It can be really difficult to get different disciplines within a university working together. Everyone is so focussed-in on their own area of study. I distinctly remember the late Professor Fazio from the UWM Department of Psychology lamenting on this towards the end of his life.
As with many other areas, the arts have the ability to lead the way with greater interdisciplinary integration than other specialized areas of academia. So it's nice to see Fly Steffens working on a collaboration between theatre and guitar programs at UWM. Steffens' Meet Me at the Avant Garde is a UWM Labworks show exploring Milwaukee's Avant Garde Coffeehouse--an art cafe that operated on Milwaukee's East Side in the 1960s. I'd heard about the place, but I'd always thought it was some strange legend old poets talked about until I actually saw pictures of the place in an ancient, decrepit copy of The Bugle-American a few years back.
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