Classics Prof. Gregory S. Aldrete, Humanistic Studies, recently had his third video lecture course published by The Teaching Company/The Great Courses. This one is titled “History’s Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach.”.
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.
UW-Green Bay Music Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston will be heading to the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto Brasil, for her third Fulbright invitation to perform and teach on their campus May 22 through June 5. She will be presenting a lecture-recital on American music theater on Tuesday, May 27, at SENAC, a language school for 150 Brazilian students learning English, and also at the USP-RP campus on June 1. Her teaching responsibilities will include Italian, French, and German diction for singers with an emphasis on English Diction for Singers and vocal health. Meredith’s trip is being supported by the William J. Fulbright Commission, Washington, D.C.
Profs. Ray Hutchison (Sociology and Urban and Regional Studies) and Pao Lor (Education) have received word that their paper “Educational Achievement of Hmong College Students has been accepted for presentation at the Hmong Studies Conference sponsored by the Hmong Studies Consortium (Southeast Asian Studies Center) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison April 10-11. Hutchison (who serves as Director of the Hmong Studies Center at UW-Green Bay) has published research on marriage patterns, educational achievement, and language use of the Hmong in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Lor has written extensively about educational issues in the Hmong community. And to make this line-up even more interesting, as an undergraduate before earning his Ph.D., Lor worked on the original Acculturation in the Hmong Community study that was part of a research grant Hutchison received from the UW Institute on Race and Ethnicity shortly after he arrived at UW-Green Bay.
Stephen Perkins, the Lawton Gallery curator of art, will be giving a public lecture about accordion publications titled, “The Art of the Fold: Accordion Publications, Printed Matter and Other Life Saving Devices,” in St. Norbert College’s Bush Art Center lecture room (Rm. 130) at 5 p.m. this Thursday (Feb. 19). The lecture is free and open to the public. For a glimpse at some of the publications he’ll be talking about check out his accordion blog.
Political scientist Aaron Weinschenk, assistant professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been invited to give a lecture to the staff of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Knight Foundation is hosting an online “learning lab” on the topic of informed local voting. On Dec. 19, the Knight Foundation will bring together via video conference a select group of ten researchers from multiple fields with Knight Foundation staff to learn from existing research and discuss responses to the following questions: How can cities increase informed participation in local civic endeavors, including voting? What are the tactics, policies or programs that will lead to persistent civic engagement in local communities? The exercise will inform Knight’s research agenda on increasing informed local civic participation that will guide its grant-making strategy for engagement. In 2012 alone, the Knight Foundation gave out $92,352,685 in grant money. Additionally, Weinschenk has been awarded an Artinian Travel Award from the Southern Political Science Association to attend the association’s annual meeting this January in New Orleans. The travel grant covers a portion of the cost of traveling to the conference.
UW-Green Bay Music will present “Contemporary Voices from Latin America,” the next installment in its 360° Thursdays lecture-concert series, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
The event will feature violinist Francesca Anderegg and pianist Esther Wang, who will explore the rich offerings of Latin American composers that encompass both folkloric and modernist styles of music. The concert will consider a global variety of influences as seen through the perspective of Latin American composers. Noted Venezuelan composer Reinaldo Moya will join the pair for this lecture-recital showing the diversity of styles in contemporary Latin American music. They will close the concert with the influences of Venezuelan folk music and American minimalism combined in Moya’s Imagined Archipelagos.
Now in its second season, the 360° Thursdays concert series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning approach, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.
Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Concerts are free but a $5 suggested donation is appreciated. More information about the series is available online. UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online, on Facebook and on Twitter.
The Center for History and Social Change is gearing up for the next installment in its long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, set for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Julia Irwin, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida, will present “Foreign Relief as Foreign Relations,” a lecture that focuses on her new book, “Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening.” The book examines the history of the Red Cross from its 1881 founding, and also shows that with the organization’s evolution, Americans began to see foreign aid as a critical element in global relations. The event is free and open to the public. More details.
An award-winning author and international leader in sustainable community planning and development will share his knowledge with the campus and larger community during a presentation and discussion from 9-10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28 in Alumni Rooms A and B of the University Union. Torbjörn Lahti is trained as an urban planner, and during the past 30 years he has provided education and consulting in the “eco-municipality” systems approach to sustainable development — including with a number of communities across Wisconsin. The initiator of Sweden’s national association of eco-municipalities, Sekom, Lahti is the author of several books on the subject, and is co-director of the Institute for Eco-municipality Education and Assistance. Lahti’s presentation is supported by the Environmental Management and Business Institute, NEW ERA and the UW-Extension. It is free and open to the public
An assistant professor from the University of South Florida will present “Foreign Relief as Foreign Relations: The place of Humanitarianism in U.S. International History,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Christie Theatre of the UW-Green Bay University Union.
Julia Irwin’s talk is the latest installment in UW-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change at the University. Irwin’s lecture will focus on her new book, “Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening.” The book examines the history of the Red Cross from its 1881 founding, and also shows that with the organization’s evolution, Americans began to see foreign aid as a critical element in global relations. More information about Irwin’s book is available on Amazon.
First organized in 1985, the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series brings in a wide variety of historians and social scientists who speak on relevant issues. It is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.
The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission.