Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization and the Rise of Donald Trump

Dr. Michael Wagner, Associate Professor in UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will present “Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization and the Rise of Donald Trump” as the 32nd annual Kyle Lecture, sponsored by the Political Science Dept, from 7-9pm on Thurs., Apr. 13, in Hyland Hall’s Timmerman Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wagner provides links to some of his published scholarship at his blog, including a section on “Beyond the Left-Right Divide Project.” Also provided is a link to his most recent curriculum vitae (click the “CV” tab).

cover of book Red and Blue NationYou can learn more with Andersen Library resources, including searching article databases to find sources such as “Perceiving political polarization in the United States” (Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2015, vol.10:no.2, pp.145-158, doi:10.1177/1745691615569849), ““I disrespectfully agree”: The differential effects of partisan sorting on social and issue polarization” (American Journal of Political Science, 2015, vol.59:no.1, pp.128-145), “Who fits the left-right divide?: Partisan polarization in the American electorate” (The American Behavioral Scientist, 2012, vol.56:no.12, pp.1631-1653), and “Failure to converge: Presidential candidates, core partisans, and the missing middle in American electoral politics” (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2016, vol.667:no.1, pp.143-165). Andersen Library also has books such as Red and blue nation? Consequences and correction of America’s polarized politics (online via Project MUSE), Polarized: Making sense of a divided America (in process; ask Library staff for assistance) and Party wars: Polarization and the politics of national policy making (3rd-floor Main Collection, JK2261 .S49 2006).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

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Comet! Lecture & Possible Observatory Session

The first Spring 2017 Whitewater Observatory Lecture, “Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák: What does it tell us about the solar system’s formation and life on Earth?,” will be delivered by Paul Rybski, Dept. of Physics, on Fri, Apr 7, at 8pm in Upham 140. The Lecture Series theme is “An Astronomical Potpourri,” and the next lectures will be

  • April 21 — “Great Discoveries in Mapping the Milky Way’s Structure: The untold stories” by Robert Benjamin, Dept. of Physics
  • May 5 — “New Instruments and Astronomical Discoveries: Creating an astronomical life” by Paul Rybski, Dept. of Physics

Periodic comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák made its closest pass to Earth since 1858 on Sat, Apr 1. But if you missed the chance to aim your binoculars or telescopes at it then, there may be an observing session starting at approximately 9:15pm on Fri, Apr 7 at the Whitewater Observatory (just north of the UWW Alumni Center), immediately following the the lecture. Please note that the observing session is dependent upon cooperative weather, so please check for a cancellation notice at http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/physics/observatory. Weather permitting, two types of telescopes will be used:

  • a 9.25-inch aperture GOTO telescope at high power to look in detail at the comet’s central bright area (coma), and
  • two varieties of “richest-field” reflecting telescopes for the best chance to see a cometary tail and/or an extended coma.

You can find more information about viewing this and other April comets at http://cometchasing.skyhound.com/, in the article “Comet viewing the whole night through” (Astronomy, 2017:May, vol.45:no.5, p.42), or at https://theskylive.com/41p-info.

The Physics Department also offers that you can read more about comets and mobile apps for displaying them for iOS and Android operating systems at http://www.space.com/36166-riding-with-comets-mobile-apps.html

cover of book Comets and the Origin of LifeAndersen Library resources also can help you learn more, with books such as Comets and the origin of life (online via ebrary/ProQuest Ebook Central)

If you’d like assistance with finding additional information, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 4, 2017

Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History

Coyote America: A Natural & Supernatural History
by Dan Flores
QB 791.3 .R36 2015
New Arrivals Island, 2nd floor

Ooooh, there were so many interesting books on the New Arrivals Island, it was hard to choose just one this week. Warm and fluffy (coyotes) — or cold and scary (dark matter & dinosaurs)? As you can see, the warm fuzzies won out! I’m sure I wouldn’t feel friendly toward coyotes if I were a bunny rabbit. But safe on the porch, I like listening to their eerie howls edging closer and closer to the house.

While some species don’t do well with the encroachment of their habitat, coyotes seem to thrive alongside humans. Dan Flores is an emeritus professor of Western History at the University of Montana and writes about the coyote from a number of perspectives: historical, cultural, scientific – and spiritual (the coyote was a deity to native peoples of the Americas). The author covers popular culture as well, including the ever-popular “underdog,” Wile E. Coyote of Looney Tunes fame.

It’s hard to live in Wisconsin for long without seeing or hearing a coyote. They’re pretty, graceful creatures and fill a useful ecological niche. This book covers the coyote’s entire five-million-year-old history.

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T3: Print What You Need to Vote

Image contains the word Vote in Red, White, and Blue
If you are voting in today’s election, you will need to bring these things with you. If you are planning on using a UW-Whitewater Voter ID Card, you must also present a UW-W Voter Enrollment Verification form to show proof of enrollment.

Students may print the form or display it to the poll worker on an electronic device such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer. This form can also be used to show Proof of Residence for voter registration if WINS lists your Whitewater/local address.

How to print your UW-W Voter Enrollment Verification Form:

  • Log in to WINS
  • Select Self Service
  • Select Student Center
  • Under the Academics section, select My Academics
  • Select UW-W Voter Enrollment Verification
  • Select Print a Voter Enrollment Verification (make sure that you have pop-ups enabled in your web browser)
  • Verify that all information is correct before printing or using at the polls.

Happy Voting!

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Make a Dream Catcher

Make a Dream Catcher Flier

On Monday, April 3rd, 2017 you are invited to come to Andersen Library to make yourself an Ojibwe style dream catcher. Students from the Native American Cultural Awareness Association (NACAA) will guide you through the creation process. All needed supplies will be provided at no cost to you. This hands-on drop-in workshop is open from 4-7 pm and will be stationed near Circulation Desk at the front entrance to the library. This should be fun! Hope you can make it.

The below image is an example of what your dream catcher will look like when finished.

Sample Dream Catcher

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T3: Printing in WINS

Printing items from WINS is tricky. The Registrar’s Office has put together instructions on their website and provided tutorials on YouTube that demonstrate how to print different documents from WINS.

Academic Advising Report (AAR):

  • Click on Self Service
  • Click on Student Center
  • Under the Academics section select Advisement Report from the drop down menu
  • Click the “GO” arrow
  • To print your AAR (Academic Advisement Report), click on “view report as pdf” in green
  • TIPS:
    • Make sure that you allow popups. If the browser has a popup blocker, it will block the PDF from showing in a popup. Allow popups in your browser, re-click “view report as a pdf” and try again.
    • Use Firefox or Chrome for best results
  • Instructions | Video tutorial

Schedule:

  • Click on Self Service
  • Click on Student Center
  • Under the Academics section click on My Class Schedule
  • Select the Term you wish to view and click “Continue”
  • To view a Weekly Schedule click Weekly Calendar View
  • This is a Weekly schedule. It will default to the first week of enrollment if you are enrolled in classes. Use the “Previous Week” and “Next Week” buttons to view other weeks. If you are enrolled in 8 week sessions you will need to navigate to the appropriate week to view those courses.
  • You will need to copy and paste your weekly schedule into a Word document in order to print it out.
    *This will not be a perfect copy and paste–the formatting WILL change*
  • Instructions | Video tutorial

Unofficial Transcript:

  • Click on Self Service
  • Click on Student Center
  • Under the Academics section select Transcript: View Unofficial from the drop down menu
  • Click the “GO” arrow
  • Select Univ of Wisconsin-Whitewater for Academic Institution
  • Select Unofficial Transcript for Report Type
  • Click “Go”
  • You will need to copy and paste the transcript information from the main frame of the webpage into a Word document in order to print it out. If you do not copy and paste the page you will only see as much of your transcript as appears in the window of your browser without scrolling.
  • Instructions | Video tutorial
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Save the date for Money Smart Week 2017!

Credit scores and credit reports? Stock market and index funds? Mortgages and car loans? Life insurance? Eeek! … All part of “adulting” in 2017, yet where does one learn about such things?

Money Smart Week, that’s where! April 24-28, 2017. MSW is a national campaign by the Federal Reserve Bank focused on enhancing your personal financial management skills. We’ll be bringing knowledgeable speakers, Q&A’s, and cool tools (including a great free app!) to Andersen Library to help you get on the right track. Mark your calendars and watch this space for more schedule details to come!

Money Smart Week logo

In the meantime, check out Andersen Library’s guide to Financial Literacy for some great resources, weblinks, and tips to get you started.

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New Stuff Tuesday — March 28, 2017

book cover image for Ivory featuring an elephant on a black background

Ivory: Power and Poaching in Africa
by Keith Somerville
HD9429 .I863 A35 2016
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Keith Somerville’s examination of the Ivory trade offers a complex and intriguing analysis. Beginning with the history of the trade, Somerville tells a story that dives deep into the economic demand and political consequences of the ivory trade in a globalized world. The story also told in this book is one of deep failure in the form of the 1989 Ivory Trade Ban. At the time, the ban was thought to be the final nail in the coffin that would lead to the end of the ivory trade. Instead countries like Tanzania have seen half of their elephants killed for ivory in the past decade. The inaction by governments and the power of the black markets driven by strong demand from countries outside of Africa show this problem is far from being over. This work goes deep into the weeds with its data and is a thoroughly researched piece on the topic.

For more on this topic, check out Robert Ornstein’s work on the topic of the modern day ivory trade.

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Warhawk Book Talks – March

Ever wonder what your faculty or colleagues are reading? Here’s your chance to find out! Warhawk Book Talks is a series where professors, staff, and students at UW-W talk about their favorite books!

George Savage, Amusing Ourselves to Death

Andy Yu, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Lana Collett-Klingenberg, Quiet

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Eleanor Roosevelt and the Civil Rights Movement

Jim Gibbons, historian, will talk about “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Civil Rights Movement” on Sat., Mar. 25 at 12:30pm at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library (Whitewater’s public library at 431 W. Center St.). This program is free and open to everyone.

Eleanor Roosevelt, as spouse to four-term President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States. After FDR’s death in 1945 President Truman appointed her to the first U.S. delegation to the United Nations, where she chaired the Commission on Human Rights and helped draft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. You can learn more about her at the web site of the FDR Presidential Library & Museum.

cover of The Firebrand and the First Lady bookIf you’d like to learn more, Andersen Library can help! with books such as Courage in a dangerous world: The political writings of Eleanor Roosevelt (3rd-floor Main Collection, E807.1.R48 A3 1999 or online via EBSCOhost’s eBook Collection) and The firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the struggle for social justice (2nd-floor New Arrivals Island, E807.1.R48 B45 2016).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional resources, please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk).

Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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