Inclusive Reads & Conversations with UWGB Libraries in April: Pao Lor

UWGB Libraries’ April discussion With Pao Lor will take place virtually via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 12:15 p.m 1:00 p.m.

For the April reading, UWGB Prof. Pao Lor will be reading a chapter from his newly released memoir, Modern Jungles: A Hmong Refugee’s Childhood Story of Survival. You can download a PDF of the excerpts he will be reading this month here.

In Pao’s animistic world in the jungles of Laos, he was to one day become a farmer, fisherman, shaman, wedding negotiator, and tribal clan leader, but all that changed when the United States pulled out of the Secret War in Laos in 1975.  Set in the 1970s and 1980s, Pao, a member of an ethnic hill tribe called the Hmong, tells of his unlikeliest journey from his village in Laos and to the US.  Pao’s coming-of-age story is about survival, hope, perseverance, and dreams; a powerful brushstroke capturing the Hmong American experience and advances the transcendental reality that when a community is informed about all its everchanging cultural roots and recognizes, embraces, appreciates, and acknowledges all their existence and contributions, a community will change, thrive, and transform; and a homage to individuals, organizations, and communities that welcome and nurture oppressed and persecuted individuals around the world.

Pao Lor holds the Patricia Wood Baer Professorship in Education at UW-Green Bay, where he also chairs the Professional Program in Education. He has been writing about the Hmong American experience for many years.

If you are interested in attending, please sign-up to receive an Outlook calendar invitation for the event with a link to the meeting. UWGB Libraries will send a recording of the event to all who registered if you cannot attend live.

*If you need accommodation to attend this event, please contact Sarah Bakken at bakkens@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2666. All accommodation requests should be made no less than two weeks before the event. We will attempt to fulfill requests made after this date, but cannot guarantee they will be met.

UWGB alumna named program director at Historical Society | Herald Times Reporter

UW-Green Bay alumna Emily Shedal (History and Humanistic Studies) has been named program coordinator at Manitowoc County Historical Society. “As the Historical Society’s program coordinator, Shedal will build upon the youth and public education programs at the museum and work to create a variety of hands-on, hands-in programs for guests.” More via Emily Shedal named program coordinator at Historical Society | Herald Times Reporter.

Reminder: WI Legal Issues Panel Discussion set for Friday, Feb. 22

The Legal Issues in WI panel, an important and timely discussion of the current shortage of public defenders in Wisconsin, related law school curriculum and admissions, will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room (Room 103) located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Panelists include UW-Green Bay alumni who are now practicing lawyers and/or work with the WI Office of Public Defender — Jessica Fehrenbach, Aaron Damrau, Jake Evans, and Wes Kottke — as well as Matthew Lindsay, associate professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more on Facebook.

Legal Issues in WI panel to discuss shortage of public defenders, Friday, Feb. 22

The Legal Issues in WI panel, an important and timely discussion of the current shortage of public defenders in Wisconsin, related law school curriculum and admissions, will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room (Room 103) located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Panelists include UW-Green Bay alumni who are now practicing lawyers and/or work with the WI Office of Public Defender — Jessica Fehrenbach, Aaron Damrau, Jake Evans, and Wes Kottke — as well as Matthew Lindsay, associate professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more on Facebook.

Emeritus faculty member Brian Sutton’s ‘Searching for Romeo’ to be performed in Idaho

For those of you who missed “Searching for Romeo” during its two runs on the UW-Green Bay campus, you will now have another chance to see it. You just have to go to Idaho to do it, according to creator and emeritus faculty member Brian Sutton. The musical is slated to be performed by Vision Charter School in Caldwell, Idaho this upcoming spring. “Searching for Romeo” had its world premiere in the Jean Weidner Theatre in July 2012, and the upcoming production in Caldwell will end in late April 2019. As Sutton notes, very few plays are still being produced nearly seven years after their premiere. As the Bee Gees (and Sutton) so eloquently put it, “Ah, ah, ah, ah, stayin’ alive.” Sutton messaged from his new winter residence in Austin, Tex.

 

 

Prof. Rybak named interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Interim Dean Charles Rybak

Provost Greg Davis announced the appointment today (June 19, 2017) of Charles A. Rybak as interim Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

He will provide leadership in the areas of visual and performing arts, humanities, communication, computer and information sciences and social sciences. The Dean is responsible for budget, personnel, curriculum, strategic planning and constituent relations in promoting UW-Green Bay and the College. He will provide academic and administrative leadership and oversight of interdisciplinary and disciplinary programs in the College as well as the University’s general education program.

Rybak is well known and respected both on campus and in the community. He has demonstrated a commitment to undergraduate education, to interdisciplinary teaching and learning, scholarship, as well as shared governance that has significantly advanced the University’s mission. He has been a member of the UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies and English faculty since he joined the University in 2010 as an assistant professor. He advanced to the rank of associate professor in 2013, and was promoted to full professor in 2017. From 2003-2010, Rybak was a member of the UW-Colleges’ English department as well as UW-Colleges Online. Additionally, he has several years experience as a high school English teacher.

“Chuck’s background and experiences will be called upon frequently as he leads the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences during this transformative time,” said Provost Davis. “Please join me in congratulating interim Dean Chuck Rybak on this next venture.”