Common CAHSS 2019: Human Rights

UW-Green Bay celebrates International Human Rights Day with line-up of events at Weidner Center, Dec. 10

“All Human Beings are Born Free and Equal in Dignity and Rights”
— Article 1- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Green Bay, Wis.—On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—a document born in the aftermath of the second world war, but just as relevant today.

To mark the 71st anniversary of that historic occasion, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS, pronounced cause) announces its inaugural Common CAHSS event, “2019: Human Rights.” All events are free and open to the public.

Common CAHSS Flier
Common CAHSS Flier

“This year’s Common CAHSS is the first of what we hope is an annual event,” says Chuck Rybak, dean of the College. “The goal is to showcase our students’ work in various programs and mediums, whether it be a psychology research talk or a jazz piano recital. We intend to invite not only our campus community, but also students and community members from across the region. In looking for our first cause, the event’s co-organizers, Associate Dean Ryan Martin and Associate Prof. Alise Coen—decided to build the event around human rights.”

Daytime conference activities take place on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, 2019. The conference begins at 9 a.m. at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Green Bay campus, and will feature opportunities for creative engagement with human rights issues through art exhibits, musical performances and improv performances.

Scheduled events also include a day-long conference showcasing faculty expertise and student research with presentations and panel discussions of current human rights issues including discrimination, refugees, climate change, gender equality, LGBTQ+ rights, solitary confinement, mental health stigmas and more.

Rais Bhuiyan
Keynote Speaker Rais Bhuiyan

The conference concludes with keynote speaker Rais Bhuiyan at 6 p.m. in the Weidner Center. As the survivor of a white supremacist hate crime attack, Rais encountered the violence of discrimination all too vividly. His experiences shaped his dedication to human rights activism and the pursuit of empathy, understanding and forgiveness. After founding the non-profit “World Without Hate” in 2011, Rais has visited and worked with more than 200,000 people around the world.

For more information, visit the Common CAHSS page, or contact Martin, or 920-465-2322 or Coen,

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit


Finalist interviews are Nov. 11-14 for assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services

The final candidates in the search for an assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services will be on campus next week. Each candidate will discuss the “the future of enrollment services at regional comprehensive universities” in an open forum for the campus community. Please consider attending.

Open Forum Schedule:

Date Candidate Time Location
Monday, Nov. 11 Travis Durepo CV (pdf) 10:15 – 11 a.m. UU-103 / Alumni Room
Wednesday, Nov. 13 Stephen McKellips CV (pdf) 11 – 11:45 a.m. Christie Theatre
Thursday, Nov. 14 Jennifer Jones CV (pdf) 11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. Christie Theatre
Friday, Nov 15 Amber Michaels Schmitt CV (pdf) 10:15 – 11 a.m. Christie Theatre

Wild Rice seeding underway in Green Bay waters near Marinette | WLUK

A restoration project to plant wild rice in the waters of Green Bay is underway and UW-Green Bay’s Research Specialist Amy Carrozzino-Lyon (NAS) is leading the effort. As crews took to their boats Monday morning, near Red Arrow Park in Marinette, the high lake levels are impacting this year’s efforts. At a place called Seagull Bar State Natural Area, wildlife workers cruise the shallows looking for prime places to plant wild rice. See more via Wild Rice seeding underway in Green Bay waters near Marinette | WLUK. More on the story, here.

Marinette Campus Winter Public Concert is Sunday, Dec. 8

UW-Green Bay, Marinette’s West Shore Chorale will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus in the Herbert L. Williams Theatre. The group has been performing on the campus for several decades and is comprised of community and university members. It is directed by Jane Wells. More information can be found here.

Movie is final fall 2019 Global Studies event, Wednesday, Nov. 13

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., the conclusion to the Fall 2019 Global Studies Discussion series will take place. For the last event this semester, the movie, “Measuring the World” (Germany, 2012) in the Christie Theatre (University Union, lower level) will be shown. The movie chronicles the life and legacy of Alexander von Humboldt. Check out the trailer.

The movie is a follow up to the previous Roundtable and book discussions. Please come and enjoy the movie; it is free and open to the public. This event is presented by the chair of Global Studies, Prof. David Coury (Humanities and German). These discussions allow the campus to have important and timely conversations about topical events and processes around the world. This is the 250th anniversary of Humboldt’s birth.  For more details, please visit the official Facebook event page.


UW-Green Bay student, Maria Arunkumar, is a finalist in global pitch competition

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay student Maria Arunkumar (Business Administration) earned a spot in the Top 8 Finalists in the Idea Generators track at the 2019 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Global Pitch Competition in Tampa, Florida with her idea for a better wedding planning experience, the Build-a-Wedding app. Preliminary rounds took place on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, and the finals took place on Saturday, Nov. 2. This was the first year that UW-Green Bay earned 1 of 40 automatic berths into the competition.

Arunkumar is the co-president of the UW-Green Bay chapter of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. She placed third in the Fall 2018 UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Pitch Contest and first in the Light Up the Lakeshore Business Idea Competition in Two Rivers in August 2018. Her success in these competitions led to local press coverage and a television interview.

Photo Credit: Dan Brosman
Photo Credit: Dan Brosman