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News & Events

SoHE News: Aug 7–13

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Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here.

From the blog & social

MFA alum Mace wins Fellowship.art 2020 award

Design Studies MFA alum Dakota Mace has been named a member of the 2020 Fellowship.art cohort, a program of gener8or. With the award, she receives a $15,000 grant to support her work as well as a place in the 12-week accelerator program.

SoHE scholars in the news

Carter breaks down “The Goonies” in LARB’s Avidly

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, Visiting Executive Director of the Center for Design and Material Culture and Visiting Assistant Professor in Design Studies, shared a material culture-based take on the film “The Goonies” in the LA Review of Books’ Avidly magazine.

She also discussed her Oxford Handbook of History and Material Culture on the podcast The Making of a Historian.

Whelan discusses marriage and birth rate trends, advises on social obligations under COVID

As the pandemic wears on, many people are losing patience or certainty when it comes to gauging whether they can participate in social activities. Dr. Christine Whelan, Director of Money, Relationships and Equality Initiative and Clinical Professor in Consumer Science, contributed to the ongoing UW “COVID questions” series on this matter last week.

Whelan was also quoted in the Boston Globe about the post-WWII generation and its unique opportunities in the history of marriage and the family.

She discussed birth rate trends past and present with WBUR’s Here and Now program, which was also shared by North Country Public Radio.


CFS webinar: Racial disparity and student loan borrowing

The UW Center for Financial Security (CFS) at SoHE, in collaboration with the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Wisconsin Coalition on Student Debt, will host a webinar Wednesday, August 26, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM., on how the burden—and impact—of student loan debt disproportionately affects borrowers of color, a burden that has been exponentially exacerbated by recent COVID crisis. The event is free, but registration is required. Find more info and register on the CFS website.

Raison to present on depression and the pandemic

Dr. Charles Raison, the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, will keynote the annual benefit of the University of Louisville’s Depression Center next Thursday, August 20. The event is free and open to the public, with Dr. Raison addressing “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression: Insights for the Pandemic and Beyond.”