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
Passcode: kU8K2k

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.


Global Studies Roundtable is Friday, Oct. 9

The next Global Studies roundtable is Friday, Oct, 9 at 1:00 pm ET,  and welcomes Ben Levelius, Vice Consul from the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, India. Levels is a native of Wisconsin and will also be discussing his path to foreign service in the U.S. State Department. The U.S.-India relationship plays a key role in 21st-century international affairs. From high tech development to pharmaceuticals, naval power to Foreign Aid, and everything in-between, how India and the U.S. get-along will affect U.S. foreign policy, business, and individuals for the years to come. Not even a global pandemic stands in the way! This free public event is on Oct. 9, 2020, at Noon Via Microsoft Teams. Join Meeting

First fall Global Studies Roundtable is Friday, Sept. 25, 1 p.m. Public is invited

Please join us Friday, Sept 25 at 1 p.m. (CT) for the first of the Fall Global Studies Roundtable discussions. Margaret Wenger from the Milwaukee-based Educational Credential Evaluators will be speaking on: Taxi Drivers and Doctors: Comparative education and Student Mobility.

“When the student sitting next to you in class (or on the Zoom), or the dentist who filled your cavity came from another country, who decided that they had the appropriate educational background? In many cases, it’s someone who specializes in comparative education. In a globalized, mobile world, more and more people are educated in multiple countries, with different grade, credit, and accreditation practices, as well as different underlying educational philosophies. The speaker, an international credential evaluator, will introduce the field and its applications, and why it matters to everyone, whether you study abroad or not, with a few pointers in spotting fake educational documents.”

The public is invited to this discussion taking place via Microsoft Teams at this link.



Marina Delbecchi

Marina Delbecchi said she was never alone in her new virtual journey

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…

Marina Delbecchi is an organizational leadership major. Her minors are public administration, political science and global studies.

Marina Delbecchi

“Having classes that are all online or majority online can be tough, but my professors at UWGB never made me feel alone on this journey. It’s easy to forget that any annoyances we may have with online classes, our professors do too, so they are more than willing to go out of their way to help. Plus with options for Zoom meetings and hybrid courses meeting every other week, you still get the chance to form relationships with your professors (which is the best part of college!). The largest piece of advice I have related to online courses is to stay up-to-date with your UWGB email because it holds important information and will be your lifeline while not in the classroom!”

Faculty note: New publication from Profs. Levintova and Coury

Prof. Katia Levintova (Democracy and Justice Studies and Global Studies) and Prof. David Coury (Humanities and Global Studies) have published the jointly authored article “Poland, Germany and the EU: Reimagining Central Europe” in the journal Europe-Asia Studies. The article was based on a collaborative research projecting examing the use of the terms “Central” or “Middle” Europe in the Polish and German press and how that region is understood today.

Faculty note: Professors Boswell and Levintova invite readers to Syllabus Journal

Syllabus Journal, co-edited by Caroline Boswell and Katia Levintova with editorial assistance by Patrick Sicula (UWGB class of 2020), has just published its latest issue. You are invited to review the Table of Contents and then visit the website to review articles and items of interest. This special issue contains timely discussion on the state of the syllabus, especially its meaning and tone, all the more pressing, given unprecedented challenges currently confronting higher education. In the words of guest editors, “Positioning the syllabus as a key artifact in the modern academy, one that encapsulates many elements of intellectual, scholarly, social, cultural, political, and institutional contexts in which it is enmeshed, we offer in this special issue of Syllabus a set of provocations on the syllabus and its many roles. Including perspectives from full-time and part-time faculty, graduate students, and librarians, the issue offers a multifaceted take on how the syllabus is presently used and might be reimagined.