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Ex Fabula: Extra Lessons

May 19, 2018
Carolina Mulvey-Videla

Throughout Milwaukee, college students are putting on their caps and gowns this weekend as graduation ceremonies descend upon the city. It’s a time of revelry and reflection. What have you learned? What surprised you? How have you changed? Sometimes the most valuable lessons had nothing to do with the classroom.

With that in mind, this week we’re sharing stories of the extra lessons our storytellers learned while working towards their degrees.

Bleeker Street Media

 

With a title like Disobedience, you might expect a film full of intense conflict. And while there is certainly conflict, it's much more internal -  at times quietly reflected through the lives of the main characters.

 

Image courtesy of Gianofer Fields

Gloriann Langva is a second year grad student studying Ceramics at UW Madison. Her narrative work reflects her desire to create sculptures that tell a story. This semester she decided to take class​ in Material Culture that focused on Victorian Ceramics. The class project was to curate a show entitled, “What's in a Jug.”

In this edition of Radio Chipstone contributor Gianofer Fields met Langva in the Object Study Room at the Chazen Museum. It's where the jugs live and it's also the place Langva studies works of the past for inspiration:

Susan Bence

This Sunday, May 20, is the first World Bee Day, and also is World Migratory Bird Day. A couple of groups in the Milwaukee area that are concerned about the health of bees and birds will use the day to shine a light on their importance.

On December 17, 2017 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared May 20 World Bee Day:

Photo courtesy of the Office of Marketing and Communication / Marquette Wire

When Jeannie Gaffigan takes the stage at Marquette University’s commencement this Sunday, it’ll almost feel like a victory lap.  Gaffigan graduated from Marquette, back when she was Jeannie Noth.  She’s been a comedy writer for years since then.

Alain Elorza / Flickr

One of the luminaries of French cuisine died early this year. Paul Bocuse is credited with basically introducing American diners to French cuisine, and demystifying it. He also launched or mentored the careers of many American chefs, including Milwaukee’s own Paul Bartolotta. 

Bartolotta is the restaurateur behind Bacchus, Lake Park Bistro, and Ristorante Bartolotta. He joined food historian and Lake Effect contributor, Kyle Cherek, to talk about Bocuse's legacy with Lake Effect's Bonnie North. 

Sara Stathas

After some notably violent years, the homicide rate in Milwaukee has declined a bit over the last two years.  And while there are a complex set of factors that play into that dynamic, the city has made a concerted effort to develop a strategy to curb the cycle of violence.

Maayan Silver

Getting out of prison and facing the world can be tough. Community, religious and government organizations try to fill in the gaps by offering help with job training and housing, or transportation and mental health counseling. But still, some people fall through the cracks.

Coutesy of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

The viola, like the accordion and the banjo, is often the butt of musical jokes. Not as dramatic as its string cousins the violin or the cello, the viola nevertheless has a beautiful sound and is a crucial part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

Rough Tough, Real Stuff / Flickr

As the current academic year wraps up at colleges and universities around the country, one area school is already preparing to make college life a success for a particular group of students in the fall of 2019. 

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers

In cities like Milwaukee, there are barriers to healthy living for many residents in neighborhoods with challenging economic conditions, such as the near south side. Organizations such as the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center exist to help area residents navigate those barriers.

Tatiana Maida is the Sixteenth Street Healthy Choices Department Manager. She says key obstacles to healthy living are the lack of healthy foods and safe outside spaces where people can freely exercise and engage with their community.

Maayan Silver

Everyone has an inner artist.  

That's if you ask those working with Express Yourself Milwaukee, an organization that has been bringing arts to low-income and at-risk kids for the past 15 years.

Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

The devastating fire that destroyed Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church got us thinking about the many historic churches that call Milwaukee home -- from the Basilica of St. Josaphat on the city's south side to Old Saint Mary downtown.

What role did these churches play in the lives of early Milwaukeeans? How have these 100-year-old buildings withstood the test of time? What can these structures tell us about the city's history?

Maayan Silver

Hundreds of people lined up hours before the doors opened to enter IKEA's new store in Oak Creek Wednesday morning. There was a DJ, a band, and door prizes.

WUWM's Maayan Silver was there too. She wanted to know what drew customers to the store's grand opening and how IKEA might impact the local retail scene.

Here's what people in line had to say:

Susan Bence

Unexpected partnerships are helping the 40-year-old Schlitz Audubon Nature Center manage its 185 acres  along Lake Michigan’s shore in Bayside, Wisconsin.

David Pacifico coordinates research and policy in Cardinal Stritch University's School of Continuing and On-line Learning. He also holds a PhD in Anthropology.

Digging into how people from long ago lived their lives is Pacifico's passion.

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