February 10, 2017
Monica Rico, associate professor of history
Environmental History, Environmental Challenges: Looking at the Fox Cities and Wisconsin
Wisconsin has been blessed with natural beauty, a wealth of resources, and a proud history of conservation that includes John Muir, Aldo Leopold, and Gaylord Nelson. Today's Wisconsinites, however, face new challenges to environmental sustainability. How can we preserve environmental quality while also tending to economic growth? What role can our state play in the effort to do something about climate change? Monica Rico traces local environmental histories as a path into an exploration of these urgent concerns.
March 10, 2017
Rob Neilson, Frederick R. Layton Professor of Art and associate professor of art
Public Art: People, Process and Product
An examination of various approaches to --and the occasional controversy created by-- the creation and installation of public art from the perspective of a sculptor specializing in art in the public realm.
April 14, 2017
Carla Daughtry, associate professor of anthropology
Cooking Schools and Culinary Tourism: Status, Memory and Identity in a Dish
Amman is the capital and most populous city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Amman has close to 4 million residents, or 42 percent of Jordan’s total population, due in part to the population and economic shifts generated by conflict in the Middle East and North Africa region. As the political, cultural and economic hub of Jordan, Amman is the headquarters of several non-governmental, inter-governmental and multinational corporations. Amman is also a major tourist destination for its biblical/ archeological/ geographic attractions. In this context, Amman is an ideal site for the study of food tourism due to a growing number of restaurant- and hotel-based cooking schools. At this Lunch at Lawrence, come learn how culinary tourism showcases food as a symbol of status, memory and cultural or national identity. And, come learn a recipe or two.
May 12, 2017
Brigetta Miller, associate professor of music
Decolonization, Activism and Hope: Changing the Way We See Native America