Two new minors approved
May 8, 2012
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.
March 5, 2012
Curious about “slime molds”? Professor of Biology Betsey Dyer will talk about the life style of myxomycete (slime molds) and give us the evolutionary backstory for what it means to be a slime mold. This faculty lunch talk will take place in PDR on Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Myxomycetes (slime molds) are easily overlooked in the forest until you see your first one and realize that in fact you are surrounded by them! Most of a slime mold life cycle is subtle—a tiny bacteria eating-amoeboid cell, scarcely distinguishable from any other soil or detritus bacteriovore. However, now and then enormous multi-nucleate amoeboid masses are produced, followed by spectacular spore-bearing structures hoisted into the air. Those aerial structure may be dried and preserved in herbarium boxes. (Some will be available for viewing.) New DNA sequence analyses of myxomycetes have revealed surprising relationships and have confirmed what has long been suspected about evolutionary convergences of the myxomycete life style. So this talk will bridge a traditional history collection with some of an evolutionary backstory for what it means to be a slime mold.
The talk will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in the President's Dining Room.
"Geochemistry of Bhutanese Rivers, aka Rivers, Hot Springs, and Landslides Oh My!"
February 23, 2012
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Geology Matthew Evans presents the next faculty lunch talk. (Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012)Weathering reactions in the Himalayas are thought to play an important role in the long term atmospheric carbon dioxide budget. The chemistry of river waters reflects this weathering, and allows for estimates of total weathering budgets. Sampling rivers during the Himalayan monsoon however can be a challenging task.Matt Evans' talk will cover the fundamental science behind global carbon cycles and the adventures in investigating them in far off lands, notably Bhutan and Nepal.
The talk will be on Tuesday , February 28, 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.
George and Emma Bellows: The Music In Their Lives
February 17, 2012
Explore the art, the music, and the street scene of early 20th-century New York with Wheaton pianist Leslie Amper. (Wed., Feb. 22, 2012)
George Bellows was a major American painter from the early 20th century. He is known for his paintings of prizefighters, New York street life, portraits, and landscapes. In addition to his artistic pursuits he and his wife Emma were accomplished musicians. George was a singer and Emma, a pianist.
Leslie Amper's talk will be a discussion of the rich New York musical activities in which they participated, with PowerPoint images and sounds of the era. The talk will be presented in June at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC as a program related to the George Bellows Exhibition.
The lunch talk will be held on Wednesday, February 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.