Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 Public Reading: 6 p.m. | 141 Wimberly Hall Literary Craft Discussion: 3:55-5:20 p.m. | 326 Wimberly Hall
Sponsored by the UWL Department of English, with assistance from the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Institute for Social Justice.
In telling the story of his own accidental “coming of age,” English professor Bradley Butterfield’s fictitious narrator “Bradley Butterfield” tells the stories of a whole cast of lovable, if fallible, characters from his childhood and of the Denver he grew up in from the dawn of disco to the Reagan era. Idiot Boys is a relentlessly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and ultimately philosophical look at the particular idiocy of boys and the universal stupidity of man. Each chapter, or “Exhibit,” represents a rough archetype of idiot boy behavior and a stage in young Butterfield’s quixotic quest to figure himself out and become the hero of his own movie.Butterfield’s narration meanders between every phase of his youth, from pre-school to his first semester in college, but there turns out to be a method in this seeming madness as it builds to a gut-wrenching climax involving repressed memories surrounding his mother’s death and the inevitable dissolution of those childhood friendships he thought would last forever.
The English Department's Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis Capstone Presentations will be Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 7, in 332 Cartwright Center and features Rhetoric and Writing emphasis majors:
Tuesday, May 5
Martha Nedeau-Owen - "Gendered Rhetoric in Inaugural Addresses" Christian Velguth - "I, Shepard: Individualism in Modern Sci-Fi" Mikaela Kornowski - "Health Care Rhetoric and Literacy: Racial Reform in the United States" Jarrett Taivalkoski - "Escape! A Look at What Draws Us to Worlds of Fantasy"
Chuying Liang - "The Semiology of Watching English: From Grammar Translation Method to Semiotic Approach in Teaching English as Second Language" Chelsea Dolan - "'Breaking Up is Hard to Do': The Trivialization of University Mental Health Resources" Louie Schuth - "Will the Real Paul Walker Please Stand Up?: The Groundbreaking Digital Realism of Furious Seven " Zeyao Wu - "Having consciousness of cultural differences in cross-cultural collaborative study" Jingjing Fang - "Culture, Language, and Translation Principles"
Ying Li - "Website Design on a Global View: Pizza Hut" Storm Larson - "Paradigm of Oppression: The (Socially) Constructive Nature of Coming Out" Jordan Batchelor - " Mother of Writing : A rhetorical approach to the Pahawh Hmong messianic script"
Thursday, May 7
Madeline Marquardt - "UW-L 400 - A Rhetorical Analysis of Recent College Graduates" Yi Wei - "Translation Using: Should Translation Be Literal or Spiritual?" Jingyu Liang - "Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection" Erin Jahns - "Diet in America: How our Culture Perpetuates an Obsession with Food"
Emily Schulz - "The F Word: Communicating the Need for Feminism in a Postfeminist Era" Crystal Oravis - "Freedom of Speech: Social Media Policies in the Workplace" Mark Springborn - "Space Exploration: The Manifest Destiny of Mankind" Virginia Wightman - "Second Language Acquisition and S#!t: a Look at the Value of Swearing in SLA Environments"
Kyle Stokes - "Culture and Public Participation in the Information Age" Shiyang Chen - "When We Are a Part of 'We:' A Discourse Analysis of Hong Kong and Mainland China" Samantha Sanders - "We Followed the Song" Dani Weber - "The Value of Creative Writing MFA Programs"
Anna Nachreiner - "Male Hair: Beards and Masculinity" Katie TerBeest - "Undercover Salespeople: The Ethics Behind Viral Marketing " Yi Huang - "The Value of TESOL" William Ricioppo - "Deploying Ethics on the Modern Day Battlefield: The New Face of Private Military Contracting"
Senior English Majors (Literature Emphasis) will present their capstone projects during the final two weeks of classes from noon-2 p.m. in 117 Wimberly Hall. The first colloquium will be Monday, April 27, and will feature the work of literature emphasis majors:
Taylor Parrish – The Case of the Missing Mothers: Investigating Motherhood in “Mansfield Park”
William Ricioppo – “All is dross that is not Helena”: Dr. Faustus, The Old Man, and Mephistopheles
Jon Brown – In Between the Stripes: Green Theory and Betwixtness in Penelope Fitzgerald’s “Offshore”
Alicia Siebold – Navigating Gender in “Le Roman De Silence:” A Characterization of Silence
Zach Allen – Tales of the Old West: An Analysis of Layered Narrative in the American West
The second colloquium will be Monday, May 4, and also feature the work of literature emphasis majors:
Cassandra Armstrong – Lost in Translation: Hmong Culture and Semiotics in “The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down”
Peter Dziadowicz – God Save Thee, Ancient Mariner
Tia Haffenbredl – The Construction of Wilderness and Sacred Space at the Guadalupe Shrine
Joe Reuss – Beyond the Labyrinth: Fairy Tales, Colonialism, and the Globalization of Folklore
Katie Setzer – Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull: Frontier Motifs in the Rural Midwestern Gothic Exemplified by Campbell’s “Once Upon A River”
On Friday, April 24th, 2:00-4:00, in 1309 Centennial Hall, the English Department is sponsoring a showing of the first part of the award-winning documentary The Ister by David Barison and Daniel Ross. Described by reviewers as "A probing, evasive meditation on time, culture and change, images and actions" (Film Comment), "An impressive philosophical exercise and a meditative work of cinematic beauty" (BBC), and as one of the best films of 2006 (Variety), The Ister takes viewers on a thought-filled journey down the Danube River. Mixing images of nature and interviews with philosophers, archaeologists, architects, historians, and writers, the film examines the relationship between literature, ecology, memory, history, writing, archaeology, and the future in order to ask the question of what makes us human in the era of technology. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including Dr. Bradley Butterfield, Dr. Kimberly DeFazio, Dr. David Hart, Dr. Bryan Kopp, and Dr. Robert Wilkie. The event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
A Presentation by Dr. Marie Moeller, UW-L Assistant Professor of English.
This presentation operates at the intersections of technical medical communication, disability studies, and gender studies. Focusing on infographics from various health-oriented organizations, this talk examines the way medical visual rhetoric employs normalizing narratives of “health” to supplement and forward hegemonic frames that feminize the “obese” body and use the female body as an instrument of normalization and cultural management. It also uncovers how infographics, regarding body categorizations, participate in a gross simplification of terms that amplify the narrow frames with which we understand “obesity” and “obese” bodies.
Sponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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