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  • A Time Machine for Texts is Invented at Wheaton: rolling window analysis and the pre-history of manuscripts

    Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    A new method of computer-assisted analysis, invented here at Wheaton, allows us to reconstruct the transmission histories of medieval manuscripts, recovering information that was thought to be forever lost. What we call "Rolling Window Analysis" uses subtle variations in the distribution of allographs (different letters used to represent the same sound) to identify sections of manuscripts that have sources or transmission histories different from those of the main body of the text. Correlating the rolling window analysis with study of the content and style of the texts allows us to see how they were created, copied and modified. The remarkable coincidence of a new archeological find confirming one of our most dramatic discoveries shows the value and potential of the techniques, which were developed collaboratively by students and faculty in the Lexomics Research Group. All are welcome to attend.

    Presented by Mike Drout, Professor of English
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm
    President’s Dining Room

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

  • Seamus Heaney, Francisco Goya, and Unveiling the Myth of History

    The first of the Spring 2015 Faculty Lunch Talks is presented by James Byrne, Visiting Assist.Professor of English. All are welcome. Wed., Feb. 11 at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    This Wednesday lunchtime, James Byrne will attempt to ‘walk the walk’ of the act his students would claim he ‘talks the talk’. He will attempt to both perform and show the value of critical reading by closely analyzing “Summer 1969” by Seamus Heaney – nothing like the Bryan Adam’s song – to show how Heaney’s deep reflection on Goya’s aesthetic allows him to reimagine and challenge the historical reality of violence in Northern Ireland.

    Presented by James Byrne, Visiting Assistant Professor of English.
    All are welcome to attend.

    Faculty Lunch Talk
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    President’s Dining Room
    12:30 p.m.

    Click here for the schedule of all Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks.

  • Spring 2015 Faculty Lunch Talks announced

    The Office of the Provost announces the Spring 2015 schedule of Faculty Luncheon Talks. Read more…

    The Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks schedule of titles and faculty presenters is now complete. Descriptions will be added to the schedule as they are received. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost and a chance to present work in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to.

    Click here for the current Spring 2015 Faculty Luncheon Talks schedule.
    Click here for previously held faculty lunch talk titles and descriptions. You will also find links to talks from previous semesters archived for easy reference.

     

     

     

  • Guardians of discourse: journalism and literature in Porfirian Mexico (1887-1912)

    Kevin Anzzolin, Visiting Asst. Instr., Hispanic Studies analyzes the role and representation of journalism in literary texts from Porfirian Mexico at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., Dec. 4th, 12:30 pm in PDR

    Presented by Kevin Anzzolin, Visiting Assistant Instructor of Hispanic Studies

    Under President Porfirio Diaz (1876-1911) Mexico was quickly transformed by new-found social stability, ongoing political liberalization, and significant economic expansion. And yet, intellectuals in Diaz's Mexico were deeply disquieted by the fact that Mexico seemed to consistently lack one of the other cornerstone features of the modern nation-state: namely, what Jürgen Habermas first conceptualized as a 'public sphere'—an enlightened, objective, and necessarily extra governmental space where participants could bracket their particular socio-economic status in order to actively participate in rational debate.

    Curiously enough, Porfirian intellectuals turned to literature in order to shape a concept of the 'public', establish the social position of particular citizens, and meditate upon the character of Mexico's civil institutions. Most specifically, in this presentation, I analyze the role and representation of journalism in literary texts from Porfirian Mexico. By exploring works by Porfirian writers and with a special consideration for the social and historical milieu in which their works were produced, I demonstrate that a primary goal of the lettered class was to define the character of public life.

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend the final Faculty Lunch Talk of the fall semester, given by Visiting Assistant Instructor Kevin Anzzolin.

    Thursday, December 4, 2014
    12:30-1:30 pm
    President's Dining Room

     

  • Jewish flavor principles as culinary 'Midrash': how texts and tastes shape Jewish cultural identy

    Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Prof. of Religion presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., Nov. 13th, 12:30 pm, PDR. Read more…

    Jewish flavor principles are cultural expansions and interpretations of the basic physiological building blocks of our perception of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami flavors and accompanying aromas and textures that make desirable or repugnant to us. The principles can be articulated as "cultural" prescriptions, their effect is to make some flavors pleasurable, others disgusting. Jewish scriptural and ritual traditions such as the kosher laws and seasonal food prescriptions "evaluatively condition" certain flavors or combinations of flavors into what I am calling "Jewish flavor principles."

    Jonathan Brumberg-Kraus, Professor of Religion presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Please join in. All are welcome to attend:

    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    12:30-1:30 pm
    President's Dining Room

     For a complete listing of Fall 2014 Faculty Lunch Talks, click here:   http://wheatoncollege.edu/provost/files/2014/10/Faculty-Lunch-Talk-Schedule-Fall-2014.pdf

  • Anthropomorphism in dog owners: relationships to training and dog behavior

    Kathy Morgan, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Tues., Nov. 4 at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    In the social and natural sciences, anthropomorphism of nonhuman beings is generally a no-no. But is it necessarily a bad thing? In this talk, Kathy Morgan, Associate Professor of Psychology, present the results of a study conducted by her students last summer of how anthropomorphism in dog owners predicts their use of punishment and reinforcement in training, and the number of problem behaviors that they report in their dogs.

    Professor Morgan's Faculty Lunch Talk is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

     

  • The Midterm U.S. Senate elections are next week...who will win? What difference does it make?

    Prof. Jay Goodman, Pol. Sc., explains factors that will determine the outcome of next week’s elections at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Thurs., Oct. 30th, 12:30-1:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome to attend.

    Professor Goodman explains the factors that will determine the outcome and talk about some of the ten states which are in play. Most experts think the Republicans will win the plus six they need to capture control.

    Professor Jay Goodman, Professor of Political Science presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk. The talk is scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

     

     

     

  • Bangladesh a year and a half after the Rana Plaza disaster: joint liability and reforming the global garment industry

    “But just how much change has taken place since Rana Plaza?” Prof. John Miller, Econ., discusses safety conditions following the tragic factory building collapse that killed 1139 Bangladeshi garment workers in 2013. Wed., Oct. 22 at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    johnmiller-122x122On April 24, 2013 the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed killing 1139 Bangladeshi garment workers. After Rana Plaza, Bangladesh and the international garment industry had reached a crossroad. The policies that had led to the stunning growth of the Bangladeshi garment industry had so tarnished the "Made In Bangladesh" label that they were no longer sustainable.

    But just how much change has taken place since Rana Plaza? That is the focus of my talk. I pay special attention to the accord on fire and building safety in Bangladesh initiated and signed by major European retailers which makes these brands jointly responsible (along with their subcontractors) for the safety conditions in the factories that make the clothing, and "jointly liable" when safety conditions are violated.

    The Faculty Lunch talk is presented by John Miller, Professor of Economics. The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in President's Dining Room. All are welcome to attend.

  • All together now: implementing and evaluating the Writer's Workshop

    Chera LaForge, Asst. Prof. Indiana Univ. East and Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doc Teaching Fellow presents “…lessons learned from teaching experiments on adapting the Writer’s Workshop to teach non-fiction, scientific prose across a range of social science courses.” Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014, 12:30 (PDR). Read more…

    Writing is among the most valuable, most transferable, and most difficult skills students learn in college. Yet, too often teaching and talking about writing are relegated to first year rhetoric courses. Borrowing from the field of education, and the habits of professional writers, Dr. LaForge and Dr. Irish present their research into an alternative method of writing instructions: the Writer's Workshop. The Writer's Workshop is a student-focused, cooperative method of writing instruction. Preliminary findings suggest that the Writer's Workshop can help professors teach and students meaningfully talk about writing, even in large classes. This faculty lunch talk will present the lessons learned fro the two years of teaching experiments on adapting the Writer's Workshop to teach non-fiction, scientific prose across a range of social science courses.

    Presented by Chera LaForge, Assistant Professor, Indiana University East and Professor Adam Irish, Mellon Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow in Political Science and International Relations. All are welcome.

    Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm in President's Dining Room.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Context-specific approaches for image caption generation

    Rebecca Mason, Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in Math and Computer Science, presents the first Faculty Lunch Talk of Fall 2014 on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm in PDR. All are welcome.

    Automatic image captioning is a challenging Artificial Intelligence task. Given an image file, the objective is to automatically generate a natural language description of its salient visual content. This talk describes professor mason's research modeling correlations between image and text features, which are learned from examples of captioned images found on the Internet. She will present results from applications in social media and online shopping websites.

    Please join Professor Mason on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for the first Faculty Lunch Talk of the Fall semester.  12:30 pm in PDR