Spots remain for Sept. 26 Dinner Lecture event featuring culture, cuisine of Russia

Registration remains open for the latest installment in the UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture series, featuring the culture and cuisine of modern Russia.

“Russia Today,” featuring UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Katia Levintova, will take place Thursday, Sept. 26 in the Phoenix Room of the UW-Green Bay University Union. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a gathering and cash bar; and the dinner and presentation will run from 6:30-8 p.m.

A native of Moscow, Levintova is an associate professor and adviser in Public and Environmental Affairs and chair of Political Science and Global Studies at UW-Green Bay. Her talk will focus on numerous aspects of Russia’s diversity, from climates, landscapes and cultures to traditions, history, language, customs and more.

“People might kind of assume this very stoic, very stone-faced image of Russia,” Levintova said. “But you know, Russians are known for their hospitality. … I think people realize how large Russia is, but just learning the hidden diversity — I’ll talk about different ethnic groups, their customs and dancing and costumes. The folk art — again, people just kind of have one image, of the nesting dolls, when they think about Russian folk art. But there’s so much more to it.”

One of Levintova’s areas of scholarship is post-communist society, and she often conducts research in Russia while visiting family during the summer. With Russia in the news frequently as of late, she anticipates there may be some questions concerning the country’s politics.

“One of the contrasts is, it’s such a modern country,” Levintova said, “but politics is sometimes — there is a lot of nostalgia for the Soviet Union in contemporary Russian politics, there’s all these debates about Stalinism, what was good, what was bad. So definitely, I think we can talk about politics in this contrastive way, as well.”

Levintova also helped shape the menu for the evening, which includes a Russian Potato Salad (one of her personal favorites), a hearty Borsch soup, beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage roll, noodles with field mushrooms and dessert. Russia’s famous hospitality is showcased, in part, in its cuisine, she said.

Cost for the Dinner Lecture Series event is $29 per person, with registration available online. Participants also can register via U.S. Mail (send to Camps and Conferences – Office of Outreach, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311). For questions or additional information, call (920) 465-2775 (local), (800) 621-2313 or email.

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When in Rome: Aldrete event features culture, cuisine of ancient feast

Award-winning UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete, Humanistic Studies, entertained and informed a full house in the Union’s Phoenix Room Tuesday (June 11), keynoting the latest installment in UW-Green Bay’s Dinner Lecture Series. The event, “When in Rome,” featured the cuisine of a traditional Roman feast, including eggs, olives, roast pork and lentils, along with honey custard for dessert. The lecture portion of the evening started with Aldrete dressing an audience member in a toga, and ended with eager questions from attendees. In between, Aldrete discussed the staples of a Roman diet (surprisingly, no marinara or tomatoes), the intricacies of a high-end feast and the all-important wine-to-water ratio (along with some stomach-churning info on a seriously disgusting fish paste commonly consumed by poor and wealthy alike). For more details on the event, along with a great photo gallery, check out our news feature.

When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event features food, details of ancient feast

When one thinks of Italian cooking, pasta and sauce are among the first things that come to mind. But when some 150 guests sat down to a Roman feast Tuesday (June 11) at the University Union, there was no marinara on the menu. Continue reading “When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event features food, details of ancient feast”

When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event to feature Aldrete, traditional cuisine

Award-winning Prof. Greg Aldrete will headline a Roman Feast Dinner Lecture Series event June 11, taking audiences back in time with a traditional Roman banquet. But before your thoughts turn to spaghetti marinara, remember this is an authentic meal the way it once was — and tomatoes (not to mention potatoes, corn, chocolate, certain fruits and peanuts) are not on the menu. You’ll learn why during the event, which begins with a gathering and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. Attendees will learn what the Romans would have eaten, seen, heard and done at such a feast, and sample many traditional foods for themselves. The menu includes a variety of appetizers; soup with onion; carrots with herbs and a touch of honey; apple-stuffed pork loin with apple cider cream sauce; a mystery egg/vegetable dish; and honey custard for dessert. Beverages included; cost is $24 per person. The event will be held in the Union’s Phoenix Room — and yes, togas and sandals are welcome. More info.

Scrumptious snapshots: Dinner Lecture event features cuisine, contrasts of Mexico

Cofrin School of Business Director Lucy Arendt took attendees on a delicious and enlightening virtual journey to Mexico Tuesday (April 2), exploring the cultures and contrasts of our neighbor to the south during the latest installment of the UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series. Presented by Outreach and Adult Access, the Dinner Lecture events offer attendees the opportunity to hear an engaging address on a country or region while enjoying authentic cuisine from that area. The next event in the series, featuring Prof. Greg Aldrete and the foods of ancient Rome, will take place Tuesday, June 11. In the meantime, check out our photo gallery for all the delicious fun from Tuesday’s talk.

Picture this: Dinner Lecture Series event features culture, cuisine, contrasts of Mexico

The great food and fascinating contrasts of Mexico were on display Tuesday, April 2, when Associate Prof. Lucy Arendt headlined the latest UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series event.

Arendt’s address, “Mexico: The Land of Contrasts,” explored the history, culture and contrasts of our neighbor to the south during her address. Guests dined on a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, from entrée to dessert.

“What do you think of when you think of Mexico?” Arendt said, offering a preview of her talk. “Do you think of beautiful tourist destinations, like Cancun or the Riviera Maya? Or, do you think of the violence associated with the drug trade? Did you know that the world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim Helu, is from Mexico? Or that nearly half the Mexican population lives in poverty? And, that despite the high number of Mexicans living in poverty, Mexico ranks in the top 12 percent of the world’s happiest countries?”

Arendt, an associate professor of Management and the director of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business, has traveled to Mexico numerous times and leads a travel abroad course to Cuernavaca, Mexico, each January. Her address was the latest in the series since UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access revived it in 2011. The next Dinner Lecture Series event, featuring Prof. Greg Aldrete and the cuisine of ancient Rome, will be held Tuesday, June 11. Click here for more info.

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Great eats, and info to boot: Arendt to host Dinner Lecture Series April 2

Fresh off a super-successful Business Week (in case you missed it yesterday: click here), Cofrin School of Business Director Lucy Arendt is ready for another great event: her Tuesday, April 2 Dinner Lecture Series program focusing on the contrasts of Mexico. Arendt, an associate professor of Management, will be the keynote speaker for “Mexico: The Land of Contrasts,” beginning at 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. Guests will dine on authentic Mexican cuisine before Arendt’s address, which will draw on her expertise from numerous trips to Mexico, including a travel course she leads annually to Cuernavaca. Tickets for the event, presented by Outreach and Adult Access, are $24. For more information, check out our press release.

UW-Green Bay’s Arendt to lead Dinner Lecture Series event on contrasts of Mexico

The director of UW-Green Bay’s Austin E. Cofrin School of Business will be the featured speaker for “Mexico: The Land of Contrasts,” the latest UW-Green Bay Dinner Lecture Series event, Tuesday, April 2.

Associate Professor of Management Lucy Arendt has traveled to Mexico numerous times, and leads a travel abroad course to Cuernavaca, Mexico each January. She will explore the country’s history, culture and contrasts during her address, and guests will enjoy a variety of authentic Mexican dishes, from entrée to dessert.

“What do you think of when you think of Mexico?” Arendt said, outlining the basis for her talk. “Do you think of beautiful tourist destinations, like Cancun or the Riviera Maya? Or, do you think of the violence associated with the drug trade? Did you know that the world’s wealthiest man, Carlos Slim Helu, is from Mexico? Or that nearly half the Mexican population lives in poverty? And, that despite the high number of Mexicans living in poverty, Mexico ranks in the top 12 percent of the world’s happiest countries?”

Arendt will explore these issues and more during the Dinner Lecture Series event, the latest offering in the series since UW-Green Bay’s Division of Outreach and Adult Access revived it in 2011. Her address will include photos and stories describing Mexico, its people and their values. Mexico is the United States’ third-largest trading partner, and it is advantageous for Americans to know as much as possible about our neighbor to the south, Arendt said. Mexicans comprise the largest population of immigrants in the U.S., and we see their influence everywhere in our communities — including in schools, business and religious institutions.

The menu for the April 2 event includes enchiladas verdes de pollo (a blend of chicken, tomatillos and shredded cheddar cheese rolled in a corn tortilla); chicken posole (a classic comfort food consisting of a hearty chicken and hominy soup topped with lettuce, onions, cilantro and lime wedges); arroz a la Mexicana (a dish made of rice, onion, garlic, tomato and peas blended together and topped with roasted jalapenos); frijoles negros (traditional black beans simmered in a pot with chili, cumin, cinnamon and other spices, and tossed with roasted red peppers); agua de Jamaica, coffee and ice water; and for dessert, sopapillas with cinnamon sugar and caramel drizzle.

The Dinner Lecture series event begins with a gathering and cash bar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Phoenix Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The dinner and presentation is scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. The cost to attend the event is $24 per person, with registration available online, or mail to Camps and Conferences — Office of Outreach, UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311. For questions or additional information, call (920) 465-2775 (local), (800) 621-2313 or email. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29.

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Photos: Dinner lecture on Peru, Chile, food and culture

UW-Green Bay’s Dinner Lecture Series, sponsored by Outreach and Adult Access, offered another engaging evening when Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of Humanistic Studies led a tasty exploration of the food and culture of Peru. Additionally, visiting scholar-in-residence Alex Godoy-Faúndez shared insight on sustainable food production practices in his native Chile. See photos.
 

Dinner Lecture Series brings a bit of Chile and Peru to UWGB

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UW-Green Bay’s Dinner Lecture Series, sponsored by Outreach and Adult Access, was once again an engaging event when Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz (far right), UWGB assistant professor of Humanistic Studies, discussed the gastronomic revolution that has swept Peru in the last decade and how this boom reflects a sense of shared optimism for a country that had recently undergone years of political turmoil. He also explained how the importance of Peruvian cuisine is an expression of the cultural diversity of this Andean nation. Visiting Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Alex Godoy-Faúndez (second from right) shared insight on sustainable food production practices in his native Chile.

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