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Find an Event – Wisconsin Science Festival. Grants | Wisconsin Humanities Council - Wisconsin Humanities Council. The dedication of a mural in Fort Atkinson honoring the late local poet Lorine Niedecker brought the community together for events and conversations as part of the 2018 Wisconsin Poetry Festival. The Wisconsin Humanities Council administers the only grant program in the state devoted to the public humanities. Throughout the state, we help bring communities together by supporting projects in schools, libraries, museums, churches, historical societies, colleges and civic groups. We award Mini Grants of up to $2,000 and Major Grants of up to $10,000. There are four Mini Grant rounds. Applications must be received by: February 1, May 1, August 1 or November 1. How competitive are these grants? Between 2000 to 2012, the WHC received an average of 58 applications for Mini Grants in the four rounds combined.

In the summer of 2017, visitors to state parks all over Wisconsin were treated to free performances of Shakespeare’s ‘The Comedy of Errors.’ Six secrets to successful WHC grant applications: We, the Irrelevant. 2018 Impaired Waters List - Wisconsin DNR. Clean Water Act Webinar online! A webinar held December 2017 about the process DNR used to develop the 2018 impaired waters list. Every two years, Section 303(d) of the Clean Water Act requires states to publish a list of all waters that are not meeting water quality standards.

In the proposed 2018 list update, DNR proposes to add 242 new waterbody segments. A majority of the listing additions were waters that exceed total phosphorus criteria. Thirty-five waterbodies are proposed to be delisted. A 30-day public comment period was held November 2017 through January 8, 2018. The final documents are listed below and some of the information found can be viewed on the 2018 Water Quality Report to Congress webpage. Data viewing tools The Impaired waters search tool [go to application]may be used to search DNR’s database current and previous impaired waters, as well as listing update proposals. Factsheets Contact information For information contact: Impaired Waters Program. If You See Disinformation Ahead of the Midterms, We Want to Hear From You.

As November’s midterm elections approach, The New York Times is looking for examples of online ads, posts and texts that contain political disinformation or false claims and are being deliberately spread on internet platforms to try to influence local, statewide, and federal elections. Times journalists are hoping to use your tips to advance our reporting. If you see a suspicious post or text, please take a screenshot and upload it with the form below. What we’re looking for Social media disinformation. This includes any false information being spread deliberately to confuse, mislead, or influence voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Examples might include: Sketchy digital campaign ads. What we’re not looking for Posts or news stories you don’t agree with. Annoying or invasive messages. Use this form to send tips to Times reporters Please be sure you’ve read the sections above on what to submit (and what not to submit). How to create a screenshot On a Mac: 1. 1.

On an iPhone: 1. Log in to 2018 PILOT Innovation Challenge. How a culture of listening strengthens reporting and relationships. When Journal Star executive editor Dennis Anderson created a reader advisory board with residents of Peoria’s predominately African American South Side in 2014, he knew the paper had some work to do. Regard for the Journal Star wasn’t particularly high among these residents of the central Illinois town; some said that the only time they saw a reporter show up was to cover crime or local charity efforts. And the neighborhood faces dramatic inequality, with higher rates of poverty than the rest of Peoria, which is more white and affluent.

So Anderson and his staff started listening. Taking the lead and acting like a beat reporter, Anderson talked with people across the South Side, asking each to recommend five more people he should connect with. He formed an advisory board of representatives from the community, who began contributing their perspectives and ideas for the Journal Star’s coverage. Fast forward to 2018. What do we mean by a ‘culture of listening’? S Use of Your Data. Corrections waited 2 years to report inmate to regulators.

Leah Vukmir Backs Lawsuit To Gut Pre-Existing Condition Protections » Urban Milwaukee. Press Release GOP Senate candidate Leah Vukmir backs 3 separate Republican efforts to gut anti-discrimination protections the for 2.4 million Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions Leah Vukmir. Photo from LeahVukmir.com MADISON — Tomorrow, oral arguments begin in the latest legal challenge to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions — and Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir says that effort to gut protections for the 2.4 million Wisconsinites and 133 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions is a “necessary step.” If Vukmir gets her way, federal protections that block insurance companies from jacking up prices or denying coverage to millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions would be repealed. But it isn’t just the lawsuit that Vukmir believes to be a “necessary step,” Vukmir also supports two additional separate Republican efforts to gut protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions:

Wisconsin Area Research Center Network | Wisconsin Historical Society. Enlarge Map of Wisconsin Area Research Centers See coverage for 13 different regions of the Area Research Center Network. The Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of Wisconsin (UW) System cooperate in a network of Area Research Centers (ARCs) located at UW campus libraries throughout the state and at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Each Area Research Center serves a specific geographic region.Records created in and focused on the region served by a particular ARC are housed permanently at the appropriate Center.You can access most collections from across the state and have them sent to your region from anywhere in the network. The Society maintains a courier service which allows members of the network to borrow collections housed elsewhere for use by their local patrons. ARC Locations About the Area Research Center (ARC) Network For network purposes, the state is divided into fourteen regions.

Have Questions? IndieBound Affiliate Program. Eu.jsonline. Plain Talk: Racing toward the bottom on the environment | Dave Zweifel. Smithsonian Magazine, the monthly publication of the iconic historical institute that preserves our nation's history, has a piece in its most recent edition proclaiming how the use of sun and wind energy is soaring. It notes, for example, that both alternative energy sources now easily employ more Americans than the coal industry that Donald Trump wants to make great again. In 2016, coal employed roughly 50,000 workers, wind 102,500 and solar 260,000. Presumably, the disparity grew in 2017, for which statistics are still being compiled. The magazine also touts what it calls the "Clean Top 10" states in deriving their energy from renewable fuels. No surprise here: Wisconsin is not among them. Our neighbor to the west, Iowa, is No. 1. Another neighbor, Minnesota, is No. 9. There was a time when Wisconsin was at or near the top of lists that often reflected how enlightened and innovative are a state's government, business community and institutions.

Consequently, through 2016 the U.S. David Crosby: Don't Call It a Comeback | Here's The Thing | WNYC Studios. School Funding Reform for Wisconsin - Home. Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online : The Record. Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960. Shirley Collins/Courtesy of Alan Lomax Archive hide caption toggle caption Shirley Collins/Courtesy of Alan Lomax Archive Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960.

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Lomax recorded a staggering amount of folk music. "We err on the side of doing the maximum amount possible," says Don Fleming, executive director of the Association for Cultural Equity, the nonprofit organization Lomax founded in New York in the '80s. "For the first time, everything that we've digitized of Alan's field recording trips are online, on our website," says Fleming. "Alan would have been thrilled to death. Throughout his career, Lomax was always using the latest technology to record folk music in the field and then share it with anyone who was interested.

Money is still tight. The Death Of Mistakes Means The Death Of Rock : Monitor Mix. Eau Claire - 360 MAGAZINE | ART + MUSIC + DESIGN + FASHION + AUTO + TRAVEL + FOOD + HEALTH. Raintorivers. A Crash Course in Political Engagement | Wisconsin Farmers Union. I’m a new member of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, and a new farmer. I’ve been growing vegetables going on three years; first in Madison and now near Stevens Point. I haven’t had much personal exposure to local politics of any sort, unless you count paying sales tax and visiting one city council meeting in a high school government class. The Wisconsin Farmers Union annual convention changed that by offering an up close look at personal political involvement. In particular, the Groundswell seminar encouraged me to engage with the political process, and reminded me that I have something to add to how my community and my state are run.

The Groundswell seminar was a fascinating glimpse into the functioning of local government. The chance to speak to people personally involved in their county and city governments was inspiring, especially because the presenters were more like me than not. So how would I sum up my experience at convention? Election Security in All 50 States. See: Matrix of state grades Introduction and summary In 2016, America’s elections were targeted by a foreign nation-state intent on infiltrating and manipulating our electoral system. On September 22, 2017, it was reported that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified 21 states that were targeted by hackers during the 2016 election. Among those states notified by DHS were: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

Arizona, California, Iowa, Texas, and Wisconsin were also among those states originally contacted by DHS. Get the Latest on the Progressive Movement Free and fair elections are a central pillar of our democracy. Election security is not a partisan issue. This report provides an overview of state compliance with baseline standards to protect their elections from hacking and machine malfunction. Factors and methodology State grades Endnotes. 39% of water Foxconn takes from Lake Michigan will not return to lake - TMJ4 Milwaukee, WI. MOUNT PLEASANT - Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan, and about 40 percent of it won't be returned to the lake. If the Department of Natural Resources grants permission to Foxconn, 39 percent of that water will not return to the lake because that's how much is expected to be consumed by the factory. Foxconn To Have Ripple Effect On Supply Chains Foxconn Technology Group said one of the biggest reasons it picked southeastern Wisconsin for its massive panel display factory was the ability to use freshwater from Lake Michigan.

"The main use is probably going to be for power generation, they will have cooling towers," said UW-Milwaukee Freshwater Sciences professor Michael Carvan. Green Bay says Fox Cities cablecasts must include closed captions. Reporter Duke Behnke will answer your questions about local government. Call Duke at 920-993-7176 or email him at dbehnke@gannett.com.

Duke Behnke/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Recordings of government meetings in Appleton, Neenah, Menasha and Fox Crossing no longer will be cablecast until they can be subtitled with text for hearing-impaired viewers. The recordings of common council and village board meetings had been broadcast as community programming on the Green Bay Public Television Station (Spectrum Channel 4 in the Appleton area and Spectrum Channel 2 in the Neenah-Menasha area). Green Bay, which operates the station, informed the municipalities of the change in policy last month. "Green Bay will no longer accept any media submitted for the purpose of airing on the Green Bay Public Television Station unless such media is closed captioning compliant," Green Bay City Attorney Vanessa Chavez said in a Dec. 8 letter to the municipalities. Officials said the change took effect Jan. 1. Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels.

For Immediate Release: January 23, 2018 Contact: State Senator Janis Ringhand: (608) 266-2253; SenRinghand@legis.wisconsin.gov Senate Republicans Rigging State Elections and Ethics Panels State Senate Republicans are rigging the Elections and Ethics Boards by voting to fire the Administrators of both panels without a public hearing or input. “The Senate Republican’s idea of fairness is to put their thumb on the scale and rig our election system to their advantage. They don’t want input from experts or the public, they just want to make sure that they have an advantage,” State Senator Janis Ringhand said.

“It’s rigging the system, plain as that. The Republicans have rigged crooked legislative districts to give themselves an advantage and now they want to rig the administration of our elections. “Of course the Republicans are uncomfortable. 2018 Menomonie Destination Guide. 2017 LION Summit: Keeping it real: Local news results | LION Publishers. Register now — LION's conference in Chicago, Oct. 26-28, will feature dozens of informative sessions with concrete tips for success in the local news biz. Be a part of LION's largest-ever gathering! Check out the complete schedule of session for the 2017 LION Summit — more than 3 dozen presentations and conversations over 3 days, with even more speakers and discussion leaders being added soon.

LION Publishers is pleased to invite all who care about the future of local journalism to a conference devoted to the journalistic excellence and economic well-being of local independent online news sites. The annual LION Summit will return to Chicago on Oct. 26-28, 2017, at the downtown campus of Columbia College Chicago. It will feature three days packed with an array of speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities devoted to revenue ideas and best practices, community engagement and sustainability.

New to the schedule this year are the boot camp sessions on Thursday. Sign up soon! How Facebook May Secretly Foil Your Activist Plans. By Kevin Mathews / care2.com/ Sep 18, 2013 In recent years, Facebook has become an unexpectedly crucial tool for activism. The social media platform allows activists to efficiently connect and communicate with one another in order to arrange meetings, protests and boycotts. Unfortunately, activists who once found that Facebook helped make organizing easier are now encountering obstacles – and the resistance is coming from Facebook itself.

With little explanation, Facebook has been disabling pages related to activism. Realistically, that’s the downside of relying on a hundred billion dollar company. For example, this year’s March Against Monsanto events have been popular with people across the globe, but not Facebook. When the “Boycott Target Until They Cease Funding Anti-Gay Politics” group became extremely popular, employees at Facebook didn’t erase the page, but effectively shut it down anyway by putting severe restrictions on it.