Award-winning documentary about Syrian refugees, ‘This is Home,’ shown Monday, Nov. 12

Only twenty-one thousand Syrian refugees out of five million have been accepted into the United States since 2011. The documentary “This Is Home” follows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. The film will be shown Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 in the Christie Theatre, UW-Green Bay at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

“They have just eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. For Syrians like Khaldoun, who was tortured and left physically disabled, and children like Mohammad, who suffers from PTSD, their needs are vast and complicated. Halfway through the process, President Trump issues a travel ban on all refugees from Muslim-majority countries, and suddenly their lives, and the safety of loved ones still trapped in Syria, become all the more perilous. ‘This Is Home’ is the winner of the 2018 Sundance Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary.”

Retirees enjoying ‘Nunsense’ together

The UW-Green Bay Retiree Association is organizing a group outing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, to support the Music, Theatre and Dance programs and enjoy the University’s production of “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical,” in the University Theatre. A small reception will follow.

The musical comedy tells the story of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are now are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters organize a variety show, and the rest is musical theatre history. Prof. John Mariano directs, with Prof. Courtney Sherman as musical director and senior lecturer Denise Carlson-Gardner as choreographer. There’s a special discount ticket price ($17 per person) for UWGB retirees if the minimum threshold for a group order is met. To reserve a ticket for you and any guests for the Nov. 16 performance, email or call Chris Sampson by one week in advance (noon Friday the 9th) at SampsonC@uwgb.edu or 920-606-2081.

Program ‘What Would You Do?’ featured on Nov. 28

What would you do in situations that may involve assumptions, stereotypes, microaggressions, racism and or a cultural situation? Participants should come prepared to discuss what they would do in those situations.Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Alumni Room (former Room 103) University Union. Participants will have an opportunity to share a situation/experience that they have gone through and dialogue with others about it. Join Bao Sengkhammee from MESA office and UW-Green Bay Public Safety for courageous conversation. Light snacks will be provided.

Faculty note: Prof. Pearson published research

“Since vitamin K is so integral to good bone health, it is natural to assume that it may be used to treat certain bone problems. Research by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay found that vitamin K has a positive effect on bone mineral density and decreases fracture risk. The research was recently published in The Science of Eating. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Deb Pearson (Human Biology) is behind the research.

UW-Green Bay students stepped up to vote

“Wisconsinites didn’t sit this one out,” reports the Appleton Post Crescent. ” We had a record turnout for a midterm. Unofficial returns from the Associated Press place statewide turnout at 2.7 million voters. Based on state population estimates from earlier this year, that computes to almost 60 percent of the voting-age population. That’s up from 55 percent in the last midterms. Avir Waxman, 22, was working as a field organizer for NextGen Wisconsin, trying to get students at UW-Green Bay to vote. ‘Young people are previously the least likely to go out and vote,’ he told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on Tuesday, ‘but, to be honest, my job here was fairly easy.'” See the story.