Upcoming Historical Perspectives Lecture set for Thursday, April 11

The Historical Perspectives Lecture Series will continue on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. in Room 250 in Rose Hall. Dan Kaufman, a journalist and writer from New York City, will speak on his book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.” This lecture is free and open to the public.

Historical Perspective Lecture, Jillian Jacklin, March 28

Jillian Jacklin will be the featured speaker in the next Historical Perspectives Series lecture, Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. Jacklin, a Ph.D. student UW-Madison, will deliver, “Irresponsible Men and Incorrigible Women: Criminal Justice in Progressive-Era Wisconsin.” The event is free and open to the public.

Mark your calendars: Dan Kaufman, a journalist and writer from New York City, will speak on his book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics,” on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Christie Theatre.

The Historical Perspective Lecture Series is an annual series of talks at UW-Green Bay by a wide variety of historians and social scientists.

 

Historical Perspectives Lectures Spring 2019

The Historical Perspective Series continues this Spring with two lectures. Jillian Jacklin, a Ph.D. student from UW-Madison, will speak on “Irresponsible Men and Incorrigible Women: Criminal Justice in Progressive-Era Wisconsin,” on Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Dan Kaufman, a journalist and writer from New York City, will speak on his book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics,” on Thursday, Apr. 11, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. All lectures are free and open to the public.

 

Mark your calendar for Oct. 23 — First of Historical Perspective Series

The first program of the academic year that is part of the annual Historical Perspective Series is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, UW-Green Bay (main campus). Elliott Gorn, the Joseph A. Gagliano Professor of American Urban History at Loyola University, Chicago, will speak about his new book Let the People See: The Story of Emmett Till. The event is free and open to the public. First organized in 1985, the foremost activity of UW-Green Bay’s Center for History and Social Change has been the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series. This annual series of talks by a wide variety of historians and social scientists.

Kaye joins Ben Mankiewicz, for a national television broadcast on TCM

UW-Green Bay Professor Harvey Kaye in national spotlight to talk film and ‘Four Freedoms’

Don’t expect University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Professor Harvey J. Kaye to go “all Hollywood” on us just because he is appearing on national television next week.

In fact, for Kaye, one of UW-Green Bay’s longest standing faculty members, it’s more of the same — sharing with an audience (albeit a much larger one) his passion for the “Four Freedoms” and not losing sight of what made the “greatest generation” truly great.

The difference this time, is that Kaye joins Ben Mankiewicz, for a national television broadcast on TCM (Turner Classic Movies). The duo will present five films, beginning at 7 p.m. (CST) Monday, May 21, 2018, that illustrate the inspiration of Kaye’s book: “The Fight for Four Freedoms.” The Four Freedoms were President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s goals for America, given in his 1941 State of the Union address, preceding the United States’ entrance into WW II.
They are, the Freedoms

  • of speech
  • of worship
  • from want
  • from fear

To that end, Kaye and Mankiewicz will “intro” and “outro” five films (1 night, 4 episodes) that Kaye selected to represent at least one of the freedoms. They include:

  • The Grapes of Wrath (Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear)
  • Casablanca (Freedom of Worship and Freedom of Speech)
  • Short films: The Cummington Story (Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Fear) and The House I Live In (Freedom of Worship and Freedom from Fear
  • Deadline – U.S.A. (Freedom of Speech)

The evening coincides with a restored 75th anniversary edition of Norman Rockwell’s series of paintings, “The Four Freedoms.” The exhibit is “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms), which will be on display May 25 to September 2 at the New-York Historical Society before touring as an international traveling exhibition through 2020. (For more information, please visit the Norman Rockwell Museum and the New York Historical SocietyMuseum). Kaye is also serving as a historical advisor for that exhibit.

For Kaye, the Director of UW-Green Bay’s Center for History and Social Change, the television spot and the touring exhibit are avenues to reach a much broader audience, helping them to understand why the “Greatest Generation” (born in the early 1920s, and fought in, died for, and lived through, WWII) is aptly named.

“For all the talk about the “Greatest Generation” including books and movies, they all ignore the Four Freedoms,” Kaye said. “What struck me is the amnesia that America seems to have about the cause for the war. Every production seems to show the soldiers’ motivation was survival, but what they were really fighting for was a better America when they came back. It’s important to me that we not only remember their sacrifice but their legacy decades later.

“Maybe it’s because my parents never voted “no” for a education referenda,” Kaye continued. “For decades — in the 30s, 40s and 50s — we were building schools and universities. Now, God forbid, the only thing we might be remembered for is a wall.”

Kaye, the author of 10 published books on history and politics, has contributed articles to such publications as The Washington PostThe Daily BeastSalon and Huffington Post; and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including Bill Moyers Journal and Here and Now.

Despite the fame, and the national exposure, don’t expect to see Kaye outside his “branded look” of blue turtleneck, blazer and blue jeans.

Not around Monday night? Set your DVR for what Kaye considers some of the greatest movie and film viewing of all time.

Mark your calendars: Spring 2018 Historical Perspective Series announced

Spring 2018 Historical Perspective Series

  • Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre — Michael Tomasky, Columnist at the Daily Beast and Editor of DEMOCRACY, to speak on Party Politics Today
  • Thursday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Christie Theater, Sergio Gonzalez, lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at UW-Madison, to speak on the Story of Mexican Americans in Wisconsin

Wilkens on campus for Historical Perspectives Series, Oct. 26

The Center for History and Social Change has announced the first presentation in the Historical Perspective Lectures Series for fall 2017: Carl Wilkens, former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda and author of “I’m Not Leaving” will speak on Re-framing the “Other”: Rwanda’s Response to Fear, Hatred, and Violence. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Christie Theater, University Union. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies).

Historical Perspective Series announced

The Center for History and Social Change has announced its Historical Perspective Lectures Series for fall 2017:

  • Carl Wilkens, former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda and author of “I’m Not Leaving” will speak on Re-framing the “Other”: Rwanda’s Response to Fear, Hatred, and Violence. Thursday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m., Christie Theater
  • Stephen Duncan, assistant professor at Bronx Community College (CUNY) will speak on his forthcoming book “The Rebel Café: Sex, Race, and Politics in Cold War America’s Nightclub Underground,” Thursday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m., Christie Theater

These events are free and open to the public. For more information contact UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J Kaye (Democracy and Justice Studies). 

Next week: TV’s TCM and TYT personality Ben Mankiewicz presents at Historical Perspective Series

The grandson of the renowned Academy Award winning screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz and the son of Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to Bobby Kennedy and later president of National Public Radio, Ben Mankiewicz (host of Turner Classic Movies and a co-founder of the Young Turks Network) grew up immersed in Hollywood and public affairs. He brings personal and studied knowledge of his subjects to his audiences. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Mankiewicz at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 in Rose Hall 250, UW-Green Bay. He will speak on Hollywood and Politics. The public is invited to attend.