Video: Entwistle speaks from the heart

UW-Green Bay Theatre and Dance Prof. Jeff Entwistle traded his tie and buttoned up shirt for more comfortable attire that he and his students have come to identify as “either paint clothes or eventual paint clothes.” A chuckle from the audience was the first of many during Entwistle’s fun and impassioned reflection on “Why We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future” as part of the Last Lecture Series.

Entwistle is next ‘Last Lecturer’

Prof. Jeff Entwistle is the second speaker in UW-Green Bay’s special 50th Anniversary Last Lecture Series. The veteran faculty member will address the topic “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future” in his talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the University Union’s Christie Theatre. Entwistle says inspiration for his speech will come from three major ideas — the emotional connection of theatre, the fact that in the theatre an audience can observe even the worst of human behavior without fear for their safety, and the real probability of a serious decrease in in-person human interaction as society moves ever deeper into the digital age.

Jeffreys Last Lecture now on video

Knowing that not everyone can make it back to UW-Green Bay for an evening, mid-week presentation, 50th Anniversary staff asked that presentations from the Last Lecture Series be videotaped. Humanistic Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys was the first to present a lecture on a topic he would choose, if it was to be his very last.

UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary presents ‘Last Lecture Series’

UW-Green Bay has announced its lineup for a “Last Lecture Series” during the 2015-16 academic year in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary. Presenters were asked to convey what lecture they would give, if it were to be their last. The monthly lectures will take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the University Union’s Christie Theatre. The lectures are free and open to the public. The lineup:

Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
Oct. 28 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit.”

Jeffreys’ lecture will draw on work at GBCI, Brown County jail


UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys, who specializes in the study of philosophy, ethics and religion, opens the “Last Lecture Series” at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Union’s Christie Theatre. Jeffreys is the author of books on religion, ethics and torture. To gain further understanding, he visited and spent time in prisons and now volunteers teaching philosophy and religion with the Green Bay Correctional Institution and the Brown County Jail. “… I find teaching prison inmates deeply rewarding,” Jeffreys says. “Inmates have few educational opportunities, and are hungry for knowledge. They are eager to engage in philosophical and religious discussions.” For more, see Jeffreys’ full comments.

UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary presents ‘Last Lecture Series’

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced its lineup for a “Last Lecture Series” during the 2015-16 academic year in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary.

Each month, a UW-Green Bay faculty member will give a public presentation on a topic of his or her choice. Presenters were asked to convey what lecture they would give, if it was to be their last. The monthly lectures will take place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the University Union’s Christie Theatre, on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. The lectures are free and open to the public.

UW-Green Bay Humanistic Studies Prof. Derek Jeffreys, who specializes in the study of philosophy, ethics and religion, will deliver the first lecture, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison,” on Sept. 23. A professor at UW-Green Bay for 15 years, Jeffreys is the author of books offering information and insight on religion, ethics and torture.

Jeffreys said he became interested in torture in American prisons, particularly the effects of shelter and confinement. To gain further understanding, he visited and spent time in prisons and now volunteers teaching philosophy and religion with the Green Bay Correctional Institution and the Brown County Jail.

“I am passionate about the subject of my Last Lecture because I find teaching prison inmates deeply rewarding,” Jeffreys says. “Inmates have few educational opportunities, and are hungry for knowledge. They are eager to engage in philosophical and religious discussions. I am enriched by these conversations, and in my lecture I will share with the University community what I’ve experienced in the Green Bay Correctional Institution. By teaching in this prison, I’ve gained insights into the nature of the person. Prison inmates live in a difficult and often brutal environment, yet they can make remarkable personal changes. Their example can lead us to reflect on the mystery of the person.”

The following is the list of Last Lecture participants and topics:
Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies, “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
Oct. 28 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance, “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing, “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies, “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences, “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science, “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit.”

More information on 50th Anniversary activities can be found at 50.uwgb.edu.

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UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary will feature faculty lecture series

The lineup is set for the UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary “Last Lecture Series” for the 2015-16 academic year. Each presentation is a Wednesday event beginning at 7 p.m. in the Union’s Christie Theatre.

The lineup of distinguished faculty lecturers:

  • Sept. 23 — Derek Jeffreys, Professor, Humanistic Studies
    “The Mystery of the Person: Teaching Philosophy and Religion in a Maximum-Security Prison”
  • Oct. 28 — Jeff Entwistle, Professor, Theatre and Dance
    “We All Need Theatre in Our Lives and in Our Future”
  • Nov. 18 — Susan Gallagher-Lepak, Associate Professor, Nursing
    “E-Learning: The Train has Left the Station”
  • Feb. 17 — Lucy Arendt, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies
    “Made to Serve: The Tragic Corruption of America’s Founding Values”
  • March 23 — Steve Meyer, Associate Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
    “Forget the Three T’s: Focus on the Six C’s”
  • April 13 — Phil Clampitt, Professor, Information and Computing Science
    “The Magical Connection between Uncertainty, Innovation, and the Human Spirit”

Faculty asked to deliver ‘last lecture’ as part of 50th Celebration

What wisdom would you share in a lecture if you knew it was your last opportunity? As part of the 50th anniversary of UW-Green Bay, a series of “last lectures” will be delivered during the 2015-2016 anniversary year. Six faculty will be selected for this honor from those proposals submitted, with an honorarium of $350 per faculty member. Please note the deadline for submitting your proposal is April 24, 2015. Please contact Dean Sue Mattison for more information.

For more information about the UW-Green Bay 50th Anniversary Celebration, visit 50.uwgb.edu.

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‘Last Lectures’ series bills remarks by Dalke, Wheat, White, Clampitt

Maybe you’ve seen the posters around campus and Residence Life billing the “Third Annual Last Lectures Series.” It features 30-minute talks by UW-Green Bay faculty along the lines of the popular book by Randy Pausch. Talks take place in Phoenix Room C of the University Union. The first takes place at 6:30 p.m. tonight (April 24) with Karen Dalke of Democracy and Justice Studies. On Thursday night (April 25), speakers are Elizabeth Wheat of Public and Environmental Affairs at 6 p.m., Jill White of Human Development at 6:30 p.m. and Phillip Clampitt of Information and Computing Science at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public