SoHE News & Events: Feb 21–27

The Rise of the Only Child

Image: Screenshot from Channel 3000 interview with Dr. Sarah Halpern Meekin

Thanks for reading our weekly roundup of news and events at the School of Human Ecology. Have something we should know about? Email Public Relations Manager Serena Larkin, or submit your SoHE event via this form. View past issues of news and events here.

SoHE scholars in the news

Halpern-Meekin on only children, with Channel 3000

Dr. Sarah Halpern Meekin, of Human Development and Family Studies, joined Channel 3000 this week to talk about the factors contributing to families’ decision to have just one child. “Regardless of whether your child has siblings or not,” she shared, “building a rich community around your child… that’s what’s most important.”

McInnes on the Our Shared Future marker coming to SoHE

The Cap Times interviewed Dr. Brian McInnes, associate professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, about the significance of the Our Shared Future heritage marker coming to the School of Human Ecology in April. McInnes, along with Dr. Sarah Anne Carter, visiting executive director of the Center for Design and Material Culture; Dr. Amy Lee Wagner, executive director of the UW Child Development Lab at SoHE; and Mary Beth Collins, Executive Director of the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS), made the successful joint petition to UW to host the marker, based on their curricular and programming plans associated with it.

Addo a signor to open letter on student debt

Seventy-three prominent scholars, including SoHE’s Dr. Fenaba Addo, signed their names to an open letter in Inside Higher Ed expressing concern over student debt levels—and the lending policies that create them. Addo is the Lorna Jorgenson Wendt Associate Professor in Money, Relationships, and Equality (MORE) in SoHE’s Consumer Science department.

Mace and Greendeer featured in prominent industry magazine

SoHE Design Studies MFA alum Dakota Mace and UW Art History PhD candidate Kendra Greendeer were recognized in the latest issue of Crafts magazine, a prominent design publication from the UK-based Crafts Council, for how they led with Native American terminology in their fall show, Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas. Curator and critic Glenn Adamson reflected:

When faced with unfamiliar ideas and terminology, there are two possible reactions. The first is to pull back and shut down. The second is to lean forward and learn. Many Americans these days, it seems don’t want to deal with cultural difference; it’s just too difficult. But more and more, the invitation is there. In a subtle way, Mace and Greendeer offer a chance to reckon with the past of all the nations who have occupied this land.

Gaddis cited by fellow scholars in Aeon

Three scholars joined their voices to pen a guest article for online magazine Aeon, citing Dr. Jennifer Gaddis‘s book The Labor of Lunch in their discussion of the “organic child” burden falling disproportionately on mothers in our culture.

Shim research written up for UANews

Recent research published by Dr. Soyeon Shim, Dean of the School of Human Ecology, was written up by University of Arizona News, discussing how young people’s romantic attachments affect their finances and well-being.

Events featuring SoHE scholars

Hark’s work featured in Chazen book arts show

A current exhibit at UW’s Chazen Museum of Art features the work of Design Studies professor and papermaker Mary Hark. Speaking of Book Arts: Oral Histories from UW–Madison will be on display through April 19 in the Leslie and Johanna Garfield Galleries.

Huambachano to present at 2020 Global Health Symposium

On April 7, Dr. Mariaelena Huambachano, of Civil Society and Community Studies, will present as part of the 2020 Global Health Symposium: Connecting Scientific Knowledge and Indigenous Wisdom, which is free and open to the public. The symposium is hosted by the UW Global Health Institute and the Native American Center for Health Professions, and spearheaded by GHI associate director and 4W director Lori Diprete Brown.

Poehlmann-Tynan webinar for foster parents

Last night, Dr. Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor in Human Ecology and professor of Human Development and Family Studies, gave a webinar with the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center for foster parents caring for a child whose parent is incarcerated.

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