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News & Events

SoHE News: June 19-25

Image: Little girl has fun with water spray in the garden, by Nenad Stojkovic, cc.

Note: We will not publish this news digest next week, July 2.

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From the blog

Earlier this month, the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (“the CommNS”) hosted two live, virtual conversations on the topic “Sustained Engagement for Racial Justice.” The events featured local and national leaders as panelists and drew hundreds of attendees for the live conversation.

Dr. Alvin Thomas discussed Black men’s mental health and Dr. Nancy Wong the future of consumer behavior in two virtual discussions, hosted by Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, that drew hundreds of alumni audience members in recent weeks.

SoHE scholars in the news

Hartley in Madison Magazine on quarantined life at home with kids

Dr. Sigan Hartley, SoHE’s 100 Women Chair in Human Ecology and Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, spoke with Madison Magazine about challenges for parents quarantined at home with their children, and specifically for those with autism or developmental disabilities: ““It can help to anticipate these challenges and to make sure the child has access to coping or calming activities and items.” She also recommended self-care strategies for parents.

Addo on the pandemic’s extra financial impact for Black women

People must have “enough emergency savings… so they’re not one economic shock, one recession, away from poverty.” That’s Dr. Fenaba Addo, the Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE), in an interview with OZY, discussing anticipated financial impacts for aging Black women out of the pandemic’s economic fallout.

Thomas on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities

Dr. Alvin Thomas, Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, spoke with ABC affiliate WKOW-27 about the outsized impact of COVID-19 on Black communities in Wisconsin and nationally. The Milwaukee Courier highlighted his discussion with the UW Now Livestream program last week. And Cap Times highlighted his Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel op-ed as recommended reading.

Cap Times podcast features Poehlmann-Tynan work

The Cap Times “The Madsplainers” recently discussed a feature story about interventions with incarcerated fathers to help them connect with their children, including research by Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology.


Moskowitz in discussion on politics and patriotism, as represented in textiles

Tomorrow at noon (Friday, June 26), Dr. Marina Moskowitz, the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design, will join the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts for a virtual discussion, Politics and Patriotism: Textiles from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Moskowitz has been working to curate an exhibition on this theme for the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery in anticipation the the 2020 U.S. general election, and she and her curatorial team will discuss their findings and methods. Learn more on the museum’s website.

Wong on the future of consumer behavior with UW Now

Dr. Nancy Wong, the Kohl’s Chair in Retail Innovation and Department Chair of Consumer Science, was featured in a UW Now Livestream event Tuesday evening to discuss “The Future of Consumer Behavior.”