DAC Digest Feb. 27 – March 8

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 27 – Sunday, March 8




Opening Reception: Ethiopian Art: Christian Narratives from the Kebra Nagast and Claim, Consume, Curate: Placing Value on Functional Art

5 pm – 7 pm, Mathis Art Gallery

Gallery talks by the two curators, Morgan Ellsworth and Heather Hanlon, will begin at 5:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


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.



Geek Week

See Website for Specific Events, Dates, and Times

A weeklong, student-led celebration of all things “geeky.”



Matthew Luhn

6 pm – 8 pm, LEC

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, motivational speaker, and consultant, with over 25 years of experience creating stories and characters on the Toy Story films, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars, UP, Ratatouille, and more. He will discuss creating new ideas, generating great stories, and conceptualizing ideas from script to storyboards to finished product.



Explorations in Disruptive Technologies: Health Care

11:30 am – 1 pm, Zilber School of Public Health

The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for research faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines to meet to discuss shared interests in topics related to disruptive technologies and health care.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Erin Loree

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

Erin Loree is a Canadian artist who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She works intuitively with oil on panel to create vibrant and energetic paintings that continuously test and expand the ways in which a painting can come into being. Her work is a material exploration into themes of transformation, inversion and duality, with an emphasis on the process as a journey of discovery. Erin Loree is supported by the John Colt Memorial Art Fund.




10 am – 2 pm, Union Concourse

Come for free food, interactive activities, and learn about diversity in STEM and Business in Milwaukee.


Michelle Caswell: Urgent Archives: Communities, Representation, and the Fight Against (Symbolic) Annihilation

3:30 pm – 5 pm, UWM Libraries 4th Floor Conference Center

In the 1970s, feminist communication scholars first proposed the term “symbolic annihilation” to describe the ways in which women are absent, underrepresented, or misrepresented in mainstream media. Taking this concept as a starting point, the first part of this talk will examine the ways in which mainstream archival practice has symbolically annihilated communities of color and LGBTQ communities through absence, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation. In the second part, Caswell will examine the relationship between symbolic and actual annihilation.



 Kavita Daiya: Graphic Migrations: Hannah Arendt, Statelessness, and South Asia Across Media

3:30 – 5 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 175

This lecture draws upon Hannah Arendt’s theorization of statelessness to examine how migration and citizenship are represented in public culture in post-1947 South Asia. Daiya maps how gender and religion inhabit a range of media representations about displacement and border-crossing that raise questions about the politics of belonging and historical memory. Juxtaposing photography, comics, and new media, she will reflect on the contemporary resonance of Arendt’s work for understanding refugee experience and imagining dissent in South Asia.




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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