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News & Events

SoHE News & Events: November 8-14

Image: Brenda Baker and Bird Ross, co-founders of Wisconsin Artists Forward Fund and local artists themselves, flank Jennifer Angus and Dakota Mace at the awards reception for the inaugural Forward Art Prize, which Angus and Mace have been awarded for 2019.

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.

Gaddis op-ed in Teen Vogue encourages teens to promote justice in their cafeterias

The popular youth magazine Teen Vogue, which in recent years has been lauded for its transition to a more issues-rich and inclusive publication, this week features an op-ed by Jennifer Gaddis, a professor in SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Studies department. “How to Fight Back Against Injustice in Your School Cafeteria” builds from research in Gaddis’s newly available book to recommend key strategies for young people to help promote food and labor justice—starting in their own schools.

Angus and Mace win major art prize

Jennifer Angus, SoHE’s Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology, and Dakota Mace, a 2019 alum of SoHE’s Design Studies MFA program, have been awarded the inaugural Forward Art Prize by the Women Artists Forward Fund. The prize is the third largest award to women artists anywhere in the country and recognizes two women visual artists in Dane County, Wisconsin, “who show exceptional creativity in their work and compelling prospects for the future.” The news was written up in the Wisconsin State Journal, including individual profiles of Angus and Mace, on Channel 3000, as well as in the Cap Times. The organization’s press release is posted here, and SoHE published a write-up as well.

Sarmadi research featured in Nelson Institute issue brief

SoHE’s Rothermel Bascom Professor of Design Studies, Dr. Majid Sarmadi, had his research on “blaze pink” as a safe hunting clothing option featured in the latest issue of the UW–Madison Nelson Institute’s Nelson Issue Brief. The brief summarizes the latest scholarship from UW–Madison faculty on environmental issues for policymakers and the public.

SoHE grad student Troy Williams publishes new paper on culturally responsive evaluation

Troy M. Williams, a doctoral student in Civil Society and Community Studies, is an author on a new report out from ¡Milwaukee Evaluation!, the Wisconsin affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. The report, “Being Responsive: The First Assessment of Culturally Responsive Evaluation in Wisconsin,” summarizes findings from a 2017 survey and focus groups to make recommendations for funders, evaluators, evaluation users and consumers, and other practitioners.

Williams is also a member of the P.O.W.E.R. Collective at SoHE, which works to produce, support, and disseminate critical scholarship and community action projects led by students, community members, and professionals of color at UW–Madison and throughout Wisconsin.

Food sovereignty panel features new SoHE faculty Huambachano

Tuesday night, Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, who joined SoHE’s Civil Society and Community Studies department this fall, presented as part of a panel of experts discussing food sovereignty at local, regional, and international scales. The Badger Herald wrote up the well attended event, including a quote from Huambachano defining the term: “Food sovereignty: the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food—food that has been produced with ecological practices, not simply food with a calorie count, as suggested by the current global food security model.”

Moskowitz speaks at Madison Knitters Guild’s November meeting

SoHE’s Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, Dr. Marina Moskowitz, discussed her scholarship to a crowded meeting of the Madison Knitters Guild. She tweeted a photo of the packed Promega’s lecture hall, many listeners keeping their hands busy with—what else?!—knitting.