It's officially spring! For those looking to get out of the house, get active and enjoy all that Oshkosh offers, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh has a slew of open-to-the-public events on the horizon. So, mark your calendars and join us on campus.
Knowledge Powers Community
It's a weeks-worth of presentations, speakers, forums and interactive discussions-more than 20 sessions in all-examining everything from the growing number of men in nursing to the "privileges and complexities of power and diversity" to "why fatness is a social justice issue." UW-Oshkosh's 5th annual Social Justice Week runs April 1 through April 5 and features an array of open, free programs. Social Justice Week keynote speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, who will be on campus April 3 giving presentations and meeting with students, was named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. For a full calendar of events and more information on Social Justice Week, visit the website www.uwosh.edu/go/socialjustice.
Fine and performing arts
The 12th Annual University Honors Exhibition will be held at Reeve Union's Gail Floether Steinhilber Gallery from April 8 to April 26 with a closing reception set for April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Student Honors Exhibition, in its twelfth year, features student-generated art selected by art department faculty. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends noon to 5 p.m.
MUSICA VIVA! will feature an evening of exceptional artists on April 13. The event begins at 6 p.m. in the Arts and Communications Music Hall, 926 Woodland Ave. This annual gala event benefits music scholarships at UW Oshkosh and is an evening of contemporary and historic music by acclaimed faculty, alumni and students. Fine food and refreshments will also be featured. Admission is $50 and includes hors d'oeuvres, a pre-concert reception with wines and other beverages selected by Professor Emeritus Jim Grine and a post-concert dessert buffet. To register or for more information, visit www.uwosh.edu/music/music-viva.
The Chamber Art Series will bring two upcoming performances to the UW Oshkosh campus. Catch the UW MadHatters, a men's a cappella group from the UW campus in Madison, on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Hall of the Arts and Communications building. Or, catch the Threefifty Duo April 15 at 7:30 p.m., also held in the Music Hall. Threefifty is a Brooklyn-based guitar duo described as having influences ranging from indie-rock, minimalism and Baroque. The Chamber Arts series is in its 45th season; tickets are $8, general admission; $5, senior citizen (62+) and non-UWO students; $3 children 12 and under; Free for UW Oshkosh students with ID.
The 4th Annual National Juried Exhibition: "Currency: Contemporary Ideas About Work" will open April 5 and runs through April 24 in the Allen Priebe Art Gallery. The exhibition will feature work that looks at modern definitions of "work" and how the value of that work is determined. The juror is Yumi Janairo Roth from the University of Colorado. The gallery is located on the first floor of the Arts and Communication building across from the music hall and is open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional evening hours of 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Weekend hours are 1 to 4 p.m.
The 4th Annual Fox Valley LGBTQ Ally March will be held April 10 at 5 p.m.; it kicks off in the Reeve Union Ballroom, room 227. The march supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Groups can sponsor a team or host a table for $30. A drawing will be held to select one team to lead the march. Send an email to email@example.com to register a team or just show up at the event to participate.
At UW Oshkosh, Disabilities Awareness Week will be held April 8 through 12. Events are free and scheduled throughout the week. "Walk This Way" with Ron Bachman will be held April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Reeve Union 227. Bachman will share his story of overcoming adversity while growing up as a double amputee. He will work to break down stereotypes of both disabled and able-bodied eople alike. Or, check out "Cornerstone of Success" with the UW-Whitewater Wheelchair basketball team on April 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Albee Hall Gymnasium, 776 Algoma Blvd.