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  • 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.

     

     

  • So Sue Me! A Contrarian's History of College Student Litigation

    Please join Assist. Prof. of Education Scott Gelber at the next faculty lunch talk on Tuesday, March 5th at 12:30 pm in PDR I and II.

    Understandably, college faculty and administrators tend to view aggressive judicial oversight as something of an aberration -- an exception to a more traditional and more respectful relationship between students and colleges, and between colleges and the state. Legal historians have reinforced this perspective by concluding that a spirit of “academic deference” restrained courts from questioning college authorities prior to the 1960s.  This talk suggests that early judicial intervention was not only more common than previously indicated but also inextricably linked to celebrated achievements of student rights and civil rights.

    Professor Gelber's talk is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here.

     

  • Lessons To Be Learned: Comparing and Contrasting Finnish and U.S. Schools

    Prof. of Education Vicki Bartolini shares results from her study of Finland’s consistent top placement of international educational measures. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 in PDR I and II.

    Vicki Bartolini, Professor of Education, will share about her recent trip to Finland to study what makes Finland consistently tops on international educational measures. Discussions will consider teacher preparation, standardized testing, rights of children, and most importantly - RECESS!!


  • Traumatic Border Crossings: the Blagoveshchensk Massacre in History and Memory

    Martin Fromm, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in History will present the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 in PDR.

    In the summer of 1900, at the height of the "carving out of China" by Western imperialism and the anti-foreign Boxer Uprising, Russian officers along the Sino-Russian border rounded up several thousand Chinese residents and drowned them in the Amur River. This talk traces the evolution of this event in Chinese, Japanese, and Russian memories from 1900 to the 1980s. How have the meanings associated with this massacre changed over time, and what does this reveal about the emergence of new forms of ethnic, colonial, and nationalist identities in the twentieth century?

    Martin Fromm, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in History presents a faculty lunch talk on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room.  For the full schedule of Fall 2012 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here

  • 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.