The La Crosse Storytelling Festival was first conceived in 2003 by two local attorneys, Keith Belzer and Ted Skemp. Through their efforts and backing, the first 3 Festivals took place at Pettibone Park in La Crosse. It was in these first years that groundwork was lain for all following Festivals: the Festival would be first and foremost a family event, the level of National talent would be of the highest caliber, the Festival would highlight professional local tellers, and the event would serve as a way to educate the general public about storytelling.
In 2006, the Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild took on the major responsibility for the La Crosse Storytelling Festival. And, as Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival, it continues to meet the initial objectives.
Celia Groff and Kaitlindh Moubry remember age 22 well. Armed with degrees in English literature and classical humanities, respectively, they didn’t know the extent of their career possibilities.
The two came to a UW-La Crosse technical writing class to share the future they found in the not-so-familiar field of technical writing. Both work at Epic, a Verona-based company that develops and installs health care software. The company has grown significantly in the last 12 years and now employs nearly 120 technical writers.
“Being able to write well is not a common skill these days,” notes Groff. “We wanted to let students know Epic is a potential career path because we want to attract good colleagues.”
Epic employees visited English Professor Marie Moeller’s technical writing class twice during spring semester. They focused on project management, effective communication and the importance of working with and connecting to clients.
November 1, 2012
Murphy Library Special Collections 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Please join us to meet the artists and hear them read excerpts from their work, followed by a panel discussion of their creative process, collaboration and the provocative subject matter.
Crossing the Tigris is a limited edition artist book created by the collaboration of Brian Borchardt, Caren Heft and Jeff Morin. Three letterpress books contained in a collage, handmade paper box houses stories from the Iraq war. The regional ephemera preserved in this collection fall into the realm of hildhood treasures. From the presses, "The inside of the container sets the stage for juvenile battle. These are the props for pretend war.” When confronted with the grittiness of war, do these ill-prepared soldiers simply break with reality? Are they taught that they are above the law? Neither the container nor the three books answer the questions posed above. This collaboration is intended to catalyze a conversation about the nature of change that allows potentially decent people to commit indecent acts.
Brian Deer is an
investigative reporter whose investigations have won him numerous awards
including the British Press Award, Great Britain’s top journalism award, in 1999
and 2011. Specializing in medicine,
pharmaceuticals and social issues, he has carried out public interest inquiries
for The Sunday Times of London on four continents, made hour-long TV
documentaries and featured on most of America's top news and current affairs
shows. Commenting on Deer's findings of
fraud in vaccine research, the New York Daily News commented: "Hippocrates
“An Elaborate Fraud: The MMR Vaccine &
Autism” 5:30 pm Thursday, October 4, 2012 Room 1309 Centennial Hall
that vaccines cause autism has become one of the biggest health controversies
in America. But where did the story begin, and what keeps it going?
Over a period of seven years, Brian Deer investigated the story for The
Sunday Times of London and now comes to LaCrosse to reveal what Time Magazine
dubbed one of the "great science frauds" of all time. Launched
from one British hospital in the 1990s, the scare took hold first in the UK,
and then spread around the globe, leaving doctors baffled, children at risk,
parents frightened, and lawyers with a lot more money. Deer shows how it was done,
who did it, and why it will happen again.
“Stiletto Journalism: Busting the Vaccine Scare” 3:30 pm Friday, October 5, 2012 Room 1309 Centennial Hall
Deer is a two-times British Press Award-winner, and veteran of four libel
lawsuits, Brian Deer took a blank sheet of paper and, for The Sunday
Times of London, carried out one of the classic public interest
investigations of recent times. He probed the controversy over vaccines and
autism. Based on this landmark inquiry, and 25 years of pursuing complex,
contentious topics, he gives a reporter's inside perspective on how to break a
"Why the Humanities?" a free lecture by Frederick Luis Aldama
Thursday, April 26, 2012 122 Carl Wimberly Hall 5pm reception; 5:30pm lecture
Frederick Luis Aldama is the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the Latino Studies Program and Latino & Latin American Studies Space for Enrichment and Research at the Ohio State University.
Professor Aldama is editor of five collections of essays and author of seven books, including Postethnic Narrative Criticism, Brown on Brown, Dancing With Ghosts: A Critical Biography of Arturo Islas, Why the Humanities Matter: A Common Sense Approach, Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez and A User's Guide to Postcolonial and Latino Borderland Fiction. He has published numerous articles, co-edits the series "Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Culture" (U Texas Press), and sits on the board for the Americas book series (Texas Tech University Press).
Clink on the image to read the first issue of Capstone, the new College of Liberal Studies Newsletter. It includes interviews with English Department members Dr. Virginia Crank, Dr. Kimberly DeFazio, and Dr. Rob Wilkie on their recent research and publications, as well as a story about Dr. Natalie Eschenbaum's "study abroad" week in London with her English Literature class.
Several members of the English Department have formed a reading group to address the role of English Studies in academic and social contexts. We have investigated the question “Why English?” as it might be asked by a student pondering what it means to be an English major, as it might be asked by educators, researchers, and theorists within the fields of literary and rhetorical scholarship, and as it might be asked by observers outside the field.
This investigation has entailed comparing books and articles focused on the profession and practice of teaching English (by Martha Nussbaum, Marjorie Garber, and Cristina Vischer Bruns, for example), as well as texts concentrating on the social and cultural valuing of English study (by Louis Menand and Frederick Luis Aldama), and on the historical definition and identity of the humanities (Robert Black), as well as the capacity of writing to serve as political identification (Jacques Rancière).
Our contemporary interrogation and assessment of the worth and worthiness of English studies as a discipline and a profession follows in a centuries-old tradition of fluid self-definition and ceaseless internal examination that has kept the humanities in general, and English studies in particular, relevant to the political, social, and educational controversies of the moment while opening the minds of scholars and citizens to an awareness of cultural, artistic, and intellectual patterns remote from our current place and time.
As our reading group continues its efforts in the coming months, we will explore questions inspired by our readings and our stimulating conversations about them.