UW-Green Bay was represented by a large, diverse and distinguished faculty delegation at last week’s AACU and UW System workshops promoting the LEAP initiative (Liberal Education and America’s Promise). The conference in Madison explored strategies for seeking to advance liberal learning and high-quality undergraduate education for all students. Participants were Profs. Leary, Ham, Fencl, Gates, Higgins, Burns and Dornbush.
The American Intercultural Center is extending an invitation to attend ‘You Have the Power to Rise — Rise Up,’ the 2015 UW-Green Bay Ally Conference taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at locations in Theatre Hall, MAC Hall and the Weidner Center. The conference will approach issues of diversity, social justice, access and equality, and provide a safe environment to celebrate diversity and the talents within all populations. This event is free to UW-Green Bay students. Keynote speaker for the evening dinner at the Weidner Center is Civil Rights activist Sheyann Webb-Christburg, the youngest participant (8 years old) in the “Bloody Sunday” march at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Registrations are requested by Oct. 12. For more information and to register.
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.
It started with a small group of high school psychology and college teachers getting together to discuss professional development opportunities. It has turned into something “EPIC.”
On Saturday, October 10, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Psychology faculty will host more than 40 educators from the Midwest, for the 2015 Excellence in Psychology Instruction Conference (EPIC).
Topics and breakout sessions include Understanding the Brain, Innovative Uses of Teaching Technology, Integrating Research into Your Classroom, and more. A full agenda can be found here.
UW-Green Bay Psychology Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung, past recipient of the Wisconsin Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will present the keynote, “Cultivating Learning: Capitalizing on the Science of Learning.”
“A small group of psychology teachers from around Northeastern Wisconsin have been working on bringing all the great psychology teachers from the region together for a day of sharing ideas, techniques, content, and more,” said Prof. Ryan Martin, Chair of UWGB’s Psychology program. “There are so many great psychology teachers throughout the area but we rarely get to talk to one another. We’re hoping this conference will help us forge these new relationships and this becomes a consortium of teachers who continue to work together, share ideas, and provide students with many opportunities.”
Serving on the planning committee: Gurung, Martin and Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges from UWGB; Jeff Gumz, Green Bay West; Chris Hamp, West DePere and Amy Ramponi, Kimberly school districts.
The fee is only $20 and includes lunch. For more information or to register.
Several UW-Green Bay faculty members are sharing word of a gathering next Saturday (Sept. 19) in Milwaukee, as the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors will host a joint summit for higher education workers across Wisconsin. All faculty or staff members of AFT-W or AAUP are invited to attend the summit, which will include talks by AAUP Executive Director Julie Schmid and AFT Executive VP Mary Cathryn Ricker, as well as coordinating strategies across Wisconsin campuses for dealing with the big changes to state law regarding tenure and shared governance. Members of UWGB-United are also coordinating ride sharing. You must sign up to attend by Monday (Sept. 14). For questions or to sign up, please contact UWGB-United President Doreen Higgins, Vice President Andrew Austin, or CLAS representative Jon Shelton.
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison (Urban and Regional Studies) recently returned from Chicago, where he presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. His two papers: “The Right to Urban Theory: Henri Lefebvre and the Misappropriation of Public Space” (co-authored/co-presented with Joao Pedro Nunes from the University of Lisbon-Nova) and “Exploring the World’s Great Public Spaces: Campo San Margherita in Venice.” Hutchison also serves as Chair of CUSS (the Community and Urban Sociology Section) and was responsible for organizing and running the section’s Council Meeting, Business Meeting, and the CUSS Reception.
Pscyhology Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung of Human Development was scheduled to be in Hamilton, Ontario today (Thursday, Aug. 13) for McMaster University’s “Symposium on Education and Cognition.” He is to be this evening’s featured speaker in a presentation titled “And the twain will meet: Combining cognitive science, teaching and learning,” to be followed by a panel discussion.
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies recently returned from Florence, Italy and the Everyday Life in the 21st Century City conference he organized for the Del Bianco Foundation. Hutchison presented one of the three keynote talks, addressing the topic “When Austerity Came to the United States.” The three-day conference included some 45 speakers from more than a dozen countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan and the United States. Sessions were organized around the themes of The Right to the City, The Well-Being Challenge, Neoliberal Urban Policy, Suburbanization and New Communities, and Urban Night Life. Hutchison is working with the Del Bianco Foundation to plan a conference for June 2016 on the topic of Immigration: Crisis, Policies, and Remedies. For photos and more.
History Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete of the Humanistic Studies faculty is just back from London and an international conference called “Greek and Roman Armor Day,” hosted by the University of London and sponsored by the Hellenic and Roman Societies. He spoke about the UW-Green Bay Linothorax Project and displayed a reconstructed suit of lightweight linen armor of the type that helped Alexander’s armies dominate the ancient world. The half dozen speakers were from England, Scotland, the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, and Israel. They addressed effectiveness, production, wearability, enemy tactics and weapons, and developments over time.
Heidi Sherman presented the paper, “Staraia Ladoga and the Emporia Theses: The Anatomy of a ‘Non-Place’ in Viking-Age Russia,” at Yeast for Changes: Vikings and their Impact on Medieval Europe, May 21. The conference, which brought together Viking specialists from more than a dozen European countries was sponsored by The Institute of Archaeology, Wrocław, Poland.