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  • Incorporating the Elisabeth Amen Nursery School into Your Curriculum

    Looking for an engaging place for your students to conduct observation and research? Marge Werner, Director, Nursery School, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., April 10th at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    Looking for a place where your students can do observation and research? This workshop will discuss the opportunities that are available for students to learn more about young children and how they think and learn. In the past, students from the music, art, science, education and psychology departments have visited the school. As well as students from Sustainable Education for Environmental Development (SEEDs) who helped the children plan and plant a garden behind the nursery school.

    The Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Marge Werner, Director of the Elisabeth Amen Nursery SchoolThe talk is scheduled to be held on Thursday, April 10th at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.  Please join us on for the next Faculty Lunch Talk to learn more about how the nursery school can enhance your curriculum.

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

     

  • Rethinking Primary Charisma: Shamanisms, Jazz Improvisation, and Ava-Guarani Leadership in Eastern Paraguay

    Presented by Eric Michael Kelley, Visiting Instructor of Anthropology. All are welcome. Wed., April 2nd at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Presented by Eric Michael Kelley, Visiting Instructor of Anthropology

    The shaman is the prototypical exemplar of Weber’s category of primary charisma, the “ideal type” that he characterized as the “original sacred experience.”  The extensive ethnographic literature on shamanisms, however, suggests that there has never been an empirical example corresponding to Weber’s conceptualization of the primary charismatic.  Ideal types are, admittedly, somewhat immune to such critiques.  Nevertheless, I argue that by building upon previous approaches to cultural performances associated with textual and performance theory, Weber’s model might be improved upon significantly through increased focus on the implicit improvisation inherent in his model of types of leadership. I suggest that a performance approach employing the metaphor of group improvisation associated with small jazz combos will hone our analyses of shamanisms, whether in contemporary eastern Paraguay or elsewhere in time and space.  In this talk I support my argument with evidence from over 20 months of field research living with Avá-Guaraní shamans in eastern Paraguay.  This is part of a larger ongoing research project and feedback is most welcome.

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

     View a complete listing of this semester's Faculty Lunch Talks.

  • Obama, Foreign Policy, and the Discourse of Race: An Analysis of Dually Constructed Leadership

    Please join us on Thur., March 27th at 12:30 pm in PDR for the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Read more…

    The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States brings race to the forefront of domestic and international politics.We build on our mutual interest in Barack Obama’s presidency to bridge the disciplinary gap between Africana Studies and Political Science in order to analyze the political obstacles and opportunities which leaders of minority status face.

    Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Political Science and Mike Sawyer, Visiting Instructor of Political Science present the next Faculty Lunch Talk. This talk will present our current understanding of the political tensions surrounding President Obama as both an American and “Other” elected to represent the national interests of the US.We will also sketch out our plans to apply this conceptual unpacking to a set of case studies and other leaders.
    Comments, suggestions, and questions of this work in progress are welcome! Please join us for the discussion on Thursday, March 27th at 12:30 pm., President's Dining Room 1 & 2

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

  • Writing Research as Process: Designing Assignments to Enhance Exploration and Critical Thought

    Molly McGillicuddy, Visiting Instructor of English discusses “scaffolding” of assignments in a way that validates and emphasizes the process. Thurs., March 20th at 12:30 pm. in PDR

    Many of our classes culminate with a final essay or capstone project, but have we fully considered how students will achieve this goal? In this presentation, we'll discuss the scaffolding of assignments in a way that validates and emphasizes the process of writing and research, not simply the product. We'll look at samples of assignment sequences that guide the writing and research processes and call students to more fully engage in critical inquiry. Participants are encouraged but not required to bring assignments that they would like to scaffold with them to the presentation.

    The Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Molly McGillicuddy, Visiting Instructor of English. The talk is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 20th at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

    Click here for the complete list of Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

  • "Reading (and Writing) Toni Morrison's HOME"

    Assoc. Prof. of English Shawn Christian presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Tues., March 18th at 12:30 in PDR. All are welcome to attend. Read more…

    In this talk, Professor Christian will discuss Toni Morrison's recent novel Home. Building from the ways that Home positions readers to experience representations of the individual and collective challenges facing African Americans throughout the twentieth century. Professor Christian will consider Frank Money, the novel's protagonist, as a convention that Morrison employs to collapse the binary between reader and writer.

    Associate Professor of English Shawn Christian presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.  All are welcome to attend.

    Click here to download a list of all Faculty Luncheon Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

     

     

  • An Obeast Walks into a Museum:

    The Politics of Fat Oppression, Performing the Other and Museum Display in Rachel Herrick’s Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies. Assist. Visiting Prof. of Art History Stefanie Snider presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., March 6th at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    The Politics of Fat Oppression, Performing the Other and Museum Display in Rachel Herrick's Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Art/Art History Stefanie Snider presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. The talk is scheduled for Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.  All are welcome.

    Click here for the list of Faculty Luncheon Talks scheduled for Spring 2014.

  • A Businesswoman in 16th-Century Catalonia: Hipòlita Roís de Liori and the (Text)tile

    Montse Pérez-Toribio, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies presents her Faculty Lunch Talk on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    When the young Hipòlita Roís de Liori (1479-1546), Countess of Palamós, married the Catalonian widower Lluis de Requesens i Joan de Soler (1435-1509), she became part of one of the most prestigious and powerful families of the Catalonia of the time. From the moment she widowed, the Countess dedicated her life to negotiating and augmenting the family’s power and assets, future inheritance of her only daughter, Estefania de Requesens (1504-1549). The Countess of Palamós, was a woman who held and used power. She understood her public role in the household and its patrimony as an extension of her role as a mother, and she acted accordingly. Not only did the new political, economic, and technological changes brought by the arrival of modernity shape her life but, at the same time, she had a key role in shaping the future of her own family. Two examples of her business savvy and alertness to technical advances in the world of textiles are her probable introduction of silkworms to Molins de Rei (Barcelona), and the development of fabric making machinery documented in detail in her letters.

    Montse Pérez-Toribio, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies presents her talk on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:30 pm in the President's Dining Room.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Spring 2014 Faculty Luncheon Talks

    The Office of the Provost announces the Spring 2014 Faculty Luncheon Talks schedule. Read more…

    The Spring 2014 Faculty Luncheon Talk schedule and list of faculty presenters is now complete. Titles and descriptions will be added to the schedule as they are received. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost and a chance to present work in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to.

    Click here for a list of recent faculty lunch talks, descriptions, and to find links to luncheon talks from previous semesters.

    Spring 2014 Faculty Lunch Talk Schedule

     

     

  • Community at the International Level: Exploring the Nexus of Politics and International Law

    Will continued talks between the U.S. and Iran yield a lasting agreement on Iran’s nuclear program? Adam Irish, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in International Relations, presents the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the semester. Thurs., Dec. 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    • Will continued talks between the U.S. and Iran yield a lasting agreement on Iran's nuclear program?
    • If they reach a lasting agreement, will it be written as a hard law (a treaty) or a soft law (a memorandum of understanding?)
    • How do international and domestic politics affect which type of law is used to address international dilemmas?

    This talk will review the tradeoffs that states face in deciding whether to use hard or soft law to address international dilemmas. Professor Irish will present an argument for incorporating process concerns when researching the nexus of politics and international law. He will also share his recent work on the politics and timing of treaty ratifications. We will then discuss when states are better off forging hard or soft law, and other policy implications of this research.

    Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations, presents the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the semester on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

     

  • Humiliation: An Understudied Self-Conscious Emotion

    The next Faculty Lunch Talk will be presented by Peony Fhagen-Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology. All are welcome. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    The Adolescent Self Portrait Project was launched in the summer of 2010. The overall goal of this project was to study self-development with the aim of better understanding vulnerabilities during adolescence. Research findings on developmental changes and individual differences in number of conflicts in self-attributes identified opposites will be presented. A secondary goal was to explore the self-conscious emotion humiliation. The importance of and future directions for investigating this understudied self-conscious emotion will be discussed.

    This Faculty Lunch Talk will be presented by Peony Fhagen-Smith, Associate Professor of Psychology and is scheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    For the complete schedule of Fall, 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.