*Canceled* 04/23/2020 – Earth is Faster Now: Arctic Indigeneity

“The Earth is Faster Now” Arctic Indigeneity and the Timescales of Climate Change with Hester Blum (Penn State)

This talk discusses the timescales of ice and of Indigenous knowledge in the Arctic. Human time on Earth is often measured by the resources consumed in a given age (think of the Stone or Iron Ages, the Petroleum or Atomic Ages). Within the sweep of deep ecological time, however, Ice Ages or periods of climate variability have not been keyed to human resource extraction—until now. Drawing on Inuit autobiography, Blum considers ice not just as a symbol for the timescales of the Anthropocene, but also as a recording medium.

Sponsored by the English Department and Center for 21st Century Studies

Fee and open to the public.

*Canceled* 03/27/2020 – Subject/Abject Relations by Celine Parreñas Shimizu

March 27th, 2020 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM
UWM Campus, Curtin Hall 368

“The World in South Asia” lecture series welcomes Celine Parreñas Shimizu (School of Cinema, San Francisco State University).

Different proximities to social life—viability (regard and recognition) and death (disregard and abuse) can measure inequality between intimately enmeshed subjects in and out of representation. In our witnessing on-screen relations featuring the denigration endured by the abjected, we as the audience are exposed as both conceptualized and located in our difference.

In our encounter with films from countries and regions touched by colonial relations, our spectatorship is implicated by the film. From the perches we occupy, we watch these films from positions of distance—-whether geographic or social—even as audiences in the West are diasporic subjects from elsewhere.

These films may lead us to feelings of empathy or hopefully, an awareness of our power to name and define whom we see: as subject, other, object or abject—in how we accept the ability of film to show us ourselves and our limits in recognizing and feeling for others.

Sponsored by the Vilas Trust and the Film Studies program.

Free and open to the public.

*Canceled* 03/26/2020 – Fiction Reading: Chris Fink

Fiction Reading and Author Q & A: Chris Fink
Thursday, March 26
Reading 7:30 pm

Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Dr.

Author Q & A
Mitchel Hall 361

Chris Fink is a professor of English and environmental studies at Beloit College, where he edits the Beloit Fiction Journal. He has published two story collections, Add This to the List of Things That You Are (2019), and Farmer’s Almanac (2013). New fiction appears in the New Orleans Review and Mississippi Review. Fink received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000 and was a founding faculty member of the MFA program at San Jose State University. In the summer he teaches Writing Wilderness in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. You can read more about his writing here https://www.finkc.com/.

Free and open to the public


02/06/2020 – United We Read: Cho, Correale, Maddox, Callanan

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 PM

Boswell Books
2559 N Downer Ave

United We Read is the Graduate Creative Writing Program’s student-faculty reading series that takes place in venues throughout the community.

This edition takes place at Boswell Books and features readings by Su Cho, Anthony Correale, Lauren Maddox, and Liam Callanan.

Free and open to the public.