DAC Digest November 7-17

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 7 – Sunday, November 17




United We Read

7:30 PM, Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E. Locust Street

United We Read is the Graduate Creative Writing Program’s student-faculty reading series that takes place is venues throughout the community. This edition takes place at Woodland Pattern and features readings by Sasheene Denny, Brandon Henry, Jessie Roy, and Rebecca Dunham. Free and open to the public.



Thinking Rhetorically about Multimodal Composition

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Mitchell Hall, Room 191

The Internet and what some call the “participatory web” (websites, apps, and platforms that enable communication among hundreds of people) have both enriched and complicated the communication landscape. Everyone is now an author, composer, creator, and more people than ever before may communicate with others worldwide. Many students come to the university knowing how to use multiple modalities—moving and still images, sounds, music, color, words, and animations—to convey meaning that are distributed primarily, albeit not exclusively, via digital media (e.g., computers, computer networks, CDs)—as part of their outside-of-school lives. Impressed with students’ technical skills, many instructors assume that students know how to use the technology critically and make informed choices. However, research and often our own experiences with students undermine that assumption. With the continued proliferation of new media and digital texts around us, students must be taught how to critically navigate this shifting landscape intentionally using different modalities in the various contexts of their lived experiences.



Talking About Toilets and Japanese Culture

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 175

Come join the Japanese Program for a truly memorable and enlightening talk by Sharon Domier from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Learn more about the history of Japanese toilets and their appearance throughout the literary and visual history tradition of Japan. Free and open to the public.



Milwaukee Startup Week

See Website for Details on Events

Designed to connect, educate, and celebrate entrepreneurship in Southeast Wisconsin. The programming showcases the community’s emerging companies while highlighting the resources and organizations available to foster support for entrepreneurs on their journey. The week will feature dozens of events hosted by 40+ community partner organizations.



Tadoku and the Art of Reading Japanese Fluently

12 pm – 1 pm, Golda Meir Library E281

Would you like to read Japanese as fluently as you read English? Sharon Domier, East Asian Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will introduce the kinds of materials available through the library and online that you will be able to enjoy reading in Japanese anytime, anywhere, and without looking up a lot of words.


Dr. Frances R. Aparicio: Negotiating Latinidad: Intralatinx Lives in Chicago

12 pm – 2 pm, AGSL

This presentation examines the ways in which Intralatina/os, who embody two or more Latin American ethnicities, negotiate between their different national communities within their family lives and growing up in Chicago. Focusing on the intimacies of nuclear families, personal traumas, exclusions through race and language, and analyzing practices of passing, the book argues for the ways in which Intralatinx struggle to belong within highly-segmented social spaces within Latino USA.


Cultivating a Diverse Tech Ecosystem: UWM and Beyond

5 pm – 7 pm, LEC Atrium

This Milwaukee Startup Week event will feature a discussion about cultivating the diverse tech ecosystem of UWM and beyond. The two-hour program encourages tech innovators at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and in the greater Milwaukee area to connect and “cultivate” each other’s goals and vision for a more diverse tech ecosystem. The evening will combine budding entrepreneurs at UWM with thriving, driven STEM professionals and tech gurus to champion a growth mindset and learn best practices for branching out into the tech ecosystem here in Milwaukee.



Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Makeal Flammini

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

Makeal Flammini, a 2018 Nohl Fellow in the Emerging category, and Samantha Hunt, author of three novels and the short story collection, “The Dark Dark,” have been penpals for years. In this conversation they discuss Flammini’s work, the way that “mothering slices deep,” and the experience of making art in a world where “women, children, and dreams are doubted.”



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.



Contemporary Craft Exhibition and Sale

INOVA Gallery at Kenilworth Square East, See Website for Hours

This event will feature handmade student work from across many disciplines within the Peck School of the Arts, including print and narrative forms, photography and imaging, sculpture, digital fabrication and design, and design and visual communications.




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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