Tag: Global Studies

Faculty note: Ortiz, Coury publication

Prof. Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies (Spanish) and Global Studies and Prof. David Coury, Humanistic Studies (German) and Global Studies co-authored a chapter in the new volume African Immigrants in Contemporary Spanish Texts: Crossing the Straits. Their article, “Unveiling Spain: Representations of the Female Body as a Metaphor for Contesting Orientalist Ideology,” looks at the works of two Moroccan writers who explore the experiences of Muslim women in Spain and northern Africa and how they negotiate their identity in those two distinct cultures.

Katia on Cuba: Professor offers take on historic shift in relations

Associate Professor and UW-Green Bay Political Science and Global Studies Chair Katia Levintova on Wednesday (Dec. 17) helped explain the day’s big news of changing U.S. relations with Cuba in an interview with WBAY, Action 2 News. “The embargo’s not going to be lifted right away, but there is the conversation about having this particular act repealed in Congress,” Levintova said. “But there are immediate lifting of restrictions on travel, on research, on remittances, which means, kind of, a real breakthrough for the ordinary people.”

Kurds the topic of next Global Studies Roundtable

Ozum Yesiltas, an assistant professor of political science at St. Norbert College, will address “The Kurds and the Situation in the Middle East” at the next Global Studies Roundtable Discussion at UW-Green Bay. The free session, open to all, runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 5) in Room 103 of the University Union. The roundtable series is sponsored by the Global Studies, Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs programs at UW-Green Bay.

In the media: Coury talks ISIL airstrikes with Local 5 News

Associate Prof. David Coury on Tuesday (Sept. 23) shared his expertise in Middle East affairs with Local 5 News’ Jenn Sullivan, as part of a story about airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria. Coury, a Humanistic Studies (German) and Global Studies faculty member who co-directs UW-Green Bay’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, told Sullivan the situation is complicated. Because ISIL (also known as ISIS or the Islamic State) is embedded in several countries, it’s harder to attack the group, Coury said. “You can’t just bomb a group into submission,” he said. “And so it’s really going to require negotiations with a lot of the regional governments.” Full story.

Coury presents on ‘European Cultural Plurality’ in Portugal

Prof. David Coury of Humanistic Studies, German and Global Studies presented a talk — “United in Diversity? European Cultural Plurality in the 21st Century” — at the biannual conference of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas (ISSEI) in Porto, Portugal this August. His article, “Ways of Belonging: Navid Kermani and the Muslim Turn in Contemporary German Literature,” is a continuation of this research and will appear in a special issue of the journal Colloquia Germanica. Coury’s work has been supported in part by a grant from the UW-Green Bay Research Council.

Reminder: Ukraine discussion, from German perspective

UW-Green Bay’s Global Studies program hosts another Global Studies Issues Roundtable at 2:30 p.m. Friday (March 14) in MAC Hall 101. The topic: Germany’s relations with its Eastern European neighbors. Leading the discussion and offering a European perspective on the political crisis in Ukraine will be Professor Wolfram von Schiliha from the University of Leipzig, Germany, whose visit is sponsored by the International Visiting Scholars Program. More information.

Visiting scholar will talk Germany’s relationship with Ukraine

UW-Green Bay’s Global Studies program invites one and all to the second of its Global Studies Issues Roundtables this semester on Friday afternoon, March 14. The topic: Germany’s relations with its Eastern neighbors (Poland, Belarus and Ukraine in particular). Leading the discussion and offering a European perspective on the political crisis in Ukraine will be Professor Wolfram von Schiliha from the University of Leipzig, Germany, whose visit is sponsored by the International Visiting Scholars Program. The roundtable takes place in the MAC Hall 201 Gathering Room from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Associate Prof. Katia Levintova, Public and Environmental Affairs, says the event taking place on the eve of spring break offers a thought-provoking and exceptionally timely topic to close the first part of the semester. Free and open to the public.

‘The Role of Universities in Promoting Citizenship in Their Communities’

A number of UW-Green Bay academic programs will host a faculty forum discussion from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, in the Alumni Rooms of the University Union. A guest panelist — Associate Prof. Kimberly Gauderman of the University of New Mexico history faculty — will help address the topic “The Role of Universities in Promoting Citizenship in Their Communities.” The program, free and open to the public, is sponsored by Urban and Regional Studies, Public and Environmental Affairs, Humanistic Studies, and Global Studies.

Panelists will be :
• Kimberly Gauderman, History, University of New Mexico
• Stephen Perkins, Curator of Art, UW-Green Bay
• Ellen Rosewall, Arts Management, UW-Green Bay
• Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Spanish, Humanistic Studies, Global Studies, UW-Green Bay
• Hernan Fernandez-Meardi, Spanish and Humanistic Studies, UW-Green Bay

Global Studies Roundtable on Feb. 7 has focus on Sochi

UW-Green Bay’s Global Studies program invites one and all to the first Global Studies Issues Roundtable of the year. The topic: the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Discussion will be led by faculty member Katia Levintova. She’ll address issues and invite discussion on security, US-Russian relations, recent political developments in Russia itself as well as Ukrainian political crisis as a backdrop to the opening ceremony scheduled for Feb. 7. The gathering takes place in the MAC Hall Gathering Room (just inside the main, second-floor canopy entrance) from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday (Feb. 7).

Thinking globally, writing locally

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are being invited to consider global issues of poverty and development and react — pen in hand, on the spot — to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals on display at the UW-Green Bay campus.

Last year, three students in the Global Politics and Society course taught by Assistant Prof. Dallas Blaney raised more than $1,000 to build and install the poster display. It is located along the below-ground concourse (“tunnel” in student-speak) that connects the Garden Café area of the Cofrin Library with the Instructional Services Building.

There are four posters in all. One half of each poster provides a description of two Millennium Development Goals and the other half provides a space where anyone can write in books, movies, organizations and ideas related to the Goals.

The Millennium Development Goals originated in 1990 as a UN pledge to pursue concrete, measurable improvements in poverty rates, health, education and other social issues, especially in the developing world, over the following quarter century. As the Goals “expire” in 2015, the initiative can track major progress on some indicators and slow progress at best on others.

Blaney, of the Public and Environmental Affairs faculty, says the students were inspired by artist Candy Chang’s keynote presentation for the 2012 UW-Green Bay Common Theme, “Creativity, Innovation & Vision.” Chang is known for using street art to engage current events and make urban areas more contemplative and comfortable.