Livingston’s ‘Women who Dare’ on WPT this week

Prof. Sarah Meredith Livingston’s (Music) lecture, Women Who Dare, will premiere on Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Channel at 9 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Women Who Dare and Caroline Boswell’s lecture, Ye Olde Pub: England’s Early Drinking Houses are both available for viewing on The Wisconsin Channel. Each presented in UW-Green Bay’s After Thoughts series.

 

Campus mourns passing of ‘community treasure’ Irene ‘Billie’ Daniell Kress

Irene “Billie” Kress, 86, Allouez passed away Sunday, June 19 at her home.

Billie was a tremendous friend to members of the UW-Green Bay campus community and played an integral role in helping establish the Phuture Phoenix program at UW-Green Bay. The program lifts the aspirations of at-risk children by pairing them will college-age mentors, providing tours of campus and encouraging them to graduate from high school and pursue further education. Kress provided financial assistance through a leadership gift toward an endowment for the program, but she also provided inspiration. “These children deserve a chance… and kids who are smart enough and ambitious enough should have a chance to go for it… to attend college,” she told the University in 2008. (Read the feature here).

In 2009, Kress received UW-Green Bay’s highest honor for a community partner — the Chancellor’s Award (story here).  During the celebration at commencement amid a standing ovation, UWGB Interim Chancellor David Ward commented, “Our students, our University and the entire community owe Billie Kress a debt of gratitude.”

Kress was also a founding member and sponsor of the After Thoughts lecture series at UWGB.

Remarked Phuture Phoenix Director Mary Sue Lavin. “Billie Kress was a community treasure and her legacy will live on through local students supported by her scholarships.”

Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday (June 23) at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, 2600 Larsen Rd, Green Bay. A memorial service will take place at Union Congregational United Church of Christ, 716 S Madison St, Green Bay at 11 a.m. Friday, June 24. See more of her legacy here. You can find a recent story by the Green Bay Press-Gazette here.

After Thoughts: Sarah Meredith Livingston with guest Jiebing Chen present ‘Women Who Dare’

Sarah Meredith Livingston and Jiebing Chen are women who dare. Like many artists and musicians they bash through barriers and tell themselves, “yes” when others say, “It can’t be done.”

Meredith Livingston, a mezzosoprano and professor of music at UW-Green Bay was the presenter at UWGB’s After Thoughts series, Tuesday, April 5 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. In her “Women Who Dare,” presentation, she shared a bit of personal testimony and highlights of the lives of five amazing performing artists: Hildegard von Bingen, composer and visionary; Clara Schumann, concert pianist; Antonia Brico, conductor; Isadora Duncan, dancer/choreographer; and Marian Anderson, an African American singer, who fought to break the race barrier at performance venues in the United States.

Chen, an international artist hailed as one of the foremost erhu virtuosos in the world, was a guest artist of Meredith Livingston’s. Chen made a decision to join the Chinese military at age nine with hopes of eventually continuing to perform the erhu professionally. The move would improve the quality of life for her family. Little did she know that she would have to train as both a soldier alongside adults and continue her training as a musician. She now resides in Green Bay but continues to travel the world playing both a classical Chinese repertory and contemporary innovations on the two-stringed instrument, which has been a part of the Asian culture since the Han dynasty (140 B.C.).

Meredith Livingston presented in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts to accommodate Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place recording (to air at a later date).

An Iowa native, Meredith Livingston is a current UW-Green Bay professor of Music, Women and Gender Studies and Global Studies. She received degrees from Iowa State University, (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, (Master of Management, Music of Education/Voice performance), Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, Germany (Auslander Diplom), and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Doctorate of Music Arts, Voice performance/opera). Throughout Europe, the U.S. and South America, Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano, has performed as a soloist, recitalist, masterclass teacher and adjudicator. For the last 23 years, Meredith Livingston has organized student and faculty groups to perform in Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Brazil. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition, distinctly noted as being the only competition promoting Czech/Slovak music in the U.S.

Now in its fifth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect members of the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase talented women among University faculty, staff and alumni, and convene men and women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun. This was the final After Thoughts presentation of the 2015-16 academic year.

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After Thoughts: Sarah Meredith Livingston

– Photos by Kayla Ermer, Marketing and University Communication Intern

Reminder: Final After Thoughts is tomorrow

UW-Green Bay’s final After Thoughts presentation of the academic year will explore the contributions, obstacles and challenges of selected women performing artists from the 12th century to the present. UW-Green Bay Professor of Music Sarah Meredith Livingston will present “Women Who Dare” tomorrow, (Tuesday, April 5) in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT)’s University Place series is partnering with UW-Green Bay, and will be video recording the lecture for later rebroadcast.  Walk-ups welcome! See the full press release.

Registration open for Sarah Meredith Livingston and After Thoughts

It’s time to register for the final After Thoughts of the academic year. UW-Green Bay Prof. of Music Sarah Meredith Livingston will present “Women Who Dare” on Tuesday, April 5 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT)’s University Place series is partnering with UW-Green Bay, and will be video recording the lecture for later rebroadcast. Read more and register here.

Final After Thoughts features Meredith Livingston

UW-Green Bay’s final After Thoughts presentation of the academic year will explore the contributions, obstacles and challenges of selected women performing artists from the 12th century to the present. UW-Green Bay Professor of Music Sarah Meredith Livingston will present “Women Who Dare” on Tuesday, April 5 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT)’s University Place series is partnering with UW-Green Bay, and will be video recording the lecture for later rebroadcast. See the full press release.

Final ‘After Thoughts’ of 2015-16 features ‘Women Who Dare’

GREEN BAY –The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s final After Thoughts presentation of the academic year will explore the contributions, obstacles and challenges of selected women performing artists from the 12th century to the present.

Prof. Meredith Livingston
Prof. Meredith Livingston

UW-Green Bay Professor of Music Sarah Meredith Livingston will present “Women Who Dare” on Tuesday, April 5 in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Wisconsin Public Television (WPT)’s University Place series is partnering with UW-Green Bay, and will be video recording the lecture for later rebroadcast.

Meredith Livingston will share highlights of the lives of five amazing performing artists: Hildegard von Bingen, composer and visionary; Clara Schumann, concert pianist; Antonia Brico, conductor; Isadora Duncan, dancer/choreographer; and Billie Holiday, jazz artist. Meredith Livingston’s presentation will emphasize the factors that constrain and further women’s creativity by looking at the lives and work of these women and she will help the audience members delve into what can be learned from each of the artists in order to cultivate their own dynamic personal journeys.

Her presentation will feature special guest, Jiebing Chen, world-renowned erhu performer, who will share some insights about her life as an international female performing artist.

An Iowa native, Meredith Livingston is a current UW-Green Bay professor of Music, Women and Gender Studies and Global Studies. She received degrees from Iowa State University, (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, (Master of Management, Music of Education/Voice performance), Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, Germany (Auslander Diplom), and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa (Doctorate of Music Arts, Voice performance/opera). Throughout Europe, the U.S. and South America, Meredith Livingston, mezzosoprano, has performed as a soloist, recitalist, masterclass teacher and adjudicator. For the last 23 years, Meredith Livingston has organized student and faculty groups to perform in Canada, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Germany, Czech Republic and Brazil. She is the founder and director of the Montreal International Czech/Slovak Voice Competition, distinctly noted as being the only competition promoting Czech/Slovak music in the U.S.

Now in its fifth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect members of the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase talented women among University faculty, staff and alumni, and convene men and women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun.

After Thoughts begins with a 5 p.m. reception in Studio One of the Weidner Center, followed by Meredith Livingston’s talk on women performing artists beginning at 5:45 p.m. Each After Thoughts event takes place from 5-7 p.m. The event begins with time to socialize, network, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres before the featured presentation.

Seating for After Thoughts is limited, so advanced registration is recommended. The cost of each program is $15. To reserve your spot, send a check (payable to UW-Green Bay Foundation) to: UW-Green Bay Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; or register online. Walk-up registration also is an option. Call (920) 465-2074 for more information. You can find After Thoughts on Facebook. Visit After Thoughts website for more information about the series.

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‘After Thoughts’ participants cheer Boswell’s presentation

Cheers to Caroline Boswell and her After Thoughts presentation, Tuesday, March 1. Boswell, a University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Associate Prof. (History) educated and entertained with her presentation, “Ye Olde Pub: A Social and Cultural History of England’s Early Drinking Houses” on Tuesday, as part of the University’s After Thoughts series.

Boswell’s presentation dove into the rich early history of those temples of British culture: the pubs. Beyond their charm and antiquity, these centuries-old drinking establishments were historic centers for social and political activity, according to Boswell. In medieval and early modern England drinking houses — inns (for the social elite, often with private rooms and ability to socialize with private parties), taverns (serving wine and beer to middle class) and alehouses (often less permanent establishments, sometimes family-owned to supplement income, and most prolific — serving the lower and middle income). All were vital hubs of sociability, culture and news.

Among other interesting tidbits:

  • “Drink” was vital to the social lives of the English people and only the poorest of the poor couldn’t afford to. Boswell said that farmers lured the best farmhands by offering the strongest beer.
  • “Ye Olde” was added by Victorian English during a resurgence of popularity of historic drinking establishments. If you hear “Ye Olde” it probably isn’t. “Pubs” is short for “public drinking houses” and wasn’t really a popular term until the 19th century.
  • Although Wisconsin is third highest state in taverns to consumers (1 for every 1,800 people), Boswell said it can’t compare to the number of England’s historic watering holes from c. 1400-1800.
  • Although drinking houses formed an integral part of the social lives of many English men and women, some feared these “dens of iniquity” bred seditious toasts and songs, subversive speeches against church and state and lewd behavior.
  • Often the pubs and inns lured clients by subscribing to hard-to-come-by news via newspapers or offering ballads to entertain and the illiterate.

Boswell presented in Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts to accommodate Wisconsin Public Television’s University Place recording (to air at a later date). As part of UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary celebration, attendees were treated to pre-program samples of GB Golden, UW-Green Bay’s 50th Anniversary beer, brewed by Titletown Brewing Co., Green Bay.

Boswell received her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison, and her master’s and Ph.D. at Brown University. She is a co-editor of Syllabus Journal, and has published articles and book reviews regarding the history and culture of England within the Journal of British Studies, and Seventeenth Century.

Now in its fifth full season, After Thoughts seeks to connect members of the community with UW-Green Bay. The gatherings showcase talented women among University faculty, staff and alumni, and convene men and women after their workday for learning, enrichment and fun.

The final After Thoughts event of the academic year will be Tuesday, April 5, when UWGB music faculty member Sarah Meredith Livingston presents, “Women Who Dare!”

For more or to register go to http://www.uwgb.edu/afterthoughts/.

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After Thoughts Caroline Boswell

– Photos by Kayla Ermer, Marketing and University Communication Student Intern