green Bay and larger communities are invited to a screening of the film, which will be followed by a program featuring area experts. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. There is no cost to attend, parking is free in the Union Visitor Lot and snacks will be provided. Questions? Contact Ashley Heath at 465-2608 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is a collaborative effort between the Center for Public Affairs, Public and Environmental Affairs, the Student Government Association and campus Common Theme.
The UW-Green Bay campus Common Theme for 2014-15 will be “Engaging in Public Life,” a program that focuses on civic engagement, volunteerism, public service and more. Submitted by Assistant Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, Public and Environmental Affairs, the theme will explore such questions as “How is UW-Green Bay doing in preparing students to be good citizens and in providing students with opportunities and examples of how to participate in civic life? What are we doing well? How can we improve? What is our overall approach to civic engagement and what should it be as we move forward?” Weinschenk’s proposal was presented with support from PEA, Political Science, Global Studies, Democracy and Justice Studies and the Center for Public Affairs. It was chosen by the Common Theme Committee, co-chaired by Associate Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Donna Ritch and Dean of Students Brenda Amenson-Hill. For more information on the Common Theme, including a full lineup of spring semester events for the current theme, “Global Citizenship in an Evolving World,” visit https://www.uwgb.edu/commontheme/.
Here’s one final reminder that proposals for the 2014-15 campus Common Theme are due Monday (Dec. 2) — and with the holiday this week, time is especially short. Proposals should include the title of the theme; a short description and why it would be an appropriate theme for UW-Green Bay; and a few ideas regarding activities, speakers and books you would suggest as part of the theme. Proposals should be submitted to Scott Furlong, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at email@example.com or Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated no later than Jan. 15. More info about the Common Theme is available at www.uwgb.edu/commontheme.
The founder of an organization that provides services and support to boys who are victims of child prostitution and commercial sexual exploitation in Thailand will address a campus audience Wednesday (Nov. 20) in a Common Theme event sponsored by Student Life and the student organization Unchained. Alezandra Russell founded Urban Light after witnessing the horrors of sex-trafficking and child prostitution during a trip to Thailand in 2009. Just months later, she quit her desk job and grabbed her passport for a bi-continental existence as a modern-day abolitionist. Russell pawned her engagement and wedding rings to fund the inception of the Recycled Child Project, which became Urban Light. Realizing the great potential of students to modern day change-makers, Russell has initiated a Campus Awareness Campaign, which provides an entry point for students’ involvement in combatting sex trafficking. She will speak at 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Room of the Union.
Just a friendly reminder that proposals for the 2014-15 campus Common Theme are now being accepted, and are due by Dec. 2. As we told you here before, this year’s theme is “Global Citizenship in an Evolving World,” and there already have been a number of events associated with the theme — with more to follow in the coming months (www.uwgb.edu/commontheme/). The purpose of the Common Theme is to allow faculty, academic staff and students the ability to focus on a general theme from multiple perspectives and have a campuswide shared experience. Proposals for the 2014-2015 Common Theme should include the title of the theme; a short description and why it would be an appropriate theme for UW-Green Bay; and a few ideas regarding activities, speakers and books you would suggest as part of the theme. Proposals should be submitted to Scott Furlong, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at email@example.com or Donna Ritch, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions on proposals will be made and communicated no later than Jan. 15.
There was an impressive turnout of campus artists, Spanish speakers and others for the workshop “How to Make Cartonero Books,” which took place Nov. 11 in the 1965 Room of the University Union. The session was led by María Gómez and Washington Cucurto. The principals of the Buenos Aires-based publishing house Eloísa Cartonera — which pioneered a new economic model with the unique art form known as cartonera books — were visiting UW-Green Bay last week as part of the yearlong Common Theme focus on global citizenship.
The workshop began with a slideshow followed by a demonstration and then do-it-yourself creativity by participants. Students bound pages of “Evita Lives” by Nestor Perlongher, “El Joyero” by Ricardo Piglia, and other titles were “Some Dollars,” and “That Woman.”
The Eloísa Cartonera cooperative originated in the early 2000s with the Argentine economy in crisis and people taking to the streets to scratch out a living. Among them were the so-called cartoneros, who scrounged containers and cardboard to recycle and re-sell. A group of artists, designers and writers — also hard hit by the economy but willing to lend support — developed a plan for a cooperative that would pay reasonable wages to the cartoneros and transform the waste cardboard into handmade art books to be sold at inexpensive prices. Background on the workshop, cooperative and more can be found here.
– Photos by Kimberly Vlies, Office of Marketing and University Communication