Tag: Global Studies

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.

Spots remain for Sept. 26 Dinner Lecture event featuring culture, cuisine of Russia

Registration remains open for the latest installment in the UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture series, featuring the culture and cuisine of modern Russia.

“Russia Today,” featuring UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Katia Levintova, will take place Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Phoenix Room of the UW-Green Bay University Union. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a gathering and cash bar; and the dinner and presentation will run from 6:30-8 p.m.

A native of Moscow, Levintova is an associate professor and adviser in Public and Environmental Affairs and chair of Political Science and Global Studies at UW-Green Bay. Her talk will focus on numerous aspects of Russia’s diversity, from climates, landscapes and cultures to traditions, history, language, customs and more.

“People might kind of assume this very stoic, very stone-faced image of Russia,” Levintova said. “But you know, Russians are known for their hospitality. … I think people realize how large Russia is, but just learning the hidden diversity — I’ll talk about different ethnic groups, their customs and dancing and costumes. The folk art — again, people just kind of have one image, of the nesting dolls, when they think about Russian folk art. But there’s so much more to it.”

One of Levintova’s areas of scholarship is post-communist society, and she often conducts research in Russia while visiting family during the summer. With Russia in the news frequently as of late, she anticipates there may be some questions concerning the country’s politics.

“One of the contrasts is, it’s such a modern country,” Levintova said, “but politics is sometimes — there is a lot of nostalgia for the Soviet Union in contemporary Russian politics, there’s all these debates about Stalinism, what was good, what was bad. So definitely, I think we can talk about politics in this contrastive way, as well.”

Levintova also helped shape the menu for the evening, which includes a Russian Potato Salad (one of her personal favorites), a hearty Borsch soup, beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage roll, noodles with field mushrooms and dessert. Russia’s famous hospitality is showcased, in part, in its cuisine, she said.

Cost for the Dinner Lecture Series event is $29 per person, with registration available online. Participants also can register via U.S. Mail (send to Camps and Conferences – Office of Outreach, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311). For questions or additional information, call (920) 465-2775 (local), (800) 621-2313 or email.


‘Chechnya: Crossroads and Conflicts’ to be focus of Tuesday talk

“Chechnya: Crossroads and Conflicts” is the title chosen for a roundtable discussion early this week on the contexts and connections between Chechnian nationalism and the recent bombings in Boston. The session is scheduled for Tuesday (April 23), from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room, which is located directly across from the 1965 Room on the second level of the University Union. Presenters are Prof. Kevin Kain, Humanistic Studies and History; Prof. Katia Levintova, Public and Environmental Affairs and Political Science; and Sergei Sutto, a UW-Green Bay international student. The moderator will be Prof. Heidi Sherman of Humanistic Studies and History. The roundtable discussion is sponsored by the academic programs of Global Studies, Political Science and Humanistic Studies. All are welcome.

World Affairs Forum opens Friday with session on Egypt

A UW-Green Bay faculty panel will be joined (via Skype) by a University alumnus when a new series, the World Affairs Forum, makes its debut from noon to 1:30 p.m. this Friday (Feb. 10) in the 1965 Room of the University Union. The topic is democracy and change in Egypt. The special guest is 1999 Environmental Science and Policy Master’s graduate Magued Youssef, a native of Egypt. Prof. David Coury of Humanistic Studies describes this Friday’s discussion as the first in a series that will focus on upcoming elections or political trends in key regions of the world; future sessions are expected to involve Russia, China and elections in the European Union. All discussions are open to students, faculty, staff and the general public. The World Affairs Forum is a collaboration of faculty in Global Studies, Humanistic Studies and Political Science.

Discussion of Middle East developments is targeted at students

UW-Green Bay students of political science and global studies have been invited to an informal Q&A session at 3:45 p.m. this Wednesday (Feb. 2) in the Cloud Commons cafeteria area of the University Union. (NOTE: As of the day of the event, the location has been moved, to the nearby Phoenix Room B.) Prof. Denise Scheberle, chair of the Public and Environmental Affairs faculty, bills the forum as a chance to hear more about recent developments in Egypt, Tunisia and Lebanon from students and professors with ties to the region. History Prof. Heidi Sherman of Humanistic Studies is organizing the gathering, which will be led by visiting Jordanian scholar Salameh Naimat, UW-Green Bay faculty members who have recently visited the region, and student volunteers.

Faculty note: Jill Collins White

Assistant Prof. Jill Collins White (Human Development, Global Studies) has traveled to New Orleans for the annual meetings of the American Anthropological Association. White organized a session this coming Sunday under the broad topic “Centering Youth: Negotiating Intersections, Borders, and Identities.” Participants will offer a comparative analysis of diverse youth coming of age in contexts of families, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, as well as institutional settings. Prof. White will also present a paper, “Intersecting Meanings: Hip Hop, Whiteness and Color-Blind Ideology,” which takes up an examination of what rap music means to white youth, how they may be using it in the construction of their own identities, and whether the music does in fact have the capacity to heal historical rifts between racial groups in the United States. For more information, visit the conference website.

Prof. Coury contributes to German cinema books

Prof. David Coury of Humanistic Studies and Global Studies contributed a chapter entitled “Contemporary German Cinema through the Lens of Cultural Studies” to the volume Basque/European Perspectives on Cultural and Media Studies published by the University of Nevada-Reno Press. He is also a contributor to the forthcoming New History of German Cinema to be published by Camden House later this year.

Faculty/staff note: Coury

Prof. David Coury of Humanistic Studies and Global Studies published “‘Torn Country': Turkey and the West in Orhan Pamuk’s Snow” in the Summer 2009 issue of Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. The article deals with the tension between Islam and the West in the recent highly acclaimed novel by the Nobel Prize winning writer.