Already distributed campuswide, but repeated here for the record, is an email sent this morning to faculty, staff and students from UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller:
The recent events at the University of Missouri and elsewhere in the American Academy remind me of the importance of our commitment to diversity and tolerance, and our obligation to provide a welcoming and supportive campus for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. I hope you will join me in reaffirming these values. I encourage you to engage each other and our students in discussions about the important issues of our time and to advance ideas and concerns that will help us improve our programs and our campus environment. The free exchange of ideas and perspectives are founding principles of UWGB that will serve us well in this time. Thank you and Go Phoenix!
Humanistic Studies will host another Faculty Forum on Friday, May 8, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room of the Mauthe Center. Featured presenters Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English/Humanistic Studies) and Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy & Justice Studies) will lecture on the topic “‘We All Deserve to Die?’: The Ethics of Political Violence in Gothic Storytelling.” Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.
UW-Green Bay social media specialist Jena Richter will share tips on “Social Media Analytics” in a session from 3 to 4 p.m. next Wednesday, May 6, in Wood Hall Room 327. She’ll repeat the session at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 7, in IS 1129E. Richter will focus on Facebook and Twitter social media analytics. The program is recommended for student employees/interns, staff, and faculty with administrative access on Facebook and a healthy basic knowledge of social media. Questions may be directed to Richter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please RSVP at http://uwgreenbay.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6nxDOaqkYr4Hmmx.
The iPat environmental film series is back with “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” at 7 p.m. Tuesday (March 3) in the Christie Theatre. The film explores Leopold’s thinking, renewing his idea of a land ethic for a population facing 21st century ecological challenges. After the showing, Tom Bolt, past chair of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will lead discussion. The iPat Film Series (impact = population * affluence * technology) is sponsored by PEAC, The Center for Public Affairs, and the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs. All showings are free and open to the public — and free popcorn will be available. Questions? Contact Ashley Heath (email@example.com) or Rachel Russell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
“Just as many of us are recovering from our first bout of holiday indulgence,” writes Philosophy program chair Christopher Martin, “the Philosophers’ Café adds more to your plate!” Historian David Voelker, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, is the discussion leader at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Dec. 3) on “The Art of Reflective Discussion.” The monthly gathering takes place at the Titletown Brewing Company downtown, in the Charles S. Frost Room on the main floor. As a contrast to common argument or debatable rhetoric, Voelker will lead participants through a process of deeper understanding and reflection that generates meaningful dialogue. As always, the Café sessions are free and open to all. www.uwgb.edu/philosophers-cafe/schedule.asp
Ozum Yesiltas, an assistant professor of political science at St. Norbert College, will address “The Kurds and the Situation in the Middle East” at the next Global Studies Roundtable Discussion at UW-Green Bay. The free session, open to all, runs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. this Friday (Dec. 5) in Room 103 of the University Union. The roundtable series is sponsored by the Global Studies, Political Science and Public and Environmental Affairs programs at UW-Green Bay.
This month’s Philosophers Café comes the day after Tuesday’s election and asks whether voting is an unquestionable democratic good. UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger of Political Science and Democracy and Justice Studies promises to channel Aristotle, who once described democracy like a potluck where everyone brings their favorite dish. Wouldn’t we rather our meal were prepared by an Iron or Michelin Star Chef? Does voting contribute to the goodness of democracy, and if so, what should it look like? Is representation sufficient? Should deliberation or civil discourse be prerequisites? What if any value should a narrow consensus hold? Staudinger will help participants work through these and other questions while interjecting applications not just to the recent Senate or gubernatorial elections, but to last year’s debate over the Walmart project in downtown Green Bay, as well. This month’s Café takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) at St. Brendan’s Inn, 234 S. Washington St., in the Waterford Room or by the fireplace.
Student Chad Osteen of the campus chapter of Psi Chi, the honor society in psychology, invites faculty and staff to an interdisciplinary conversation on the topic “Mind vs. Brain.” The event will take place Monday, Nov. 10, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Room 208 of MAC Hall. Featured will be three faculty members – Psychology Prof. Dennis Lorenz of Human Development, Religious Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys of Humanistic Studies and Philosophy Prof. Christopher Martin of Humanistic Studies – who will each share observations on the human condition from the perspective of their respective disciplines, followed by a joint question-and-answer period. Osteen says he hopes the event will help demonstrate to students how multiple disciplines can critically examine a topic and contribute to a more thorough understanding. The program is free and open to the public.
The campus and larger communities are invited to an evening program titled “Islam awareness: A conversation about Islam, the Muslim Student Association and inclusivity at UW-Green Bay,” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 30) at the Mauthe Center on campus. The event is being held to dispel myths, answer questions and educate attendees about Islam, and to provide information about the University’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), which as Log readers may recall was at the center of last week’s well-publicized exchange involving UW-Green Bay alumna Heba Mohammad and Green Bay Alderman Chris Wery. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a free first-come, first-served dinner featuring Somali cuisine. The program portion of the event will begin at 6:30, and will include a presentation on dispelling stereotypes about Islam, a panel discussion, an informational presentation about the MSA, and distribution of information about Stop the Hate programming on campus. Our news release has additional information.
“Why You Should Definitely Never Dress Up as an ‘Indian’” is the title of a presentation set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21) in the Heritage Room on the second level of the University Union. Hosted by the American Intercultural Center, the free discussion will be led by Prof. Miriam Schacht of UW‐Oshkosh. Questions? Contact (920) 465‐2720.