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  • The Slow Professor Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy

    Presented and facilitated by Nancy Kendrick, Lisa Lebduska, Karen McCormack, and Dana Polanichka. Please join the discussion! Tues., March 28th at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    A presentation of Barbara Seeber and Maggie Berg’s thought-provoking book, followed by an open discussion about Wheaton’s own culture.
    Presented and facilitated by Nancy Kendrick, Lisa Lebduska, Karen McCormack, and Dana Polanichka.

    Tuesday, March 28th
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

    All are welcome to attend.

  • "The Tomb in which my Body will be Buried," The Text through which my Soul will be Saved

    Presented by Dana Polanichka, Assoc. Prof., History on Thur., March 23, 2017 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome to attend.

    In the 841 CE, a Frankish noblewoman named Dhuoda found herself abandoned by her husband and separated from her two sons. In desperation, she drafted a lengthy handbook of advice to her absent sons. This talk explores that remarkable text, focusing on the challenge of disentangling sin from illness in the early medieval world.

    Presented by Dana Polanichka, Associate Professor of History.  All are welcome to attend.

    Thursday, March 23rd
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room


  • The Philosophy of Immigration and the Problem of Statelessness

    Presented by Stephen Mathis, Assoc. Professor of Philosophy – Thurs., March 9th in PDR. Read more>>>

    Many political philosophers defend the right of nations to control their own immigration policies and to decide who can be a citizen and who cannot. Certain forms of statelessness, however, seem to pose problems for this view: in nations without birthright citizenship, for example, some children end up born stateless. Though these nations may have a right to control their own immigration policies and requirements for citizenship, they do not have the right to harm non-citizens for no good reason, and rendering someone stateless is a particularly severe harm.

    Presented by Stephen Mathis, Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Please join us:

    Thursday, March 9, 2017
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

    Click here for the Faculty Lunch Talk Spring schedule: Faculty Lunch Talks Spring 2017

  • Eisenstein's Excellent Mexican Adventure: ¡Que viva México!

    Francoise Rosset, Assoc. Prof. of Russian offers insight into Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s film described as “an episodic, anthropological and political journey through the culture of Mexico.” Tues., Feb. 28th, 12:30 pm in PDR.

    The artistic product of three countries, ¡Que viva México! is Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein's oddest and least-known film. It is an episodic, anthropological and political journey through the culture of Mexico. After miles of film shot on location in 1931, it almost didn't see the light of day.

    Presented by Francoise Rosset, Associate Professor of Russian.

    Tuesday, February 28th
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

    For a listing of all Spring 2017 semester Faculty Lunch Talks, click on the following link: Faculty Lunch Talks 2017

  • 1970's Spanish Fashion: Democracy Prêt-à-porter

    Presented by Francisco Fernández de Alba, Assoc. Prof., Hisp. Studies on Wed., Feb. 22nd at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome to attend.

    1970's Spanish Fashion: Democracy Prêt-à-porter" examines the evolution of Spanish haute couture, its demise, and the emergence of new post-modern fashion designers in the context of the Spanish transition from General Franco's dictatorship to democracy.
    Presented by Francisco Fernández de Alba, Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies

    Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Time: 12:30 pm
    Location: President’s Dining Room, Emerson Hall

    For a full listing of spring 2017 Faculty Lunch Talks, please access the following link: Faculty Lunch Talks 2017

  • Party in the streets: The activist street band phenomenon

    Patrick Johnson, Asst. Prof., Filmmaking, will screen his short films “Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands” (6:40) and “Parade” (3:17), and discuss the activities and inclusive culture of activist street bands. Please join us on Tues., Feb. 7, 2017 in PDR.

    Please join us for the first Faculty Lunch talk of the spring semester.  The talk will be given by Patrick Johnson, Assistant Professor of Filmmaking. Patrick will screen his short films "Honk: A Festival of Activist Street Bands" (6:40) and "Parade" (3:17), and discuss the activities and inclusive culture of activist street bands. All are welcome to attend.

    Tuesday, February 7, 2017
    12:30 pm
    PDR I and II

    Click here for a list of all Faculty Lunch Talks scheduled for Spring 2017.

  • January 2017 Workshop Schedule

    January workshops begin on Thursday, January 19th and run through Tuesday, January 24th. Click here for descriptions and the current workshop schedule.

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Digital Humanities at Wheaton: Featuring Flash Talks followed by discussion of opportunities to create a DH minor at Wheaton College. To sign up for Flash Talks (five-minute presentations of DH teaching and research) contact Kathryn Tomasek or Mark LeBlanc.
    Location: Knapton 114
    Time: 9:00 - 1:00 pm (Workshop begins at 9:30 am to 12:30 pm; coffee and pastries available at 9:00 am.)

    IMAGINE Workshops for Faculty and Staff
    Experience virtual reality and learn about its possibilities as a teaching tool.
    Location: Meneely 201
    HATCH (the Humanities Arts and Technology Creative Hub)
    Time: Open between 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Contact: Patrick Johnson

    Laser cutter workshop: learn to design, cut and engrave wood, plastic, and fabric as easily as printing a syllabus.
    Location: Lab 213 (old science center)
    Time: Open between 12:30 - 2:30 pm
    Contact: Jason Goodman

    Monday, January 23, 2017

    Curriculum Retreat (full-day): A full-day retreat for faculty and selected staff to continue the work on components of our existing curriculum. Facilitated by: The Curriculum Review Steering Committee
    Location: Hindle Auditorium
    Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Click here for (draft) Agenda.
    Coffee & pastries, lunch, and wine/beer provided

    Refreshments provided by the Provost & President's Office.
    (Note: Additional workshops may be scheduled by departments; contact Assoc. Prov. Shawn Christian or the department chair.) 

  • Bearing babies, bearing class: How maternal body-care practices reflect and reproduce inequality

    Presented by Kate Mason, Asst. Professor of Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies on Wed., Nov. 30 at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more>>>

    Professor Mason's research uses interviews and participant observation to ask how mothers in different classes grapple with the medicalized demands of pregnancy and new motherhood. For middle-class women, striving to meet the increased bodily expectations of motherhood can create intense feelings of competition and status anxiety as they adopt various body-care regimens (often described as part of the so-called "Mommy Wars"). For the poor and working-class women Professor Mason will talk about this week, however, health and nutrition education programs offer young, single mothers—often women of color—the chance to be recognized simply as "good mothers" so long as they "make healthy choices" and care for their bodies in state-approved ways. Looking at the case of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, Professor Mason examines both the ideological underpinnings of this approach as well as its practical effects.

    Presented by Kate Mason, Asst. Professor of Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies

    Wednesday, November 30th
    12:30 p.m. President's Dining Room

  • Following the tantrums of a little black hole from the roof of our science center, and figuring out what it wants

    Dipankar Maitra, Assist. Prof. of Physics & Astronomy presents comparative data of a sudden “epoch of violent activity” as observed by astronomers at Wheaton and from around the globe. Tues., Nov. 15th at 12:30 pm, PDR.

    During June 2015, for a span of about two weeks, the immediate surroundings of a black hole, otherwise quietly accreting matter from a nearby companion star, suddenly became about 100,000 times brighter. Joining other baffled astronomers around the globe, we observed this source for two full nights during this epoch of violent activity using a telescope on our roof. Professor Maitra will present the rich data that was obtained, and in conjunction with other observations made around the world, discuss what might have been going on near the black hole at that time.

    Presented by Dipankar Maitra, Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy.

    Please join us:

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Community Conversations: 2016 Presidential Race Election Debrief

    Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 4:30 pm., Cole Memorial Chapel

    Join Brad Bishop, Asst. Professor of Political Science, Provost Renée White and Kate Kenny, Dean of Students and members of the Wheaton community for a discussion of Tuesday's election results; and to reflect on what the election results mean, what we learned and where we go from here.

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Date: November 9, 2016
    Time: 4:30 pm
    Location: Cole Memorial Chapel

    Refreshments will be served.

    Dennis Hanno, president
    Renée White, provost
    Gene Begin, vice president of marketing and communications
    Merritt Crowley, vice president for college advancement
    Brian Douglas, executive vice president of finance and administration
    Grant Gosselin, vice president, dean of admission and student aid
    Michael Graca, assistant vice president of communications
    Kate Kenny, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
    Kristen Turcotte, assistant to the president