Ortiz talk will open spring Great Books series

The Great Books Discussions series is set to begin 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, Jan. 12, with a talk by Prof. Cristina Ortiz at the Brown County Central Library, downtown. Members of the UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies faculty will lead the discussions. The month-by-month spring lineup is as follows:

  • Jan. 12 — Life is a Dream by Calderon de la Barca; led by Cristina Ortiz
  • Feb. 9 — What is to Be Done? by Nikolay Chernyshevsky; Kevin Kain
  • March 8 — John Milton’s  Ariopagitica and other short works; Jason Zirbel and Rob Miller
  • April 12 — Shakespeare’s The Tempest; Kristin Denslow
  • May 10 — Santa Evita, by Tomás Eloy Martinez; Hernan Fernandez-Meardi

Each of the second-Tuesday discussions is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by Humanistic Studies and the Brown County Library.

Great Books: Fernández-Meardi on Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Association Prof. Hernán Fernández-Meardi will lead a discussion of Paulo Friere’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed as part of Humanistic Studies’ Great Book Series at the Brown County Library on Tuesday (Dec. 8) at 6:30 p.m.  In his critically acclaimed work, Friere advocates for a pedagogy that empowers students as producers of knowledge.

Great Books tonight: Coury on My Name is Red


Humanistic Studies’ Great Books discussion series continues tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 10) with a presentation of the novel My Name is Red, a work written by the Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. Prof. David Coury (Humanistic Studies and German) will lead the discussion, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown branch of the Brown County Public library. All events are free and open to the public.

Great Books series resumes with Kain on Dostoevsky


The Great Books discussion series organized by the Humanistic Studies academic unit continues Tuesday (Oct. 13) when European and Russian history specialist Kevin Kain of the faculty will lead discussion of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground. The free public event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the main downtown branch of the Brown County Public Library on Pine Street.

Reminder: Nesvet presents on novel Flatland


Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet of Humanistic Studies opens her program’s Fall 2015 Great Books discussion series tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 8) at 6:30 p.m. at the Brown County Public Library on Pine Street. She’ll lead discussion of Edwin A. Abbott’s “short, fun science-fiction novel,” Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.” The programs are free and open to the public.

Faculty from Humanistic Studies announce fall ‘Great Books’ series

The fall session of the Great Books Discussion Group begins Tuesday (Sept. 8) at the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine St. The programs take place the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Board Room. UW-Green Bay faculty members in Humanistic Studies lead the discussions.

• Sept. 8, Flatland by Edwin Abbott, Prof. Rebecca Nesvet
• Oct. 13, Notes from the Underground, Dostoevsky, Lecturer Kevin Kain
• Nov. 10, My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk, Prof. David Coury
• Dec. 8, La pedagogia del oprimido (oppressed), Paulo Freire, Prof. Hernan Fernandez-Meardi


Copies of the titles can be reserved or downloaded from the library’s online catalog.

Faculty note: Nesvet talk


Rebecca Nesvet, a first-year assistant professor of Humanistic Studies, made a presentation at the Brown County Library Feb. 10 on the book Frankenstein as part of the spring Great Books Series organized by her academic unit. 
(Sorry we didn’t get this into the newsletter in advance for those who might have liked to attend and didn’t know… but we do an after-the-fact mention here as a timely and additional reminder of the many ways hard-working UW-Green Bay faculty members including our newest arrivals share their expertise with the community.)

Sutton’s Jan. 13 talk on Gospels opens spring Great Books series


The Gospels, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” are among the selections for the Great Books Discussion Group series set to begin 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Brown County Central Library, downtown. Members of the UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies faculty will lead the discussions. The spring lineup:

• The Gospels, Brian Sutton as discussion leader, Jan. 13
• “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, Rebecca Nesvet, Feb. 10
• “Benito Cereno” by Herman Melville, Todd Dresser, March 10
• “The Savage Detectives” by Roberto Bolaño, Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, April 14
• “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, Rebecca Meacham, May 13.

At the Library: Sutton on Apocrypha, Bible

Associate Prof. Brian Sutton is the next speaker in the Great Books Discussion Series sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies program. His free public presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 9) in the second floor Board Room of the Brown Country Central Library, 515 Pine St. Sutton will lead a discussion of the Apocryphal New Testament — ancient works about Jesus that didn’t make it into the Bible.