The teaching faculty of UW-Green Bay have been invited to exhibit art at the Neville Public Museum in co-celebration of the museum’s 100th anniversary and the University’s 50th. The anniversary art show will run from Jan. 22 to March 13, 2016 on the mezzanine of the museum. Participating faculty are Kristy Deetz, Sarah Detweiler, Carol Emmons, Alison Gates, Barbara Gossen, Minkyu Lee, Mark Sauter, Alison Stehlik and Christine Style.
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.
Historian David Voelker, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, recently delivered an invited lecture titled “‘To Begin the World Over Again': Thomas Paine and the American Founding” for Grove City College’s American Founders Luncheon Series Lectures in downtown Pittsburgh. The talk focused on what Voelker calls Paine’s “civil religion of reason.” He also reflected on how Paine might respond to our 21st-century challenges, noting: “I think that if Paine were to visit us today, he would ask us questions about where power has accumulated in our society and how that has affected the prospects of equal opportunities for all. Paine believed that the earth was an inheritance equally of all people, present and future, so I imagine that he would also ask difficult questions about how we are stewarding this marvelous gift.” Voelker also gave a “shout out” to colleague Harvey Kaye, whose 2005 book, Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, informs his thinking about Paine’s legacy.
Another fan of Thomas Paine is Richard Brookhiser, historian, author and nationally known conservative intellectual, who’ll be on campus for a Historical Perspectives Lecture Series appearance at 7 p.m. next Tuesday (Oct. 6) in the University Union. His campus host, Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, is promoting the lecture. He offers a sneak preview of Brookhiser’s talk on Lincoln and the Founders by sharing a link to his own Daily Beast review of the author’s recent book, Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln.
The research of political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, is cited in a Governing magazine article on upcoming mayoral elections nationwide, the fact Democrats continue to dominate big-city races, and the relatively high degree of voter apathy. On this latter topic, the mention of Weinschenk (and UWGB) is near the end of the piece.
On Thursday and Friday, Sept. 24 and 25, seven UW-Green Bay faculty members traveled to Madison to attend “Connecting Your Work to LEAP Wisconsin: A Faculty Collaboratives Conference.”
Organized by the UW System and AACU — the national Association of American Colleges and Universities — the conference focused on strategies for providing he highest quality learning experiences for students, connecting essential learning outcomes to institutional disciplines, and assessing student learning.
The nationwide LEAP initiative (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) seeks to advance liberal learning and high-quality undergraduate education for all students. Wisconsin and the UW System were pilot partners when the campaign launched in 2005. Workshops at the recent Madison conference included Advocacy, Signature Work, Tuning, Providing Evidence of Student Learning, Curriculum Mapping for General Education, and Value Rubrics.
The UW-Green Bay participants (from left, photo below) were JP Leary, assistant professor, First Nations Studies; Jennifer Ham, associate professor, Humanistic Studies; Heidi Fencl, professor and chair, Physics; Alison Gates, associate professor and chair, Art; Doreen Higgins, associate professor, Social Work; Kate Burns, associateprofessor and chair, Psychology and Human Development; and Matt Dornbush, associate vice provost for academic affairs and director of graduate Studies.
Assistant Professor Michael Rector will perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Green Bay Civic Symphony as part of their season-opening concert at the Meyer Theater on Saturday (Oct. 3) at 7:30 pm. The program also includes Brahms’s Symphony No. 3. For ticket information and more.
Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, was quoted recently by NBC 26 News as part of a story on Gov. Scott Walker’s first formal appearance in Wisconsin after suspending his presidential campaign, what the governor says he will do next, and what analysts think he needs to do next.
Knowing that not everyone can make it back to UW-Green Bay for an evening, mid-week presentation, 50th Anniversary staff asked that presentations from the Last Lecture Series be videotaped. Humanistic Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys was the first to present a lecture on a topic he would choose, if it was to be his very last.
UW-Green Bay art faculty member Professor Christine Style, as well as a number of UWGB alumni, staff and current students, found a unique way to put ink on paper recently — a multi-ton steamroller.
The Steamroller Print event on September 5-6 was part of a multifaceted “Exquisite Corpse” project organized by Hardy Gallery in Ephraim, Wis. with Style’s guidance.
The Village of Ephraim steamroller was used as a giant printing press, rolling over the inked boards to transfer an image onto paper to create six-foot high printed figures. Twenty artists carved woodblocks for the steamroller print event included eight UWGB students and alumni along with other Door County artists.
In addition to guiding the steamroller prints, Style was the project organizer for a the Exquisite Corpse Print Exchange. Style solicited and recruited 28 Wisconsin artists from throughout the state to design and produce an original print edition of either the head, torso, waist or legs section — later to be randomly combined to complete seven 44-inch high full figures that are on display in The Hardy Gallery.
Digital images of the exchange prints were then used by Prof. Style to design and produce interactive flipbooks that are for sale at The Hardy Gallery. “The Exquisite Corpse Head-to-Toe and End-to-End” exhibit continues through October 13 at The Hardy Gallery on the Anderson Dock. One full set of 28 11″ x 15″ original prints are now part of the UWGB Printmaking Collection.
“Exquisite corpse” is an early 20th century parlor game by which images are collectively created with each artist knowing only his or her part and where to meet up with the other parts.
UWGB artists who participated in the event were current students Brian Galloway and Natalie Vann, and former UWGB students Billy Wenner, Gena Selby, Donna Bensen, Philip Enderby, Brandon Langer, Nadia Juhnke and Chad Peters. UWGB alumni and art instructors Johanna Winters, Danica Oudeans and Don Kroumpos, and UWGB Arts Management graduate Anne Soderlund, an intern at The Hardy Gallery, also worked with the group.
Photos contributed by Dennis Connolly and Scott Roberts
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