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  • The Importance of Being Subtle

    How do we identify it, and why should it be valuable? Wheaton/Brown Faculty Fellow Alexandra King, Philosophy, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., Oct. 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    We praise art for all kinds of thingsfor being beautiful, striking, insightful, and not least of all, we praise it for being subtle. But what is subtlety? How do we identify it, and why should it be valuable?

    Alexandra King, Wheaton/Brown Faculty Fellow in Philosophy, will present answers to these questions and offer her thoughts on why subtleties outside of the artistic sphere might be valuable too.
    The talk is scheduled for Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  All are welcome to attend.

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

     

  • Life in the Deep Freeze: Ice, Dust, and the Snowball Earth Hypothesis

    Assist. Prof. of Physics and Astronomy, Jason Goodman presents the first Faculty Lunch Talk of the semester. All are welcome: Thurs., Oct. 10, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in P.D.R.

    Just before the dawn of complex life on Earth, the planet experienced two episodes of freezing climate, more extreme than any ice age since. The "Snowball Earth" hypothesis proposes that during this time, the entire planet froze over completely, with glaciers on the equator and the oceans frozen over from pole to pole. Did this actually occur? If so, how did ice, ocean, and atmosphere interact to shape the planet's climate? Dirt and dust make snowy surfaces on the modern-day Earth darker so they absorb more sunlight: did dust contamination during the Snowball Earth episodes play an important role in determining the Earth's climate fate? What lessons does this ancient climate system provide for the modern Earth's future?

    Thursday's Faculty Lunch Talk will be presented by Jason Goodman, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy.  The talk is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.

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

     

  • Photo of blackboard Wheaton means business

    On March 1st, Wheaton established a new major in business and management. The new major draws upon the breadth and depth of the college’s liberal arts curriculum and its commitment to experiential learning to prepare students as future organizational leaders.

  • "Testing the Limits of Executive Power: A Moot Court on The 4th Amendment and War Powers"

    Please join the Wheaton Community for a “moot court” presentation in recognition of Constitution Day. Thurs., Sept. 19th, 7:00 p.m., Holman Rm.

    What are the limits of Presidential power in combating the "war on terror"?  Can the President order the indefinite detention of an American citizen?  How do our constitutional rights adapt to protect our increasingly dependent relationship with technology?  Can the government track our location via our cell phones without a warrant?

    Please join Honorable Stephen Ostrach and Professors Adam Irish and Jenna Lukasik-Wechsler for a "moot court" session, and discussion in honor of Constitution Day 2013.

    Thursday, September 19, 2013
    7:00 PM
    Holman Room

    Contact Susan Colson (x3491) for additional information.

     

  • The schedule for Workshop Week, May 20-24, is now available.

    Click here for a full listing of workshops, organizers, location, dates, and times. Schedule last updated on May 23, 2013.

    Click here for the most up to date listing of workshops, organizers, location, dates, and times. Please note that some room locations have changed.  The schedule posted here reflects any new changes to the workshop schedule.

    Contact Joel Relihan (relihan_joel@wheatoncollege.edu or x3497) for additional information about the workshops.

     

  • The Afterlife of Christian England

    Daniel Loss, Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in History, talks about the changing significance of Christianity in England after the Second World War. Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    "Secular Europe" is so often a foil for the "religious United States" that the remnants of Christianity in Europe rarely merit notice. But Christianity has not disappeared - even as rates of church attendance and orthodox belief have plummeted, England continues to have a state church and over 70% of respondents to the 2001 UK census described themselves as Christian.
    This talk will explore the changing significance of Christianity in England after the Second World War by tracing the impact of state support of religion, the decline of denominational discord,and the re-emergence of the Church of England as a national institution.In the course of the second half of the twentieth century, Christianity went from being a matter of belief and practice to being understood as a treasured part of England’s cultural heritage to be enjoyed by believers and non-believers alike.

    This week's talk is presented by Daniel Loss, Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in History.  The  talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Spring 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

  • The Marcos Romance and the Cultural Center of the Philippines: Melodrama and Philippine Cultural Policy 1965-1986

    Please join Talitha Espiritu, Assistant Professor of English, for the next faculty lunch talk on Tues., April 16 at 12:30 in PDR.

    How does melodrama shape cultural policy? And how does cultural policy generate “melodramatic” political outcomes? In this talk, Talitha Espiritu will revisit the conjugal union and political partnership of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, and how the melodramatic imaginary of this romance facilitated the founding of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. From this social script, she will trace the two competing rationales of the Marcos regime’s “melodramatic cultural policy”: the normalization of the “folk” into tasteful citizens and the revaluation of the identities and cultural practices of disempowered Filipinos. Espiritu will further explore how the Center’s controversial excesses fed the melodramatic cultural politics of the anti-Marcos opposition.

    The talk will be presented byTalitha Espiritu, Assistant Professor of English and is scheduled for Tuesday,  April 16th at 12:30 p.m. in PDR. For the full schedule of Spring 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

     

     

  • A conversation on faculty innovation: the WIIH and other projects

    Liberal Arts Expertise in a Changing World, presented by Yuen-Gen Liang, Assoc. Prof. of Hist. and Touba Ghadessi, Assist. Prof. of Art History, Wed., April 10th at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    A year in the making, the Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities (WIIH) was inaugurated on April 1, 2013. At a Faculty Lunch Talk, Touba Ghadessi and Gen Liang share what they have learned and discuss the opportunities that are available for faculty interested in getting involved in the WIIH. As part of an inclusive conversation, the lunch talk also seeks to bring colleagues together to discuss the innovative projects they are undertaking; to their share experiences, ideas, and best practices; and to explore these projects' impact for Wheaton's future.

    Wednesday's Faculty Lunch Talk will be presented by Yuen-Gen Liang, Associate Professor of History, and Touba Ghadessi, Assistant Professor of Art History.  The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Spring 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

  • Man and the Middle Class: The Work and Vision of Henry Strauss

    Heide Solbrig, Visiting Assist. Prof. of Studio Art, presents her documentary film in which she interviews Strauss, an industrial film producer who lived through the Great Depression and WWII. Wed., April 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in PDR.

    Man and the Middle Class:  The Work and Vision of Henry Strauss (2010) tells us the story of Henry Strauss, an industrial film producer who lived through the Great Depression and WWII.  Learning from these experiences, Henry's company, Henry Strauss Productions, Inc. produced films and management training films for most of the large corporations in post-war America, including Pan American Airlines, General Electric and AT&T.  In this film, Henry Strauss, now 95, in conversation with filmmaker Heide Solbrig, narrates his experiences in the war and the depression and how these experiences inspired the production of workplace films that educated soldiers returning home from war, newly promoted managers and executives in a new set of authority relations and work identities.  The film asks, if we are going to lose the American middle class, as the television warns, shouldn't we understand the ideas and institutions which shaped it in the first place?  Through conversation, interview, voice-over and historical footage the film narrates how Strauss' films reflected labor management debates critical to the productions of a post-war middle-class in the United States.

    This week's talk is presented by Heide Solbrig, Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art.  Professor Solbrig's talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Spring 2013 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

     

     

  • On the Meaning(s) of 'After': A Unification of Spatial, Temporal, and Aspectual Uses

    Sylvia Reed, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    It might seem relatively simple to define a word like 'dog' or 'house'--but how do we talk about the meaning of a preposition, like 'after'? In this talk I discuss several uses of 'after' in American and Scottish English, and suggest that, despite their differences, these uses can be unified with an invariant semantics. I further suggest ways in which Imai's (2003) parameters of spatial deixis can be co-opted to better describe and formalize the semantics of prepositions.

    Sylvia L. Reed, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics presents her talk on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  Click here for the full schedule of Facullty Lunch Talks for Spring 2013.