UW-Green Bay students create podcast highlighting members of the Latino community

See a problem. Solve the problem. See a need. Fill the need. That’s part of the Wisconsin Idea. It’s also what drove three compassionate, UW–Green Bay students to start a podcast highlighting members of Northeast Wisconsin’s Latino community. Kelly Lamas (Spanish, Social Work), Mario Huarota (Spanish Education) and Kory Brunette (Spanish) told an NBC26 reporter that they were allowed to “create what we thought would be best for our school and our goals and our mission for this project and spread awareness to the community.”

They say this podcast allows them to both practice their Spanish comprehension and showcase real people in their community that may be otherwise overlooked. To date, the students have interviewed members of the community who are bilingual therapists, DACA recipients, restaurant owners, and others.

Assistant Prof. Mario Jimenez Chacon (Humanities) is the faculty member who proposed the idea. As the project is not tied to a particular class, but the Spanish program, he hopes it will continue into the future as a long-term digital humanities project.

You can listen to the podcast, here.

Regents announce outstanding UW System teachers for 2021 | Urban Milwaukee

UW- Green Bay Recipients:

Ekaterina (Katia) Levintova, Professor of Political Science and Global Studies, Department of Democracy and Justice Studies, UW-Green Bay. Dr. Levintova joined UW-Green Bay’s faculty in 2007 and teaches first-year seminars to upper-level political science courses. Her innovative, student-focused teaching blends discussion and lecture with simulations, such as asking students in upper- and lower-level courses to stage public opinion polls and a mock political campaign.

Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics Program, UW-Green Bay. The Nutrition Sciences/Dietetics program is an emphasis within the Human Biology major and currently enrolls 73 students. Three faculty members contribute to the teaching of this program – Deb Pearson, Ms. Sara Wagner, and Leanne Zhu – with Ms. Heather Masters serving as the dietetic internship director.

Source: Regents announce outstanding UW System teachers for 2021 | Urban Milwaukee


UWGB Model EU Club in national event

UWGB Model EU Club is participating in the annual  Model EU conference at Indiana University-Bloomington (virtually). The seven member delegation representing Estonia consists of first-year students, graduating seniors, 2020 graduates, and transfer students. This is UWGB’s first time participating in this national event that brought 175 students from Universities in Texas, Florida, Illinois,  Indiana, NC and Minnesota, and other states to Indiana University. UWGB students will debate and adopt resolutions dealing with energy independence, COVID vaccinations, carbon tax, unemployment insurance, common EU army and cybersecurity.

Global Studies Roundtable: U.S – Saudi Relations, April 30

Join Fahad Nazer, official spokesperson for the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a virtual discussion on Friday, April 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. At this roundtable, those interested will take a closer look at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia U.S. Relations and the Vision 2030 Reforms. The event is FREE and open to the public but registration is required.

Professor Katia Levintova named co-director of the Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is delighted to announce Professor Katia Levintova as the new co-director of the Center. Levintova will be working alongside Prof. David Coury and Ashley Heath to manage and expand the CCE on campus and within the community. Levintova has been at UWGB since Fall 2007 and has extensive experience integrating experiential and civic minded teaching in the classroom. She is currently a professor of Political Science and Global Studies in the Democracy and Justice Studies program where she teaches courses on Comparative Politics and International Relations. She has served as chair of both Political Science and Global Studies programs and has received the UWGB 2019 Founders Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her work with students in internships and collaborations within the community will be an asset in the work of the CCE.

European Union discussion is available; next forum is Feb. 12

Model European Union (EU) Club of UW-Green Bay invites everyone to its inaugural mini EU forum that concludes next Friday. First installment, is recorded and available. The next presentation is Friday, Feb. 12, 1 to 2 p.m., and will focus on the future of the EU as the questions about its future are posed by the growing nationalism and populism in several important member states and as Euroscepticism grows across the continent. Presented by renowned professor and author Jonathan Olsenof Texas Woman’s University, this exciting event will allow all of us to ponder the future of Europeanism and see Europe at a crossroads Link to zoom event Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 881 8495 5705
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Faculty note: Prof. Ortiz appointed to the Equal Rights Commission of the city of Green Bay

UW-Green Bay Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities, Global Studies and Spanish) has been appointed as a member of the Equal Rights Commission of the city of Green Bay. The Commission task is to monitor efforts to eliminate discrimination within city government and the Green Bay community. Ortiz’s appointment will expire on Feb. 1, 2023.

First Model EU Club Virtual Lecture is Friday, Feb. 5

Model EU (European Union) Club of UW-Green Bay invites everyone to its inaugural mini EU forum. The first installment, on Friday, Feb. 5, from 1 to 2 p.m., will focus on the future of the EU after the Brexit. Presented by renowned professor and author John McCormick of Indiana University, this exciting event will allow participants to ponder the future of Europeanism and see Europe at a crossroads after one of the major European players left the EU. The event is hosted by Global Studies. Join this exciting conversation via Zoom. 

For more information, head over to the club’s Facebook page.

Faculty and staff note: Kevin Kain announces new publications

UW-Green Bay Senior Lecturer Kevin Kain (Humanities, History, Global Studies) has published a set of books co-edited with David Goldfrank (Georgetown U.): Russia’s Early Modern Orthodox Patriarchate 2 vols. 1. Foundations and Mitred Royalty, 1589-1647 and 2. Russia’s Early Modern Orthodox Patriarchate: Apogee and Finale, 1648-1721(Washington: Academia Press, 2020).

This project originated with a 23,000 Euro grant awarded to Kain and former UWGB International Visiting Scholar Wolfram von Sheleiha (U. Leipzig) by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung fur Wisssenschaftsfoerderung. The interdisciplinary collection features sixteen chapters by American, Russian and European scholars of history, art history, religious studies and philology. These include Kain’s essay, “The Living Image of Patriarch Nikon: The Life of the Parsuna [Portrait] ‘Patriarch Nikon with Clergy’.”

Commendations on the book jackets include:

“A wide-ranging account … a fundamental contribution to Russian religious history as well as the story of politics, art, and culture in an era of change and crisis.” – Paul Bushkovitch, Reuben Post Halleck Professor of History, Yale University

“A major contribution to our understanding of Russia’s patriarchate, and more generally, the Russian Orthodox Church in the early modern period.” – Russell E. Martin, Associate Professor of History, Westminster College

Here are the descriptions:

Volume 1 Russia’s Early Modern Orthodox Patriarchate: Foundations and Mitred Royalty, 1589-1647

Focusing on one of Russia’s most powerful and wide-reaching institutions in a period of shattering dynastic crisis and immense territorial and administrative expansion, this book addresses manifestations of religious thought, practice, and artifacts revealing the permeability of political boundaries and fluid transfers of ideas, texts, people, and objects with the rest of the Christian world. The historical background to the establishment Russia’s patriarchate, its chief religious authority, in various eparchies from Late Antiquity sets the stage. Writings such as “The Tale of the Establishment of the Patriarchate,” proved crucial for legitimizing and promoting both this institution and close cooperation with the established tetrarchy of Eastern Orthodox patriarchs. Their attitude remained mixed, however, with persisting unease concerning Russian pretensions to equality. Regarding the most crucial “other” for Christianity’s self-identification, the contradictions inherent in Christianity’s appropriation of the Old Testament became apparent in, for example, the realm’s imperfectly enforced ban on resident Jews. An instance of ordained royalty emerged in the seeming, but really complementary co-rulership of the initial Romanov Tsar Mikhail and his imperious, yet inconsistently xenophobic father, Patriarch Filaret. As a pertinent parallel to Moscow’s patriarchs, and here combining a Romanian regal, Polish aristocratic, and Ukrainian Orthodox self-identity, Petro Mohyla, a metropolitan of the then totally separate Kievan church, founded the Academy which became the most important educational institution for the Russian Orthodox Church into the eighteenth century.

Volume 2 Russia’s Early Modern Orthodox Patriarchate: Apogee and Finale, 1648-1721 

Patriarch Nikon, the most energetic, creative, influential, and obstinate of Russia’s early modern religious leaders, dominates this book, which addresses specifically not only the rich variety of Nikon’s activities and of scholarly interest in him, but also the operations of the patriarchate and range across reform movements and ideology, politics, diplomacy, war, taxation, institutional alms, relic cults, monastery foundation and financing, iconography, architecture, hierotopy, sacral semiotics, portraiture, literature, and education. As head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his most important initiative was to bring Russian religious rituals into line with then current Greek Orthodox practices, from which Russia’s had diverted. Although both Nikon and Tsar Alexis I (r. 1645-1676) envisioned Russia transformed into a new Holy Land, eventually Nikon was accused of challenging the tsar’s authority. His reforms endured, but his poor political judgment appears decisive in his fall and the patriarchate’s reduction in status. Ultimately, the reforms of Peter the Great (r. 1682-1725) led to its replacement by a new, government-controlled body, the Holy Synod, which nevertheless carried out a continuity of Nikon’s policies. This exceptional volume contextualizes Nikon’s patriarchate as part of the broader continuities in Russian history and serves as a bridge through the late Imperial revival of interest in him, to the present, where Russia is forging new relationships between Church and state power.