DAC Digest March 12-22

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! A smaller digest today. Everyone have a safe extended break.

Thursday, March 12 – Sunday, March 22




Jessica Kirzane: Collaborative Digital Open Access Publishing and Community Building: In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies

3 pm – 4:30 pm, DH Lab, 2nd Floor Golda Meir Library, East Wing

In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies was founded six years ago by a group of then-graduate students to be a central location for the field of Yiddish Studies. It is a free, open-access digital platform without academic affiliation, with a mission to extend the boundaries of the field while fostering community within the field. The journal publishes not only peer reviewed articles but also literary translations, pedagogical resources, and a culture-oriented blog. In Geveb’s Editor-in-chief Jessica Kirzane will discuss how the flexibility of the journal’s born-digital platform and its independent funding model open up new arenas for scholarly publishing and collaboration. Her talk will focus especially on the pedagogy section of the journal, which reorients the field of Yiddish studies toward the kind of work many of its practitioners perform day in and day out.


Jessica Kirzane Book Launch: “Diary of a Lonely Girl: or The Battle against Free Love”

7 pm – 9 pm, UWM Greene Museum

First serialized in the Yiddish press in 1916–18, “Diary of a Lonely Girl” is a novel of intimate feelings and scandalous behaviors, suffused with dark humor. Squeezed between men who use their freethinking ideals to pressure her to be sexually available and nosy landladies who require her to maintain her respectability, the narrator wryly expresses frustration at her vulnerable circumstances. The novel boldly explores issues of consent, body autonomy, and women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship, and politics. Jessica Kirzane is an assistant instructional professor in Yiddish at the University of Chicago and editor-in-chief of “In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies.” She was a 2017 translation fellow and a 2018 pedagogy fellow at the Yiddish Book Center.



Graduate Student Bagel Hour

10 am – 11 am, Curtin 939

All graduate students are invited to join us in the C21 office (Curtin 939) for this biweekly celebration of carbs and camaraderie. Start your Friday with some free coffee and bagels (now provided by Birch & Butcher), and meet and chat with other grad students from across campus.



Application Due: Business Model Canvas Pitch Competition and the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament

Current UWM students can compete in the Business Model Canvas Pitch Competition on March 27th at the UWM Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. The winning team from this competition will move on to the Wisconsin Big Idea Tournament (WBIT), a statewide competition open to students attending any two- or four-year University of Wisconsin (with the exception of UW-Madison). The winner of the WBIT will win cash prizes, and an opportunity to win up to $25,000 through Ideavace, and will be representing Wisconsin at the International Business Model Competition.




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.




The Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies offers the Ruggiero-Handelman Field Research award to fund brief periods (between 2 weeks and 4 months) of field research in Latin America and the Caribbean. Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates (juniors and above) in any major/program. The deadline is March 15.

Click here for award guidelines. Questions can be directed to Aimee Orndorf (aorndorf@uwm.edu).


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