Join the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Green Bay Chapter of the American Association of University Women for a panel on women in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Phoenix Room A in the University Union. Mark your calendars. We’ll have more details on panelists in a future issue of this newsletter, or contact Prof. Christine Smith of Women’s and Gender Studies.
An overflow audience of about 175 turned out Monday night (April 6) for a lecture/discussion featuring nationally known media critic and feminist blogger Anita Sarkeesian.
Sarkeesian shared with her Phoenix Room audience a message she has been promoting through a series of online videos for her non-profit, Feminist Frequency, in interviews with outlets including “Nightline,” “The Colbert Report” and the New York Times, and in lectures at conferences and campuses. She criticizes both the widespread stereotyping she sees in the portrayal of female game characters and the relative lack of positive female characters. She also talks about being the target of threats and online harassment by those who believe “that gaming is a male-dominated space” and who resent her campaign to exert pressure on the industry.
Sarkeesian did a lengthy Q&A as part of her 90-minute slide-and-video-illustrated program, which was titled “Navigating the Gendered Minefield of Online Harrassment.” Her visit to UW-Green Bay was sponsored by the student chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honors society, Student Life and the Women’s and Gender Studies academic program.
Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist video game blogger and media critic, will speak on the topic of “Navigating the Gendered Minefield of Online Harassment” at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 6) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. An activist in deconstructing what she describes as the stereotypes and tropes associated with women in popular culture, she has developed a national reputation for speaking out against the targeted harassment of women in online and gaming spaces, and what is often seen as misogyny of video game culture. She says she has received online threats because of her views. Her appearance at UW-Green Bay is sponsored by Student Life and the academic program in Women’s and Gender Studies. The event is free and open to the public.
Honoring Women’s History Month, the Green Bay–De Pere YWCA invites the public for a viewing and discussion of a new documentary film from Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), “Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams.” The event will be facilitated by Christine Smith, associate professor of Human Development and the chair of UW-Green Bay’s Women’s and Gender Studies program. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 30 at the YWCA, downtown Green Bay. The hour-long documentary film tells the history of civil rights leader Phillips — Wisconsin’s first African American woman elected Wisconsin Secretary of State. To register for this event.
Associate Prof. Alison Gates (Art and Design/Women’s and Gender Studies) won the top honor of “Best of Show” in the Slocumb Gallery’s 30th annual Positive/Negative national juried art exhibition at East Tennessee State University. Her mixed-media sculpture, titled “Tyranny of Ancestry” was selected from over 300 entries by guest curator Mika Yoshitake of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.
Stacie Christian, the Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center coordinator, shares the following: “Join us for an all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner at the Pride Center Spaghetti Dinner and Games Night March 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mauthe Center. Menu items include vegetarian or meat spaghetti, French bread, green salad, dessert and beverages. Profits go to the LGBTQ and Women’s Studies Scholarship Fund. Board games available or bring your own! Tickets cost $6 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens, $3 for children ages 3-12, and free to children under 3. Student Passpoint cards welcome too! Public welcome!”
UW-Green Bay Nursing students got the practicum experience of a lifetime this summer, working hands-on with the marginalized Roma people of Slovakia.
Traveling with Associate Prof. Janet Reilly, Nursing, and Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston, Music and Women’s and Gender Studies, the students spent their days caring for and educating the occupants of five Roma settlements scattered throughout the Eastern European country. They worked with residents who had little to no access to health care, dealing with issues ranging from Tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases to labor and delivery, tobacco cessation, child development and mental health.
“In all of the camps, the nurses did some health visits,” Reilly said. “People would come outside and they would ask about their blood pressure, their swollen legs, growth and development of their kids, parenting, polio, TB. … I, in my 30 years of nursing, have not seen such young polio patients.”
Eight Nursing students made the trip, along with four Women’s and Gender Studies students — three UW-Green Bay undergrads and an interested community member. The group departed the U.S. June 20 and returned July 3 after an intense two weeks working in five Roma settlements.
Meredith Livingston has led Slovakia travel courses in the past, working closely with Lubomira Slusna, the head of that country’s Association for Culture, Education and Communication (ACEC). Slusna, a tireless advocate for Roma equality, <a href=”“>visited UW-Green Bay in March and was awarded the key to the city of Green Bay by Mayor Jim Schmitt.
Upon the group’s arrival, its members visited the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava and met with representatives of ACEC. Then it was onto the settlements — an experience, Meredith Livingston said, for which the students were not fully prepared.
“It was kind of shocking to everyone, I think,” she said. “I don’t think most people expected that level of (poverty). And the fact that many of them didn’t have water — they had to walk a mile and a half to get water every day.”
Added Reilly: “They’re ostracized, they’re not allowed to be employed, and their conditions are very third-world — no water in some places,” Reilly said. “Just horrific.”
Still, the students began to adjust — and to get to work. In addition to working hands-on to address residents’ health concerns, they did group teaching with health mediators — a group of specially trained Roma citizens whose purpose is to address concerns and help raise the standard of health in each community. The group also visited the Auschwitz concentration camp, where half a million Roma were killed during the Holocaust. And they saw firsthand how discrimination against the group persists today.
“Some of the students would talk to people they met in a restaurant or bar,” Meredith Livingston said, “and they would say ‘what are you doing here?’ and they always said, ‘are you kidding me? Why would you be doing that?’ ”
Still, there were lighter moments during the time in the settlements. Interacting with residents — especially children — proved to be a highlight of the group’s time abroad.
“A lot of the kids had never seen their photograph before, or seen their reflection,” Reilly said. “So they were thrilled for us to take a picture, and wanted to see it. They were very, very excited by that.”
The trip was a positive experience for the students, who were able to make a difference through treatment and health education of the Roma people. Now that the group is back stateside, each student will make a public presentation on the experience, aiming to raise awareness of the poor treatment and conditions of Roma in Slovakia and elsewhere in Europe.
Nursing practicum students will have the opportunity to travel to Brazil during spring break 2015, and Reilly plans to bring practicum students back to Slovakia in two years.
We’d also like to congratulate a couple of faculty members who will take on new roles for the 2013-14 academic year. Associate Prof. Jennifer Lanter, Psychology and Human Development, will become director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL), replacing Associate Prof. Aeron Haynie, Humanistic Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. And Associate Prof. Ryan Martin, Human Development and Psychology, will become the new co-director of the UW-Green Bay Teaching Scholars Program. Martin will work with Associate Prof. David Voelker, Humanistic Studies. “I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to further the development and delivery of programs and resources that foster excellence in teaching and learning here at UWGB,” Lanter said Friday. “I am excited by the chance to promote collaboration and partnerships among units and faculty across campus interested in excellence in teaching and learning, to help facilitate innovative and creative professional development activities, and to integrate some already solid programs on this campus (i.e., Teaching Scholars) with new initiatives designed to advance faculty development, teaching improvement, and curricular innovation at UWGB.” More information about both programs is available online.
Two screenings of the 2011 documentary “Miss Representation,” which analyzes the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence, will be held at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Associate Prof. Christine Smith, Human Development and Women’s and Gender Studies, will speak following the 1 p.m. showing. The screenings are free and open to the public. More information – click here and here.
Internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist Winona LaDuke will offer a free public presentation on food sovereignty at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15 in Room 250 of Rose Hall on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.
LaDuke (Anishinaabe), a graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. In 1994, Time Magazine named her one of America’s 50 most promising leaders under 40 years of age, and in 1997 she was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. Other honors include the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Thomas Merton Award, the Ann Bancroft Award, the Global Green Award and the prestigious International Slow Food Award for working to protect wild rice and local biodiversity. LaDuke served as Green Party candidate Ralph Nader’s running mate in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.
In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of “Last Standing Woman” (fiction); “All Our Relations” (nonfiction); “In the Sugarbush” (children’s nonfiction) and “The Winona LaDuke Reader.” Her most recent book is “Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming” (2005, South End Press). LaDuke is an enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Anishinaabe. She lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.
LaDuke is founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based nonprofit devoted to restoring the land base and culture of the White Earth Anishinaabe. She helped found the Honor the Earth organization in 1993 and has served in a leadership position since its inception.
LaDuke’s presentation is sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Education Center for First Nations Studies, Environmental Management and Business Institute, and First Nations Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies programs.