DAC Digest October 3-13

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Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 13




Diverse Ideas: Issa Nyphaga

11 am – 12 pm, LEC Commons

Issa Nyphaga, artist, human rights advocate, and Water Rights Resident (2017) at the Santa Fe Art Institute, will talk about his experience being a social entrepreneur. Issa is currently working to bring solar powered radio stations – to provide public education, and to fight prejudice, domestic violence and other social ills related to lack of information – to Cameroon.


Tony Messenger

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, The Ivy, 906 S. Barclay St.

An evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tony Messenger of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Messenger, a columnist for the paper, won this year’s top journalism prize for distinguished commentary for a series of columns he did on debtors’ prisons in Missouri. He also has written extensively on Ferguson. In Milwaukee, Messenger will discuss “From Ferguson to the Finish Line: A Path Forward on Criminal Justice Reform.”


Dr. Mark Weitzman: Antisemitism as a Challenge to Our Society

7 pm, Straz Hall, Room 105, Marquette University

Antisemitism has become a major threat to Jews and American society. Recently we have seen the worst antisemitic violence in US history as well as an increasing presence of antisemitism in political and public discourse. In a perspective based on his decades of fighting antisemitism both nationally and internationally, Dr. Mark Weitzman

will discuss how a definition of antisemitism has become a powerful new tool in the fight against antisemitism and in creating new allies in this struggle. Weitzman serves as the Director of Government Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and is a past Chair of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Committee on Antisemitism and

Holocaust Denial.


United We Read

7:30 pm – 10 pm, Riverwest Public House

United We Read is the English Department’s student-faculty reading series that takes place in venues throughout the community. This edition takes place at the Riverwest Public House and features readings by Valerie Laken, Maria Ortiz, Amanda Reavey, and Seth Copeland.



Social Good Morning: Juli Kaufmann

9 am – 10:30 am, LEC

The second speaker of the year is Juli Kaufmann, Founder and President of Fix Development. In 2018 she was named the Biz Times Woman Executive of the Year. Juli believes that real estate projects emphasizing sustainability and a quadruple bottom line can be not only financially successful, but also generate the excitement and energy that attracts other entrepreneurs and revitalizes a community.


Henry Lovejoy: Probabilities of African Origins: The Collapse of the Kingdom of Oyo and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, 1816-1836

3 pm – 5 pm, Curtin 118

While scholars have amassed large amounts of data related to the transatlantic slave trade, a more pressing question lingers: Where did those 12.7 million people come from within pre-colonial West Africa before boarding slave ships destined for the Americas? The answer is complex for two reasons: 1) many sub-Saharan peoples did not have written orthographies until the mid-to-late nineteenth century (suggesting their histories were largely undocumented); and 2) Africa lacks reliable historical maps compared to other heavily populated regions of the world (meaning internal geo-political transformations are frequently misunderstood, especially before the colonization and decolonization of the continent). This digital mapping project seeks to visualize and calculate the probabilities of African origins of enslaved people in diaspora by using two open-source applications: Quantum Geographic Information System and R Project for Statistical Computing. By presenting geo-referenced data of intra-African conflict alongside slave ship departures, it is possible to generate statistical models capable of predicting large-scale, inland migrations on an annual basis. This interdisciplinary project appeals to scholars interested in exploring the relationship between conflict, slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world.



Fall Experiment

See Website for Dates/Times, The Wisconsin Center

An immersive tech, art, gaming, and music festival that convenes creators from all over the Greater Midwest. It is a diverse and inclusive festival that celebrates these intersections by hosting a multitude of experiences in specific tracks: developer and UX, product management, startup, tech and art, e-sports and gaming, and music. The mission of Fall Experiment is to help us level-up and interact with technology, gaming, art, and music the way we experience it – at the intersections.



Karissa Hahn & Andrew Kim: Natural Formulas 

7 pm – 9 pm, Union Cinema

The Moving Image Society is excited to present “Natural Formulas,” a program of recent work by Los Angeles-based filmmakers Karissa Hahn and Andrew Kim, whose work collectively pushes at the limits of the cinematic medium by exploring the space between film, video, technology, and human perception. Filmmakers in attendance.



Collaboratory Event: Karissa Hahn: “A Brighter Darkness”

3:30 pm – 5 pm, Curtin Hall 939

Media Studies Research Collaboratory is hosting Karissa Hahn for a special talk on “‘A Brighter Darkness’: Data, Pixels, and Celluloid.” In this artist talk, LA-based film and video artist Karissa Hahn will discuss her production of “inkjet films,” a form and practice through which she conceptualizes questions about information, data, and the materiality of images. By re-printing digital pixels onto celluloid film, she raises questions about media circulation and ownership, passive consumption vs. active production, and information overload in the form of spectacle, ultimately argu-ing that we are part of a “technographic class,” piling up data for the future. Hahn will outline how these themes manifest through her creative work, show clips, and discuss her process and technique.


Artists Now! Heidi Lowe

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

Heidi Lowe’s eponymous gallery opened in 2006. The Lowe Gallery now hosts six exhibitions a year, including solo and group shows by internationally recognized artists. Lowe, who holds bachelor’s and master’s of fine-arts degrees in jewelry and metalsmithing, creates jewelry inspired by the history of metalsmithing.




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