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.
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.
UW-Green Bay Humanities announces scholarship awards:
Harold and Edna Bickford Memorial Scholarhip-Elizabeth Wulff
Coryl Crandall Memorial Scholarship-Lydia Downey and Jared Ramirez
Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship-Savannah Schemenauer
Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Scholarship-Daniel Buckley
Arnold Lelis Scholarship-Makayla Nelson
Eugene Cruz-Uribe Annual Memorial Scholarship for Historical Studies-Preston Fischer
Honorary Recognition – Faith Klick
UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Caroline Boswell is featured in a publication on “History Today” about how people have historically responded in times of crisis. “People questioned the motives of elites who benefited from the crises,” Boswell said. She’s the author of Disaffection and Everyday Life in Interregnum England (Boydell Press, 2017).
UW-Green Bay Prof. David Voelker (History, Humanities) will be the program director for Common CAHSS 2020: Beyond Sustainability: Imagining an Ecological Future. The conference, which will be held on Dec. 1, 2020 at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts will focus on Imagining an Ecological Future.
The Covid-19 pandemic, which has cast intense light on both our strengths and shortcomings as a society, provides an especially poignant context to address the theme of “Beyond Sustainability: Imagining an Ecological Future.”
Here is more from organizers, “We need a more robust framework than ‘environmental sustainability’ to address the interrelated environmental crises that we now face. The word “environment” draws a line of separation between humans and the rest of the community of life. ‘Ecological’ better captures the vital relationships among all living beings and systems on the planet. ‘Sustainability’ implies that we have a stable condition that we can preserve going forward. In fact, we face decades if not centuries of climate disruption and rising sea levels, even if we dramatically reduce carbon emissions over the coming decades. Moreover, to pursue ‘sustainability’ begs questions that we have largely avoided: What do we want to sustain? What can we hope to sustain, given that it’s not logically possible to sustain the status quo? To think ‘Beyond Sustainability’ is not to negate sustainability as a goal, but our situation challenges us to boldly think, feel, and imagine how we can grapple with unsustainability and see it for what it is: a multifaceted, ‘wicked’ problem that will increasingly manifest itself across all aspects of our lives over the coming decades, with especially harmful results for the larger community of life of which we are a part and for many people around the world who already struggle to make ends meet.”
In CAHSS and Effect, UW-Green Bay professors Alise Coen and David Coury look at the language used in regard to the current pandemic. “The spring of 2020 is now irrevocably intertwined with the word pandemic. On March 11, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed that, based on “the alarming levels of spread and severity” as well as “alarming levels of inaction,” COVID-19 must be characterized as a pandemic – something which could not easily be “controlled.” Other anxiety-inducing terms like crisis and emergency have also animated public conversations about the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 13, President Trump declared a “national emergency” in response to the spread of the coronavirus, drawing on executive authorities granted by the U.S. Constitution and laws such as the National Emergencies Act to activate a range of special provisions and presidential powers. In his presidential briefings, Trump has termed the virus a “medical crisis…a thing that nobody has seen for many, many decades.” Similarly, a wide range of media outlets have used the language of crisis in their coverage of COVID-19, with headlines in the New York Times, NPR, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal repeatedly referencing “the Coronavirus Crisis.” It is easy to take these terms for granted as they increasingly saturate our media and political environments. But the words we use to describe situations like the current COVID-19 outbreak can be powerful, not only in shaping our interpretations and understandings of what is happening, but also in shaping our expectations of what constitutes appropriate responses. Let us begin with a deeper look at the origins of these terms.”
UW-Green Bay professors Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) and David Coury (Humanities and German, Global Studies) combined their expertise across disciplines to write about the political implications of pandemic language. See CAHSS and Effect for their piece, Political Talk: The Political Implications of Pandemic Language.
Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Humanities) has contributed two articles to the forthcoming PALGRAVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN’S WRITING, edited by Lesa Scholl (University of Queensland, Australia). The articles concern “Victorian Vegetarianism” and its female literary advocates and detractors, and “Julia Constance Fletcher (1853-1938).” An American travel writer, novelist, translator and playwright born in South America, Fletcher spent most of her adult life in Italy, writing for British audiences. She was the first author to base a literary character on her friend Oscar Wilde, who dedicated his undergraduate poem RAVENNA, winner of Oxford University’s prestigious Newdigate Prize for Poetry, to her. Fletcher’s literary achievements include her proto-feminist travel romance MIRAGE, her translation of the Italian Renaissance poet Gaspara Stampa, and her play THE FANTASTICKS. Loosely adapted from Edmond Rostand’s LES ROMANESQUES, THE FANTASTICKS was later(1960) adapted by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones to create the world’s longest-running musical–without attribution to Fletcher.
Professor Derek S. Jeffreys (Humanities and Religion) wrote a blog post on American jails for NYU Press. See “It’s Time to Remember the Inmates: Reflections on the Coronavirus Disaster in Our Jails.”