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.
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).
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.
Humanities faculty and students in Spanish 465 Language & Society class, supervised by Assistant Prof. Lorena Sainz-Maza Lecanda, developed THE HUMAN(ITIES) OF GREEN BAY blog/website, which seeks to give voice to the lives and stories of the members of the Green Bay community in an effort to ultimately create an exhaustive catalogue of the city’s inhabitants’ ethno-cultural and linguistic diversity. See it here. The first series of stories captures oral histories about the lives and experiences of members of the Hispanic community in Green Bay.
Area professionals and UW-Green Bay alumni working in a global or international context will discuss their career paths and options for students. The event is Monday, April 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in MAC 210. The event is sponsored by Modern Languages, Global Studies, International Education and Career Services.
Congratulations to UW-Green Bay alumna Melanie Lasee ’96 (German). Lasee received the prestigious state Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Recognition of Merit Award for 2017, a statewide award presented annually to language teachers in the state, who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and made significant contributions to the language teaching profession. A gifted and dedicated German teacher at Ashwaubenon High School, Lasee also coordinates the high school’s German exchange program with Karolinen-Gymnasium, a partner school in Frankenthal, Germany.
The Sheboygan News featured UW-Green Bay alumna Lindsey Cadoo’s story, recently. Cadoo graduated from UW-Green Bay in 2012 with a degree in Spanish, and didn’t realize that a temp position at American Orthodontics (AO) in 2010, would move her into management and a full-fledged career. “At the time I was just looking for a job and I had heard great things about American Orthodontics — they have a great reputation in the community,” Cadoo said. “So I started on third shift in an assembly area, and while I was working as a temp, I went back to school to UW-Green Bay to finish my degree. At that point, it was a Spanish degree — not anything to do with Manufacturing whatsoever.” Cadoo graduated and after about a year, several new management opportunities arose at the company, including a second shift supervisor position for which Cadoo was hired.
UW-Green Bay Prof. David Coury (Humanities/German) was an invited participant at a University of Toronto workshop on Islamophobia in Germany. His presentation, “Integration, Assimilation and the Racialization of Islam,” looked at the rise of right-wing populism and the use of Anti-Semitic and Islamophobic rhetoric in eastern and western Germany. The workshop was supported by cultural funds from the Canadian and German governments.
UW-Green Bay visiting lecturer and Fulbright Scholar Prof. Ibtesam Al Atiyat, a native of Jordan, recently reflected on her time, as she refers, “in the land of the cheeseheads.” “On my way to the university, a young American approached me on the plane from London to Chicago and said, ‘So, you are heading to the land of cheese-heads?’ No reaction came out of me. I had no idea what he was talking about, nor did I even dare to ask. On that plane I learned my very first lesson about Americans: very straight forward, social and friendly. They will approach you without any previous knowledge with a friendly smile or a joke and start a conversation right away.” The lengthy reflection ends like this, “A Fulbright Scholar in the United States is highly valued, and people coming form different cultures are often treated as celebrities. My pictures and activities were always in the university’s newspaper, and website. People appreciated me so much that I was invited to lecture everywhere one could ever imagine: a museum, a library, a church, etc. It was a great time. I wish it never ended.”
UW-Green Bay Global Studies invites you to its second conversation about important political events unfolding this fall. The discussion about Catalan Independence Movement will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Phoenix Room C of the University Union. On Oct. 1, the Catalan government was scheduled to hold Independence Referendum, a development that the central government in Madrid strongly opposes. Discussion will be led by UWGB Prof. Cristina Ortiz (Humanities). These discussions allow members of the campus community to have important and timely conversations about topical events and processes around the world. “As we are witnessing another independence/secessionist movement in Europe, we are fortunate to get an expert’s perspectives on this political development!”