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  • 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


  • New countries make new men: race, hyper-masculinity and the (un)making of the Irish as American in Edward Harrigan's the Mulligan Guard Ball

    Presented by James Byrne, Visiting Assist. Prof., English on Thursday, Nov. 10th at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more>>>

    How the Irish became white, to quote Noel Ignatiev's title, may have had far less to do with race and far more to do with gender. I am currently in the middle of doing research on the possible part gender played in the cultural conditioning of the post-famine Irish immigrant as neophyte American. I hope to (re)complicate the often reductive argument about the role race played in the reproduction of the Irish as American in the late nineteenth century, and would love to talk to you, and to hear any opinions or advice you have on this.

    The next Faculty Lunch Talks is presented by James Byrne, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and scheduled on:

    Thursday, November 10th
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Community Conversations: Writing About Racism Past and Present

    Join Professors Campana, Foley, Lebduska and Sarhan for a Community Conversations workshop that invites participants to write about and discuss recent and historic images of racism and protest. Tues., Nov. 1st at 5:00 pm, Meneely 306

    Writing can be a private way to process complex thoughts and feelings that we may have in response to racism. When shared with others, writing can also be a way of broadening or changing our perspective and of connecting to community.

    This is the first of two workshops held this week. Join Professors Campana, Foley, Lebduska and Sarhan for a workshop that invites participants to write about and discuss recent and historic images of racism and protest.

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016
    5:00 pm
    Meneely 306

    Please note: the workshop, What We Know About State Violence has been postponed and will be offered by Professors Torres, Kim and de Alba on the Spring 2017 series of Community Conversations.

  • No one's a smoker, but everyone smokes: Recent trends in college smoking

    Michael Berg, Prof., Psych., presents research on behavioral differences between those who do and do not identify as smokers and a discussion on campus smoking trends. Please join us Wed., Nov. 2nd, PDR at 12:30 pm.

    Although U.S. tobacco use has steadily declined over the past decade, many college students continue to smoke on a small but regular basis. In fact, young adults aged 18-25 have the highest rate of tobacco use of any age group in the U.S., with the majority smoking only intermittently. Perhaps most surprisingly, college students who only smoke occasionally do not even self-identify as smokers, reserving the term “smoker” for addicted, heavy users, drawing a parallel distinction between “occasional smoking” and being a “smoker” to having “the occasional drink” versus being an “alcoholic.” Research will be presented on the behavioral and attitudinal differences between those who do and do not identify as smokers followed by an open discussion of campus smoking trends.

    This Faculty Lunch Talk is presented by Michael Berg, Professor of Psychology. All are welcome to attend.
    Please join us  on:

    Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
    12:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room


  • The first Latino disenfranchisement: race, ethnicity, and determining the boundries of citizenship in the USA

    Assoc. Prof. John Bezis-Selfa, Hist., explores Latinos struggles for citizenship and for voting rights during this period–and how their struggles inform our understanding of what citizenship has meant historically in the US. All are welcome…Thurs., Oct. 27th, 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision, people of color have confronted a wave of efforts intended to limit their ability to vote. Such efforts are not new and Latinos were among their principal targets a century ago, particularly in the Southwest. My presentation explores and explains this first Latino disenfranchisement—how Latinos became citizens and the adult men among them gained the right to vote, how and why Anglos took that right from thousands of them, how some fought to regain and assert that right, and how their disenfranchisement and their struggle inform our understanding of what citizenship has meant historically in the US.

    Presented by John Bezis-Selfa, Associate Professor of History. All are welcome to attend.

    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Explaining Mansplaining

    Assoc. Prof. John Partridge, Philosophy presents the next Lunch Talk on the harms of “mansplaining” as a “pre-emptive testimonial injustice” that objectifies and silences women. Please join us on Tues., Oct. 18 at 12:30 pm in PDR I&II. All are welcome!

    In this presentation, Professor Partridge will examine Rebecca Solnit’s rich description (in the short essay, “Men Explain Things to Me”) of an experience that was later dubbed “mansplaining.” Partridge treats mansplaining as a specific kind of communicative dysfunction in which a man wrongs a woman in her capacity as a knower. Drawing on the work of Miranda Fricker, Partridge will discuss the harms of mansplaining as a “pre-emptive testimonial injustice” that objectifies and silences women. Partridge argues that among other types of bad explainers, who may be merely annoying, the mansplainer’s ignorance reveals him to be an epistemic fraud and credibility thief. Partridge will close by looking to field virtue, epistemology and elsewhere for ways to reduce the frequency and severity of "mansplaining."

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    12:30 pm
    President's Dining Room


    Presented by John Partridge, Associate Professor of Philosophy

  • The politics of the headscarf in the United States

    Aubrey Westfall, Assist. Prof., Pol. Sc., focuses her talk on the political behavior and membership of Muslim-American women and their implications for the American demos. Tues., Oct. 4th at 12:30 pm in PDR.

    Unlike many other developed countries, the United States has never experienced its own “headscarf affair.” Nevertheless, the subject of Muslim head covering is highly politicized: The United States' permissive legal structure allows the headscarf to function as a symbolic boundary marker, but the discriminatory social environment threatens to calcify the boundary and divide society. This project develops its central argument through the examination of survey data from nearly 2,000 Muslim-American women in 49 states, and rich qualitative data from 17 focus group interviews with 72 women in seven American cities with large Muslim populations. The presentation will focus on the political behavior and membership of Muslim-American women and their implications for the American demos.

    12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Tuesday, October 4, 2016
    PDR I & II

    Presented by Aubrey Westfall, Assistant Professor of Political Science.