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.

Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration (Prof. Shelton quoted)

“There’s going to be a lot of competing priorities and any sort of big, transformative education law that would create longer-lasting funding increases is probably not going to be forthcoming right away because most of the attention is going to go to the coronavirus,” said Jon Shelton, an associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, who wrote a book about teachers unions. Source: Teachers unions will have newfound influence in a Biden administration. Here’s how they might use it, Chalkbeat

Prof. Shelton is among experts who weigh-in on current job market trends

“Given the change of course that has happened in the world, we wanted to provide expert opinions on what aspiring graduates can do to start off their careers in an uncertain economic climate. We wanted to know what skills will be more important, where the economy is doing relatively well, and if there will be any lasting effects on the job market. UW-Green Bay’s Prof. John Shelton  (Democracy and Justice Studies) was among those interviewed. Read the full article on Zippia’s website.

Prof. Alison Staudinger quoted in National Geographic on prohibition

IN LATE OCTOBER of 1931, some 18,000 laborers, fraternal organization members, and veterans took to the streets of Newark, New Jersey. Their cause, stated simply on the signs they carried, was clear: “We want beer.” It’d been 11 years since Prohibition had begun—and since the protestors or their fellow Americans had enjoyed a (legal) drink at their neighborhood saloons.

Flag-waving men with their starched-collared shirts and irreverent signboards became the iconic image of the anti-Prohibition movement. Yet the people who led this march—and indeed much of the movement to repeal the 18th Amendment—were not men in ties and long coats. They were some of the very same women who had supported Prohibition in the first place—and who had won the right to vote the same year it was enacted.

…In 1929, New Yorker Pauline Morton Sabin, the daughter of a railroad executive, decided she had had enough. Like many wealthy, white mothers, she had initially supported Prohibition because she thought it would be good for her sons. But the opposite proved to be true: Unregulated speakeasies freely serving alcohol to young people. To combat the problem, Sabin formed the bipartisan Women’s Organization on National Prohibition Reform.

“She, and by extension her organization, argued that Prohibition was a failure and actually ended up worsening the situation of youth and children, who she thought were now more likely to be exposed to alcohol and crime,” says Alison Staudinger, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (Democracy and Justice Studies). “It was essentially ‘home protection redux’—except this time in opposition to federal Prohibition.”

Source: National Geographic.


8th Congressional debate preview live on WFRV | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Scholars say there’s one issue both candidates (for 8th Congressional District) should pay special attention to because it’s a reality for all voters. Phil Clampitt, chair of Communication for UW-Green Bay says, “The issue would probably be COVID and the way it’s being managed and handled. It continues to be the area where there’s the greatest discrepancy between the way Democrats view the issue and Republicans view the issue.”

Source: 8th Congressional debate preview live on WFRV | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Democracy in Crisis: Challenges and Solutions event this week

You are invited to the “Democracy in Crisis: Challenges and Solutions” free, non-partisan panel and virtual symposium open to all on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020 at 6 p.m. Registration is required, here. You will be sent the Zoom webinar link the day before the session. If you would like to submit a question for our panelists, you may do so on the registration page.

“Given the counting of votes in Wisconsin is likely to extend past Nov. 3 we need to understand how the U.S. Constitution and Wisconsin state laws govern the electoral process. Particularly in 2020, it’s imperative that we adjust expectations and push back on efforts to short-circuit essential steps. This Zoom-based webinar will last approximately one hour and will focus on unconventional threats facing this election and solutions at hand.”

Please join former Congressman Reid Ribble, former Senator Timothy Wirth, co-founder of Keep Our Republic, and constitutional lawyer Mary McCord of Georgetown Law School for an open discussion of the election challenges and solutions, moderated by Prof. Aaron Weinschenk, Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor and chair of Political Science at UW-Green Bay.

Co-sponsored by UW-Green Bay and Keep Our Republic.

The Emancipation of George Jackson: Featuring Professor Nolan Bennett, Oct. 23

This virtual talk in collaboration with UW-Madison draws on the writings and legacy of 1970s activist George Jackson to articulate what he and fellow radicals envisioned as the political potential and limitations of writing as emancipatory and to consider what hope we should see in prison writing today. This virtual lunch event featuring UW-Green Bay Prof. Nolan Bennett (Political Science), is Oct. 23, 2020, at Noon. Please RSVP: To receive a link to the Friday Lunch event, please send an email including your affiliation to

Grant will support UW-Green Bay students with financial support for childcare; begin research phase of childcare options for UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff

Green Bay, Wis.—Recognized as a need at UW-Green Bay for decades, childcare and caregiving burdens on students, faculty, and staff are even heavier during COVID-19. A recent grant, of $81,046.00 per year for four years, awarded to UW-Green Bay by the Department of Education will provide stipend support to Pell-eligible student parents  to help ease their financial burden for childcare and access to programming, advising, and mentorship to improve their educational outcomes. The same funding will also provide seed money to initiate research and a planning process for a potential childcare facility on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.

Nearly 25 percent of all undergraduate college students are raising children. Recent data shows that about half of all college students earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling, while only a third of student parents complete school (

Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies), a project lead, says the grant will provide some immediate help for a growing demographic in higher education—the working parent.

“The grant application specifies criteria for the application process for students which will provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and funding on a prorated basis for part-time students,” she said. “It will also offer additional funds for students who participate in high-impact practices (HIPs) such as internships, undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, or community-based learning. A recent study by professors Katia Levintova and Kim Reilly indicated that childcare and work commitments often limit the ability of UW-Green Bay student-parents to participate in HIPs.

Additionally, the funding will allow the campus to explore the sustainability of providing a daycare to students, faculty and staff—either on campus, or in partnership with local providers.

“Students with children bring assets to our campus community and yet they are a bit of an invisible population,” Staudinger said. “If we are truly an access-driven institution, we need to provide the support that makes it possible for them to thrive at UWGB. This means financial, academic, and social resources for the student-parents themselves, but also raising visibility on campus so that faculty and staff recognize the unique needs of this population and their contributions to campus life.”

Childcare has been a hot-button topic at UW-Green Bay for years, and has a rich history on the Green Bay Campus. See the full timeline. Here’s an abbreviated one:

1972: UWGB Children’s Center opened and began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County located along Highway 54-57. Within months it moved to a remodeled ranch cottage owned by UWGB on Nicolet Drive.

1981:Three full-time staff and twenty-five work study students cared for 164 children.

1985:Plans for a new facility began as building was in disrepair

1989:The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

1990:New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.

1991:Plan was rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects. UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.

1992-1995: Funding issues prevented continuation of facility.

Spring of 1995: Children’s Center formally closed.

2014: UWGB students voted to increase Seg Fees in support of bringing childcare back to campus.

Staudinger says the plan has full support of the current administration and cabinet. The Advisory Board will convene in Fall 2020; interested campus and community members are invited to contact Alison Staudinger if they wish to get involved. An expanded set of web-resources and the application for the grant itself will be launched in early 2021, as will student success programming for parents. Please watch for an announcement of a kick-off event in where the campus community can learn about the program and how to apply.

In the featured photo above: the UWGB Childcare Alliance supported a Spring into Gardening event.

Below: Photos from University Archives at the UWGB Children’s Center