DAC Digest Jan. 23 – Feb. 2

Hello. Happy New Year. We hope everyone had a wonderful winter break. 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! Have a great semester.

Thursday, January 23 – Sunday, February 2




Opening Reception: Manufacturing Creativity

5 pm – 8 pm, Union Art Gallery; Artist Talk at 6 pm

A new innovative exhibition at the UWM Union Art Gallery highlights design and branding in the upcoming exhibition Manufacturing Creativity: Reginald Baylor Studio. This show will present the diverse brands produced at the Reginald Baylor Studio presented through short films, t-shirts, and shower curtains.


Graduate Student Spring Welcome and Social Hour

5 pm – 6:30 pm, Mitchell Hall, Room 261

Welcome and social hour for new and continuing graduate students with Graduate School staff, Graduate Reps and Support Staff from programs with hot chocolate and snacks. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available.



Director’s Cut: Mark Settle

9 am – 10:30 am, LEC

The Lubar School of Business and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center invite you to hear the journey of success and failure from national business leaders. Mark Settle is a seven-time CIO with broad business experience in information services, enterprise software, consumer products, high tech distribution, financial services, and oil & gas. He has led IT organizations that supported the global operations of Fortune 500 companies, maintained the R&D infrastructure required for software product development, and hosted customer-facing delivery systems for commercial products and services. He sits on the advisory boards of several Silicon Valley venture capital firms and pioneered the adoption of service management and cloud computing technologies within several large enterprises.


Start Here Information Session

1 pm – 2 pm, Bolton Hall, Room 192

Join us in the Office of Undergraduate Research to learn more about our programs and discuss strategies for getting involved in research activity. This hour–long meeting will include learning about the kind of research that happens at UWM, tips on finding the right research project for you, and how to get in contact with research faculty.



UWM Film Animation Showcase

7 pm – 9 pm, Union Cinema

A rowdy collection of work from undergrad animators in the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres. Curated by Ty Williams. Free.



Youth Unstoppable

6 pm – 8 pm, Union Cinema

Youth Unstoppable takes us inside the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement. Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change, refusing to let their futures slip away. Over the course of 12 years, the film follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world they will live in.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Portia Cobb

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

Portia Cobb is an interdisciplinary artist deeply interested in telling stories that reflect the double-consciousness of African-American history, identity, forced forgetting and reconstructed memory, and also associate professor in the department of film, video, animation, & new genres in the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. Her body of work and research have joined these themes to short-form videos, photographic essays, field recordings, ephemeral installation and performance. During a recent multi-year artist residency at Lynden Sculpture Garden, her projects, Lizzie’s Garden and Rooted: The Storied Land, Memory & Belonging, are drawn from questions about survival, and the radical black imagination of her Gullah-Geechee great aunt, Lizzie, dreaming of possibility post-Emancipation, Reconstruction and during the dawn of Jim Crow in rural black spaces.



Geosciences Colloquium: The State of Milwaukee’s Rivers – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

4 pm – 5 pm, Lapham Hall, Room N103

Presented by Cheryl Nenn, Riverkeeper at Milwaukee Riverkeeper. As Riverkeeper, Cheryl identifies sources of pollution to Milwaukee’s rivers, actively patrols the rivers for issues of concern, and looks for collaborative solutions to these problems. Cheryl also manages our citizen-based water quality monitoring project, the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, and various restoration and stormwater demonstration projects.


Warhol + Tavel / Tavel + Warhol

7 pm – 9:30 pm, Union Cinema

Two collaborations between Andy Warhol and Theatre of the Ridiculous playwright Ronald Tavel, who, for both films here, wrote the scenarios and plays the on-screen director. In The Life of Juanita Castro (66min., 1965), Tavel coaxes performances for an adaptation of a Life magazine article by Fidel Castro’s sister titled “My Brother Is a Tyrant, and He Must Go.” With filmmaker Marie Menken as Juanita Castro. In Screen Test #2 (66min., 1965), Tavel taunts drag superstar Mario Montez as they audition for the part of Esmeralda in a would-be production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

16mm prints courtesy of the Circulating Film Library of the Museum of Modern Art.



Diverse Ideas: Victoria Ibiwoye

Victoria Ibiwoye, Founder and Director of OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning, Youth Representative to the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, will talk about addressing inequality in education, and the need for quality and inclusive education for all. Victoria has spoken at the United Nations, was named as 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the African Youth Awards in 2017 and 2018, was named as a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2019, and was the recipient of the Princess Diana Legacy Award for her contribution to education and youth development. Join us for an insightful discussion around inclusive education, calling on governments to enforce the right to education in national laws, and to learn more about Victoria’s contributions to inclusive and quality education.




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.


JUNE 22-26, 2020


This year’s iDMAa Conference, Exhibition, and Workshop will be focused on the theme “Broken Media” and all that entails—Hacking, Cracking, Glitching, Bending, Dysfunction, Preservation, Remediation, Reform, Exploitation, Activism—all possible interpretations are under consideration! This year, they are especially interested in making the conference accessible and interesting for students. The goal is an energetic experience that brings students, faculty, and professionals together to ponder what it means to be “militantly marginal” in a post-digital world. Abstract deadline is January 25.



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