The COVID-19 Effect on the Wisconsin Nonprofit Sector Report 1 now available

The COVID-19 Effect on the Wisconsin Nonprofit Sector Report 1 for Northeast Wisconsin through a collaboration with UW-Green Bay’s Center for Public Affairs is available with a more detailed report to come.

Several online presentations to review the findings and discuss their implications are available:

May 22 @12pm – Registration Link

May 26 @ 12pm – Registration Link

May 29 @ 12pm – Registration Link

Follow this link to learn more about this year-long project.


Prof. John Stoll is asking you to make a nomination… Ethics in Action

Prof. John Stoll (Public and Environmental Affairs) is asking you to make a nomination. He has been a member of the Steering Committee for the “Ethics in Business” award since its founding in 2008. The award is in transition this year, being rebranded as the “Ethics in Action” award. Over the years Prof. Stoll’s students have comprised the research team to evaluate nominees and this has led to the creation of an Ethics Scholarship on our campus. More importantly, the award recognizes ethical actions in the Green Bay region at celebratory event in the late fall. Typical attendance in the past few years has been around 700 persons. This year ethics in action is particularly important as we all confront a new reality in our world. We see individuals STANDING OUT & STANDING UP each and every day! We’ve certainly witnessed many people who have courageously risen to the challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic in so many different and innovative ways. Tell us their story by nominating them for an Ethics in Action Award! Let’s honor them and be inspired by their actions! The nomination form can be completed online at Foundations’ ETHICS IN ACTION page. Nominate someone today! The nomination period is open until May 31, 2020.

Faculty note: Political Talk—The Political Implications of Pandemic Language

In CAHSS and Effect, UW-Green Bay professors Alise Coen and David Coury look at the language used in regard to the current pandemic. “The spring of 2020 is now irrevocably intertwined with the word pandemic. On March 11, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) assessed that, based on “the alarming levels of spread and severity” as well as “alarming levels of inaction,” COVID-19 must be characterized as a pandemic – something which could not easily be “controlled.” Other anxiety-inducing terms like crisis and emergency have also animated public conversations about the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 13, President Trump declared a “national emergency” in response to the spread of the coronavirus, drawing on executive authorities granted by the U.S. Constitution and laws such as the National Emergencies Act to activate a range of special provisions and presidential powers. In his presidential briefings, Trump has termed the virus a “medical crisis…a thing that nobody has seen for many, many decades.” Similarly, a wide range of media outlets have used the language of crisis in their coverage of COVID-19, with headlines in the New York Times, NPR, Fox News, and the Wall Street Journal repeatedly referencing “the Coronavirus Crisis.” It is easy to take these terms for granted as they increasingly saturate our media and political environments. But the words we use to describe situations like the current COVID-19 outbreak can be powerful, not only in shaping our interpretations and understandings of what is happening, but also in shaping our expectations of what constitutes appropriate responses. Let us begin with a deeper look at the origins of these terms.”

UW-Green Bay alumnus Brad Pfaff announces campaign for state Senate, challenging Kapanke again | Government and Politics |

Wisconsin’s 32nd state Senate District will see a rematch between two candidates who first met nearly two decades ago. UW-Green Bay alumnus Brad Pfaff (Public and Environmental Affairs) announced Monday he is running for the seat, facing former Sen. Dan Kapanke, who he lost to in 2004 by just around 5% of the vote, and aiming to fill the seat of longtime Sen. Jennifer Shilling. Source: Brad Pfaff announces campaign for state Senate, challenging Kapanke again | Government and Politics |

Professers Coen and Coury write about ‘political implications of pandemic language’

UW-Green Bay professors Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) and David Coury (Humanities and German, Global Studies) combined their expertise across disciplines to write about the political implications of pandemic language. See CAHSS and Effect for their piece, Political Talk: The Political Implications of Pandemic Language.

Front door with colorful paper hearts taped to the side-light windows.

UW-Green Bay faculty members create a Pandemic Poetry Exchange

UW-Green Bay Professors Alise Coen (Political Science, Public & Environmental Affairs) and Jessica Van Slooten (English, Women’s & Gender Studies) were featured in a local news story for their creation of an interdisciplinary Pandemic Poetry Exchange group. The pair talked to reporter Diana Bolander for the Herald Times Reporter.

Alise Coen
Alise Coen

The group has grown to more than 200 members on Facebook and offers a supportive creative space to help cope with physical distancing.

The Facebook group is called ‘VanCoen Pandemic Poetry‘ (a combination of their last names) and has more than 225 members. The group’s guiding principle is to be ‘a supportive space for members to read, create and share original poems (broadly defined) to help cope with social distancing and quarantine-like conditions during the COVID-19 situation.

Jessica Van Slooten
Jessica Van Slooten

Both Coen and Van Slooten said they find that the group helps them feel more connected to the world while in isolation.

Coen noted: “I am comforted and inspired by our group as a supportive space for sharing art through words. The poems shared are sometimes humorous, sometimes somber and almost always descriptive of people’s different experiences and perspectives.”



A poem and photo by Van Slooten:

Front door with colorful paper hearts taped to the side-light windows.Fold the paper vertically
and curve the scissors just
so: begin with a point,
flare into generous cures,
and finish in a deep cleft.
Unfold your heart.
Remember they come in all
shapes, sizes, colors.
Make a rainbow of hearts:
love is love is love.
Put two hearts together
to form wings, and fly.
Imagine every paper heart
beating steady, strong,
a talisman to heal broken
hearts, heart failure.
Tape the hearts on windows
and doors: spread the love

Not Aleppo by Coen

Tending to street cats
In the middle of war
The man in Aleppo
Knows far more
About trying to find peace.
Me with my books
With my smart phone in bed
Using words to escape
The traps in my head
Safely sprawled under fleece.

Still, I fell nervous
In my privileged bombless nights
Mulling over viral posts
Of healthcare worker plights
And epicenter quakes.
By the light of my screen
That comforting glow
The fear is well disguised
As a thing I need to know
So I read all the takes.

Associate Professor Coen interviewed on BBC radio

UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Alise Coen (Political Science, PEA) was interviewed on BBC radio this past weekend about the Syrian conflict and its impact on displacement and refugees. The BBC’s “Up All Night” program is now available to stream, and the segment featuring Dr. Coen begins around the 6:30 minute mark: