Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, associate professor of Music, earned an invitation to the 2015 Mid-Missouri Composers Symposium. She is in residence at the Osage Arts Community, an arts retreat located in rural central Missouri, from July 15 to 22. She will be making a public presentation on her music, taking part in panel discussions and using the time to work on her current musical projects.
Sarah Goldrick-Rab, a UW-Madison professor of educational policy studies and sociology, a nationally prominent researcher regarding college affordability and access, and an outspoken public intellectual, is again drawing national attention. So far this month she has tweeted comparisons between Scott Walker and Adolph Hitler, and she also warned some incoming UW-Madison freshmen that the school they’ve chosen is a sinking ship. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank as commenting on the issue: “Any institution has its critics,” and “…especially in social media, it’s important to remember that the loudest voice usually isn’t the most accurate.”
Prof. Meir Russ of the Cofrin School of Business recently presented a Ph.D. student seminar at the Doctorate in “Economia Aziendale e Management” program at the University of Pisa, Italy. His July 7 seminar was titled “An Introduction to Human Capital 2.0”. He also discussed potential collaboration in research studies with colleagues at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna- Istituto di Management, Pisa, Italy.
Associate Prof. Lora Warner of Public and Environmental Affairs is the author of the article “Catalytic Funding, Partnership, Evaluation, and Advocacy: Innovation Strategies for Community Impact,” published in The Foundation Review: Vol. 7: Iss. 2, (Article 8). You can read a summary at the journal archive.
Prof. Harvey Kaye continues his busy schedule of progressive talk show appearances. He’ll talk “American Social Democracy” as a phone-in guest of a New Hampshire radio station at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday the 9th. Also, he’ll begin a standing 30-minute, biweekly gig on the national Nicole Sandler internet radio show, starting at 10:30 a.m. CDT Thursday the 9th.
Andrew Austin, an associate professor and chair of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay, is quoted at the end of an International Business Times article about Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to move academic tenure from state statutes to Board of Regents control. Headlined “Scott Walker Tenure Controversy,” the article quotes a range of observers including faculty members worried about new language that would allow for the release of tenured professors when it is “deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance, curtailment, modification or redirection.” Austin’s quote: “Tenure protections set in law tell the rest of the country that Wisconsin is committed to upholding academic freedom and sees tenure as a crucial asset in attracting the best professionals around the world and keeping them here in Wisconsin. Why shouldn’t we be a model for the nation? The state is already losing some of its finest faculty, which means an exodus of research moneys from the state. It will lose a great deal more if tenure protections are removed or weakened. If economic and social developments are valuable things to Wisconsinites, then retention of strong tenure language is essential.” To read the full article.
Congratulations to Associate Prof. of Humanistic Studies Brian Sutton, whose original musical comedy Searching for Romeo is now officially published by Stage Rights Press and available at the Createspace Store and other online portals including Amazon. Sutton received a contract for his play after its five-show run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2014. He has continued to tinker with the material since he premiered the piece in July 2012 at the Jean Weidner Theatre at the Weidner Center on campus. The comedy re-imagines Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of the “losers,” Paris and Rosaline, who achieve what eternally eludes the more famous couple: a happy ending. Although Sutton’s academic specialty is neither creative writing, theatre nor music, colleagues praised his early drafts of both script and music, and encouraged him to produce the show. New York City critics who saw Romeo at the festival predicted it could do well as a high school, college or community theatre production. (Sutton notes that the script offered for purchase does not include audio of the show’s music; if potential buyers at UWGB or elsewhere want to hear the songs as performed, he’ll email mp3 recordings as attachments.)
Prof. Harvey Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies has a lengthy piece — part essay, part book review — published at the Daily Beast website. It references the popularity of “Founders Chic” as politicians left and right continue to appropriate the stories of America’s founders to rally support to their side. Kaye notes that three new books reach back to Revolutionary War Era figures to draw conclusions about America. The books, by history professors Andrew Burstein of Louisiana State University, David Sehat of Georgia State University, and Andrew Schocket of Bowling Green State University look critically at our fascination both past and present for the Founders.
Two of UW-Green Bay’s most prominent and honored professors are the authors of separate essays published on this Independence Day weekend 2015.
Contributing to the Green Bay community’s dialog about the Confederate flag controversy playing out nationally, Prof. Regan A.R. Gurung of Human Development wrote a guest column for the July 3 print edition of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Headlined “Celebrate our freedoms, but don’t forget about respect,” the piece celebrates American freedom of expression but reminds us that a populous and pluralistic society derives value when individuals appreciate why some expressions are considered incendiary. The piece is archived here.
Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of Democracy and Justice Studies, who speaks and writes nationally from a progressive perspective, has contributed the column “Social Democracy is 100% American” to the Moyers & Company political website. In it, Kaye criticizes some supporters of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for trying to marginalize the campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Responding to an interview in which a Clinton surrogate described Sanders as “extreme,” Kaye argues that social democracy has long been mainstream in American life. Whether public education, national parks, Social Security and more, from Thomas Paine right up through FDR and on to, yes, Sanders, it’s a fundamentally American tradition, Kaye argues. See http://billmoyers.com/2015/07/03/social-democracy-is-100-american/
Eric J. Morgan, assistant professor of Democracy and Justice Studies, recently published an article, “His Voice Must Be Heard: Dennis Brutus, the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and the Struggle for Political Asylum in the United States,” in the July 2015 issue of Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research. Morgan’s article explores the high-profile struggle of Brutus, a South African poet, activist, and exile, with the Reagan Administration to win political asylum after receiving a controversial deportation order during the early years of Reagan’s constructive engagement policies toward South Africa and the nascent anti-apartheid movement of the early 1980s. Prof. Morgan also recently returned from Arlington, Va., where he chaired and contributed to a roundtable panel on “Innovative Pedagogies, Student Learning, and the Future of the U.S. and the World Classroom” at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).