Miriam Petty Public Lecture on African American Actors

On April 29, Professor Miriam Petty (Northwestern University, Radio/Television/Film) will be coming to UWM for a public lecture. Professor Petty’s book, Stealing the Show: African American Performers and Audiences in 1930s Hollywood, about to be released by the University of California Press in March, studies African American actors including Louise Beavers, Fredi Washington, Lincoln “Stepin Fetchit” Perry, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and Hattie McDaniel to reveal the “problematic stardom” and the enduring, interdependent patterns of performance and spectatorship for performers and audiences of color. Professor Petty’s work in general focuses on American film history and Black popular culture.

Professor Petty’s lecture will be at 2 PM in Curtin 368; prior to that, there will be an informal gathering for graduate students (breakfast will be provided) at 10 AM in CRT 368 with Professor Petty. This event is co-sponsored by the Program in Film Studies; the Departments of English, Africology, and Urban Studies; Cultures and Communities; and a grant from UWM’s Year of the Humanities.

Graduate Student Breakfast | Friday, April 29, at 10:00 a.m. in Curtin 368
Lecture | Friday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. in Curtin 368

Eat Local :: Read Local

This year’s annual Eat Local::Read Local reading is coming up soon!–
Through Eat Local::Read Local, UWM bridges the gap between local restaurants and local writers in order to connect with more of the community through poetry. We distribute printed poems to local restaurants who then pass them out to diners throughout April (National Poetry Month).
To kick off National Poetry Month, join us at our annual event. This year, we’re featuring a poetry can-can line of 11 readers (!) + a musical guest. So come and show your support for this fruitful program!
Tuesday, April 57:00pm 
Pizza Man (2597 N Downer Ave)
Readers: Peter Blewett, Peter Burzynski, Brenda Cárdenas, Jim Chapson, Rebecca Dunham, K Lui Engen, Roberto Harrison, Siwar Masannat, Andrew Ruzkowski, Caitlin Scarano, Angela Voras-Hills
Musical Guest: David Engen

Meg Noodin and Pat Mayes Receive Research Growth Initiative Grant

Congratulations to Meg Noodin and Pat Mayes (co-PI) who received the Research Growth Initiative grant for their project “Ganawendamaw: Emerging Anishinaabe Environmental Ideologies.” Fifteen proposals were chosen for funding in the 2016-2017 Research Growth Initiative, an internal seed-funding competition aimed at enhancing… Read More