DAC Digest Nov. 14-24

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!

Thursday, November 14 – Sunday, November 24




Opening Reception: Crossing Over

5 pm – 7 pm, Union Art Gallery

The exhibition showcases work created by undergraduate students of the UWM Peck School of Arts department of Art and Design who have received a scholarship and/or fellowship award in 2019. This exciting annual event highlights the exceptional artwork produced by these promising emerging artists in a wide range of mediums and unpredictable themes. Please join the Union Art Gallery in celebrating these outstanding UWM artists.



Collaboratory Event: Coffee, Donuts, Postcolonial Play (w/Guest Melissa Kagen)

9 am – 10:30 am, Curtin 939

Please join the Digital Cultures Collaboratory for a special talk with Melissa Kagen (Bangor University), world authority on walking simulators and games of wandering. In addition to a casual meet-and-greet with light refreshments, Kagen will be discussing “Traveling Through: (Post)colonial Play in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ Games.”


Collaboratory Event: Eric Hoyt: From Digitizing Magazines to Preserving Born-Digital Media

3 pm – 4:30 pm, Curtin 118

In this talk, Eric Hoyt plans to use the lecture series theme, “Rethinking Media Archives,” as an opportunity to share work and reflect upon two digital projects that he helps lead at UW-Madison. The first, Media History Digital Library (MHDL), is an open access collection of 2.5 million digitized books and magazines from film and broadcasting history. The MHDL digitizes print texts (most recently TV Guide), a multi-stage process of scanning, post-production, metadata entry, and indexing. The second project, PodcastRE, is a digital repository and research platform for podcasts. Because PodcastRE works with born digital media objects, the workflows necessarily differ a great deal from the MHDL. In particular, the approach to metadata is completely different, emerging from how podcasters choose to describe and define their own work. Hoyt will address questions of authority and agency in metadata, as well as the implications for the study of media history.


Jewish Diversity Today: A Conversation with Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz

4 pm, Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer

7 pm, Union Cinema, Screening of Little White Lie and Talkback w/ Director

As a Jewish woman of color, filmmaker, and outreach strategist, Lacey Schwartz has long been deeply engaged with issues of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity in the Jewish community. Her film projects and advocacy work have helped make her a national leader on questions related to Jewish diversity. This session provides a unique opportunity to hear her perspective on these questions, in an informal discussion moderated by Shahanna McKinney-Baldon, a seasoned educator and activist on matters of Jewish diversity, and founder and project director of Edot Midwest. Kosher refreshments will be served.



LACUSL Speakers Series: Professor Héctor Concohá Chet

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

In Guatemala there has existed a single history that monopolizes education at all levels. This talk, by Professor Héctor Concohá Chet (Universidad Rafael Landívar), will explain three basic institutions through which history is remembered by the Kaqchiikel Maya. In Spanish with an English powerpoint.


The Lines Between Us: Inequality and Segregation in the American Metropolis

7 pm – 8 pm, Greene Hall

Lawrence Lanahan, the author of “The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore’s Racial Divide,” will discuss his recent book. Books will also be available for purchase from Boswell Book Company at the event. Lawrence Lanahan has worked in radio and print journalism for over a decade, including five years producing for WYPR, Baltimore’s NPR station. At WYPR, he won a duPont Award for “The Lines Between Us,” a year-long multimedia series about inequality.



Boswell’s Fall Game Night

6:30 pm, Boswell Books

Enjoy sampling new and bestselling games from Boswell’s collection, including Boswellian favorites like Roadkill, Forbidden Island, and Quicktionary. Boswellians Jen and Aaron will offer a short intro and demos for each game, plus there will be giveaways, too. Attendees are encouraged to come alone or in groups.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Kristin Thielking

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

Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the root of Kristin Thielking’s sculptural practice. In addition to traditional sculptural processes, she has a special interest in language as a material, creating work that inspires dialogue about the state of the environment and environmental stewardship. She has completed numerous large-scale public art commissions and projects with collaborator Kevin Brunett throughout the Midwest. She has also done extensive collaborations with artists book maker/printmaker and poet Lisa Beth Robinson. Thielking is on the faculty of the art department at UW Stevens Point. She received her master of fine arts degree in sculpture from UW-Madison and her bachelor’s degree in visual art and comparative literature from Brown University.



Eagle Rock: Film Screening and Discussion

7 pm – 9 pm, Curtin 175

Join Milwaukee native Eleanor Wells for a screening of “Eagle Rock” with discussion on cults, femininity, and domestic abuse to follow. Refreshments will be served. In the early 1970s, a young woman in prison for murder reflects on what led her to the crime, the cult she was a part, and her relationship with its leader.



Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival

Mainstage Theatre (Theatre Building)

More than 1,500 students gather each year for workshops with trained professionals, one-act and individual performance contests, showcase productions and exhibitors from theatre vendors to college programs. The 2019 festival marks the Peck School of the Arts’ first time as host.




JUNE 22-26, 2020

 IDMAA 2020: Broken Media

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.



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