DAC Digest Feb. 20 – March 1

Hello. Here is this week’s Digital Arts & Culture Digest. We are happy to have you send us your comments or items to include. We send this newsletter out every Thursday covering events for the next ten days. Thanks for your engagement and empowerment!

Thursday, February 20 – Sunday, March 1




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).



Diverse Ideas: Sean Phelan and Jesus Gonzalez

11 am – 12 pm, LEC Atrium

Sean Phelan and Jesús González, Co-Founders and Developers of the Zócalo Food Park in Walker’s Point, will talk about creating a home for food entrepreneurs (and cultivating partnerships with them) and creating an ecosystem that harvests community.



Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump

4 pm – 5:30 pm, Lubar Entrepreneurship Commons

Today’s political climate has become increasingly inimical to academic freedom. Over the course of the last two years, the academic community has witnessed legislative and gubernatorial attacks on individual faculty members, course offerings, governing boards, the institution of tenure, and, generally, the institutional autonomy of colleges and universities—the most recent example being President Trump’s executive order on campus free speech. Conservative advocacy groups are calling for the enforcement of “viewpoint diversity” at institutions of higher education. Websites such as Professor Watchlist are monitoring activities of faculty members and denouncing departures from what they view as acceptable, which, in turn, is often followed by campaigns of targeted harassment of faculty members. This presentation provides an analysis of current challenges to academic freedom from the perspective of AAUP policy.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kim Beckmann

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

Kim Beckmann’s artwork seeks to identify pertinent environmental qualities for place. Provoked by place-telling, -mapping and -making, Beckmann investigates the interconnectedness of physical, mental and ephemeral artifacts of place. Her prints can be likened to field guides, a collective narrative that manifests through the process of recording, transmitting and deciphering information about places. Through reinterpreting these facts about our environment, her drawings create new kinds of spaces that are dense and open, defined and indefinite, real and virtual.



The Trajectory Series: Opening Night

6 pm – 8 pm, Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, 2220 N Terrace Ave, Milwaukee

The Trajectory Series is an exhibition and series of accompanying programs comprising a collection of experiences that examine how creative behaviors advance cultures and technologies. Through artworks, interactive media, storytelling, education, and an artist residency, The Trajectory Series seeks to anticipate the possible futures we are only now beginning to imagine. Talk by guest curator (and UWM professor) Christopher Willey at 7 pm. Free admission with cash bar and light refreshments.



Courtney Baker: Framing Black Performance – Selma and the Poetics of Representation

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 175

Foregrounding film as a terrain of struggle, Courtney Baker analyzes the 2014 film Selma to illuminate the multiple resonances of the concept of “representation.” Focusing on the film’s femme characters, she argues that cinematic play with the terms and conditions of representation comment powerfully on the limitations of cinematic and historical discourses to speak about the black femme as a political subject.




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).


Library of Congress Innovator in Residence Program

The Innovator in Residence Program is a competitive residency to work with Library of Congress digital collections. Labs established an Innovator in Residence Program (IIR) in 2017 to invite creative people to develop research concepts or projects inspired by the Library’s collections that demonstrate possibilities of how the Library relates to and enriches the work, life and imagination of the American people. By encouraging the expertise of outside voices to contribute short-term, high-impact projects, the residency will serve the Library’s Digital Strategic Plan by supporting creativity in emerging styles of research. To be the 2021 Innovator in Residence, email a concept paper about what you could do with the Library’s collections to Loc-BAA@loc.gov by March 15th, 2020. Project concept papers should consist of a vision statement and schedule and price estimates, and be no more than two pages in length. See the posting for more info: go.usa.gov/xp8PP.



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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