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  • Political Secularism and the Prospect of Democracy in Iran: a Theoretical Review

    Alireza Shomali, Assistant Professor of Political Science presents this week’s Faculty Lunch talk. Tuesday, November 13th in PDR.

    Presently the circles of the Iranian intelligentsia witness the gradual growth of at least two discourses on political secularism. These discourses have significant philosophical as well as political contents:

    a.  what I wish to call the strict secularist discourse aspires to take religious “truth-claims” off the public sphere. For the strictly secular intellectuals religious claims should reside in the private sphere since their truth-content is subjective.

    b.  to the participants in the second discourse, secularism implies that reason alone is able to know good and evil: justice is defined beyond the realm of revelation. Therefore, it is Islam that must match itself with ideas such as justice and democracy and not vice-versa.

    In my presentation I shall critically examine the contribution of each discourse to the opening of a democratic horizon in Iran.

    Assistant Professor of Political Science Alireza Shomali is scheduled to present this talk on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here

  • Hunting for Monasteries in the Kathmandu Valley: Innovations in Newar Buddhist Traditions of Transformation

    Associate Prof. of Anthropology Bruce Owens talks about 25 years of change affecting Newar Buddist monastic compounds. Wednesday, November 7th in PDR.

    This research surveys the changes that have taken place over the past 25 years in the 363 Newar Buddist monastic compounds of the Kathmandu Valley. These centers of Newar Buddhist life house those who are at once monks, tantric priests, and married householders. The complex and apparently contradictory roles played by their residents are reflected in the built environments in which they live and the transformations that these places of worship, initiation, and day-to-day life have undergone.

    The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room
    For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

     

  • Johnny, Eddy, Claude and Richard: France Discovers Rock n' Roll

    Goldberg Professor of French Kirk Anderson talks about how early American Rock and Roll was translated, culturally as well as textually, into French.
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in PDR.

    "French baby-boomers in the early sixties created a sudden demand for the new sounds of Anglo-American pop music, but the public and the record industry weren't yet ready for songs in English. Local versions of American and British hits, by singers were on hand to promote them, filled the gap. But does singing 'Rip It Up' in French make it a French song, and why does the question matter?"

    Professor Anderson's talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room
    For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

  • 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.