UW-WC presents fall lecture series on United Kingdom

Lecture Series, Art Display and Book Discussion Planned
By UW-Washington County

United KingdomUW-Washington County will be focusing on the United Kingdom this fall as it kicks off their annual community lecture series next week. Admission is free for the six Wednesday evening lectures (September 20 - October 25). Each one-hour lecture begins at 6:30pm and is followed by a question/answer session. Topics for this year’s popular series include the History of England, Healthcare in the UK, Scottish Photography, Women Philosophers, Shakespeare and Brexit.  Additional outreach includes a social planned by the Friends of Matt Zillig, an art display, and a book discussion. All events are free and open to the public. The first lecture is held in room 201 with all remaining lectures in room 228. An overview of the series and outreach includes:

September 20: History of England with speaker Dr. Johann Sommerville, Professor of History at UW-Madison.  According to Dr. Sommerville, “This lecture will discuss how the inhabitants of some small islands (Britain is smaller than Oregon) off the coast of northwest Europe came to form themselves into a single state, and then to explore the world, and to become a global superpower. It will also suggest some of the ways in which the history of Britain continues to shape its present - for example, pulling it both towards and away from Europe."

The Friends of Matt Zillig sponsor the first lecture as well as a social (immediately following) that features British food and beverage samples. Zillig was a University of Wisconsin graduate, a world traveler and an active community supporter. After his death in 2008, an endowment was established by his friends and colleagues to sponsor an annual lecture relating to global citizenship at UW-Washington County.

Other topics and speakers include:

September 27: Health Care in the U.K. with Patricia Conry, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.

October 4: Survey of Scottish Photography with Graeme Reid, Director of Collections/Exhibitions at Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.

October 11: Women Philosophers in England with Dr. Margaret Atherton, Philosophy Department at UW-Milwaukee.

October 18: Shakespeare at 400 – with speaker Dr. Anne Widmayer, English Department at UW-Washington County.

October 25: Brexit with speaker Tom Portz, Moloney Securities, Senior Advisor, Milwaukee.

Photography by John Beaver, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UW-Fox Valley will be on display in the art gallery September 20-October 5. The photographs were taken during Beaver’s Summer 2016 experience of teaching photography in Dalkeith, Scotland (near Edinburgh) as part of the Wisconsin in Scotland program. In addition to the photography, various collectibles with a U.K. origin, from the travels of Patricia Conry
and Marisue Zillig will be on display.

Book Discussion: How It All Began” a contemporary novel by Penelope Lively will be discussed on two Wednesday evenings, September 27 and October 4 from 4:45pm-6:15pm (just prior to the evening’s lecture) in Room 101.  UW-WC English Professor, Dr. Anne Widmayer will lead discussion of the 229-page insightful and entertaining book that demonstrates how one random event precipitates an ensuing ripple effect of life-altering events. Described by Goodreads as “funny, humane, touching, sly and sympathetic” the book is a “brilliant sleight of hand from an author at the top of her game.” There is no cost to participate in the book discussion. To register or for more information, phone 262-335-5214 or email: lee.wagner@uwc.edu Interested participants should purchase the book on their own. A limited number of books are available for loan from the UW-WC library.

UW-Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend (exit Hwy. 33 East). Visitors should use the main entrance and follow the interior directional signs. Free parking is available. More information is available on the campus website at washington.uwc.edu.  


Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications