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  • Curricular Review Faculty Retreat

    Reminder: The retreat is scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2016 at 9:00 am in Hindle Auditorium. Coffee and refreshments available at 8:30 am in Hindle Lobby.

    Date: Friday: January 22, 2016

    8:30 am - coffee/refreshments - Hindle Lobby
    9:00 am - formal program to begin - Hindle Auditorium
    12:00 pm - Lunch provided - Davis Spencer Cafe
    4:00 pm - Cocktail Reception 

    Agenda details to follow.
    Contact: Jim Mancall  

  • Democracy's Disappointments: lessons from John Dewey and Michel Foucault on WWI and the Iranian Revolution

    Presented by Asst. Prof. of Pol. Sc., Nick Dorzweiler, Tues., Nov. 17th, 12:30-1:30 pm in Chase Small.

    From Karl Marx (Paris Commune of 1871) to George Orwell (Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939) to Jean-Paul Sartre (French protests of May 1968), Western intellectuals have often spoken of collective political movements using the language of miracles and utopias. More often than not, however, these intellectuals have been met with disappointment when their high hopes failed to materialize in practice. In this presentation, I consider two of the more misguided instances of such lofty democratic rhetoric: John Dewey’s support for American involvement in World War I and Michel Foucault’s celebration of the Iranian Revolution. These two thinkers’ experiences teach us, I argue, that while we can remain alive to the potential of collective political movements, so too must we find a way to acknowledge the strains and fissures that invariably attends them.

    Nick Dorzweiler, Assistant Professor of Political Science is scheduled to present his talk onTuesday, November 17, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Chase Small.  All are welcome to attend.

  • Finally, Some Answers: Lexomic Beowulf

    Presented by Mike Drout, Professor of English, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 (Chase Small, 12:30-1:30 pm.) All are welcome. Read more…

    For four years, Wheaton's Lexomics Research Group has been using and inventing new methods of digital analysis to try to understand the greatest Old English poem, Beowulf. This summer we were able to uncover remarkable new evidence about the complex textual and transmission history of the poem by combining Lexomic methods with traditional appraches. We now know how its author put Beowulf together, where he drew upon sources, and which of these sources were written or oral, Old English or Latin, thus uncovering a lost history of textual production in the earliest centuries of English literary history. In this talk, Professor Drout will discuss the way we created this "textual x-ray", how we finally came to understand what the evidence was telling us, and the implications of this success for future literary study.

    All are welcome to attend the next Faculty Lunch Talk, presented by Michael Drout, Professor of English.

    Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Location: Chase Small 



  • Do experiential learning activities make a difference? Results of a real-world trial in the college classroom

    Assist. Prof. of Psychology will present findings from a controlled evaluation of the effects of experiential learning activities in the teaching of Psychology and Law. Wed., Nov. 4th at 12:30 pm., Chase Small.

    Christina Riggs-Romaine, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will present findings from a controlled evaluation of the effects of experiential learning activities in the teaching of Psychology and Law. Multiple sections of the course, taught with and without experiential activities (at Wheaton College and 3 other campuses) will be compared. This talk will explore the effects of the activities on student learning, engagement, and feedback.

    Please join us for the next Faculty Lunch talk on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Chase Small.

    Click here for the full schedule of Faculty Lunch Talks for Fall, 2015.


  • Pluto: what did we discover during the new horizons flyby

    Please join us on Tues., Oct. 27th for the next Faculty Lunch Talk presented by Professor Geoff Collins, Geology. All are welcome. 12:30 pm, Chase Small

    Professor of Geology Geoff Collins will present a follow up Faculty Lunch Talk to his previous talk entitled: New Horizons at Pluto: what will we find this summer? Please join Professor Collins who will provide the most current findings about the planet Pluto:

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Place: Chase Small

    Link to: New Horizons at Pluto: what will we find this summer?
    Presented Spring, 2015 by Professor Collins






  • Serious games: using computer simulations in a climate change roleplaying activity

    Presented on Wed., Oct. 21st at 12:30 p, in Chase Small by Jason Goodman, Assoc. Prof. of Physics.

    Role-playing activities are a great way to help students understand the challenges involved in real-world negotiations, such as those required to combat anthropogenic climate change. But students often reach unrealistically amicable solutions, because they lack the historical context and partisan viewpoint of real negotiators. They are also often unable to verify that their negotiated solutions achieve their goals. I will discuss several strategies for making mock climate change negotiations more challenging and fun, including rigged briefing materials, scoring systems, and most notable, a real-time computer climate model which simulates the outcome of proposed climate change agreements during the negotiation.

    All are welcome to attend the next Faculty Lunch talks presented by Jason Goodman, Associate Professor of Physics.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

     Click here for the full schedule for Fall 2015.

  • Exposing the secret lives of black holes

    Presented by Dipankar Maitra, Assist. Prof. of Physics and Astronomy on Thurs., Oct. 15th at 12:30 in Chase Small. Read more…

    Do black holes exist in the universe? If so, how big are they? Do they spin? What other properties might they have? Do they really gobble up everything thrown at them? What does their immediate physical environment look/fee like? Professor Maitra will discuss our current understanding (ignorance, to be more accurate) of these issues.

    The next Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Dipankar Maitra, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy on:

    Thursday, October 15, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

    All are welcome to attend this and all of the faculty lunch talks. For the full schedule for Fall, 2015, click here.




  • How estrogen talks with breast cancer cells

    Hilary Gaudet, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Thurs., October 8, 2015 in Chase Small. All are welcome.

    Patients with systemic breast cancer require aggressive therapeutic intervention and despite treatment, these patients often have a poor prognosis. Estrogen is known to play an important role in promoting breast progression from primary cancer to metastatic disease. How estrogen talks to breast cancer cells and a new potential target for a breast cancer treatment will be revealed in this talk.

    Hilary Gaudet, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry will present the next Faculty Lunch talk. Please join us on:

    Thursday, October 8, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small

    Click here for the complete schedule of Faculty Lunch Talks for Fall, 2015.



  • The Night of the Hunter, Bertolt Brecht, and the film yet unseen

    Please join Visiting Assist. Prof. James Byrne, Dept. of Eng., for the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Tuesday, September 29th in Chase Small. Read more…

    Visiting Assistant Professor James Byrne, English, will discuss the film The Night of the Hunter. Listed by the Cahiers du Cinema as the second greatest film of all time, and by British Film Institute as one of the top ten movies you should see by the age of fourteen, The Night of the Hunter remains today a film not fully seen by its audience. this talk hopes to reveal a little more of the majesty of this film by discussing the "love affair" of Brecht and Laughton, and the masterful influence Brecht's theories on epic theater have on the version of the film.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015
    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Chase Small



  • (RE) SOURCE EXTRACTION: An Artist Talk

    Please join Assist. Prof. of Art/Art History, Kelly Goff on Wed., Sept. 23, 2015 in Chase Small. Read more…

    Kelly Goff will discuss the role of place in the practice of visual art. Illustrated by images captured during recent excursions in Southwest Alaska and the Ecuadorian Amazon, this talk will trace the development of several of Professor Goff's sculptural projects. Whether working on location or sifting through material in the studio, the projects emerge from a site-informed mode of inquiry where aesthetics, vernacular technologies and politics all play a part.

    Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: *Chase Small

    *Please note the new location for this luncheon event.

    (The Fall 2015 Faculty Lunch Talks will be posted by the end of September with a full schedule of dates and talk titles.)