‘A Conversation with Michael Beschloss,’ Thursday, April 23, 6 p.m. — A free streamed event

Media Contact: Diane Nagy
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Presidential Historian to be featured in an online streaming event: ‘A Conversation with Michael Beschloss’ This free event is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Green Bay, Wis.)  The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Weidner Center presents “A Conversation with Michael Beschloss.” Join us for a free online streaming event with event moderator Eric J. Morgan, UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and History, on Thursday, April 23 at 6 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, is a free event and open to the public. Registration for the event is required and is available at thompsoncenter.wisc.edu and WeidnerCenter.com.

The New York Times has called Michael Beschloss “easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States.” The Charlotte Observer has said, “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s Presidents than perhaps anyone on earth.” Michael is an award-winning historian, bestselling author of nine books and has been a New York Times contributing columnist. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.

“I’m proud to work with UW-Green Bay to put on another great event,” said Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens. “The people in Green Bay have been fantastic and come out in droves to our events. And the university always operates with pride and integrity. We look forward to working with them more in the future and continuing to put on top-notch events for people in the Green Bay area.”

Weidner Center’s Executive and Artistic Director Kelli Strickland stated, “We are so pleased that Tommy G. Thompson Center was game to partner with us in these unusual circumstances. Nothing will replace gathering together to share ideas, and we can’t wait to get back to it when the time is right. But in the meantime, we are glad to offer new ways to share the ‘virtual’ air with our nation’s big thinkers.”

Eric J. Morgan (Event Moderator) is an associate professor of Democracy and Justice Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he teaches a variety of courses on modern U.S. and African history. His scholarship has been featured in, among other publications: Diplomatic History, the International Journal for the History of SportPeace & Change; Diplomacy & StatecraftThe History TeacherEnterprise & SocietyPassport: The SHAFR ReviewThe SHAFR Guide; and the Dictionary of African Biography. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of Voyageur: Northeast Wisconsin’s Historical Review.

About The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership
The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership was established to provide a multi-disciplinary, non-partisan environment to study, discuss, and improve leadership. Students, faculty members, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders come together to share knowledge and learn about successful public leadership. We pledge to pursue leadership, to foster collegiality, and to be problem-solvers. For more information visit thompsoncenter.wisc.edu.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts opened on January 15, 1993 and is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-plus seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

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 more than 8,700 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, D-I athletics, 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 www.uwgb.edu.


Prof. Kaye talks to media about elections and current crisis

Harvey KAYE returned to the Majority Report to discuss how to think historically about the current crisis.
Professor Harvey Kaye returned this week to RISING on Hill TV Live to discuss how progressive ideals are emerging in the face of a crisis.

As America attempts to respond to the current pandemic, we can see more clearly the problems with our economic and political systems. Does history suggest a way forward? For this episode, Kaye discusses, Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again, in light of the unfolding crisis.

Listen to Prof. Kaye talk radicalism in the making of democracy

UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye (Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies) is live on WSLR965 discussing radicalism in the making of American democracy. You can listen live Wednesday morning. On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Kaye spent time with the Roosevelt Institute chapter at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, discussing FDR’s Four Freedoms and Economic Bill of Rights.

Kristina Shelton, wife of Associate Prof. Jon Shelton, is running for 90th Assembly District

Spouse of UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Jon Shelton (Democracy and Justice Studies), Kristina Shelton, has announced she is running for the 90th Assembly District. Kristina Shelton was recently recognized as a Current Future 15 Finalist as well. Read more about Kristina Shelton’s desires to run for Assembly at Green Bay School Board member to run for Assembly seat held by Democrat who sexually harassed staffer | Green Bay Press Gazette. 


Kimberley Reilly to deliver presentation on women suffrage-Door County Pulse

UW-Green Bay’s Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies, History, Women’s and Gender Studies) will deliver a Door County Talks presentation, “Woman Suffrage 100 Years Later: Assessing Its Triumphs and Limits” on Feb. 22, 10 a.m., at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. One hundred years after women won the constitutional right to vote, Reilly will discuss the ways in which the women’s-rights movement won passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and the lessons we can learn from that victory. Free-will donations are encouraged. Source: Kimberley Reilly to Deliver Presentation on Women Suffrage – Door County Pulse

UW-Green Bay faculty lead ‘Door County Talks’

This month, there will be three presentations given by UW-Green Bay faculty and staff in Door County. The first is on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 at 10 a.m. with Vince Lowery (History), the director of Student Success and Engagement at UW-Green Bay, called “How Many Reconstructions Does it Take to Be Free? A Meditation on the Long Civil Rights Movement.” The second presentation is Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. with Associate Prof. Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies) called “Woman Suffrage 100 Years Later: Assessing Its Triumphs and Limits”. On Saturday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m., Assistant Prof. Nolan Bennett  (Democracy and Justice Studies) presents “The Radical Vision of the American Abolitionists). These presentations are in partnership with The Door County Civility Project. All events are free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged.

Opera inspired by Prof. Harvey Kaye’s book

A new Four Freedoms opera by composer Joseph C. Phillips, Jr. was inspired by FDR’s January 1941 Four Freedoms speech and UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye’s (Democracy and Justice Studies) book “The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great.” The opera will premier at the University of Maryland on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

Emily Zilliox

‘Potential is unlimited’ for Wisconsin Women in Government award winner, Zilliox

“Unlimited potential” is how chair of the UW-Green Bay’s Political Science program, Associate Prof. Aaron Weinschenk describes UW-Green Bay student Emily Zilliox, a fall 2019 recipient of the Wisconsin Women in Government Scholarship award.

Zilliox is a junior majoring in Political Science and Democracy and Justice Studies with an emphasis in Women’s and Gender Studies. She also has a minor in Public Administration. In fall 2019, she received a scholarship from the nonprofit organization Wisconsin Women in Government—not an easy feat. The scholarship is intended for women who plan to pursue careers in public service, public administration or governmental affairs. Those selected for the scholarship must demonstrate their leadership abilities and positive contributions to society. Zilliox said she is proud and honored to be acknowledged and awarded a scholarship.

Emily Zilliox“Going into the public sector can often feel like a thankless job, so getting recognition like this really serves to lift you up,” she said.

Zilliox is chair of the Health and Safety Committee for Student Government, vice president of Theta Eta Alpha and vice president of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance. She is also a student employee, working as a student lead at the David A. Cofrin Library. She is committed to continuous improvement, and this commitment is evident to her faculty advisors.

“If Emily tells you she is going to do something, she will do it,” states Weinschenk in his recommendation letter for her scholarship application. “Emily is exactly the type of student you want to have in your classes—she shares her ideas, works well with others, does what she says she’ll do and maintains a positive attitude.”

It’s her professors that have been influential to her success, Zilliox said. When asked what her favorite part of UW-Green Bay is, Zilliox’s response… “One hundred percent the professors. The faculty of all the areas I am involved in have helped and supported me since I was a freshman, and I really cannot even put into words all that they’ve done or how thankful I am.”

Not only is Zilliox, a LaCrosse, Wis. native, incredibly active on campus, but an internship with the Green Bay Mayor’s Office has expanded her responsibilities and her opportunities. Zilliox is also dedicated to helping the surrounding community through this internship — a position she gained with the help of Associate Prof. Katia Levintova (Global Studies and Political Science). Her main task is to work on figuring out the logistics for a new Public Safety building for the City of Green Bay.

“It has been a really fun experience, and it’s taught me a lot about how local government works,” she reflected.

Her fall 2019 semester wasn’t without some difficulty. After learning she earned the scholarship, she soon learned she would need an emergency surgery, which was a setback for her. Once again, it was her perseverance and the willingness of the faculty that helped her get back on her feet.

“I had a medical issue this semester, and all the professors have gone above and beyond to help me catch up and even checked in to make sure I was okay,” she explained, “which is something that really meant a lot to me.”

Through everything Zilliox has experienced, from both successes and challenges in her college career, she credits her father for motivating her and influencing her to continue working hard and having an impact on what she does. While political role models include Ruth Bader Ginsberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Zilliox credits her father with being her greatest role model.

Emily Zilliox

“My mother passed away when I was four, and he really just became the ultimate parent and taught me so many life lessons, like personal responsibility, having a good work ethic and taking pride in the work you do while staying humble,” Zilliox said. “He really is the hardest working and strongest person I know, and even though we don’t agree on everything politically, I do try to make him proud in everything I do.”

When Zilliox graduates from UW-Green Bay, she hopes to continue to make her father proud by creating a lasting impact in Wisconsin.

“I would love to work as a legislative aide in a State Assembly person’s office in Madison,” she says. “My big dream is to become a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, but we will work our way towards that.”

Based on Zilliox’s accomplishments and passion to succeed, her future is certainly bright!

Story by Marketing and University Communication student assistant Emily Gerlikovski