Regents announce outstanding UW System teachers for 2021 | Urban Milwaukee

UW- Green Bay Recipients:

Ekaterina (Katia) Levintova, Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, Department of Democracy and Justice Studies, UW-Green Bay. Dr. Levintova joined UW-Green Bay’s faculty in 2007 and teaches first-year seminars to upper-level political science courses. Her innovative, student-focused teaching blends discussion and lecture with simulations, such as asking students in upper- and lower-level courses to stage public opinion polls and a mock political campaign.

Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics Program, UW-Green Bay. The Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics program is an emphasis within the Human Biology major and currently enrolls 73 students. Three faculty members contribute to the teaching of this program – Deb Pearson, Ms. Sara Wagner, and Leanne Zhu – with Ms. Heather Masters serving as the dietetic internship director.

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Professor Katia Levintova named co-director of the Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is delighted to announce Professor Katia Levintova as the new co-director of the Center. Levintova will be working alongside Prof. David Coury and Ashley Heath to manage and expand the CCE on campus and within the community. Levintova has been at UWGB since Fall 2007 and has extensive experience integrating experiential and civic minded teaching in the classroom. She is currently a professor of Political Science and Global Studies in the Democracy and Justice Studies program where she teaches courses on Comparative Politics and International Relations. She has served as chair of both Political Science and Global Studies programs and has received the UWGB 2019 Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her work with students in internships and collaborations within the community will be an asset in the work of the CCE.

Rise and Fall of the Human Capital Myth w/ Prof. Shelton

The Rise and Fall of the Human Capital Myth with Professor Jon Shelton (Democracy & Justice Studies) is part of the No Reservations CAHSS speakers series. This talk will explain our current political divisions by examining how Americans’ conception of opportunity has changed over time. This event is streaming Live on March 23, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. on the Weidner Center Youtube Channel.

All Rise: A UWGB Civil Liberties Lecture Series

Join Jessica Karbowski Weare on Tuesday, March 9 from 6 to 7 p.m., for a Civil Liberties Lecture series via Zoom. Weare serves as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan. Previously she worked as Associate General Counsel for Global Trade Compliance-Sanctions at Facebook, spent almost a decade practicing international law as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, and clerked for Justice Dana Fabe on the Alaska Supreme Court. For questions, please contact Elizabeth Wheat at or Nolan Bennett at Supported by the Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations.

Controversy Over Thin Blue Line Flag | Urban Milwaukee

“Especially in the wake of the Jan. 6 riots and insurrection, that’s an important moment to say hold on, who’s really interested in law and order?” says Nolan Bennett, a political science professor at UW-Green Bay. “I don’t think that’s going to go away, the flag’s not going to go away and probably it will be affiliated with whoever the next kingmaker of the Republican party is.”

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CAHSS Launches ‘No Reservations’ Speaker Series beginning Feb. 10

UW-Green Bay’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is filled with brilliant teachers, scholars, and creatives. The goal of the college is to provide an accessible forum for sharing bold, challenging, and even radical ideas. Scholars from across the college will do one talk each month on topics ranging from connecting through music to the politics of consumer culture. Each talk will be streamed live from Fort Howard Hall of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts and will include a short presentation followed by a Q and A with Dean Chuck Rybak. Online viewers will be able to submit questions as well. It is free and open to the public.

Spring 2021 Schedule:

Feb 10, 6:30 p.m.
Title: Understanding Your Anger
Speaker: Prof. Ryan Martin

Description: Like any emotion, our anger exists for good reason.  When we are willing to take an honest look and dig deep into our frustration, we can learn a lot about ourselves and the situations we find ourselves in.

Speaker Bio: Ryan Martin is a psychologist, anger researcher, and author of the book, Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change. He is the Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


March 23, 6:30 p.m.
Title: The Rise and Fall of the Human Capital Myth
Speaker: Associate Prof. Jon Shelton

Description: This talk will help explain our current political divisions by examining how Americans’ conception of opportunity has changed over time.  Shelton argues that American policymakers in the recent past have asked public education to do too much, and we have to ensure that every American, no matter their level of education, has a guarantee of economic security.

Speaker Bio: Jon Shelton is associate professor and chair of Democracy and Justice Studies.  He is the author of the prize-winning book Teacher Strike! Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order and a recent postdoctoral fellow of the National Academy of Education.


April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Title: The Next Best Thing: Connecting Through Music in Spite of Everything
Speaker: Prof. Michelle McQuade Dewhirst

Description: The pandemic has forced musicians to rethink the ways in which they relate to their audiences and to each other. In this talk, I’ll discuss pieces I’ve written in the past year for musicians who are finding new ways to connect in a time of crisis.

Speaker Bio: Michelle McQuade Dewhirst is a composer, horn player, and Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


May 4, 6:30 p.m
Title: Politics and Mass Consumer Culture: Lessons from the 1920s
Speaker: Associate Prof. Kimberley Reilly

Description: Historians have long debated the effect of mass consumer culture on Americans’ political engagement in the 1920s. How should we understand the decline of political participation in the jazz age? And what lessons does the 1920s hold for our own time?

Speaker Bio: Kimberley Reilly is an associate professor of Democracy & Justice Studies and History, and co-chair of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.


Faculty note: Prof. Shelton talks to Washington Post about Chicago Teachers Union

UW-Green Bay Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies), a labor historian, said that school districts and unions around the country are watching what is happening in Chicago. See his quote in the Washington Post on the Chicago Teachers Union.
“The Chicago Teachers Union has established itself as probably the most militant teachers union in the country, both in advocating for its members and their working conditions but also the community at large,” Shelton said. “A lot of eyes are on this. This has become so politicized because people really feel like their lives are on the line.”

Voyageur Magazine announces Winter/Spring 2021 issue

Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review is pleased to announce the publication of its Winter/Spring 2021 issue, which features 10 articles. Now in its thirty-seventh year of publication, Voyageur is a collaboration between the Brown County Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Published twice a year since 1984, Voyageur is a nonprofit magazine dedicated to preserving the history of a 26-county area of greater Northeast Wisconsin and is edited by Associate Prof. Eric J. Morgan (Democracy and Justice Studies, History). Each issue highlights the historic people, places, and events from the region’s past. Further information on Voyageur and the newest issue’s contents can be found by visiting the magazine’s website.

Assoc. Prof. Jon Shelton recently published in Jacobin magazine

Associate Professor Jon Shelton (History) recently published the article, “The End of Public Schools Would Mean the End of the Common Good” in Jacobin online magazine. Shelton discusses the idea of looking at schools as institutions to educate kids to be citizens in a democracy with expectations for better lives instead of “human capital.” This site has the full article.