Lecture Series

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Community Lecture Series  

FALL 2014
A series of seven one-hour lectures on Wednesday evenings*
6:30pm, Room 228 
No registration required.
Free Admission.  Q & A follows each lecture.
See Related Events -  book discussion, art display, film & concert (listed below) 

This year's lecture series is funded in part by student fees, the Friends of Matt Zillig and Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service. See more information below.

Sept. 24: Educating US Latinos

Speaker: Jose F. Vasquez, UW System Board of Regents

TAPE OF 9/24 LECTURE (courtesy of West Bend Community Television)

October 1: Mexico's Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures

Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Kahl, Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, UW-Milwaukee

TAPE of 10/1 LECTURE (courtesy of West Bend Community Television)

October 8: Ancient Teotihuacan Society

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Clayton, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, UW-Madison

TAPE of 10/8 LECTURE (courtesy of West Bend Community Television)

October 15: Immigration Rights

Speaker: Dr. Rachel Ida Buff, Associate Professor, Department of History, UW-Milwaukee
The history of immigration rights and current immigration policies.

TAPE of 10/15 LECTURE (courtesy of West Bend Community Television) 

Tuesday, October 21: The Undocumented - lecture & film

Speaker:  Jessicca Ossenbrugge, Froedert Health Center, 6:30pm
The 90-minute social documentary, The Undocumented will begin around 7pm.
NOTE: This lecture was not taped. The film may be borrowed from the UW-WC library.

October 22: Mexican Drug Cartels Badger Wisconsin

Speaker:  Patrick O'Dea, Field Intelligence Manager, U.S. Drug Enforcement Adm.
An examination of DEA cases reveals Mexican Cartels exert almost monopolist control over the supply of the major drugs of abuse to Wisconsin.

NOTE: The lecture on October 22 will not be taped, due to security reasons.

October 29: Doing Business in Mexico

Panel Discussion Moderator: Mark Rhoda Reis, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Panel members:
John Barrett, VP-Operations, Serigraph Corporation, West Bend
Paul D'Alberto, VP-International Sales, The Vollrath Co.,LLC, Sheboygan
Discussion includes state's trading relationship with Mexico, presentations from each panelist regarding their operations and experiences in Mexico, and intercultural understanding of living and working in Mexico using Hofstede's 5 dimensions.

Thursday, October 30: Day of the Dead Explained

Speaker: Maria Rivera, Casa Guadalupe
The story and significance of Day of the Dead celebrations.


Art Gallery

painting of tiger attacking manSeptember 24-October 1: Artwork by Mexican artist, author and illustrator, Francisco X. Mora
October 7-October 31: Casa Guadalupe, West Bend display of photographs, paintings, and other Mexican folk art.


Book Discussion: The Death of Artemio Cruz


The Death oDeath of Artemio Cruz book coverf Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
Wednesday evenings, October 1, 8 and 15, 5-6:15pm in Room 101
Facilitator: UW-WC English Professor, Dr. Anne Widmayer
Originally published in 1962, The Death of Artemio Cruz captures a very turbulent 70 years of Mexican history, from 1889 to 1959. Author Carlos



Film: The Undocumented
 mother with photo of son

The Undocumented by Marco Williams
Tuesday evening, October 21
Jessica Osenbrϋgge will lead a pre-film discussion at 6:30pm, with the film starting around 7:00pm. 
The 90-minute social documentary, The Undocumented tells the stories of migrants who have died in the Arizona desert and documents the reunification of the dead with their families. It also follows US Border Patrol Search and Rescue agents (BORSTAR) who must balance law enforcement with lifesaving. The film goes beyond politics and tells a story that is deeply personal. Admission to the film is free.


Trio Los Primos - band membersConcert: Trio Los Primos De Mexico
& Ballet Folklorico - Sept. 26, 7pm

On Friday, September 26, West Bend’s Ballet Folklorico performed traditional Mexican dance numbers in their colorful costumes at 7pm in the campus theatre.  Trio Los Primos de Mexico performed at 7:30pm, taking the audience on a musical journey of Mexico. Music from each state of Mexico was performed – including popular songs such as laBamba and South of the Border, as well as more traditional melodies. 



Special thanks to our sponsors:

Matt ZilligThe first lecture in the series is in memory of Matt Zillig (pictured left). When Matt passed away in 2008, his friends created a memorial fund to promote Matt's commitment to the idea of global citizenship. The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor this lecture as well as a social (immediately following the lecture) that features food samples from Mexico.



WIPPS logo The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, located at UW-Marathon County campus.