DAC Digest October 10-20

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Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 20




Building an Equitable Wisconsin for African Americans, with Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, UWM Alumni House

Wisconsin’s African-American community remains stubbornly unwell by many economic and social metrics. Hoping to both refocus attention on the problem and identify solutions, the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies welcomes guest presenter, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes. We will have a brief reception following the presentation. RSVP required to Professor Jeffrey Sommers at sommerjw@uwm.edu.



Aarti Shahani

2 pm – 3:30 pm, Milwaukee Public Library Centennial Hall

A heartfelt memoir about the immigrant experience from NPR correspondent Aarti Namdev Shahani. Who really belongs in America? That question has chased every newcomer and many native born since the founding of the republic. In this heart-wrenching, vulnerable and witty memoir, journalist Aarti Shahani digs deep inside herself and her family for an answer-one that she finds in an unlikely place.The Shahanis came to Queens-from India, by way of Casablanca-in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they’d made it. This memoir is the story of how they did, and didn’t.


Drawn to Maps: A Celebration of Pictorial and Illustrated Maps

1:30 pm – 3 pm, Golda Meir Library, AGS Library, 3rd floor

Based in Brookfield, Schiller creates custom illustrated maps for clients around the world. His work appears in magazines, books, business marketing, travel outlets, schools, wedding invitations, and more. Schiller will present a wide variety of illustrated maps from the past and present. He will speak about his own approach and process as well as some of his upcoming projects. Displayed alongside examples of his work will be a variety of pictorial maps from the AGS Library.



Fiction Reading and Craft Talk: René Steinke

2 pm – 3:30 pm, Mitchell Hall, Room 361

René Steinke’s most recent novel, Friendswood, was named one of National Public Radio’s “Great Reads” of 2014, shortlisted for the St. Francis Literary Prize, and was an Amazon Book of the Month. Her previous novel, Holy Skirts, an imaginative retelling of the life of the artist and provocateur, Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, was a Finalist for the National Book Award. Her first novel is The Fires. She was a 2016 Guggenheim fellow, and her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, O Magazine, Redbook, Houstonia, Salon, and Bookforum. She lives in Brooklyn and is the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Co-Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies.



An Evening with Atlas Obscura’s Dylan Thuras

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Golda Meir Library, AGS Library, 3rd floor

Dylan Thuras adventures back to Milwaukee for an event celebrating the new edition of his explorer’s guide that the New York Times calls “a wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.” The evening will feature Thuras’ slide show presentation, a trivia contest, and a special mini-exhibit of maps connected to the book. This event is co-sponsored by Boswell Book Company, the American Geographical Society Library, and Workman Publishing. Register for free at dylanthurasmke.bpt.me, or upgrade to a purchase-with-registration option at a special preorder price.


10 x 5: Celebration and Alumni Reading

7:30 pm, Greene Hall, Room 148

Featuring recollections from 50 years of our graduate Creative Writing Program and a showcase of 10 alumni reading for 5 minutes each, mixed with lots of reconnecting, friendship and, of course, cake.


Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Tomory Dodge

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

Tomory Dodge is an internationally recognized contemporary painter. Much of his early work depicted scenes of wind blown detritus in desert-like settings, often exhibiting surreal or apocalyptic undertones while maintaining a sense of playfulness. His work has long placed an emphasis on materiality and reflects a strong interest in the American West and human interaction with the environment. While continuing to hold these interests, Dodge’s work became more abstract in 2006 and has continued to move in this direction. His work has been acquired by many public and private collections and he has been included in several publications on contemporary painting. This talk is sponsored in part by the John Colt Memorial Art Fund. Free and open to the public.



Photographic Reflections: Documenting Community

Panel Discussion, 6 pm, Union Art Gallery

The UWM Union Art Gallery is honored to present the work of internationally-renowned photographers Alejandro Cartagena, Justine Kurland and Darcy Padilla. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) Midwest Conference, being held at Saint Kate – The Arts Hotel from October 24-27. Photographic Reflections explores representations of diverse communities throughout the United States and Mexico. While photography has a unique way of capturing small glimpses into reality, it is the recontextualization of these unrelated moments that offers new narratives. Because these photographs present images both familiar and unfamiliar, the analysis of the dichotomies grants the viewer opportunities to see the world in new ways, expanding an understanding of human existence.


Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

7:30 pm, Hefter Center

Derrick Harriell resides in Oxford, MS and teaches in the English and African American Studies programs at the University of Mississippi, where he also directs the Master of Fine Arts in creative writing program. His poem collections are Cotton (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2010), Ropes (Aquarius Press- Willow Books 2013- winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award), and Stripper in Wonderland (LSU Press 2017). His poems and essays have been published widely.



TL Taylor: Play as Transformative Work

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall, Room 175

In this talk, Taylor explores the ways game live streamers are transforming their otherwise private play into public entertainment. Drawing on her research with live streamers, she offers a challenge to current models of IP and fandom, suggesting the work of professional live streamers is not easily captured by non-commercial frameworks nor simple work/play dichotomies.



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