UW-Green Bay junior Autumn Rettke was ‘blown away’ with online learning transition

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrate that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Autumn Rettke is a junior majoring in English Education and minoring in Dance.

Autumn Rettke

“When the spring classes switched from in-person to online-only, I was very concerned about my Education and Dance courses, because the two focus on elements that are best learned through in-person observation. I was blown away with how well my professors maintained the personal element of these courses while remaining completely online. We participated in discussions, group work and peer edits, which helped uphold the feeling of community that comes along with in-person classes. All of my professors offered email check-ins, over-the-phone meetings and even Zoom office hours. I always felt that my professors were not only prepared but also genuinely invested in their students’ well-being.”


All are welcome to join Associate Prof. Nesvet and a workshop on publication and teaching on July 25

On Saturday, July 25, Associate Prof. Nesvet (English) will present as part of the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) online workshop “Making use of COVE & BRANCH for Teaching and Research.”

This workshop will showcase the use of COVE tools for publication and teaching. Anyone is welcome to register for this workshop; up to 300 participants can be accommodated; however, only a few spaces remain. To register, click here by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 23.

Registrants should look out for an email reminder the day before the event and Zoom log-in details the day of the event from coveeditions@gmail.com. Please send any questions to Associate Prof. Nesvet at nesvetr@uwgb.edu.

Some of the questions we will address in the workshop include:

  • How can I teach asynchronously?
  • How can I help students read better?
  • How can I get all my course texts for $10?
  • How can I build annotated timelines and maps?
  • How can I facilitate student research?
  • How can I build exhibits with students?
  • How can I keep track of student activity?
  • How can I link up courses across the world?
  • How can I upload my own course texts?
  • How can I support open-access scholarship?

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Case publishes article

Assistant Prof. Julialicia Case (English & Humanities) recently published the article, “Our Bodies, Our Incoherent Selves: Games and Shifting Concepts of Identity and Narrative in Contemporary Storytelling” in Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, published by the University of Nebraska Press. This article examines digital games such as 80 Days and Disco Elysium in connection with contemporary literature by George Saunders and other writers to argue that multimedia experiences are spurring important, widespread cultural changes in what we expect from narrative and storytelling.

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Van Slooten participated in live roundtable

Associate Professor Jessica Lyn Van Slooten (English, Writing Foundations, Women’s and Gender Studies, Humanities) was an invited participant in a roundtable discussion, “The Role of Romance Scholarship: Why Does it Matter?” on Friday, July 10. This live roundtable was part of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance Digital Showcase, featured participants from around the world, and can be viewed here: “The Role of Romance Scholarship: Why Does it Matter?”

Faculty note: Associate Prof. Van Slooten appeared on four recent podcast episodes

Assocaite Prof. Jessica Lyn Van Slooten (English, Writing Foundations, Women’s and Gender Studies) was a guest on four recent episodes of the Shelf Love podcast. Van Slooten joined host Andrea Martucci and several romance authors to discuss friendship (episode 48), fantasy (episode 43),  food (episode 37), and parenthood (episode 36) in romance novels.

Faculty note: Prof. Nesvet has two articles accepted for publication

This month, Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English) has had two research articles accepted for publication. “The Mystery of Sweeney Todd: G.A. Sala’s Desperate Solution” will appear in the Victorian Institute Journal. “1837: Death of ‘Miss Whitehead, “the Bank Nun,'” in the Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History (BRANCH) Collective’s peer-reviewed, open-access hypertext timeline.

The BRANCH Collective is a project supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVSA) and other Victorianist societies. Both articles will appear in late summer or early fall 2020 and concern the works of penny fiction author James Malcolm Rymer (1814-84), creator of the urban myth of Sweeney Todd and an author deeply invested in working-class political self-determination. Neither article would have been completed this past term without the invaluable assistance of the amazing librarians at Cofrin Library and elsewhere in the UW system.

Thank you, librarians, for making it possible for research of some kind to continue at UWGB in spite of the necessary closure of our physical campus.

How To Keep A Pandemic Diary (And Write Better) | Wisconsin Public Radio with Rebecca Meacham

The state historical society and other archivists want people to keep diaries of their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. We discuss tips for writing and keeping a journal with three Wisconsin authors. Host(s): Kate Archer Kent. Guest(s): Stephanie Bodeen, UW-Green Bay Prof. Rebecca Meacham and Patricia Skalka. Source: How To Keep A Pandemic Diary (And Write Better) | Wisconsin Public Radio

Prof. Meacham will be a guest on WPR’s Kate Archer show

Prof. Rebecca Meacham (English, Humanities, Women’s and Gender Studies) and authors Patricia Skalka and Stephanie Bodeen will  talk about writing, and keeping a journal, during the pandemic on the Kate Archer Kent show on WPR on Friday, April 24, 2020. At present she is scheduled for the 6 to 7 a.m. time slot.

Faculty note: Prof. Nesvet has a new publication

Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Humanities) has contributed two articles to the forthcoming PALGRAVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN’S WRITING, edited by Lesa Scholl (University of Queensland, Australia). The articles concern “Victorian Vegetarianism” and its female literary advocates and detractors, and “Julia Constance Fletcher (1853-1938).” An American travel writer, novelist, translator and playwright born in South America, Fletcher spent most of her adult life in Italy, writing for British audiences. She was the first author to base a literary character on her friend Oscar Wilde, who dedicated his undergraduate poem RAVENNA, winner of Oxford University’s prestigious Newdigate Prize for Poetry, to her. Fletcher’s literary achievements include her proto-feminist travel romance MIRAGE, her translation of the Italian Renaissance poet Gaspara Stampa, and her play THE FANTASTICKS. Loosely adapted from Edmond Rostand’s LES ROMANESQUES, THE FANTASTICKS was later(1960) adapted by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones to create the world’s longest-running musical–without attribution to Fletcher.

Faculty note: Prof. Nesvet Receives Huntington Library Research Grant

The Huntington Library, a major research library, archive, and foundation in San Marino, California, has awarded UW-Green Bay Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English) a grant for research travel to the United Kingdom. One of six recipients of the 2020 Huntington Library UK travel grants, Prof. Nesvet will be able to conduct research on penny fiction author James Malcolm Rymer (1814-84) at the British Library and the Guildhall sometime in 2020, provided that the COVID-19 pandemic has been neutralized by all our efforts. This year, Prof. Nesvet’s research on Rymer has been published in the journals Nineteenth Century Studies and Victorian Popular Fiction Journal, and is forthcoming in edited volumes on the Victorian Vampire and Class in Literature.