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  • The 2012 Presidential Election

    Jay Goodman, Professor of Political Science, asks the question, “Is Obama Destined to be a One-Term President?” Wednesday, October 24, 2012 in PDR.

    Professor Goodman will analyze the President's situation using poll data and other sources and will introduce some valuable websites.

    Professor Goodman's talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room
    For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

  • A Leaf to Leaf Tour of the Botanical Treasures of Wheaton College

    Scott Shumway offers his annual leaf to leaf tour of Wheaton’s botanical treasures.
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

    This lunch talk is a lunch walk!
    Meet outside the faculty dining room at 12:30 prepared to stroll around campus until 1:30 (In other words, eat first!).  The Wheaton Tree Walk is a longstanding tradition initiated by Philosophy Professor Holcombe Austin and continued by Biology Professor Scott Shumway.

    Professor Shumway's walking tour is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.
    For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

  • Crikey, Steve was Right! Changing Zoo Visitor Attitudes and Behavior

    Does allowing zoo visitors to directly interact with animals affect their attitudes and behaviors with regard to those animals, and if so, how? Associate Professor of Psychology Kathy Morgan will present the results of a study she conducted with her students at the Southwick Zoo last summer. Thursday, October 4, 2012.

    Is it the case that "to know me is to love me," or is it true that "familiarity breeds contempt?"  Does allowing zoo visitors to directly interact with animals affect their attitudes and behaviors with regard to those animals, and if so, how?  In this talk, I'll present the results of a study my students and I conducted at the Southwick's Zoo last summer to try to answer these questions.

    Professor Morgan's talk is scheduled for Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.
    For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

  • Designing a Cross-Cultural Learning Experience in Bhutan

    Professor of Psychology Bianca Cody Murphy will talk about her experiences at the Royal Thimpu College in Bhutan: culture, collaboration, and pedagogy.

    The Wheaton/Royal Thimphu College Partnership Program (Wheaton/RTC), is a partnership designed not only to provide U.S students and faculty intimate experience with Bhutanese culture, but to provide Bhutanese students and faculty experience with pedagogical methods and modes of interaction that prevail in liberal arts settings.
    This presentation describes:

    1. differences between Bhutanese and U.S. liberal arts pedagogical styles.
    2. challenges of collaborative pedagogical innovation that respects cultural difference
    3. opportunities and challenges encountered in creating meaningful internship experiences in work environments that are shaped by different cultural norms
    4. lessons learned from the Wheaton/RTC program that might be more broadly applied to participating in cross-cultural educational initiatives.

    The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

  • "Contested Rights on College Campuses: A Moot Court on Affirmative Action and Right of Association"

    The Provost’s Office is sponsoring this year’s Moot Court.

     

    Image from poster for Constitution Day.

    We are pleased to announce this year's program in recognition of Constitution Day: "Contested Rights on College Campuses: A Moot Court on Affirmative Action and Right of Association," with discussion and Q&A following. The program is Weds., September 19, 7:00 p.m. in the Holman Room.

    The program has been organized by Professors Jenna Lukasik and Stephen Mathis, and Provost Linda Eisenmann. It will feature a "moot court," which is a mock session in which four students practice giving oral arguments in front of a panel of judges. Professors Mathis and Kim Miller will be joined by Dean Lee Burdette Williams and the Hon. Stephen Ostrach as this year's judges. After the presentations, a discussion of the issues will follow.

    This year's case features a suit against a university's use of affirmative action in admissions, along with a case in which a student was expelled from that university for creating a women-only campus organization to protest the university's admission practice.

    For more information, please contact Alison Ricco or Linda Eisenmann at ext. 8212.

  • Convocation 2012

    The academic year got its official start on August 28 with Convocation. The Provost addressed the seniors on the practice and the profession of the Liberal Arts.

    Provost Linda Eisenmann spoke of the "practice" of the Liberal Arts, practice meaning less the development of skills than their professional use and deployment. The different habits of thought, the habits of mind and analysis, that are characteristic of individual disciplines need to be drawn on to address the complexities of modern life, the adaptive challenges, that require us to see things and people from many points of view. A Wheaton education, with a major bolstered by Foundations, Connections, and electives provides this most humane of perspectives. You can read the full text of the Provost's address to the seniors on the Meet the Provost page.

  • Announcing the 2012 May Workshops

    A total of nineteen workshops and retreats, some full-day, some half-day, will be held between Monday, May 21 and Friday, May 25, 2012. Read more here.

    A total of nineteen workshops and retreats, some full-day, some half-day, will be held between Monday, May 21, and Friday, May 25. The schedule of titles, organizers, descriptions, locations, and times is available here. The list is current as of May 16 and will be updated as details are added or revised.

    NOTE: The college closes at 1:00 PM on Friday, May 25, 2012—there are no Friday afternoon workshops.

  • Business and Management Two new restructured minors approved

    The Educational Policy Committee approved Business and Management and Jewish Studies for 2012.

    The Educational Policy Committee approved two new restructured minors for 2012. They are Business and Management and Jewish Studies.

  • Public Health Sciences Two new minors approved

    The Educational Policy Committee approved Community Health and Public Health Sciences for 2012.

    The Educational Policy Committee approved two new minors for 2012. They are Community Health and Public Health Sciences.

  • Seán Ó Sé: A Life in Song and Story

    The final faculty lunch talk of the semester is a film presented by Matthew Allen, Ruby Professor of Music on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

    Please join us: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room for a documentary film by Matthew Allen.

    Seán Ó Sé’s long and illustrious career as singer and storyteller has touched all bases in the Irish music business. The film places Seán’s musical life within the contexts of his deep attachment to the Irish language, his ancestral connection to West Cork, his passion for education and career as teacher and administrator in Cork City. The film features recorded and live performances and interviews with longtime associates from the worlds of music and education. Directed by Matthew Allen.