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  • The dark side of shareholder litigation: evidence from corporate takeovers

    Eddie Zhao, Assistant Professor of Business and Management presents a talk on the effects of shareholder litigation at the next Faculty Lunch Talk. Wed., Feb. 24th at 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    The value effect of shareholder litigation has been controversial. Exploiting the staggered adoption of universal demand (UD) laws by 23 states between 1989 and 2005 as quasi-natural experiments, we show that reduced shareholder litigation threat improves corporate takeover efficiency. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find that acquirers from states that adopt UD laws experience significantly higher abnormal announcement stock returns. We also document that UD laws are associated with better long-run post-merger operating performances. Taken together, our findings suggest that the threat of shareholder litigation leads to inefficient mergers and acquisitions and therefore destroys value ex ante.

    Wednesday's Faculty Lunch talk is presented by Eddie Zhao, Assistant Professor of Business and Management. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    Time: 12:30 - 1:30 pm
    Place: President's Dining Room

     

     

  • The women who counted and buried the dead in early morning England

    Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow Wanda Henry, History, presents the first in the series of Spring 2016 Faculty Lunch Talks. All are welcome. Thurs., Feb. 18, 2016, 12:30 pm in PDR. Read more…

    From the early sixteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century, women examined, counted, and buried the dead in London. Initially, the women served as part of an early warning system to help Tudor monarchs and other elites flee from plague, and later, parish clerks published the numbers in bills of mortality. Despite criticism about lack of medical training, parishes expanded the women’s responsibilities and relied upon these “searchers of the dead” to determine all causes of death. Historians have assumed that Parliament established the General Register Office to supplant women searchers with medical men, acting as registrars. In this presentation, I will give an overview of the women’s work and explain how undertakers, rather than medical men, replaced the women as reporters of cause of death.

    Presented by Wanda Henry, Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in History

    Thursday, February 18th
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Faculty Lunch Talks announced for Spring 2016

    The Faculty Luncheon Talk series provides a forum for faculty to present newly completed research and works in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost. Click here for the current schedule for Spring 2016. Click here to find […]

    The Faculty Luncheon Talk series provides a forum for faculty to present newly completed research and works in progress. All faculty are encouraged to attend and learn what their colleagues are up to. Speakers receive a free lunch courtesy of the Provost.

    Click here for the current schedule for Spring 2016.
    Click here to find Faculty Lunch Talks and descriptions archived in chronological order for easy reference.

  • January Faculty Workshop Annoucement

    The workshops are scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click above for descriptions, times and locations of each workshop.

    The January Faculty workshop are scheduled to be held on Monday, January 25, 2016. The three workshop titles and descriptions are listed below.

    How to improve your department's website

    In this workshop, the Web Strategy team will walk you through WordPress--the application our campus
    uses to manage WheatonCollege.edu. We’ll show you how to perform basic tasks, and provide guidance
    for improving the appearance and usability of your department’s website. Coffee and refreshments
    will be provided.

    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Greenaway Room, Library

    Lunch with LIS

    Please join Sue Wawrzaszek and Tracey Leger-Hornby for an informal discussion on LIS Research and
    Instruction Services. What essential services and resources should we plan for? How do our
    makerspaces, online resources, and other innovations change how we think about R&I services? What
    concerns do you have as we begin a strategic planning process for this essential area of faculty
    and student support?

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to Bernice Morrissey for the luncheon workshop.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: May Room, Mary Lyon

    The 'ins and outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities

    Come to this interactive workshop sponsored by Disability Services to learn more about the
    process and some quick and 'easy' tips to reach diverse learners.
    Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    Location: SC1314

    Please contact Associate Provost Shawn Christian for questions and/or additional information. Coffee, refreshments and the luncheon is courtesy of the Office of the Provost.

    Click here for: printable workshop schedule. 

  • Faculty Workshop: The 'ins & outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities

    2:00-4:30 pm on Monday, January 25th in SC1314.

    Come to this interactive workshop sponsored by Disability Services to learn more about the process and some quick and 'easy' tips to reach diverse learners. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

    Time: 2:00 - 4:30 pm
    Location: SC1314

    "The 'ins and outs' of providing accommodations for students with disabilities" is the third of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

  • Faculty Workshop: Lunch with LIS

    12:00-1:30 pm, Monday, January 25th in the May Room, Mary Lyon. >>Read more…

    Please join Sue Wawrzaszek and Tracey Leger-Hornby for an informal discussion on LIS Research and Instruction Services. What essential services and resources should we plan for? How do our makerspaces, online resources, and other innovations change how we think about R&I services? What concerns do you have as we begin a strategic planning process for this essential area of faculty and student support?

    Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP to bmorriss@wheatoncollege.edu to attend the Lunch with LIS workshop.

    Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
    Location: May Room, Mary Lyon

    "Lunch with LIS" is the second of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

     

  • Faculty Workshop: How to Improve Your Department's Website

    9:30-11:30 am, Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Greenaway Room, Library.

    In this workshop, the Web Strategy team will walk you through WordPress--the application our campus uses to manage WheatonCollege.edu. We’ll show you how to perform basic tasks, and provide guidance for improving the appearance and usability of your department’s website.

    Date: Monday, January 25, 2016
    Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
    Location: Greenaway Room, Library

    "How to Improve Your Department's Website" is the first of three January Faculty Workshops scheduled for Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the full list of January 2016 Faculty Workshops.
    Contact: Shawn Christian, Associate Provost

  • 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