DAC Digest March 5-15

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Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 15





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.



Geek Week

See Website for Specific Events, Dates, and Times

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



The Trojan Women

7:30 pm (Thursday – Saturday) and 2 pm (Sunday), Mainstage Theatre

A harrowing look at war through the loss and suffering experienced by women captured and enslaved during conflict, “The Trojan Women” is a stark reminder that the devastation of war continues long after the battles end. This Greek tragedy remains one of the best anti-war plays ever written.



Social Good Morning: Anne Basting

9 am – 10:30 am, LEC

Anne Basting is founder and President of TimeSlips and Professor of Theatre at the Peck School of the Arts at UWM. TimeSlips supports a global movement to bring meaning to late life through creative engagement. Their training and resources infuse creativity and meaning-making into care relationships and systems.


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.



Girls in Film. Film Festival

5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Union Cinema

Join the WRC to celebrate International Women’s Day. Local film festival for one day only that showcases the work of women of the UMW film department in celebration of Women’s History Month.



Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Abbey Hepner

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

Abbey Hepner is an Assistant Professor of Art at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is interested in health, technology, and our relationship with place. She has an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico, and in 2018, she was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre in Canada. Her work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko Photography Festival in Japan, SITE Santa Fe, and the Krannert Art Museum. She is a 2020 presenter for the Yuma Art Symposium and the Society for Photographic Education conference in Houston, Texas.



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.




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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