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  • Rhetoric and racism: using writing spaces to talk and think about race

    Claudia Ward-de León, Emerson-Wheaton Writing Fellow presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Tues., March 29, 2016 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    What happens when texts such as Gloria Anzaldua's "How to Tame a Wild Tongue" elicit racist and xenophobic commentary in the classroom? And how do faculty respond to this kind of student commentary while meeting students where they are? We'll discuss a strategy that utilizes rhetorical analysis, writing, and revision as tools for promoting intellectual growth and the inclusion of various racial, ethnic, and gender identities. Please note, it is recommended that you review the attached pre-workshop reading material prior to the presentation if possible.

    The Faculty Lunch Talk is presented by Claudia Ward-de León, Emerson-Wheaton Writing Fellow.  All are welcome to attend.

    Tuesday, March 29th
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Claude Shannon and the Magna Carta of the Information Age

    Professor William Goldbloom Bloch, Mathematics, presents the next faculty lunch talk on Thursday, March 24th at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome to attend. Read more>>>

    The Information Age and the Internet are richly complex systems whose origins found many different contributors playing key roles. Claude Shannon, whose centennial is being celebrated this year, was born in a small town in the upper peninsula of Michigan. At MIT, then at Bell Labs, and then back again at MIT, he changed the world. He defined ‘Information' by quantifying it, he was the first person to publish the word “bit” (in the ‘binary digit’ sense), and he dreamt up and elegantly proved theorems relating bandwidth, noisy channels, encoding, and the preservation of information. Most importantly, he saw that all information could be digitized, thus launching an ongoing revolution in the communications industry. This math-free talk is essentially a pictorial biography of Shannon based on archival research and interviews I conducted with luminaries from Bell Labs and MIT, and with his daughter, Peggy.

    Don’t go to the ill-timed meeting of the Curriculum Working Group on Interdisciplinarity! Instead, come see interdisciplinarity in action as a mathematician metamorphoses into a historian!

    Presented by Bill Goldbloom Bloch, Professor of Mathematics.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    President's Dining Room

  • Not too close together, nor too far apart: Negotiating research-community relations during anthropological fieldwork

    Presented by Visiting Asst. Prof. of Anth. Mentor Mustafa, Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more>>>

    Regardless of the community under study, cultural anthropologists are charged with the task of capturing other people’s points of view. As we live and study among the communities that we want to understand, anthropologists differ in the way that they relate to the people that they study. Some maintain their outsider status while others delve in and even convert in order to get as close as possible to the insiders’ perspectives. Making use of the experience of fieldwork with a contemporary community of Albanian Sufi Mystics of Islam, this semi-formal talk traces the twists and turns in the very fieldworker-community relationship. In doing so, the author’s experience does not reflect a stable relationship that is easily defined as either an “outsider” or “insider” positionality but a negotiated and fluid relationship that oscillated from being received as a suspect visitor to an uninitiated member of the Bektashi.

    Please join us for the next Faculty Lunch Talk presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Mentor Mustafa on:

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    President's Dining Room

  • The dark side of shareholder litigation: evidence from corporate takeovers

    Eddie Zhao, Assistant Professor of Business and Management presents a talk on the effects of shareholder litigation at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Wed., Feb. 24th at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    The value effect of shareholder litigation has been controversial. Exploiting the staggered adoption of universal demand (UD) laws by 23 states between 1989 and 2005 as quasi-natural experiments, we show that reduced shareholder litigation threat improves corporate takeover efficiency. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find that acquirers from states that adopt UD laws experience significantly higher abnormal announcement stock returns. We also document that UD laws are associated with better long-run post-merger operating performances. Taken together, our findings suggest that the threat of shareholder litigation leads to inefficient mergers and acquisitions and therefore destroys value ex ante.

    Wednesday's Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Eddie Zhao, Assistant Professor of Business and Management. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Place: President's Dining Room

     

     

  • The women who counted and buried the dead in early morning England

    Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow Wanda Henry, History, presents the first in the series of Spring 2016 Faculty Lunch Talks. All are welcome. Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016, 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    From the early sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, women examined, counted, and buried the dead in London. Initially, the women served as part of an early warning system to help Tudor monarchs and other elites flee from plague, and later, parish clerks published the numbers in bills of mortality. Despite criticism about lack of medical training, parishes expanded the women’s responsibilities and relied upon these “searchers of the dead” to determine all causes of death. Historians have assumed that Parliament established the General Register Office to supplant women searchers with medical men, acting as registrars. In this presentation, I will give an overview of the women’s work and explain how undertakers, rather than medical men, replaced the women as reporters of cause of death.

    Presented by Wanda Henry, Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in History

    Thursday, February 18th
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Faculty Lunch Talks announced for Spring 2016

    The Faculty Luncheon Talk series provides a forum for faculty to present newly completed research and works in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost. Click here for the current schedule for Spring 2016. Click here to find […]

    The Faculty Luncheon Talk series provides a forum for faculty to present newly completed research and works in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost.

    Click here for the current schedule for Spring 2016.
    Click here to find Faculty Lunch Talks and descriptions archived in chronological order for easy reference.

  • January Faculty Workshop Annoucement

    The workshops are scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click above for descriptions, times and locations of each workshop.

    The January Faculty workshop are scheduled to be held on Monday, January 25, 2016. The three workshop titles and descriptions are listed below.

    How to improve your department's website

    In this workshop, the Web Strategy team will walk you through WordPress--the application our campus
    uses to manage WheatonCollege.edu. We’ll show you how to perform basic tasks, and provide guidance
    for improving the appearance and usability of your department’s website. Coffee and refreshments
    will be provided.

    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Greenaway Room, Library

    Lunch with LIS

    Please join Sue Wawrzaszek and Tracey Leger-Hornby for an informal discussion on LIS Research and
    Instruction Services. What essential services and resources should we plan for? How do our
    makerspaces, online resources, and other innovations change how we think about R&I services? What
    concerns do you have as we begin a strategic planning process for this essential area of faculty
    and student support?

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Bernice Morrissey for the luncheon workshop.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: May Room, Mary Lyon

    The 'ins and outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities

    Come to this interactive workshop sponsored by Disability Services to learn more about the
    process and some quick and 'easy' tips to reach diverse learners.
    Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    Location: SC1314

    Please contact Associate Provost Shawn Christian for questions and/or additional information. Coffee, refreshments and the luncheon is courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

    Click here for: printable workshop schedule. 

  • Faculty Workshop: The 'ins & outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities

    2:00-4:30 pm on Monday, January 25th in SC1314.

    Come to this interactive workshop sponsored by Disability Services to learn more about the process and some quick and 'easy' tips to reach diverse learners. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
    Location: SC1314

    "The 'ins and outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities" is the third of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

  • Faculty Workshop: Lunch with LIS

    12:00-1:30 pm, Monday, January 25th in the May Room, Mary Lyon. >>Read more…

    Please join Sue Wawrzaszek and Tracey Leger-Hornby for an informal discussion on LIS Research and Instruction Services. What essential services and resources should we plan for? How do our makerspaces, online resources, and other innovations change how we think about R&I services? What concerns do you have as we begin a strategic planning process for this essential area of faculty and student support?

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to bmorriss@wheatoncollege.edu to attend the Lunch with LIS workshop.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: May Room, Mary Lyon

    "Lunch with LIS" is the second of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

     

  • Faculty Workshop: How to Improve Your Department's Website

    9:30-11:30 am, Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Greenaway Room, Library.

    In this workshop, the Web Strategy team will walk you through WordPress--the application our campus uses to manage WheatonCollege.edu. We’ll show you how to perform basic tasks, and provide guidance for improving the appearance and usability of your department’s website.

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Greenaway Room, Library

    "How to Improve Your Department's Website" is the first of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost