SoHE News & Events: Sep 27–Oct 3

View of the "Intersections" exhibit in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery at SoHE.

Image: The “Intersections” exhibit in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery at SoHE.

“An exhibit of wonders”

In case you missed it, The Isthmus published a glowing review of the exhibit now on show in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas. Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk), a third-year art history doctoral student at UW–Madison, and Dakota Mace (Diné), a 2019 graduate of SoHE’s MFA in Design Studies, co-curated the show in part as a response to the more anthropological presentations of Indigenous art and craft, emphasizing instead the artistic, narrative, and cultural elements of the pieces on display. View the show through December 6.

Twelve major projects funded to research financial vulnerability

The Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center (CFS RDRC), led by Dr. J. Michael Collins at the School of Human Ecology, has just been awarded a second year of funding from the U.S. Social Security Administration. The award funds fully 12 major research projects, half led by UW–Madison researchers, as well as the Junior Scholars in Training program, which fosters the work of under-represented and early-career researchers in the field of financial vulnerability research.

Can clothing rental options improve happiness?

SoHE clinical professor of consumer science and director of the school’s Money, Relationships, and Equality Initiative Christine Whelan joined Channel 3000’s morning news show to talk about the benefits of the clothing rental industry for professionals wanting to be both high-end fashionable and thrifty.

How to end school lunch shaming

Tom Philpott wrote up his recent experience for Mother Jones of returning to his childhood grade school in Austin, Texas, to check out its school lunch program. He spoke with SoHE professor Jennifer Gaddis for background on America’s school lunch program, as well as solutions we might look to to improve the healthfulness of kids’ lunches, the well-being of cafeteria workers, and the lunchroom experience—hopefully nixing “lunch shaming”—for children across the income spectrum. She also discussed the issue with Heritage Radio Network’s Eating Matters podcast.

Bugs on parade

Jennifer Angus, the Audrey Rothermel Bascom Professor in Human Ecology, will open her largest show ever, ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ and Other Stories, as Told by Jennifer Angus, next Saturday, October 12, at the Museum of Fine Art–St. Petersburg (Florida). The local publication St. Pete Catalyst recommended it in its fall arts preview.

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