Wisconsin Writers & Food are Topics of Next Two Lectures Godfather of Green Bay Film concludes series

UW-Washington County’s (UW-WC) has two lectures and a film planned for their Colorful Wisconsin Lecture Series. Admission is free for the Tuesday evening events which begin at 7pm in Room 228.

On Tuesday, March 31, Professor Kenneth Grant will present “Wisconsin Writers Writing About Wisconsin.”  There are a remarkable number of works written by Wisconsin writers utilizing real as well as fictional Wisconsin settings. From the streets of Milwaukee to House on the Rock, to the shores of fictional “Loon Lake, Wisconsin,” Wisconsin’s creative writers have adapted and enhanced their experiences living in Wisconsin for our entertainment and enlightenment. Grant will discuss what makes Wisconsin writing so unique and provide a thumbnail view of Wisconsin’s literary history. Kenneth Grant is a professor of English at UW-Baraboo and chair of the UW Colleges English Department. He has published articles on Wisconsin’s writers and is currently working on a biography of August Derleth, one of Wisconsin’s important literary figures.

On Tuesday, April 7, author and chef, Terese Allen will present “Cheese, Brats and Beyond: A Cook’s Tour of Wisconsin Food and Folklore.”  Although we think of the Midwest as the land of meat and potatoes, Wisconsin is home to an incredible diversity of culinary traditions. The foodways of an ethnically and agriculturally rich state are found not only in restaurants and home kitchens, but at church suppers, cheese factories, butcher shops, festivals, farmers’ markets and more. Allen will lead a tour of the state to reveal its history, character and culture.

Allen has authored several cookbooks, including Fresh Market Wisconsin, which celebrates the glories of the state's farmers' markets and roadside stands; Wisconsin Food Festivals, a guide to crop and heritage festivals; Wisconsin’s Hometown Flavors, which tours bakeries, butcher shops, cheese factories, and other specialty markets statewide; and her most recent, The Flavor of Wisconsin, which provides a history of food in Wisconsin.

The series concludes on Tuesday, April 21, with the 2005 film, The Godfather of Green BayThe film is free of charge and will be shown at 7pm. According to Midwest Film Festival, “The Godfather of Green Bay is the kind of Midwestern comedy that pokes fun of the typical small town, while making you remember why you love it so much.”   Prior to the film at 6:30pm, Gunter Woog of West Bend who co-produced the film, will answer questions and provide an insider’s view to film making. Gunter’s daughter, Alisha who worked in the sound studio for the movie, will also participate in the discussion.

The Godfather of Green Bay is the story of a Joe Keegan, a 15-year comedy veteran who has blown every major audition he has ever had.  When a friend arranges an audition for “The Tonight Show’ and informs him that it’s “a can’t miss” opportunity, Joe reluctantly agrees to make the long trip from L.A. to little Pine Lake, Wisconsin. Add a little romance to the story along with the toughest crowd he’s ever faced – Packer fans, deer hunters and the Godfather of Green Bay (a former high school football star turned drug dealer) – the story will keep you interested.  Filled with lots of laughs and surprising twists, this film will conclude the Wisconsin based series. 

Spring 2009 Series:

Tuesday, March 31:  Wisconsin Writers Writing about Wisconsin

Speaker: Professor Kenneth Grant

UW-Baraboo, English Department

Tuesday. April 7:  Cheese, Brats & Beyond

 (A Cook’s Tour of Wisconsin Food & Folklore)

Speaker: Terese Allen, Author of Wisconsin’s Hometown Flavors

Tuesday, April 21: The Godfather of Green Bay

Wisconsin based film – shown in Room 305

(6:30pm Discussion, 7:00pm Film)

Information about the Lecture Series is also available on the campus website at washington.uwc.edu.  All lectures will meet in Room 228, which is located on the second floor of the campus at 400 University Drive in West Bend.  Use the main entrance and follow the directional signs to lecture hall. Free parking is available in the student lot. 


Sue Bausch