Research & Creative Activity Showcase schedule
1:00-1:30 p.m./Dr. Farida Khan, Department of Economics
"The Economics of Household Work Decisions in Rural South Asia"
I will discuss how applied general equilibrium models are used in public policy and talk about their relation to structural macroeconomic models These types of frameworks form the basis of the model that I have constructed to understand a family's joint labor allocation decisions within a rural household economy in South Asia. I use the model to understand how the effect of public subsidies or credit provision is transmitted to the economy through the reallocation of household labor in a near-subsistence economy. The account also demonstrates my research trajectory.
1:30-2:00 p.m./Dr. Siegfried Christoph, Modern Language Department
"The Fisher King, Curly and Parzival"
The paper proposes to explore the notion of 'reinventing' the Middle Ages through cinema as a popular narrative structure. In particular, the question of adapting the multi-faceted medieval fisher king (The Fisher King, 1991) will be explored, as well as the figure of Curly (City Slickers, 1991) with respect to the medieval notion of facere quod in se est. Finally, the paper will examine the structuring concept of the doppelte Weg, central to German Arthurian romance, to suggest that essential questions of humanity suggest that there is more of 'continuation by other means' in popular culture than 'reinventing' the Middle Ages.
2:00-2:30 p.m./Dr. Guadalupe Vidales, Department of Criminal Justice
"A Transnational Comparative Study of Mexican and American Legal Systems Related to Domestic Violence."
The present paper examines the perceptions and experiences of Mexican and Mexican Immigrant women who experienced family violence and sought assistance in the United States and Mexico. A transnational, multi-method approach was utilized that included face-to-face interviews, reviews of informational materials, reports, newspapers, books, and online materials. The present research seeks to describe the barriers and challenges faced by women in both countries when seeking assistance.
2:30-3:00 p.m./John Standard, Institutional Research and Student Success
"The Westside Action Coalition and Fighting Discriminatory
Housing Practices in Milwaukee"
Milwaukee, like many cities, has a long history of discriminatory housing practices. In the early 1970s, the Westside Action Coalition (WAC) was formed with a focus on improving its target neighborhoods on the city's west side. While the organization was initially developed to address a number of neighborhood issues, fighting redlining quickly became its most visible activity. Community organizers, neighborhood groups, and residents came together to try to change the practice of redlining in Milwaukee by addressing both financial institutions and policymakers. Through archival and oral history research, the interesting story of Milwaukee's WAC has begun to emerge. In its short existence, WAC members played an important role in shaping federal and state legislation that made redlining more difficult, while also influencing the practices of local lenders by organizing customers and capital. Though now defunct for nearly forty years, issues similar to those faced by WAC remain today. Further, there are clear parallels between the methods used then and those used by organizers and activists fighting housing and financial abuses today.
3:00-3:30 p.m./Dr. Christopher Noto, Department of Biological Sciences
"The Nutcracker Croc of Cretaceous Texas"
Recently discovered fossils from the Cretaceous Period (14565 million years ago) of Texas show evidence of attack by a new species of giant crocodyliform. The fossils come from the Arlington Archosaur Site (AAS), a recently discovered fossil locality in the DallasFort Worth metroplex. The AAS preserves the remains of a 100 million year old coastal delta that includes a diverse assemblage of animals. Bite marks on fossil bones provide a rare glimpse of predatory behavior that indicate this animal was a top predator that regularly consumed turtles and even ate dinosaurs.
3:30-4:00 p.m./Keynote, Dr. Zhaohui Li
"My Experiences Finding Research Projects and Writing Manuscripts at UW-Parkside"
As a tier four university, day-to-day teaching is a vital part of faculty responsibility. However, as a scholar, conducting researches that are suitable for the reality of the human and instrumental resources and also have the merit of publication in such a university is the major hurdle to one's scholarly activities. In this presentation, the approaches to find and conduct important, yet achievable, research projects will be discussed. The convention of merit of journal ranking and personal scholarly achievement in publications will be discussed.
4:00-6:00 p.m./First Friday, hosted by the Committee on Research and Creative Activity; hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served