Common CAHSS keynote is Nov. 30

November 30, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. Prof. David Voelker (Humanities, History) leads the discussion, Beyond Sustainability; Imagining an Ecological Future. Here’s a description:

“It’s time for an honest conversation about sustainability—not to demolish the concept, but to recognize that it has fallen short in helping us change our unsustainable ways. Although the dominant models of sustainability in theory recognize that environmental problems are entangled with economic and social justice issues, in practice sustainability efforts have tended to focus rather narrowly on what we usually call “the environmental impact” of our activities. We have thus failed to transcend not only the polluting energy systems of the past two centuries but also the economic and ideological systems that see unlimited growth as the only viable option. Unsustainability is not simply a technical problem that can be solved through technological means. To mitigate the multiple environmental crises into which we are rushing, we need to reconsider our roles on this living planet as human beings. Can we imagine an ecological future in which we thrive as members of the larger community of life?”  See more on the Common CAHSS page.

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Part 3 of Common CAHSS: Beyond Sustainability Speaker Series to focus on Ecopoetics

Chris McAllister Williams
Chris McAllister Williams

Join Assistant Professor Chris McAllister Williams (English and Humanities) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020  from 4 to 5 p.m to learn about ecopoetics. Ecopoetics is more than just poems about nature. Rather, it is poetry that positions humankind in relationship to ‘the natural,’ embodying the tensions between ecological landscapes and late capitalism in, as scholar Lynn Keller terms it, the “self-conscious Anthropocene.” This talk will draw upon the work of bell hooks, Juliana Spahr, Forrest Gander, and others to situate the concerns of the Anthropocene—the proposed name for a new epoch when human activity is the dominant force reshaping the planet—alongside poetic approaches that seek to explore those concerns, culminating in a discussion about the interwoven nature of the ecological location, sustainability, and creativity.

To join the virtual event, visit the CAHSS and Effect website.

The Emancipation of George Jackson: Featuring Professor Nolan Bennett, Oct. 23

This virtual talk in collaboration with UW-Madison draws on the writings and legacy of 1970s activist George Jackson to articulate what he and fellow radicals envisioned as the political potential and limitations of writing as emancipatory and to consider what hope we should see in prison writing today. This virtual lunch event featuring UW-Green Bay Prof. Nolan Bennett (Political Science), is Oct. 23, 2020, at Noon. Please RSVP: To receive a link to the Friday Lunch event, please send an email including your affiliation to rsvp@humanities.wisc.edu.

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‘The Civil Rights Movement meets the Environmental Movement: How We Can Advocate for Environmental Justice’

Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat will discuss environmental justice and its relationship to civil rights in a presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and can be accessed at https://cahsseffect.org/events/.

According to the event description, Wheat will be diving into the environmental justice movement in the United States that began in 1982 when residents of Warren County, North Carolina, used non-violent tactics to oppose the siting of a toxic PCB landfill in their mainly African American community. Decades later, Sheila Holt described her family’s health struggles after the government of Dickson, Tennessee, protected white families from polluted drinking water but told her and other Black families that the water was safe. She inspired countless of other people to think of environmental issues as human rights issues that must be addressed through confronting systemic racism.

“As I see protests in 2020 bringing many of the environmental justice crises into a bigger public discussion, I hope we can think beyond traditional environmental and sustainability challenges and really start addressing the core issues of racism that magnify existing environmental problems,” Wheat says.

Wheat is the second in a speaker series brought to both campus and community as part of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2020-21 theme, “Beyond Sustainability.” Professor David J. Voelker (Humanities, History), co-chair and program director said this theme is especially timely…

“The Covid-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, which have cast intense light on the challenges that we face as a society, provide especially poignant contexts to address the theme of ‘Beyond Sustainability: Imagining an Ecological Future,’” Voelker says. “We need a more robust framework than “environmental sustainability” to address the interrelated environmental and social crises that we now face. The word ‘environment’ draws a line of separation between humans and the rest of the community of life. We have been talking about sustainability for decades, but we’ve made little progress on addressing unsustainability,” Voelker said. “I hope that the conference theme helps us as a community to imagine something beyond ‘environmental sustainability’—an ecologically sound and just society.”

The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science will also host a virtual week around the theme, Nov. 30, 2020 through December 4, 2020.

Prof. Wheat to lead environmental justice/civil rights presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Elizabeth Wheat will discuss environmental justice and its relationship to civil rights in a presentation, Thursday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public and can be accessed at https://cahsseffect.org/events/.

According to the event description, Wheat will be diving into the environmental justice movement in the United States that began in 1982 when residents of Warren County, North Carolina, used non-violent tactics to oppose the siting of a toxic PCB landfill in their mainly African American community. Decades later, Sheila Holt described her family’s health struggles after the government of Dickson, Tennessee, protected white families from polluted drinking water but told her and other Black families that the water was safe. She inspired countless of other people to think of environmental issues as human rights issues that must be addressed through confronting systemic racism.

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

Video: Pestilence and Print History recorded event

On September 17, 2020, a virtual public program called Pestilence and Print History organized by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) in Massachusetts took place. UW-Green Bay’s own assistant professor Sarah Schuetze (English) was one of the speakers during the event.

In this panel presentation, scholars David Paul Nord, Assistant Prof. Sarah Schuetze, and Kelly Wisecup examined case studies of epidemics in early America through the lens of printed material to answer questions such as: How did people get information about epidemics and pandemics? Who was providing that information, for what purposes, and in what print mediums? Who had access to these resources? How did people respond to them? From diphtheria to yellow fever to cholera, from medical practitioners to Indigenous writers to ordinary citizens, these case studies spanning 150 years provoke thoughtful insights into how Americans have responded to disease, past, and present. More than 200 people attended the event via Zoom. The presentation and discussion can be viewed on the AAS youtube channel.

Faculty note: Kevin Kain publication

Senior Lecturer Kevin Kain, (Humanties and History) announced the appearance of his article, “Conceptualizing New Jerusalem. The Resurrection of the Resurrection ‘New Jerusalem’ Monastery in the Reign of Tsar Fedor Alekseevich (1676-1682)” Canadian-American Slavic Studies 54 nos. 1-3 (2020): 134-169. The volume  is devoted to “Rethinking Religion in Early Modern Russia” and comprises work of ten international scholars invited to Yale University to discuss the same theme in  April 2017. The program was sponsored by Yale Macmillian Center (European Studies Council) and funded by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation.

School’s In: How college students are adapting to changes in their lives | WFRV talks to Prof. Voelker

(WFRV) – School’s in for the fall semester, but how are college students adjusting to the changes that are in effect around campus? Local 5 talked to a NWTC nursing student, UW-Green Bay Prof. David Voelker and other college officials to get a better picture of what students are facing when heading to campus this fall. Check out the full segment…

Live Interview with UWGB Professor on Virtual learning

Chelly Boutott talked with UWGB Professor David Voelker, who specializes in humanities and history at the University. He talked about how virtual teaching has been going for him and his students since the beginning of the semester.

He also highlighted some of the things that he has done for his students to make the online environment a little more tolerable and easier to understand the information.

Source: School’s In: How college students are adapting to changes in their lives | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton