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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Beginning to Think About Poverty...

Click on the video below to hear first-year student Landyn Mills share what he's been learning recently in his Quest I Anthropology course as he explores the Signature Question, How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?


2013 Provost's Teaching and Learning Summit: Global Perspectives — Full Program HERE

Perspectives of Poverty and Privilege

To continue learning about poverty in the Northeast Wisconsin communities from which most of our students come, check out the following databases and reports: 

Wisconsin Poverty Report  2013 Institute for Research on Poverty UW Madison
Poverty and Food Insecurity in Winnebago County
The Self Sufficiency Standard for Wisconsin
Wisconsin Applied Population Lab (interactive searchable map)
Living Wage Calculator (for Winnebago County)

Summit Sessions Today: Tuesday, Oct. 22:

Multidisciplinary Perspectives of Global Learning
(Luncheon for registered participants; others welcome to attend)

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Reeve 306

In this multidisciplinary panel discussion, members of the teaching community will address core questions of global citizenship, privilege, and their centrality to 21st-century learning in higher education. 

Panelists: Douglas Haynes (English); Druscilla Scribner (Political Science); Sarinda Taengnoi (COB); and Patricia Vanderloop (CON)

Connecting Local and Global in the Three Signature Questions
3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Reeve Union Ballroom

How do Sustainability, Civic Learning, and Intercultural Knowledge and Competence reveal connections between the local and the global? USP Signature Question coordinators, instructors, and students model answers to these questions as they invite participants to think about the potential of the USP to enhance global learning.

How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?
USP Signature Question Coordinator: Stephanie Spehar (Anthropology)
Instructor (with student): Misty McPhee (Environmental Studies)

How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?
USP Signature Question Coordinator: Jordan Landry (English/COLS Dean’s Office)
Instructor (with student): Jodi Eichler-Levine (Religious Studies)

How do people understand and engage in community life?
USP Signature Question Coordinator: Paul Van Auken (Sociology)
Instructor (with student): Stewart Cole (English)

Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
email: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

Watch for the University Studies Program Update each Tuesday of the fall 2013 semester!
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