Q & A: The Story Behind The Third Annual Common CAHSS 2021: Truth

The 2021 Common CAHSS event, themed “Truth, Information, Misinformation, and Democracy,” seeks to explore the role of the modern university in supporting the “continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found,” which has been part of the University of Wisconsin identity for over a century. Learn more about the Event from the event coordinators!

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Happy Hearts: You Had Me at Romance: Romcommunism and Romance Media

On my second journey through the delightful world of Ted Lasso, I am struck again by season 2 episode 5, “Rainbow.” Ted explains the concept of “romcommunism” and its tenet that everything will work out in the end. The ending might not be what we expected, and the journey may be arduous, but rom coms reassure us of some version of a happily-ever-after (HEA) or happily-for-now (HFN).

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What You Should Be Watching: the Squid Game

To suggest that you should be watching The Squid Game assumes that you aren’t or that you haven’t already, which is perhaps unlikely since it is now Netflix’s most popular and most-watched series ever. Despite being very violent (something that doesn’t normally appeal to me), suspenseful and intense, the themes and ideas presented are nonetheless interesting and worth thinking about in this so-called K-drama (think K-Pop but for a television).

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United Nations Day: October 24th

On October 24th each year, we celebrate the day the United Nations (UN) became a reality as the UN Charter officially entered into force. While you might have forgotten to send a card to your favorite international organizations, friend (or professor), or have not brushed up on your memorization of the sovereignty clause (Article 2.1), the day is an important time to acknowledge the value of the UN and appreciate its work.

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Random Encounter #12: How (Not) to Leave a Game

In most of my life, I’m Julialicia Case, and I teach creative writing, literature, and game writing at UWGB. In another version of my life, though, I’m a moonkin in World of Warcraft (WoW), an online multiplayer role-playing game with (until recently) a huge player base. As a moonkin, I’m an owlbeast with antlers and feathers, and I spend a great deal of time calling upon the moon and the sun, making the stars fall upon my enemies in dangerous storms. I love this moonkin version of myself. It’s weird and comical, and in a world packed with overtly sexualized female avatars, its androgyny makes it difficult to parse. It’s physically imposing without taking itself too seriously, and if I could be a moonkin in the everyday world, I would be one. Instead, I am a cis-ish female player in a highly social game, one that requires frequent teamwork and voice communication with other players (often strangers). Further, I’m sure you’ve seen news of the lawsuit recently brought against Activision Blizzard, the company responsible for WoW, which alleges a hostile and unsafe work environment for women, queer folk, and people of color.

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Canonball Episode 32: Model U.N. (w/Dr. Elizabeth Wheat)

Dr. Elizabeth Wheat is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy and Planning and Political Science programs at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  She teaches courses on environmental law, environmental policy, geopolitics, the American presidency, and more.  In this episode, she talks with Chuck and Ryan about her love of the Model United Nations where she competed as a student at Alma College. 

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