DAC Digest Oct. 31 – Nov. 10

Hello. Happy Halloween! 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, October 31 – Sunday, November 10




Trick-or-Treat at the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

9 am – 5 pm, LEC

Stop by LEC room 201 for a free Halloween treat. Chance to win prizes and an LEC T-shirt. Prize for best costume.


Halloween Night at the Union

7 pm – 10 pm, UWM Union

Join CAB, the Union Cinema, and the Union Rec Center for a night of spooktacular fun. Activities include glow-in-the-dark dodgeball, escape rooms, crafts led by the Studio Arts and Craft Centre, costume contest, photo booth. Halloween-themed snacks and Alien screening in the Union Cinema at 7 pm.



Social Good Morning: Deanna Singh

9 am – 10:30 am, LEC Atrium

Deana Singh, Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephant, has spent almost 20 years researching, designing, and building asset-based solutions to complex social challenges. Deana is a professor, social entrepreneur, birth Douala, businesswoman, author, and TEDx speaker. She was also named in the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community’s most influential 40 under 40 leaders and the 8 Under 40 to Watch for the University of Wisconsin School of Business. Deana is also the recipient of the United Way’s Philanthropic Five Award, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Leadership Development Hero Award and was a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist.


Jairus Grove: Savage Ecology: War and Geopolitics at the End of the World

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall 175

Jairus Grove contends that we live in a world made by war. In Savage Ecology he offers an ecological theory of geopolitics that argues that contemporary global crises are better understood when considered within the larger history of international politics. Infusing international relations with the theoretical interventions of fields ranging from new materialism to political theory, Grove shows how political violence is the principal force behind climate change, mass extinction, slavery, genocide, extractive capitalism, and other catastrophes. Grove analyzes a variety of subjects—from improvised explosive devices and drones to artificial intelligence and brain science—to outline how geopolitics is the violent pursuit of a way of living that comes at the expense of others. Pointing out that much of the damage being done to the earth and its inhabitants stems from colonialism, Grove suggests that the Anthropocene may be better described by the term Eurocene. The key to changing the planet’s trajectory, Grove proposes, begins by acknowledging both the earth-shaping force of geopolitical violence and the demands apocalypses make for fashioning new ways of living.



Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

UWM at Waukesha, See Website for Events and Times

The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is an annual community celebration of literacy and the arts, where local and national authors, along with readers of all ages, come together to enjoy presentations, performances, creativity, and conversation. This is the 10th year for this free, community-wide event, which is organized by the UWM at Waukesha Foundation in cooperation with community groups that include the Bridges Library System, the Waukesha Public Library and Greater Waukesha Literacy.



Terror Nullius

7 pm – 8 pm, Union Cinema

Equal parts political satire, eco-horror, and road movie, Terror Nullius is a world in which minorities and animals conspire, and not-so-nice white guys finish last. Where idyllic beaches host race riots, governments poll love-rights, and the perils of hypermasculinity are overshadowed only by the enduring horror of Australia’s colonizing myth of terra nullius. Filmmakers in attendance.



Opening Night: In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)

7:30 pm, Mainstage Theatre (Theatre Building)

A marvelously moving story about a young couple, Dr. and Mrs. Catherine Givings. Givings is obsessed with the marvels of new electrical technology and what it can do for his patients. Catherine listens through a door as he treats his mostly female patients. “Room” becomes a journey of new connections between spouses, mother and child, artist and more.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Drew Matott

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

Drew Matott is a master papermaker and the art director of Peace Paper Project, an international community-arts initiative that utilizes traditional papermaking as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement and community activism. Since 2011, Peace Paper Project has conducted hundreds of workshops worldwide in conjunction with community leaders, mental health professionals and art therapists. They have welcomed more than 30,000 workshop participants and helped launch forty  programs that use paper making as a form of healing and community engagement. They are dedicated to helping strengthen communities through their workshops, interventions and international projects.



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.



Graduate Student Bagel Hour

10 am – 11 am, Curtin Hall, Room 939

All graduate students are invited to stop by the C21 office for this biweekly celebration of carbs and camaraderie. Start your Friday with some free coffee and bagels (provided by Benny’s Bagels), and meet and chat with other grad students from across campus.




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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