DAC Digest April 16-26

Hello. Here is this week’s Digital Arts & Culture Digest. It will look a little different for the rest of the semester. We are happy to have you send us your comments or items to include. Thanks for your engagement and empowerment! We hope everyone is safe and healthy.

Thursday, April 16 – Sunday, April 26


How to Get Outside During the Pandemic 

3 pm – 4 pm

Learn how to help preserve access to our public spaces and wild lands by attending UREC’s “How to Get Outside During the Pandemic” webinar. The presenter will share content regarding what to consider when going outside, best practices for outdoor recreation/fitness, and ideas about how you can get outside safely and respectfully during the COVID-19 pandemic. Much of the remaining time will be focused on answering questions and creating a dialogue, so please bring your questions to the session. All students, staff, faculty, and the public are invited to attend.


Sociocultural Programming’s Netflix Watch Party: American Son 

7 pm – 8:30 pm

Join Sociocultural Programming for their first Netflix Party movie night to watch American Son. This film takes place on a stormy night in a Miami police station where Kendra Ellis Connor is waiting for a report on the whereabouts of her son Jamal, who has suddenly disappeared. American Son explores themes of social injustice, police brutality, microaggressions. Check out their Facebook event here (@UWM Sociocultural).



Virtual Town Hall

9 am

Please join Mark Mone, Provost Britz, and Vice Chancellor Van Harpen for a Microsoft Teams town hall meeting. They will share the latest actions taken and plans in response to COVID-19. They will discuss the big picture on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected UWM, provide academic and HR and financial updates, and answer your questions. Your voices are important and your questions can be shared in advance or asked online during the townhall by sending them to: uwm-townhall@uwm.edu. They have created a FAQ resource that is updated daily at uwm.edu/coronavirus. Please check this comprehensive resource before submitting a town hall question; there are hundreds of answers available just a few clicks away. Faculty and staff at all campuses are highly encouraged to participate by joining the town hall meeting here. The same link can be used for viewing the meeting at a later time.



Isolation Music Festival

10am – 5:30 pm

A live streamed, online music festival where artists bring their talents from their home to yours. Enjoy live sets from multiple genres and chat with musicians after their set.


Gasthaus Trivia

1 pm

Good news trivia buff – Gasthaus Trivia has moved online. Join the fun every Saturday at 1 pm. They’ll be going live at 12:50 pm on Facebook to go over rules, help troubleshoot online issues, and talk prizes. Get your team together virtually on Skype, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, – whatever you’ve got. Visit the Facebook page for instructions.



Creative Climate Justice

9 am – 11 am

Student Involvement is sharing environmental justice poetry videos from Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, a writer and performer of Marshall Islander ancestry. Her work raises awareness on climate change and the legacy of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.



5 pm – 6 pm

Technology was meant to connect us, but today, nearly half of Americans report feeling lonely. Research shows that when we connect offline, we feel better and live longer—yet the 21st Century is optimized for remote-control living that’s online and intermediated. Today, in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, that couldn’t be truer. These days, we’re doing everything online: work, school, exercise, even happy hour. Join NEWaukee and author John Zeratsky for a very special edition of Off/Line. Featured guest, Seattle designer and author Jake Knapp, will share simple tactics for staying focused and sane when your old normal goes away.




Covid-19 MKE

The project aims to document how the Milwaukee area is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. It was built by students in Professor Christopher D. Cantwell’s “Local History Research Methods” class and is hosted by the Golda Meir Library at UWM. All of the material on the site, however, was contributed by members of the greater Milwaukee community. Your contribution is welcome.




Coronavirus & Society

Social Sciences & Humanities Open is asking for reflective contributions on the impact of COVID-19, and the changes we may expect to see going forward. As a multidisciplinary social science and humanities journal, their consideration is on the social and cultural implications of this unprecedented moment. They are interested in receiving both empirical research – such as it may be conducted in these times – and (shorter) theoretical and critical commentaries on the longer term – and present – implications of the coronavirus. Submissions may be from any social science or humanities discipline, and they welcome interdisciplinary reflections. Papers should be submitted to the journal section ‘Covid-19’. You may submit either a full-length research article (up to 8000 words, excluding references) or a shorter commentary piece (max 4000 words, including references). If you are interested in submitting, you may make enquiries about the suitability of your manuscript via SSAHO@elsevier.com.



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