DAC Digest Sept. 26 – Oct. 6

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Thursday, September 26 – Sunday, October 6




Poetry as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry, a craft talk with Jake Sheets

12:30 pm, Golda Meir Library 4th Floor Special Collections

Charles Olson, in “Projective Verse,” states that poetry is energy transference from poet to poem to reader. This idea is one birthed from an understanding of land, place, and field. It is one closely related to Diné thought and lifeway. This craft talk will explore Diné understanding of world, art, and language as a means to understanding and writing poetry.


German Program Opportunities Fair

3 pm – 6:30 pm, Union Alumni Fireside Lounge

Do you know about the great career or internship opportunities with German companies or UWM’s study abroad options in Germany? Would you like to learn more about Wisconsin’s connections with Germany? Have you thought about what learning German could mean for your future? Whether you are currently studying German or not – stop by the Opportunities Fair and find out.



Doors Open Milwaukee at UWM Zilber School of Public Health

10 am – 5 pm, 1240 N. 10th Street, Milwaukee

The Brewery Redevelopment’s Manufacturing and Cold Storage Building is now home to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health, Wisconsin’s first nationally accredited school of public health. Built in 1919, this site first hosted a hosiery factory and then, with modifications, stored kegs. A generous donation from the Zilber Foundation allowed for renovation by Epstein Uhen Architects. The Gold LEED-designated building opened in August of 2012. Building features include a welcoming atrium, state-of-the-art technology, exposed steel beams and unique views of the Milwaukee skyline. The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health will provide visitors with a self-guided building tour pamphlet. Learn about the history, design and current function of the building.



Protect Your Magic: Building Resiliency and Care Practices in Academia 

5 pm – 7 pm, UWM Student Union Fireside Lounge

UWM welcomes La Loba Loca, queer Andina educator, herbalist and activist, to host “Protect Your Magic: Building Resiliency and Care Practices in Academia.” The talk will take place Monday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Fireside Lounge. Food and drinks will be provided. Loba’s work focuses on Andina identity, reproductive justice, doula work and plant connections. Loba’s core philosophy is based on (re)claiming and (re)membering abuelita knowledge as well as how to use our roots as tool for liberation and transformation. Loba has facilitated over a hundred talks and trainings across the Americas and the Caribbean. Loba’s project is the only one in the U.S. that offers education that intersects queer radical politics, healing justice, indigenous knowledge and reproductive justice.



Communication Technologies and Political Polarization in Latin America

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

The first LACUSL Speakers Series of the semester features Professor Hernando Rojas of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also the Helen Firstbook Franklin Chair and the Former Director of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Ibearian Studies Program. He will talk about the evolution of different forms of political polarization in the region. In particular, the role of traditional and emerging communication technologies on polarization, presenting empirical evidence that puts into question notions of echo-chambers and selective exposure to information.


Alan Resnick

7 pm – 9 pm, Union Cinema

Alan Resnick (Wham City, Adult Swim, alantutorials, AB Video Solutions) is a filmmaker, animator and performer known for his absurdist humor and attention to aesthetic. His comedic, twisted performances and videos force us to question and laugh at the modern world. His work exists in a variety of forms including 3D modeling, motion capture, animation, tumblrs, and comics.



Artists Now! Guest Lecture Series: Sarah Kanouse

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

Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist and critical writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. Over the last few years, Sarah’s work has been screened or exhibited at Documenta 13, the Banff Centre, the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, the Cooper Union, the Smart Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, UnionDocs, and in numerous festivals and spaces at such institutions as CUNY Graduate Center, George Mason University, University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sarah Kanouse is currently associate professor in the Department of Art + Design at Northeastern University, where she directs the MFA program in interdisciplinary arts and coordinates the studio arts MFA program offered in collaboration with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.



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.


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.



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