Prof. Rebecca Nesvet (English, Women’s and Gender Studies, Humanities) has contributed two articles to the forthcoming PALGRAVE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WOMEN’S WRITING, edited by Lesa Scholl (University of Queensland, Australia). The articles concern “Victorian Vegetarianism” and its female literary advocates and detractors, and “Julia Constance Fletcher (1853-1938).” An American travel writer, novelist, translator and playwright born in South America, Fletcher spent most of her adult life in Italy, writing for British audiences. She was the first author to base a literary character on her friend Oscar Wilde, who dedicated his undergraduate poem RAVENNA, winner of Oxford University’s prestigious Newdigate Prize for Poetry, to her. Fletcher’s literary achievements include her proto-feminist travel romance MIRAGE, her translation of the Italian Renaissance poet Gaspara Stampa, and her play THE FANTASTICKS. Loosely adapted from Edmond Rostand’s LES ROMANESQUES, THE FANTASTICKS was later(1960) adapted by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones to create the world’s longest-running musical–without attribution to Fletcher.
Virtual groups, like the “Pandemic Poetry Group” on Facebook are helping artists stay connected while isolated at home. UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. and Co-Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies Jessica Van Slooten and Associate Professor Alise Coen (Political Science) are the creators of the page.
“I am comforted and inspired by our group as a supportive space for sharing art through words,” stated Coen. “The poems shared are sometimes humorous, sometimes somber and almost always descriptive of people’s different experiences and perspectives.”
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.
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.
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:
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.
A Death Cafe will be hosted by UW-Green Bay students Karissa Anderson, Elizabeth Diels, Emily Doran, Craig Frea and Courtney Waters on Thursday, March 12 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at The Attic Corner on 730 Bodart Street, Green Bay, Wis. Students hosting the event are from Prof. Illene Cupit’s (Psychology, Women and Gender Studies) Dying, Death and Loss class. The event is free and open to the public. The Death Cafe prompts the discussion of organic thoughts and feelings regarding death. Beverages and food will be available. This event is a great opportunity to learn about people’s perspectives of death, while potentially developing a stronger appreciation for life.
Don’t forget to check out the “I am Psyched” exhibit on the fourth floor of the David A. Cofrin Library before it is gone! The last day of the tour is Friday, Feb. 22, 2020. This program is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MultiEthnic Student Affairs, Diversity Task Force and Feminists for Action. For more information, please contact Christine Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UW-Green Bay’s Kimberley Reilly (Democracy and Justice Studies, History, Women’s and Gender Studies) will deliver a Door County Talks presentation, “Woman Suffrage 100 Years Later: Assessing Its Triumphs and Limits” on Feb. 22, 10 a.m., at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. One hundred years after women won the constitutional right to vote, Reilly will discuss the ways in which the women’s-rights movement won passage of the Nineteenth Amendment and the lessons we can learn from that victory. Free-will donations are encouraged. Source: Kimberley Reilly to Deliver Presentation on Women Suffrage – Door County Pulse
In the newest episode of Pysch and Stuff, Associate Dean for CAHSS Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology) and Prof. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges (Psychology) talk with Associate Prof. Chris Smith (Psychology, Women and Gender Studies) and student Priyanka Bharadwaj (Psychology) about the I Am Psyched! exhibit coming to the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay. I am Psyched! is a multimedia initiative that explores the history and contemporary contributions of women of color in psychology as they engage in psychological science, practice and social justice. Created by the American Psychological Association’s Women’s Programs Office, the exhibit highlights achievements of women of color in psychology. Learn about the inspiring lives of many women who accomplished ‘the firsts’ in psychological science, to benefit society and people’s lives. Learn more at www.uwgb.edu/iampsyched and listen to the episode here.
From Feb. 10 to 22, 2020, I am Psyched! will explore the history and contemporary contributions of women in color in psychology as they engage in psychological science, practice and social justice. In addition to the events, there will be an exhibit, created by the American Psychological Association’s Women’s Programs Office, highlighting achievements of women of color in psychology.
The events include:
- Opening reception, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 4 to 6 p.m. Cofrin Library, fourth floor. This reception will launch the exhibit and will include guest speakers, a photo booth, food and information on notable women of color in psychology.
- Speaker Sheng Lee, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m. Cofrin Library, fourth floor. Sheng Lee will speak about the local need for access to multicultural therapy. She runs Us 2 Behavioral Health Care in Appleton, which addresses current disparities in mental health services for minorities, and teaches the Masters of Social Work Program at UW-Green Bay.
- Photo Booth…This is what a psychologist looks like!, Feb. 17 to 22, University Union. Stop by the table at the University Union and envision yourself as a future psychologist!
- I Am Psyched Talks, Monday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m. Cofrin Library, Fourth Floor. These are four short minute talks by students on four amazing women of color in psychology.
This program is co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Psychology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, MultiEthnic Student Affairs, Diversity Task Force and Feminists for Action. For more information, please contact Christine Smith at email@example.com.
UW-Green Bay Prof. Katia Levintova (Democracy and Justice Studies, Political Science and Global Studies) and Associate Prof. Valerie Murrenus Pilmaier (Humanities, English) along with colleagues, Prof. Valerie Barske (UW-Steven’s Point, History) and Associate Professor Darci Thoune (UW-LaCrosse, English), published a chapter titled “SoTL and the Gendered Division of Labor on our Campuses” in the book “Academic Labor Beyond the College Classroom Working for Our Values,” edited by Holly Hassel and Kirsti Cole (Routledge, Dec. 2019). Their chapter discusses the gendered division of academic research and teaching labor and seeks to effect change in how SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning) is viewed and rewarded in professional contexts. In doing so, we speak to “the value of particular types of service or research (scholarship of teaching and learning).” This collaboration is a product of UW’s Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars Program (WTFS), where four co-authors first met as part of a 2013-2014 cohort, which inspired them to continue their SoTL research and pedagogical collaboration for years to come.