En hommage à Camus, Tuesday evening

Here’s a reminder that an evening devoted to celebrating the life and works of Nobel-winning author and absurdist philosopher Albert Camus, in French, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Green Bay. Visiting international scholar Luisa Etxenike will present “En hommage à Camus” at 6:30 p.m. at Kavarna Coffeehouse, 143 N. Broadway St. The event is organized by the French program and Humanistic studies academic units. Etxenike is a novelist and faculty member from the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, who this fall is teaching courses in literature and Spanish at UW-Green Bay through the International Visiting Scholars Program. Her presentation will be made in French, with questions and answers in both French and English. The program is free and open to the general public.
 

En hommage à Camus

An evening devoted to celebrating the life and works of Nobel-winning author and absurdist philosopher Albert Camus, in French, is set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Green Bay. Visiting international scholar Luisa Etxenike will present “En hommage à Camus” at 6:30 p.m. at Kavarna Coffeehouse, 143 N. Broadway St. The event is organized by the French program and Humanistic studies academic units. Etxenike is a novelist and faculty member from the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain, who this fall is teaching courses in literature and Spanish at UW-Green Bay through the International Visiting Scholars Program. Her scholarship also focuses on French literature — in 2007 she was presented the Chevalier d’ Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by a ministry of the French Government. Prof. E. Nicole Meyer of UW-Green Bay’s French program says the presentation on Oct. 15 will be made in French, with questions and answers in both French and English. The program is free and open to the general public.

Correction: Prof. John Katers, and the International Visiting Scholars

Our news item in yesterday’s Log about UW-Green Bay faculty members returning from a visit to the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile, was incomplete. First, we mis-identified the title of Professor John Katers, who was promoted over the summer from the rank of associate professor. Second, we should have mentioned that UW-Green Bay’s relationship with host Alex Godoy pre-dates his visiting-faculty stint last year, and actually originated in 2011 when the Chilean scholar was the guest of the International Visiting Scholars Program.
 

Faculty members visit Godoy, explore collaboration with university in Chile

Several faculty members from UW-Green Bay recently returned from a visit to the Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile.  The visit was hosted by Prof. Alex Godoy, who was a Visiting Scholar here during fall 2012, where he taught courses in Environmental Science and Spanish. Prof. John Katers of Natural and Applied Sciences was awarded a Fulbright Specialist position for his visit, which was nearly three weeks in length and focused on developing relationships with the Chilean university around topics including sustainability, pollution control and waste management, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Profs. Mike Zorn, NAS, and Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies, along with Associate Provost Andrew Kersten and International Education Director Brent Blahnik, arrived later to meet with other administrators and staff at Universidad del Desarrollo regarding opportunities for long-term collaboration including faculty exchanges, students exchanges and travel courses. Faculty also made classroom presentations, toured industrial facilities, and met with faculty from several other universities in Santiago. 

Reminder: Isasa talk on Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ is Wednesday

The campus community is invited to a movie screening and Q&A session with visiting scholar Patricia Isasa from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 19) in the Christie Theatre. Isasa is a survivor of Argentina’s “Dirty War,” when numerous citizens were jailed or made to disappear, permanently, for perceived offenses or for openly standing up to the authoritarian regime. For details, see our previous post.

Campus, public invited to visiting scholar event

The campus community is invited to a movie screening and Q&A session with visiting scholar Patricia Isasa from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the Christie Theatre. Isasa, a survivor of Argentina’s Dirty War, will share a story of historical memory and justice and standing up to the authoritarian regime. The event is free and open to the public. Isasa also will hold a seminar with interested students and faculty on Friday, Sept. 21. Her lecture and seminar are sponsored by the International Visiting Scholars Program, Office of Student Life, and Political Science and Spanish departments. For a brief introduction to the story, click here.

Visit deepens Tumbes-Green Bay partnership

As noted in the news release, this month’s visit represents a deepening of ties between the Peruvian university and UW-Green since the schools’ leaders signed a partnership agreement in 2009.

Among the collaborations: Prof. Diana Miranda Ynga and Prof. Steven Kimball, Education, are completing a series of bilingual books for young readers. With text in both Spanish and English, each book is intended for use in a learning-to-read curriculum, but the content is also topical and science-related so that children learn reading skills but also develop awareness, for example, of environmental issues in Peru.

UW-Green Bay professors including Derryl Block (Nursing), John Stoll (Public and Environmental Affairs), Kevin Fermanich (Natural Sciences) and Kimball in recent years have made visits to Tumbes. A joint online course in nursing and special teleconferences have created a “virtual travel course” and afforded students at either end a chance to better understand each other’s cultural perspectives, healthcare practices and related issues.

In earlier years, former NAS faculty members Bud Harris and Jack Day traveled to Peru, and the joint UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholars Program brought scientists from Peru to Wisconsin.

In the news: Husseini talks ‘honor killing’ during Wednesday event

Award-winning journalist and human rights activist Rana Husseini discussed her ongoing investigation of so-called honor killings during an on-campus forum Wednesday (April 4), part of the UW-Green Bay/St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholars program. Husseini, author of Murder in the Name of Honour, is widely credited with shedding light on the practice, in which women are killed because of the perception that they’ve damaged the reputation of their families. The Green Bay Press-Gazette covered the address with a story on page A-3 of Thursday’s (April 5) newspaper. Husseini will be back on campus next week for a variety of smaller class gatherings, and will appear at the Fox Cities Book Festival Friday, April 13. You can find the newspaper article and our press release below:
Green Bay Press-Gazette article
UW-Green Bay press release
 

Journalist, author Husseini to speak on 'honor killings' April 4

Renowned journalist and human rights advocate Rana Husseini will speak on campus Wednesday (April 4), offering her unique insight into the practice of so-called “honor killings” as part of the UW-Green Bay/St. Norbert College International Visiting Scholars Program. Husseini is widely credited with breaking the code of silence around honor killings, researching and writing extensively about the subject and, in 2009, publishing the book Murder in the Name of Honour. Her address begins at 2:15 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Can’t make it Wednesday? She’ll also be featured at the Fox Cities Book Festival Friday, April 13. Full details.