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  • 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.

  • Just where does local food live? Assessing farmers' markets in the United States

    Justin Schupp, Assistant Professor of Sociology presents the next Faculty Lunch Talk on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in PDR. All are welcome to attend.

    Participation in the local food movement has grown dramatically in the United States, with the farmers’ market being one of its most widespread and heavily promoted forums. Proponents argue that the interactions and transactions that occur at farmers’ markets benefit market participants, but, more importantly, have broader benefits for the neighborhoods they are located in and for society itself. The promise of these benefits raises several important questions, notably: where are farmers’ markets located and who has access to them? Using data from the USDA and US Census, this work explores the location of farmers’ markets areas across several geographic measurements, including at the national, census division, and census tract levels. Results reveal the following: 1) Perhaps not being as white of a movement as critics have suggested, farmers’ markets are almost exclusively a middle to middle-upper class phenomenon; and 2) Farmers’ markets are very unlikely to be found in neighborhoods with lower than average socio-economic statuses indicators, in specific divisions of the US, and in rural areas.

    Please join us for the next Faculty Lunch Talk presented by Justin Schupp, Assistant Professor of Sociology:

    Wednesday, September 28th
    12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    President's Dining Room

  • Building Community Together Workshop

    Please mark your calendars for a diversity workshop scheduled for Thursday, August 25, 2016, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm in Emerson Dining. A reception will follow at 4:00 pm. Read more…

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  • New Provost

    Wheaton College President Dennis M. Hanno announced that Renée T. White, a distinguished administrator as well as a scholar on race, gender and social inequality, has been appointed Provost following an intensive national search.

  • May 2016 Faculty Workshop Week

    Announcing the annual May Faculty Workshop and schedule for 2016. Please click here for a list of all faculty workshops scheduled for the week of 5/23 – 5/27/16.

    Click to download :  MAY 2016 FACULTY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

    Monday, May 23, 2016:

    • Curriculum Review All Faculty Workshop ( Full-Day )

      Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
      Location: Hindle Auditorium
      Contact: Scott Gelber
      Coffee and pastries from 8:30-9:00 am — Hindle Lobby.
      Lunch provided — SC Mars Davis Spencer Café.

    • All faculty reception will follow workshop.

      Time: 4:00 pm
      Location: SC Mars Davis Spencer Café.

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016:

    • Foreign Languages Workshop (Morning: 1/2 day)

    Time: 9:00 am
    Location: Language Lab, Meneely
    Contact: Nancy Evans
    Coffee and pastries from 8:30-9:00 am.

    • LIS Workshop on Information Literacy (Afternoon: 1/2 day workshop)

      Time: 1:00 pm
      Location: Greenaway Room, Library
      Contact: Sue Wawrzaszek
      Refreshments provided.

    Description: In 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries adopted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, a set of core concepts that provide a dynamic and flexible frame for information literacy instruction. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the six core concepts and related practices and dispositions set out by the Framework and consider how they can be applied at Wheaton to cultivate a community of self-sufficient lifelong learners. 

    Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

    • Market Research Workshop (Morning: 1/2 day workshop)

      Time: 10:30 am
      Location: Meneely 102
      Coffee and refreshments provided. 

    Description: Gene Begin, Vice President for Marketing and Communication, will lead a discussion on the College's prospective students' market research, introduce our brand strategy partner Minelli, Inc., and solicit insight and feedback for the brand discovery project.

    • Safe Zone Training (Afternoon: 1/2 day workshop)

      Time: 1:00 pm
      Location: Meneely 105
      Contact: Lexy Halpern and Tai Feaster
      Refreshments provided.

    Thursday, May 26, 2016:

    • FYS Workshop (Morning: 1/2 day workshop)

      Time: 9:00 am
      Location: SC B234
      Contact: Shawn Christian
      Coffee and pastries from 8:30-9:00 am.
      Lunch provided — SC Mars Davis Spencer Café.

    • Neuroscience Departmental Workshop (Morning: 1/2 day workshop)

      Time: 9:00 am
      Location: SC1313
      Contact: Rolf Nelson
      Coffee and pastries from 8:30-9:00 am.

    • Public Health Program Workshop (Morning: 1/2 day workshop)

      Time: 9:30 am
      Location: Meneely 102
      Contact: Michael Berg
      Coffee and pastries from 9:00-9:30 am.

    • HHM1 Faculty Workshop (1/2 day afternoon)

      Time: 1:00 pm
      Location: Greenaway Room, Library
      Contact: Meg Kirkpatrick
      Refreshments provided.

    Friday, May 27, 2016

    • CORE Advising Faculty Workshop (1/2 day morning)

      Time: 9:00 am
      Location: Meneely 301
      Contact: Jocelyn Emerson
      Coffee and pastries from 8:30-9:00 am.