event will consist of a panel of women from Botswana, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, and
Iran. They will discuss their personal journeys as women and share reflections
on the ways women have overcome barriers in their countries.
by the AAUW-La Crosse Branch; UW-L Office of International Education; League of
Women Voters-La Crosse Area; School District of La Crosse; UW-L Women's,
Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department; World Services of La Crosse;
International Women's Group of La Crosse; Gundersen Global Partners; and
more information, contact: Lois Gilbert, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-782-7204.
When: Thursday, March 5, 5:00 P.M. Appetizers, 5:30 P.M. Program
of Nations | 1300 Centennial Hall
This film follows a Palestinian leader who unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.
When: Thursday, February 26, 5:30 P.M.
Where: 2200 Centennial Hall
Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years, and put in touch with each other in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict.
When: Thursday, March 5, 5:30 P.M.
For more information or special accommodations contact UW-L History Professor Heidi Morrison at email@example.com or 608-785-8345.
Sponsored by the Departments of History, Communication Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Psychology, Political Science and Public Administration, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, Archaeology/Anthropology, Art and Modern Languages along with the Office of International Education.
Staceyann Chin is a
fulltime artist. A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has
been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the Nuyorican Poets'
Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to acting in Julie Taymor’s Across the
Universe and performing in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s
Voices of a People's History of the United States, to starring in the Tony
nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin credits the long
list of "things she has done" to her grandmother's hard-working
history and the pain of her mother's absence.
Sponsored by the Pride
Center, Rainbow Unity, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dept.
If you go—
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4
Where: Valhalla, Cartwright Center
A panel of educators will discuss terrorism
during a UW-La Crosse program.
“What is Terrorism?” begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in the Ward Room
in Cartwright Center. Admission is free.
panel puts into question the commonly accepted notion that terrorism means any
act of violence by a Muslim. Panel speakers will discuss multiple forms of
unpredictable and fear-inducing violence that occurs against vulnerable groups
in American society. Richard Breaux of the UW-L Ethnic and Racial Studies
Department will speak about attacks on African-American churches. History
professor Gita Pai will discuss shootings at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Other
panelists include: Gerry Iguchi, UW-L History Department; Tim Kullman, UW-L
Philosophy Department; and Beth Hartung of Options Clinic in La Crosse.
There will be time for
discussion following the panel discussion. The program is sponsored by a
number of UW-L offices and academic departments.
What: Panel Discussion: “What is Terrorism?”
When: 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 4
Where: Ward Room, UW-L Cartwright
All-Students Juried Exhibition runs through March 7
Seventeen pieces of artwork have received special recognition in
the annual All-Students Juried Exhibition at UW-La Crosse.
The works were announced when the show opened Friday, Feb.
13.Thirty-five pieces by 26 student artists were selected from the 112 works
submitted by 53 students from across campus. Jurors were Phillip Ahnen of the
Rochester (Minnesota) Art Center, and Carolyn Payne, director of the Soo Visual
Arts Center in Minneapolis.
The exhibition includes sculpture, painting, prints, photographs,
metals/jewelry, ceramics, drawing, mixed media work and design. Students whose
work was included in the exhibition, and awards they received, if any, include:
• Nou Lee
• Molly Duggan, Ruth and Dan Devitt Award
for Painting and Ray Sherin Award
• Sabrina Bruehling
• Katy Coon, La Crosse Society of Arts and
• Ian Wright
• Elizabeth West
• Madline Thorn, Carol Hutchins-Winthur
Award and All-Students Art Exhibition Award
• Stewart Stehly, American Association of
University Women Award
• Kaitlyn Kaufenberg, Louis Drumm Award
• Allecia Kruser
• Kelsey Mazza
• Andrew Pitney, Ruth and Dan Devitt Award
• Jessica Zickert
• Charleton Skinner, Milton and Margaret
• Andrea Anderson
• Ben Kremer, Catherine Crail Award
• Elizabeth Brown, Bill Kader Award
• Scott Jablonski, Jamis Quillin Award
• Larry Schmitt, Ketty Kendrick Award
• Erin Stalker
• Natalie Kotnik, Richard Koehler Award
• Adam Brown, School or Arts and
• Karolyn Wood
• Sarah Shultz, Bill Fiorini Award
• Ethan Mohoney
• Alexandra Nelson, RuthAnn Knapp Award
The show runs in the
University Art Gallery, located on the first floor of the Center for the Arts.
The adjacent gallery will feature charcoal prints by retired physician Bill
Kader. The show is free and runs through March 7.
Regular gallery hours
are noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays
and Fridays, and when events are held in nearby Toland Theatre.
University Art Gallery exhibitions are funded through the UW-L College of
Liberal Studies and UW-L Student Association. All exhibitions and related
events are free and open to the public.
If you go—
What: All Students Juried Exhibition
Who: UW-L students
Opening Reception: 4-6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13. Show runs through Saturday,
Where: University Art Gallery, UW-L Center for the Arts
Regular Hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m. Thursdays
What: Charcoal Prints
Who: Bill Kader
Artist talk: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, 116 Center for the Arts
Opening Reception: 7-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Show runs through Saturday,
Where: Study Gallery in the University Art Gallery, UW-L Center
for the Arts
Regular Hours: noon-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday; 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays.
The screening of five
modern, Latin American films at UW-L will shine a spotlight on the political,
social and cultural issues faced in another part of the world.
UW-L’s second annual Spanish film festival runs Monday-Friday,
Feb. 16-20. All films will show at 5 p.m. in Graff Main Hall
Auditorium. Admission is free.
“There is very little distribution of contemporary Spanish and
Latin American cinema throughout universities,” says Assistant Professor of
Spanish Omar Granados. “One of our goals is to provide professors and students
from every department access to materials rarely seen within North America.”
Although the films are set in Latin American countries, they touch
on issues that can be easily related to U.S society, and to the economic and
political relation that the U.S has with these countries, says Granados. Common
themes include social justice and inequality, expressed through class, gender,
race and more.
The film series generates a cultural exchange that is key in a
country where Hispanics and Latinos are the largest minority, adds Granados.
“Some of our students don’t have the resources to travel, but
they want to learn about the many cultures addressed in class,” says Granados.
“Film gives you a realistic perspective on life and images are easier to
compare than text.”
All the films are in Spanish with English subtitles and will be
followed with a discussion. The movies were all made between 2012-14.
The full schedule is online: http://news.uwlax.edu/spanish-film-series-feb-16-20-at-uw-la-crosse/
Deep in the
sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police
discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt they expose a
tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here?
How did he die? And who — or what — is Dayani Cristal? As the forensic
investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces
this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to
understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds
himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. As we
travel north, this film gives us a rare insight into the human stories that are
so often ignored in the immigration debate. Winner of the Sundance 2013
Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who
Is Dayani Cristal? “ shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results
of the U.S. war on immigration.
discussion by Nicholas Villanueva (Dept. of Ethnic and Racial Studies).
A 9-year-old boy’s
preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of
homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed
coming-of-age tale. Junior is a beautiful boy with big brown eyes, a delicate
frame and a head of luxurious dark curls. But Junior aches to straighten those
curls, to acquire a whole new look befitting his emerging fantasy image of
himself as a long-haired singer. Junior’s father has died, and his mother now
struggles to put a few arepas on the table for Junior and his baby brother.
Junior doesn’t even know yet what it means to be gay, but the very notion prompts
Marta to set out to “correct” Junior’s condition before it fully takes hold.
This is a story of people doing what they feel they have to, partly out of
fear, but also out of love. Winner of the top award at the San Sebastian Film
Festival in 2013, “Bad Hair” is the intimate story of a nine-year old child’s
initiation to life and his difficult journey marked by intolerance.
discussion by Richard Breaux (Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies).
A political thriller
about human rights, “The Facilitator” is one of the most successful films to
come out of Ecuador in the last few years. Elena reconnects with her childhood
friend Galo, who now promotes water access rights for the indigenous community.
She is compelled by their way of life and gets involved with the political
organization of the community. Elena will gradually understand that among her
own family secrets, crimes, corruption, and dark perversions, commitment and
beauty can emerge.
discussion by Adam Driscoll (Department of Sociology and Archaeology)
Clandestine Childhood is an earnestly heartfelt cine-memoir based on the
director/co-writer’s own tragic early life. Argentina, 1979. After years of
exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family come back to Argentina under fake
identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros
Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the
country. Because of their political activities they are tracked down
relentlessly, and the threat of capture, and even death, is constant. However,
Juan’s daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly integrates
into his new environment. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents’
rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and
leave his friends behind without an explanation. This exceptional first feature
not only captures the spirit and passion of the freedom fighters who gave their
lives for a cause, but also gives voice to their children, caught in a battle
that was not their own, yet rising heroically to the challenge. This story
about militancy, undercover life, and love is the Argentine submission for the
2013 Best Foreign-Language Academy Award.
discussion by Maria Ghiggia (Department of Modern Languages).
The neighborhood Zona
Sur in La Paz is Bolivia’s most exclusive enclave, home to the country’s
affluent elite for generations. Here, in an adobe-tile-roofed castle, a
statuesque matriarch reigns over her spoiled offspring and indigenous servants.
Social change, however unwelcome, is on its way. As the mother squabbles with
her self-indulgent, oversexed teenage son and clashes with her petulant
daughter, her 6-year-old boy wanders the rooftops unsupervised. The scent of
impending decline permeates the air, and the threat of aristocratic privileges
quickly changing hands heralds a new era in a seemingly interminable class war.
Bolivia’s official entry for the Academy Awards foreign-language film in 2012,
this searing portrait of a patrician family in flux eloquently chronicles their
final days during a time of intense social change and effectively exposes the
bubble of decadence in which they exist.
discussion by Julia McReynolds-Perez (Department of Sociology and Archaeology).
The festival is funded
through a grant obtained by the UW-L Institute for Latin American Studies with
the Pragda Film Institute in New York. The “Spanish Film Club Series” by Pragda
is a travelling film festival for U.S. colleges and universities that is partly
supported by the Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C., the Spain-USA Foundation
and the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain. The UW-L College of Liberal
Studies also provided funds.
Area artists are
invited to submit their work to a Pump House exhibition that blends La Crosse
community history and art: [Art]ifact.
originally conceived by three UW-L students, will showcase local historical
artifacts from the La Crosse County Historical Society’s collection and new
original artwork from area artists inspired by these objects. Along the way,
UW-L students will learn to be experts at artifact analysis and research,
public relations, curatorial work and educational programming to move the
“To do a project like
this, you have to have a community that believes in its students,” says UW-L
Senior Ariel Reker, one of the project leaders.
The project is a team
effort between the Pump House Regional Arts Center, the La Crosse County
Historical Society and UW-L’s History Department.
In 2015-16, UW-L
students in Ariel Beaujot’s Public and Policy History classes will choose 15
artifacts that were made in La Crosse and represent the community’s diverse
history. Then, a jury from the Pump House will select 15 artists from area
artistic submissions received by Sept. 15, 2015. Artists will be
assigned a historic object, which they will use for inspiration to create new
artwork for the exhibition. Historic artifacts and corresponding new artwork
will be displayed side by side at the Pump House exhibit in spring 2016.
“[Art]ifact will show
our accomplishments as a community historically and today,” says Beaujot.
Reker is heading up
the overall direction and public relations aspects of the project and Callie
O’Connor, a UW-L senior, is working on the curatorial end. Their duties match
their future career goals to be a museum director and curator, respectively.
Beaujot serves as their mentor.
O’Connor and Reker
have already begun the search for artifacts for future UW-L history students to
consider for the exhibit. La Crosse’s history has a long and varied manufacturing
past representing everything from buttons to cigars to women’s undergarments. “It’s
so interesting — it’s been like a scavenger hunt — contacting person after
person after person to find out more details about each item,” says
Both Reker and
O’Connor agree the public and policy history major at UW-L is less about
spending time in class and more about getting experience out in the community —
something they like.
“I almost didn’t come
to La Crosse, but there are so many moments where I realize I wouldn’t have
gotten the same opportunities somewhere else,” says Reker. “I don’t think La
Crosse realizes how connected the community and the university are. This
project is just capitalizing on that relationship.”
The deadline for artists to submit their work is September 2015. More details related to submissions are available on the project website at www.art-ifact.org. Three prizes will be awarded to artists who present the best connection, best transformation and best renewal.
UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents Catch Me If You Can,
a high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught.
Catch Me If You Can follows Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. as he lies, seduces, and deceives his way into becoming a multi-occupational millionaire, using only his boyish charm, big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks. Frank jet-sets all over the world living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams all while posing as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer. His lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty who tracks Frank’s stream of bounced checks across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, Catch Me If You Can, is a delightfully entertaining show created by Tony Award-winning dream team, Terrance McNally, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the stage version of Catch Me If You Can is a big, bright spectacle incorporating jazzy, high-energy musical numbers and a riveting story.
Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 23. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior/non UWL students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.
Who: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts
What: Catch Me If You Can, book by Terrence McNally, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Where: Toland Theatre, UW-L Center for the Arts located on 16th and Vine streets
When: February 27-28 & March 5-7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 1 & 8 at 2:00 p.m.
Admission: $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 23. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times.
Cast: Callie Boydston, Alex Brick, Erica Bush, Lily Cornwell, John Divney, Alexis Dreyer, Olivia Dubiel, Jessie Fanshaw, Erin Gassner, Mitchell Gray, Andrew Helman, Cara Henney, Corey Holloway, David Holmes, Makenna Johnson, Betsy Katschke, Avital Maltinski, Quinn Masterson, Aamer Mian, Jenna Moilanen, Kelsey Norton, Drew Penkala, Casey Schneider, Calahan Skogman, Seth Von Steidl, Alex Taylor, Maxwell Ward, Austin Werla, Katy Williams, Bryce Wilson, Matt Wudi, Lewis Youngren
UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts production presents a season filled
with a groundbreaking lawsuit, a Neil Simon comedy, a classic Shakespeare and a
Opening the 2014-2015 season is 8 by Dustin Lance Black Ripped. From the
headlines, 8 is a play that re-enacts events surrounding a
2010 lawsuit that overturned California's Proposition 8, a voter referendum
that threw out California’s 2008 law allowing same-sex marriage. Written by
Academy and Oscar Award winner Dustin Lance Black, 8 utilizes
the original transcripts from the 2010 Perry v. Schwarzenegger case, which
ultimately led to a California federal judge’s ruling that Prop. 8 was
unconstitutional and unfairly discriminated against homosexuals.
Next up is the Neil Simon classic, Rumors, which
begins at a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse; the
Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four
couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their
tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his
wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story”
straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and
miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
Based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story
that inspired it, Catch Me If You Can is the
high-flying, splashy new musical that was nominated for 4 Tony Awards including
Best Musical. Teenager Frank W. Abagnale Jr., runs away from home in
search of a glamorous life. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big
imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses
as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of
his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl
Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country. Along the way, though, both
Frank and Carl forge an unlikely friendship and discover a way to ultimately work
The Tempest by William Shakespeare this
bewitching play is believed to be Shakespeare's final work. The story concerns
Miranda, a lovely young maiden, and Prospero, her philosophical old magician
father, who dwell on an enchanted island, alone except for their servants —
Ariel, an invisible sprite, and Caliban, a monstrous witch’s son. Into
their idyllic, but isolated, lives comes a shipwrecked party that includes the
enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom years before, and set him and his daughter
adrift on the ocean. Also among the castaways is a handsome prince, the first
young man Miranda has ever seen. Comedy, romance, and reconciliation ensue, in
a masterly drama that begins with a storm at sea and concludes in joyous
The UW-L Theatre Department is also thrilled to present two
Frederick Theatre productions including Peter Brook’s The Man Who and
the children’s tale In One Basket. The Man Who offers a series of fascinating
doctor/patient scenarios that examine our attempts to understand the workings
of the brain. Peter Brook’s
hypnotizing new theatrical work is as vast and mysterious as the human
imagination and as commonplace as the image of a man trying to shave himself,
but failing. The Man Who is one of the most magically
effective explorations of the mind (also possibly the soul) ever to be
attempted on the stage. The Man Who is funny, inspiring,
desperate, and heroic. In One Basket by Shirley Pugh is a fascinating compilation of 12
relatively obscure folktales, told in the storytelling fashion. Audiences
will be captivated by the rare, but not forgotten tales of youthfulness,
adventure, and lessons to be learned played out by a cast of silly characters
including a selfish princess, an absent-minded young boy, a rich man, and a
spunky young girl. Tales include The Three Wishes, Tale of a
Mouse, Crown of Dew, and The Kangaroo and the Ostrich.
(Please note: The Man Who and In One Basket are
not part of the season subscription package.)
Please join the UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts for
another thrilling season! Early bird season tickets are on sale now through July
14, 2014 and include ticket vouchers for four season productions, postcard
reminders and early ticket reservation privileges. Early bird season
subscriptions are $60 for general public, $50 for senior citizens and non-UWL
students/high school students, and $14 for UW-L students and can be
purchased by calling the UW-L Department of Theatre Arts at 608-785-6701.
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