KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m. | FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC PRESENTATION FOLLOWED BY Q&A
American history must be retold and reconfigured as a discipline at the K-12 level. Too many high school students grow up without knowing the real history of activist Helen Keller, the atrocities attributed to “hero” Christopher Columbus, and the horrific fall-out of the My Lai massacre. The premise of James Loewen’s American Book Award-winning work, Lies My Teacher Told Me, argues that we ignore such monumental events in American history at our collective peril.
WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS 2:15-3:40 p.m. | FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
James Loewen will facilitate an interactive workshop targeted for current and future educators that introduces pedagogical principles based on Loewen’s work on curriculum reform. Realizing that all of us have been, are, and will be educated by current and future educators, everyone is encouraged to attend and participate.
"SUNDOWN TOWNS" 5:30-8:30 p.m. | FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC La Crosse City Hall, Common Council Chambers 400 LA CROSSE STREET | FIRST FLOOR
Sundown towns were a form of segregation, in which a city in the U.S. was purposely all-white, excluding people of other races. James Loewen, author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, will present his ongoing research and perspective on sundown towns in the United States and, specifically, in the Midwest. He will focus his attention and discussion on recent research conducted at UWL that indicates La Crosse should be included in the category of sundown towns, and will invite audience members — particularly those in positions of power in our community — to consider ways in which La Crosse can acknowledge and then work to change this crucial aspect of its history and character.
QUESTIONS? CONTACT THOMAS HARRIS AT 608.780.7153 OR THARRIS@UWLAX.EDU
UW-L English Department's William J. Hyde and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series 2016-2017
TEACHING “A LESSON”: Integrating the 2017 Big Read Into Your Class An English Department Workshop
Instructors interested in incorporating this year’s La Crosse Reads selection into their Spring class (or in learning more about the Read) should plan to attend this informal workshop. Copies of the book will be available in limited supply.
In the UW-L English Department's first colloquium presentation of the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Natalie Eschenbaum will present "Playing with Sensation in A Midsummer Night's Dream." In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the characters, whether human or faerie, attempt to distinguish their realities from their imaginations by using their physical senses. Of course, in the topsy-turvy world of Athens’ forest, the characters’ senses are disconnected from reason, and nothing actually is what it looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels like. In this paper, Dr. Eschenbaum is particularly interested in Bottom, a figure both animal and human, and his ability to see through his current reality, and to reconnect sense with reason. To inform her readings of Shakespearean sensation, Dr. Eschenbaum examines a few early modern tracts that describe the senses that are most closely linked with human reason. Stephen Gosson, for instance, in his anti-theatricals, argues that one of the problems with theatre is that it is digested with hearing, and thus affects both the stomach and reason. Shakespeare’s Bottom, somewhat ironically, helps us to make sense of the most human of the early modern sensations, as they are described by characters, experienced by playgoers, and understood by readers. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, in 112 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.