Faculty note: Prof. Ortiz’s monograph has been nominated for a prestigious literary award

Professor Ortiz’s latest monograph, co-authored with María Pilar Rodriguez, Ph.D. from Universidad de Deusto, has been nominated for the prestigious literary award Premio Euskadi granted by the Basque Government. The study of representations of violence in the works of Basque female creators, Ellas cuentan: representaciones artísticas de la violencia en el País Vasco (Dykinson, 2020), has received high praise by reviewers. The English translation has recently appeared as Affective Landscapes: Representation of terrorism and violence by Basque female authors (2021) under the European branch of Peter Lang publishing house.

Affective Landscapes: Representation of Terrorism and Violence by Basque Female Authors draws from contemporary social and cultural theory of affect to analyze the Basque Country’s political violence since the birth of the terrorist organization E.T.A. The study focuses on how this violence has been represented in contemporary works of literature and cinema authored by women and examines the alternative means these authors use to examine political violence from a gendered perspective. The artistic works analyzed in this volume highlight the connection between violence and the production of specific affective states; these authors’ stories illustrate the pernicious effects that violence has for human relationality and social bonds. As such, the study provides new readings of seminal works authored by Basque women during this period of violence and, in doing so, it renders a much-needed contribution to the place that their artistic productions have in providing a novel understanding of the Basque political reality. The study presents a groundbreaking analysis to understand the centrality of affect as a unique prism to approach violent contexts, to present different affirmations of the “political,” and to bring to light social dynamics otherwise unnoticed.

UW-Green Bay mourns the loss of alumna, local German teacher

UW-Green Bay learned yesterday of the passing of Heidi Hussli, a 1997 graduate of UW-Green Bay. The announcement about her passing came from administrators at Bay Port High School, where she taught German:

“The purpose of this communication is to inform you of sad news involving one of our staff members. We are deeply saddened to share with you that this morning at 10:30 a.m. we were notified that Heidi Hussli, a teacher at Bay Port High School, passed away today following a brief hospitalization related to COVID-19.”

UW-Green Bay German Profs. David Coury and Jennifer Ham said that Hussli was more than a former student, but a colleague, mentor and friend to many.

“Heidi was a 1997 graduate of UW-Green Bay and a long-time and beloved German teacher at Bay Port. She was a German major who went on a Study Abroad trip with Jennifer and me and then as a teacher, took her students to Germany and hosted many German students here. We have and have had many students in our program who learned from her as well and greatly impacted by her enthusiasm and love of Germany and the German language.”

Like her peers at Bay Port, Coury said faculty and alumni are deeply saddened by the news.

Coury was quoted extensively about her in this Fox 11 story.

 

 

First German Honor Society inductees named

This year, UW-Green Bay was granted a new chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, the national German Honor Society. Founded in 1929, Delta Phi Alpha recognizes students with a minimum 3.3 GPA in college-level German courses. This spring, UW-Green Bay inducted eight members as its first and initial cohort: Alex Alberts, Ross Cox, Caitlin Curtis, Miranda Esser, Danielle Jaeger, Peyton Larscheid, Olivia Nichter and Savannah Schemenauer. Congratulations!

German exchange student Theresa Werner interviewed about online learning at UW-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay international student, Theresa Werner, was interviewed by SWR German radio about life in Green Bay during the Corona pandemic. Werner, from Kassel Germany, has been studying at UW-Green Bay for the year and has opted, so far, to stay here to finish the academic year. She talks about restriction in our daily life as well as online learning at UW-Green Bay (in German). | SWR aktuell |March 31, 2020

Spanish students continue weekly Tertulia with Zoom. You are invited!

As the current situation has required all members of the University community to use creativity and ingenuity to continue with our lives, Spanish students, faculty and community members have switched their weekly Tertulia meetings to Zoom. If you are interested in practicing your Spanish, please send a message to Prof. Cristina Ortiz to join the group every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. for some Spanish conversation and laughs. Somos Phoenix!

Faculty note: Prof. Coury is invited keynote speaker in North Kosovo

UW-Green Bay Professor David Coury (Humanities, German, and Global Studies) was an invited keynote speaker at the conference “Science Beyond Borders 3” at the University of Priština—Kosovska Mitrovica, North Kosovo. His presentation was entitled “The Winter of our Discontent: Fortress Europe and the Rise of Populism,” dealing with the rise of new borders and the growing backlash against the European Union.

UW-Green Bay German Club students have a busy December

It has been a busy past few weeks for the UW-Green Bay German Club. On Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 three German majors, Alexander Alberts, Carolann Faulhaber and Griffin Dinse, were invited to an all-day workshop for graduate students at UW-Madison, sponsored by the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies. The following day they traveled to Milwaukee to meet with the UW-Milwaukee German Club and tour the city’s new Weihnachtsmarkt. This past weekend, the German Club collaborated with the German Club from Bay Port High School to decorate a room for Hazelwood House’s ethnic Christmas celebration, where two German students dressed as the seasonal figures Krampus and St. Nikolaus. An aside: the program manager at Hazelwood House is Brooke Uhl ’12 (History), and one of the German teachers at Bay Port High School is Heidi Hussli, ’97 (German).

Successful UN summit reported from May

On May 25, 2018, UW-Green Bay hosted the second Model UN summit for regional high schools (CESA 7 Region). 2018 EdSummit addressed the issue of human trafficking and included  about 20 high school teams (80 students), representing countries from all continents. The summit was facilitated by UW-Green Bay students representing political science, history, foreign languages as well as global studies programs and global studies faculty members David Coury, Katia Levintova, Cristina Ortiz and Heidi Sherman. Planning for the third summit is in the works. View pictures from 2018 summit.