DAC Digest Feb. 13-23

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Thursday, February 13 – Sunday, February 23




Meeting in Middle America: Podcast Launch Party

5 pm – 7 pm, LEC Welcome Center

“Meeting in Middle America,” a new video-audio podcast originating from UW-Milwaukee’s Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and co-produced by UWM and WisPolitics.com, will capture the trends, culture, and personalities that are bringing people together in the Midwest. The new podcast, hosted by the Millennial Action Project’s Steven Olikara, kicks off at a launch party with live music, appetizers, drinks, and a lively program.



Diverse Ideas: Franciscan Peacemakers

11:30 am – 1 pm, LEC

Shelly Roder, Director of Franciscan Peacemakers, will talk about her work. Franciscan Peacemakers provides a pathway to a sustainable, healthy, safe, and productive life for women engaging in prostitution due to trauma, sex trafficking, or drug addiction. They will discuss their programming and resources including housing, employment, and education. In addition, we will also be creating Valentine’s Day cards for incarcerated LGBTQ+ with the help of the Brewcity Bruisers Roller Derby team.


Edward Shanken: Deus ex Poiesis: A Manifesto for the End of the World and the Future of Art and Technology

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 175

Shanken’s talk is a manifesto, a call to action. It begins with a gloomy scenario and the common hope that art can help rescue us from self-destruction. He argues that our culture overemphasizes scientific rationalism and that our survival demands that we develop other abilities. The fundamental question is, what can art and artists do that will ensure that there is a bright future on Earth for all beings? A critique of academia leads to a reconsideration of the trope of “artists as radar” and the role of poiesis in overcoming “technological enframing.” Artistic examples include the work of Roy Ascott, the Electronic Disturbance Theater, ®™ark, and Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev. The final section addresses the role of artist as shaman and the potential of art to heal, with the work of Pauline Oliveros and Jeong Han Kim serving as examples.



23rd Annual Festival of Films in French

Union Cinema, See Website for Dates and Times

Come celebrate the rich culture of French Language Cinema with a vast array of acclaimed films, featuring iconic works from René Clément, Agnès Varda, and more.



Brown Bag w/ Artist Nina Elder

12 pm – 1 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 139

Nina Elder focuses on solastalgia, the emotional sensation of environmental change. Solastalgia is a premonition of longing for the present moment from an anticipated future. It is cherishing the places we live as we know them now, and feeling anxiety about what will happen to those places. This new term uniquely describes a triangle between place, time, and emotion. Using solastalgia as a framework, Elder reinterprets the role of archives and museum collections to reckon with change, understand what will be lost, and create space for memory, contemplation, as well as envisioning the future.



Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kate Mondloch

7:30 pm – 9 pm, Arts Center Lecture Hall

Kate Mondloch is professor of contemporary art and head of the department of the history of art and architecture at the University of Oregon. She is also the founding director of the university’s graduate certificate program in new media and culture and a former editorial board member of Art Journal. Her research interests focus on late 20th- and early 21st- century art, theory and criticism, particularly as these areas of inquiry intersect with the cultural, social and aesthetic possibilities of new technologies. Her research fields include media art and theory, installation art, feminism, new media, science and technology studies and the digital humanities. She is especially interested in theories of spectatorship and subjectivity, and in research methods that bridge the sciences and the humanities. She is the author of “Screens: Viewing Media Installation Art” (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and “A Capsule Aesthetic: Feminist Materialisms in New Media Art” (University of Minnesota Press, 2018). Her current research examines the history of attention and artistic experience from 1950 to the present.



Maxwell Woods: On the Chilean Social Explosion of 2019: Urban Segregation, Public Transport as Public Space, and Neoliberal Modernity 

3 pm – 4:30 pm, American Geographical Society Library in Golda Meir Library (Third Floor East Wing)

In this presentation, Woods traces the history of urban segregation and modern public transportation in Santiago through a reading of the chronicles of the queer, poor Chilean author and activist, Pedro Lemebel, demonstrating how Santiago’s interlocking histories of urban segregation and modern transport had long been setting the stage for this contemporary social movement. In other words: it is no accident that the Chilean social explosion emerged from students’ use of public transport as a public space. In the end, the initial steps of the Chilean social explosion represent the return of the repressed of Chilean neoliberal modernization and urban segregation, the return of those bodies expelled from Santiago’s modern neoliberal center and public transport system who reinscribed public transport as a public space with their alternative visions of living in common.



Adam Levin: Fading Ads of Milwaukee

7 pm, Boswell Books

As curator of the “Old Milwaukee” Facebook group, Levin has provided thousands of Milwaukeeans with the preservation of and access to photos and tidbits of the past which help us appreciate the rich history of our Cream City. Now, with his new book of photography and history, Levin captures and shares the fading advertisements and ghost signs that tell the story of Milwaukee as it was in years gone by.



Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC)

Curtin Hall, Room 175, See Website for Dates and Times

The theme for this year’s Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) is Rendition. The keynote speaker is Dr. Ingrid E. Castro (Massachusetts Liberal Arts College).




Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the Center for International Education (CIE) at UW-Milwaukee are offering Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the study of less-commonly taught languages for the academic year 2020-2021 and summer 2020. Students in any major are welcome to apply. Deadline is March 1. For more information contact Aimee Orndorf (aorndorf@uwm.edu) or Jeremy Booth (jabooth@uwm.edu).




APRIL 4, 2020

The Intersectionality of Religion and Contemporary Global Issues

Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines and from any institution are invited to submit a paper related to this year’s conference theme. Possible topics include: Ecology and environmentalism; Gender and sexuality; Interfaith organizations; Protest and activism; Medicine; and Urban studies. Abstracts due on February 28.



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