Bird of Paradise (Lost): Milwaukee Aviator Lester J. Maitland’s Historic First Flight to Hawaii

Liam Callanan will present “Bird of Paradise (Lost): Milwaukee Aviator Lester J. Maitland’s Historic First Flight to Hawaii,” on Friday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in the American Geographical Society Library.

Human-Animal Relationships in the City

The recently published City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness introduces readers to an astonishing diversity of urban wildlife with a unique mix of essays, poetry, paintings, and photographs. Join poet and UWM English professor Brenda Cárdenas, environmental historian Curt Meine, art editor Lisa Roberts, and co-editor of City Creatures Gavin Van Horn for a discussion about human-animal relationships in the city, and how art and writing can invite us into the lives of other creatures, from our backyards to the bioregion.

Thursday, March 10 | 7:00 p.m., Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place

Reading by Sara Baume

Cork-based, first-time novelist Sara Baume talks about and reads from her debut novel Spill Simmer Falter Wither. The book, about a 57-year-old man and his dog, has been a huge international success, having won the Rooney Prize for Irish Fiction, and been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.  Folks have been comparing the book to Garth Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Boy in the Night-Time.

Thursday, March 10 | 7:00 PM, Boswell Books (2559 N. Downer Ave.)

Screening of “The Queen of Ireland”

Please join the UWM Center for Celtic Studies for a special screening of the 2015 documentary THE QUEEN OF IRELAND, which tells the story of Irish drag queen and LGBTQ rights activist Panti Bliss and her alter ego Rory O’Neill. Panti became a national heroine as spokesperson for the ‘Yes’ campaign in the lead-up to the referendum that legalized same-sex marriage in Ireland last May. This film has not yet been released in the US, but CCS has permission to show it exclusively to the UWM community. Do not miss this unique opportunity to see Conor Horgan’s funny and moving documentary!

Wednesday, March 9 | 7:00 PM, Greene Hall (3347 N. Downer Ave.)

History and Catastrophe: The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive of Emanuel Ringelblum

Speaker: Samuel Kassow (Trinity College)

During World War II Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left “time capsules” full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. This will be their story.

Co-sponsors: Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, and Lux Center for Catholic Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology.

Tuesday, March 8 | 7:00 p.m., Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center • 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

United We Read

Join Professor Liam Callanan and English graduate students Mark Brand, David Kruger, and Noel Pabillo Mariano as they read from their original work.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1396058100695751/.

Wednesday, March 9 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Woodland Pattern (720 E. Locust)

Samuel Kassow Presents on the Lives of Jews during the Holocaust

Samuel Kassow, historian of the history of Ashkenazi Jewry at Trinity College, holds two talks in Milwaukee on March 8th and 9th:
“History and Catastrophe: The Secret Warsaw Ghetto Archive of Emanuel Ringelblum”
Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m.
Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center

During World War II Jews resisted not only with guns but also with pen and paper. Even in the face of death they left “time capsules” full of documents that they buried under the rubble of ghettos and death camps. The Ringelblum archive in the Warsaw Ghetto buried thousands of documents. But of the 60 people who worked on this national mission, only three survived. This will be their story.

Co-sponsors: Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, and Lux Center for Catholic Jewish Studies at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology.

“In Those Nightmarish Days: Ghetto Reportage and Holocaust Witnessing”
Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
4th Floor Conference Center of the UWM Golda Meir Library

In the Warsaw and in the Lodz ghettos Jewish journalists like Joseph Zelkowicz and Peretz Opoczynski wrote reportage that individualized the ghetto experience and conveyed events in ‘real time.’ Though neither survived each left dramatic descriptions of different aspects of ghetto life. This lecture will explain why this ghetto reportage was so important.

Co-sponsor: Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center

Sherri H. Hoffman to Present at NEXUS 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference

Congratulations to Sherri H. Hoffman on her upcoming presentation of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Using Affect to Map Global Potentialities.”

Sherri will present at the NEXUS 2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference: Alt + Shift: Unlocking Alternative Methodologies and Marginal Positions, March 3-5, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser Poetry Events

Friday, March 3 2017 - Saturday, March 4 2017

Woodson Art Museum
700 N 12th St Wausau, WI

Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser’s upcoming poetry events:

Wednesday, March 2 | 7 p.m. 
Poetry Recitation Challenge with Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser
7:00 p.m., CCE James F. Veninga Theater
UW-Marathon County
Wausau, WI

Thursday, March 3 | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Poetry Reading
CCE James F. Veninga Theater, Terrace Room 100
UW-Marathon County
Wausau, WI

Friday, March 4 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Picto-Poetry Workshop
Woodson Art Museum
700 N 12th St  Wausau, WI
Join Kimberly Blaeser to explore and create pictopoems.  Beginning with visual inspiration from artwork in the galleries, participants will articulate their connections to an image through vivid written descriptions called ekphrastic prose. Next, participants will create a visual interpretation of their prose using relief printmaking, letterpress, and mixed-media collage techniques. All materials provided but participants are encouraged to bring reference images for inspiration, if desired.

Friday, March 4 | 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Picto-Poem Reading
Woodson Art Museum
Kim Blaeser presents her photographs, ekphrastic poetry, and picto-poems and shares how her intersecting layers of text and image reference Native American pictographs, the natural world, and the reimagining of indigenous culture and voice. Taken from Blaeser’s evolving Ancient Light collection, these images invite viewers to reconsider the lines between place and spirit, anger and humor, and image and voice.