DAC Digest May 7-17

Hello. Here is this week’s Digital Arts & Culture Digest. It will look a little different for the rest of the semester. We are happy to have you send us your comments or items to include. Thanks for your engagement and empowerment! We hope everyone is healthy and doing well.

Thursday, May 7 – Sunday, May 17


Purposeful Hustle Book Club

12 pm – 1 pm

Join NEWaukee and Deanna Singh, author of Purposeful Hustle, for a conversation about the techniques in her book and the steps we can take to maximize our gifts during and after this pandemic.


SCMS Television Studies Scholarly Interest Group Virtual Social Series w/ UWM’s Elana Levine

2 pm

UW-Milwaukee’s Dr. Elana Levine discusses her new book, Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History. Moderated by Eric Hoyt, UW-Madison.


Viral: A Film Industry Conversation

6 pm – 7 pm

No Studios is hosting the first of a recurring video roundtable of industry leaders who will share what they are thinking, what they are hearing, and answer any questions you might have. John Ridley, Director/Producer/Screenwriter and No Studios Founder, talks with Tim League, Founder/Executive Chairman of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.



mentorSHOP with Chuck Swoboda

8:30 am – 9:30 am

Each mentorSHOP program will feature rapid fire questions, a personal story of challenge, and an interactive feedback loop so guests can be part of the process.

This mentorSHOP will feature Chuck Swoboda, an author, speaker, podcast host, and the Innovator-in-Residence at Marquette University.


L.A. Kauffman (#ALT_MKE Virtual Lecture): “I Want a Haircut”: Toward a History of the Ultra-Right in Milwaukee’s Suburbs (and Why It So Often Fails)

3:30 pm – 5 pm

Author and activist L.A. Kauffman will be doing a livestreamed version of her keynote address on Zoom. Weaving together images and stories from her suburban Milwaukee childhood with the history of her neighbors and their checkered attempts to implement a far-right agenda both in Wisconsin and nationwide, Kauffman will shed new light on how Milwaukee’s suburbs became such an important incubator for the extremist views showcased in the anti-lockdown protests — and why they have repeatedly failed to gain wide support.


UWM Virtual Innovators Expo

5 pm – 7 pm

The fifth annual UWM Innovators Expo exhibits a collection of UWM community prototypes, ideas, startups, student orgs, partners, classes, and innovations. This event has been the pinnacle of celebration for the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center. Circumstances have shifted us to an online format for this year’s event.



Online Trivia

1 pm – 2 pm

The game will be going live at 12:50 pm from the Gasthaus Trivia Facebook page to go over rules and prizes. Get your team together virtually on Skype, Teams, Zoom, Facetime- whatever you’ve got.



Backstage Skill Share: Film + TV Editing w/ Colin Rich

4 pm – 5 pm

Colin Rich is an LA-based film/TV editor of scripted and documentary content, working in both the studio-network system as well as in the ultra-low budget indie world. Over the course of ten years, he worked his way up from post-production assistant to assistant editor to editor, and typically works with Avid Media Composer, with some Adobe Photoshop and After Effects. Colin’s scripted credits include John Ridley’s anthology series American Crime, the CW sci-fi series The 100, and the independent film Solace. In the un-scripted realm, he cut the feature documentary Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (available to stream on Netflix), as well as many short projects in conjunction with Nō Studios.



Explorations in Disruptive Technologies: Safety and Security, Privacy, and Ethics

12 pm – 1:30 pm

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, safety, security, privacy, and ethics. Streamed online.



Backstage: Executive Producer w/ Shea Kammer

4 pm – 5 pm

Shea Kammer is a veteran line producer with experience on over thirty feature film and television projects, most recently the Oscar-nominated feature, Harriet, and the upcoming limited Showtime series, The Good Lord Bird, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel by James McBride.  Over the past two decades he has worked with many esteemed directors, including Kasi Lemmons, David O. Russell, Kevin Smith, Lorene Scafaria, Seth Macfarlane, Sebastián Lelio, and Drake Doremus.




DH Lab Teaching Fellow and Linked Teaching Teams Award

The DH Lab Teaching Fellows Award provides an incentive for faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants to share innovative assignments that integrate digital humanities tools and methods. These assignments reflect specific goals related to engaging digital/multi-modal forms of expression, and certainly may be incorporated into either an in-person or an online class. Applicants can apply as individuals or in teams of two (Linked Teaching Teams). Each fellow will be awarded a $500 incentive. Deadline is June 5.




Covid-19 MKE

The project aims to document how the Milwaukee area is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. It was built by students in Professor Christopher D. Cantwell’s “Local History Research Methods” class and is hosted by the Golda Meir Library at UWM. All of the material on the site, however, was contributed by members of the greater Milwaukee community. Your contribution is welcome.



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