DAC Digest Jan. 30 – Feb. 9

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Thursday, January 30 – Sunday, February 9




State and Black Movements in Brazil (1980 – 2010)

3 pm – 4:30 pm, AGSL, Golda Meir Library (3rd Floor)

This presentation focuses on the heterogeneity and dynamics of black militants, as well as the rhetoric used by presidents José Sarney (1985-1990), Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2003), and Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (2003- 2010) concerning the racial issue. Furthermore, it aims to analyze the main racial cut-off institutions created under the initiative of the Executive Power, namely the Palmares Cultural Foundation in 1988, and the Secretary for Policies for the Promotion of Racial Equality (Seppir) in 2003.


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.



Explorations in Disruptive Technologies: Transportation

2 pm – 3 pm, Student Union, Room 240

The School of Information Studies, Disruptive Technologies Lab will be hosting a series of informal networking events designed to convene researchers from all disciplines for networking and discovery. 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 transportation.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Nina Ghanbarzadeh

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

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Nina Ghanbarzadeh transplanted to Wisconsin in 2001. In 2013, she received her bachelor’s degree from the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee, with a focus in fine art and graphic design. Ghanbarzadeh is a teaching artist, curator, entrepreneur and has been involved in many workshops, lectures and presentations. Recent focus in her work has been the intersection of text and image and the potential of using text to create movement, texture and possibility of abstraction.



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.



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.


The Past on Tap: Archaeology, Craft Beer, and Science Education

10:30 am – 12 pm, Golda Meir Library, 4th Floor Conference Center

People are interested in beer. They are also increasingly interested in the history of the alcoholic beverages they are consuming. Collaborations between educational institutions like universities and museums and the craft beer industry provide an unusual opportunity for public outreach, making various STEAM fields more accessible while actively promoting partnerships between business and the academy. This presentation discusses several recent “extreme brewing” projects both locally and internationally based on the speaker’s archaeological excavations in Celtic Iron Age Europe.


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.




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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