Two faculty members from different academic programs will team up for the next event in the 360° Thursdays lecture-concert series, a jazz-influenced program taking place Feb. 27 in the Weidner Center’s Fort Howard Hall. Associate Profs. Adam Gaines, Music, and Clifton Ganyard, Humanistic Studies (History), along with their band of UW-Green Bay faculty members and others, will present “Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World” beginning at 6:30 p.m. It’s not the first time Gaines and Ganyard have collaborated to share their love of jazz — they team-taught the musical history course “The Jazz Age” during spring semester 2013 (see video). Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Read more.
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UW-Green Bay faculty members Adam Gaines and Clifton Ganyard will team up Feb. 27 for the next installment in the University’s 360° Thursdays lecture-concert series.
Gaines, an associate professor of Music, and Ganyard, an associate professor of Humanistic Studies (History) will present “Hot and Sweet Dance Orchestras Around the World,” an event designed to introduce attendees to American jazz tradition and its worldwide influence. Ganyard will serve as lecturer for the event, while Gaines will be the musical director for a band consisting of UW-Green Bay faculty members and others.
Collaborating to share a mutual love of jazz is nothing new for Ganyard and Gaines, despite the fact that they hail from different academic programs. During spring semester 2013, the pair team-taught “The Jazz Age,” a course that explored the musical and historical aspects of jazz from different angles, in order to give students a broader and deeper perspective. The class included a live performance from Gypsy Trip, a local jazz group that counts Gaines and other faculty members among its members. A video of the class in action is available online at news.uwgb.edu/featured/giving-back/03/19/jazz-history-360-course/.
One of the musicians studied in the Jazz Age course was Django Reinhardt, whose music will be performed during the 360° Thursdays concert. Other works featured come from the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Scott Joplin and many more.
The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.
Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. More information on the series is available on online at www.uwgb.edu/music/thursdays/.
UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online at www.uwgb.edu/music.
Concert personnel are as follows: Vocal soloist: Courtney Sherman; Violins: Ross Ipsen, Melissa Tschamler; Woodwinds: Lada Gaines, soprano and alto saxophones; Eric Hansen, clarinet; Steve Johnson, soprano and baritone saxophones, clarinet; Jen Schmitz, alto saxophone; Michael Lund Ziegler, tenor saxophone; Brass: Bill Burroughs, trombone; Adam Gaines, trumpet and voice; Kelly Galarneau, trombone and sousaphone; Dan Marbes, trumpet; Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn; Rhythm section: Matt Callope, drums; Jordan Christianson, piano; Michael Dewhirst, bass; Stefan Hall, guitar; Tyler Rindo, guitar.
The University of Idaho announced Friday that Andrew Kersten has been appointed dean for the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Kersten will begin his new duties June 29, 2014. He serves currently as UW-Green Bay’s associate provost for academic affairs and director of graduate studies. He has been a member of the faculty and taught history here since 1997, and is one of only two professors in UW-Green Bay history to be a four-time recipient of the Founders Association Award for Excellence. He earned the award in the category of community outreach in fall 2009, for scholarship in 2008 and for teaching in 2007, and shared the 2006 Founders Award for collaborative achievement on the Voyageur local history magazine. At Idaho, Kersten will oversee the largest academic division with nearly 4,100 students in 11 departments and numerous programs. Kersten told us he intends to remain on the job here through much or most of the spring semester before transitioning to his new duties in Moscow, Idaho. See the U of I news release.
Assistant Prof. Eric Morgan shared his expertise for a WBAY Channel 2 News story on Nelson Mandela’s legacy Thursday (Dec. 5), recalling the visionary South Africans leader in the wake of his passing at age 95. Morgan, Democracy and Justice Studies (History) has been to South Africa several times and much of his scholarship has focused on the country, its history and the legacy of apartheid. Mandela “believed in forgiveness,” Morgan told WBAY, Channel 2’s Bao Vang. “And I think that’s one of his greatest legacies, and probably his greatest legacy. That we have differences, issues, strife, this is how humanity works. But you have to be able to look your oppressor in the eye and say, ‘I forgive you.’ ” We’ve linked to the TV story, as well as our own news post on how UW-Green Bay was memorializing Mandela at week’s end, below:
Morgan also was quoted in the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s Sunday (Dec. 8) editorial, which focused on Mandela’s legacy. “He’s one of those absolutely monumental figures of the 20th and 21st centuries,” Morgan said. You can check out the editorial, here.
Students went straight to the source several weeks ago in the course History 358: Political History of Modern Latin America taught by Assistant Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz. The UW-Green Bay students enjoyed an opportunity to speak via videoconference with the former vice president of Nicaragua, Sergio Ramirez. This former Sandinista leader is also one of the most prolific and influential novelists of Latin America. Students in the class read his memoir, Adiós Muchachos (Duke University Press, 2011), to better understand the Sandinista Revolution and the Iran-Contra affair from a Nicaraguan perspective.