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.
September 4, 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.
Announcing the 2012 May Workshops
May 16, 2012
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.
Two new restructured minors approved
May 8, 2012
The Educational Policy Committee approved Business and Management and Jewish Studies for 2012.
Two new minors approved
The Educational Policy Committee approved Community Health and Public Health Sciences for 2012.
Seán Ó Sé: A Life in Song and Story
April 27, 2012
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.
George Berkeley and The Ladies Library
April 23, 2012
Professor of Philosophy Nancy Kendrick presents an unexplored side of the philosopher Berkeley’s work, a plan for the education of women and “savages” in early 18th century America.
The Ladies Library, published in 1714 by Richard Steele and ostensibly “written by a lady” was, in fact, a compilation of works on women’s conduct and education collected by the Anglican bishop and empiricist philosopher George Berkeley. Completely ignored by philosophers, this early work on women’s education influenced Berkley’s grand educational undertaking: the attempt in 1729-30 to found a college in Bermuda for educating English settlers and “savage” Americans together in the liberal arts and sciences. Among the excerpts Berkeley included in The Ladies Library was A Serious Proposal to the Ladies, Mary Astell’s proposal for women’s educational institutions. This work influenced Berkeley’s plan to provide the “savage” Americans with an academic education, rather than an education aimed at satisfying more commercial interests. Both Astell and Berkeley proposed their educational institutions as a refuge from the negative influences of luxury and vice. And both believed the public good would be served through the intellectual improvement of the women and “savages” who would attend their respective academies.
The talk is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. For the full schedule of Spring 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.
Making a Mess: chaos and creativity
April 12, 2012
Jake Mahaffy, Associate Professor of Art and Film, invites you to share in the intricate details of building a story from images at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. (Wednesday, April 18, 2012 in PDR.)
Professor Jake Mahaffy will show the recent cut of a new 16-minute film 'Miracle Boy' he shot in rural West Virginia. He will discuss the process of building a story from images, the emotional balance between linear and fragmented narrative forms, and allowing for mystery within a literal, photo-realistic medium. miracleboymovie.com
The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. View the full schedule of Spring 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks.
Faith and Finance: Being and Becoming Muslim in the Global Economy
April 4, 2012
Sarah Tobin, a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Anthropology, presents her research on the competing claims of economic practice and personal piety among middle-class Muslims in Amman, Jordan. (Tuesday, April 10, 2012)
It may seem surprising, but practicing Islam in contemporary Amman, Jordan, is difficult. Working and producing as an authentic Muslim, comporting oneself in an Islamically-appropriate way in the globalized economy, and integrating one's personal piety into consumption choices are all challenging. How do middle-class Muslims in Amman navigate these economic demands in a distinctly Islamic way? This presentation will introduce the ways in which Muslims in Amman create meaning and authenticity in their economic practice and personal piety during Ramadan, with the hijab or headscarf, and in banking and finance. Ultimately, this presentation will demonstrate that Sharia, or Islamic Law, is both a tool and a standard against which Muslims in Amman measure their piety and entrench their economic positioning.
The talk is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. For the full schedule of Spring 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.
Women on the Frankish Hunt: A Collaborative Student/Faculty Research Project
March 27, 2012
Professor Polanichka will lead a discussion about how faculty and students can best engage in collaborative research. (Wednesday, March 28, 2012)
In Summer 2011, Dana Polanichka embarked on a faculty-student research project with two history majors, Christine Sobieck '12 and Eben Diskin '12. They sought to determine if royal women actually participated in eighth- and ninth-century hunts and other typically masculine activities. This talk will discuss their findings and also open a dialogue about how faculty and students can best engage in collaborative research.
The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. For the full schedule of Spring 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.
Show That You Fear God! Tracing Guatemala's Political Economy of Morality and Gender
March 16, 2012
Professor Torres presents an analysis of the manipulation of religious and cultural ideologies in the conduct of Guatemala’s civil war. (Thursday, March 22, 2012)
Military and religious ideologies magnified gender inequities in Guatemala’s Civil War. General Rios Montt’s near-fanatical adhesion to evangelical Protestant ideals became known in his regular Sunday addresses to the Guatemalan nation throughout most of the early 1980s. To cement his enduring appeal, Rios Montt's speeches capitalized on already established notions of masculinity in Guatemala. The General’s speeches are perhaps the most blatant example of how counterinsurgency policies, and moral, religious, and nationalist ideologies, can intersect to create culturally palatable notions of leadership that magnify gender inequity.
The talk is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room.
For the most up-to-date list of this semester's talks, click here.