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 6 – Sunday, February 16
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
United We Read
7:30 pm, Boswell Books
United We Read is the Graduate Creative Writing Program’s student-faculty reading series that takes place in venues throughout the community. This edition features readings by Su Cho, Anthony Correale, Lauren Maddox, and Liam Callanan.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Social Good Morning: Crissi Bates
9 am – 10:30 am, LEC
The first speaker of the spring semester is Crissi Bates, Social Good Company participant, and founder of Jackson House LLC. Jackson House facilitates events such as community clean-up days, interview preparations with clothing included, baby supplies for mothers, and so much more. Come and learn more about how Crissi is helping shape Milwaukee.
Raine Koskimaa: Introduction to eSport Culture
3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 118
The C21 Serious Play Collaboratory is hosting a special lecture by Raine Koskimaa (University of Jyvaskyla). In this talk, titled “Introduction to eSport Culture,” Koskimaa will survey the development of eSports and identify specific cultural formations with an eye to defining critical approaches to these phenomena and experiences.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
Jon Cates: 鬼鎮 (Ghosttown)
7 pm – 9 pm, Union Cinema
Chicago-based new media artist jonCates’ influential body of work mixes the urgency of punk with the poetics of glitch. His latest project, a glitch Western, takes shape as a feature film and interactive game that critiques the myths and ideology of the American West. Director Jon Cates will be present throughout the screening.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Amanda Boetzkes
7:30 pm – 9 pm, Arts Center Lecture Hall
Amanda Boetzkes is Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on the aesthetics and ethics of art as these intersect with ecology and visual technologies of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. She is the author of Plastic Capitalism: Contemporary Art and the Drive to Waste (MIT Press, 2019), The Ethics of Earth Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), and co-editor of Heidegger and the Work of Art History (Ashgate, 2014).
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
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.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14
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.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeremy Booth (email@example.com).
MIGC Call for Volunteers
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC). The conference will be held Feb. 20-22. The conference is looking for volunteers in a number of roles. Duties include working the registration desk in Curtin Hall, setting up/cleaning up lunches, giving people rides to events, etc. Check out the link below and sign up for a slot that works for you.
If you have any questions or would like a volunteer description, please contact Zach Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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