Forum

The Forum provides opportunities for community members to offer public presentations on their scholarly and other interests. The Forum meets on most Thursday afternoons during the academic year, from 4:15-5:15. Presentations are informal, generally lasting about 40 minutes, and are followed by a question and discussion period to end the hour.

All are welcome to attend — students are especially encouraged — and refreshments are provided.

September 4, 2014
Erica Rademacher and John Clarkson (Career Services)
GDCC Presidents Conference Room at St. Ben's 4:15pm
LinkedIn 101: Connecting to Alums, Students, and Colleagues

You've heard of LinkedIn, you might have a profile, and/or students are requesting recommendations from you on LinkedIn. Career Services would like to answer all your questions around LinkedIn and walk you through the benefits of using LinkedIn as a faculty member. We'll talk about connecting to others, joining groups, engaging in discussions around topics of interest, and following and/or connecting to employers and organizations.

September 11, 2014 
Erica Stonestreet
Quad 360 at St. John's 4:15pm
Congratulations and Condolences: Incorporating Burden, Love and Community into Identity as a Mother of Multiples

It's difficult to explain what defines being a mother of multiples (MoM), other than that it's more of everything involved in mothering-work, joy...equipment. This essay will combine personal and philosophical insight to explore the intertwining of burden, love, and community in building identity as a mother of multiples.

In the "more" of MoMhood, three things stand out. Initially salient is the utter burden of infant twins. MoMs say that "it never ends": somebody always needs you, and somebody's needs are almost always not being met (babies', Daddy's, Mommy's). For me, burden was the primary experience of mothering multiples for several months. Simultaneously, however, two developments help MoMs cope with the burden. First, MoMs say that their capacity to love increases. Loving multiples requires work to know and develop several selves at once-including Mommy's. Second, the community of MoMs is a source of comfort and understanding. For example, MoMs are less judgmental and more supportive than other communities of mothers. They taught me to resist cultural norms of intensive mothering, and that I'm a "rock star" just for being a MoM.

Thus, this essay will argue that multiple motherhood is defined in large part by extra burden, love, and community-and that none of these things would be what it is without the others.

September 18, 2014
Sophia Geng
GDCC Presidents Conference room at St. Ben's 4:15pm
Hu Ji Storytelling Festival: How can A Heritage Change a Community

Deploying theories on resilience and ontological security, this paper explores ways in which Hu Ji Storytelling Festival, an "intangible cultural heritage" registered by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, can become a driving force to enhance the well-being of its hosting community, Hu Ji town. This paper first explores the Festival's significance, or the lack of it, in the identity of the Hu Ji town, historically, culturally, politically and economically. Following, the paper points out inadequacies and limitations of the Festival, in its current forms, as an engine for a healthier, culturally richer and more prosperous community. Finally, this paper gives concrete suggestions that would be instrumental for the Festival to change, renew and adjust to become integral to the wellness of the community on a larger scale, and to contribute to a more optimistic future.

 

September 25, 2014
 Mary Jane Berger
Gorecki 204A at St. Ben's 4:15pm
Service in South Africa: orphans, school children, and social services

As Director of the 2014 Study Abroad Semester in South Africa, I have been asked by the 30 students in my group to give them a forum during which they can present the true picture and the depth of their study abroad experiences, especially the volunteer work they did. We will use short videos as well as an electronic Newsletter produced by the students, which will show pictures as well as give the students a chance to tell stories.

Many of the group of 30 will be involved in the presentation and storytelling.

October 9, 2014
 C.A. Chase
Quad 360 at St. John's 4:15pm
Church-as-Bond: the Legacy of Vatican II 

In 1965, at the end of Vatican II, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World 'Gaudium et spes' came into being. This constitution was neither addressed simply to Catholics, nor to just believers in Christ, but was a statement from the Church to "all men [and women] of good will." The Council moved the Church away from an exclusivist identity as a 'perfect society' which was indifferent to the world. Through the 'event' of Vatican II, the Church aligned its identity with a 'serving church' being in-the-world and for the world. In article 42, the Council came to exhort the Church to see itself as "a function, a light, an energy," and to serve God and the world as "a close bond" between the diverse, often hostile, elements that constitute the world.
How did the Council envision this radical existential change of identity and purpose? How did this stand against the backdrop of the Church's history? How did this stand against the secular understanding of the age? Fifty years have passed. The important development in twentieth century ecclesiology marked by 'Gaudium et spes' is one still vital in the twenty-first century: to a Church in a world measured by cell phones, big data, Facebook, the Islamic State, AIDS, the 99%, human rights, and the re-emergence of fascism in Europe and violent fundamentalism across the globe.

 

October 16, 2014 
Mary Geller and Doug Mullin
Quad 264 at St. John's 4:15pm
Lessons learned regarding Title IX and Sexual Misconduct on Campus  

Most American educators are familiar with Title IX as the federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Since its passage in 1972, the primary of impact of Title IX has been to create greater equity in athletic programming for women and men. In 2011 the Office for Civil Rights issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" indicating a broadened interpretation of Title IX which requires educational institutions that receive federal funding to "respond promptly and effectively to sexual violence against students in accordance with the requirements of Title IX."

Because CSB and SJU are separate institutions with joint Academic programs and requirements but separate athletic programs, our institutional focus in dealing with Title IX has been on gender equity in academic programs and requirements rather than athletics. Now with the expansion of Title IX as well as other federal legislation including Campus SaVE (Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act of 2013) and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013), concerns about sexual violence among students has become highly intensified concern of our institutions. Mary Geller, VP for Student Development and Title IX Coordinator for CSB, and Doug Mullin OSB, VP for Student Development and Title IX Coordinator for SJU, will discuss what we have learned about the state and context of sexual violence at CSB/SJU, what is being done about it, and what more we believe still needs to be done.

 

October 23, 2014
Patricia Klug & Tom Sagerhorn
GDCC Presidents Conference Room at St. Ben's 4:15pm
Disability or Creative Ability: Reexamining our Misconceptions 

It's not a question of whether some students are made for college and academic work and some are not. Rather it's whether academic work reflects the creative and innovative intelligence that our dyslexic students possess and the world needs. If these students have ended up here at CSB/SJU, they have already shown great intelligence and an unbelievable voracity to succeed. These students come to us many times battered and bruised from the prejudicial system of education that has tried to box in and narrowly represent intelligence. On an individual basis, each student has learned a route that goes in, around, under, and above the traditional ways of learning. They have found ways to not merely cope, but to use their strengths to compensate for their weaknesses. This ability to creatively navigate the school system in order to succeed demonstrates a kind of intelligence that is needed but often goes unnoticed. Come find out about the extremely successful leaders in our communities and world that have dyslexia, and learn how you can help these extraordinary learners excel in our community.

 

October 30, 2014
Roy Ketchum
GDCC Presidents Conference Room at St. Ben's 4:15pm
Everyday Footprints: A Bilingual Poetry Reading and Discussion 

During the long winter of 2014, I led a Spanish language poetry writing workshop for students. With a selection of readings from Latin American poets as our source material and inspiration, we devoted ourselves to cultivating a writing practice and to generating poems of our own. We discovered along the way that poetry has the capacity to surprise us-if we let it. Poetry might think of itself as nothing more than words on the page, but we know better. This presentation will consist of a Spanish/English poetry reading and discussion on poetry's capacity to surprise us with what resides in everyday footprints.

 

November 6, 2014 
Robert Page
Quad 353 at St. John's 4:15pm
An Introduction to Conservation Genetics & the Wildlife Management Genetics of Invasive Lizards in Florida

Conservation genetics is an applied science that uses theories and techniques from evolutionary genetics to yield insights about how to conserve and restore biodiversity. Questions asked by practitioners of this discipline address a variety of issues, including: what is the best course of action for helping threatened populations persist? Is a particular group of organisms genetically distinct enough to warrant special protection? What is the optimal breeding program for captive populations of highly endangered species? And, what are the effects of habitat fragmentation and degradation on population genetic processes, such as gene flow? In this talk, I will introduce the field of conservation genetics by drawing on milestone examples from the discipline. I will then discuss ongoing research that I am conducting in this area that seeks to inform policy decisions about how best to manage large, invasive lizard species in Florida.

 

November 13, 2014
Mary Geller and Brandyn Woodward
GDCC Presidents Conference Room at St. Ben's 4:15pm
Weathering Difference: A Survey of the Climate at CSB/SJU

Spring 2014 the Intercultural Directions Council performed a climate survey to better understand how diverse differences, gender, race, religious background, sexuality, for example, mattered at CSBSJU for staff, students, and faculty. This session will be dedicated to the presentation and discussion of the results of that survey.

 

November 20, 2014
Ted Gordon
Quad 360 at St. John's 4:15pm
Genocide to Gaming: Cahuilla Activism and the Tribal Casino Movement

What began with a poker club on an isolated Indian reservation in the California desert now rivals the commercial casino industry. While Indian casinos have rapidly transformed native and non-native communities across North America, their growth entails indigenous traditions practiced for millennia. For the Cabazon Band, who opened that first poker club and later defended it before the Supreme Court, gambling is linked to their tradition of self-determination. In fact, the Cahuilla nations, which include the Cabazon Band, continue to exert cultural practices that have significantly altered California's development since the arrival of Europeans, even during state-endorsed genocide. After the California Gold Rush, most settlers assumed that all Indian communities would collapse due to perceived inferiority. However, by the early twentieth century the Cahuilla and other native nations began lobbying Congress to once again recognize their right to self-determination. Today, native nation revitalization efforts, especially tribal casinos, prompt more and more non-Indians to engage in economic and cultural activities initiated by natives. Yet, among the public there remains a dearth of knowledge about American Indians tribes; competing settler perspectives of native nations affect the processes of tribal revitalization. In this talk I link historical to contemporary Indian relations in Cahuilla territory, the epicenter of Indian gaming, in order to better understand how native and settler communities define themselves in relation to each other.

 

December 4, 2014 
Chuck Wright
Quad 360 at St. John's 4:15pm
Character development, ethical pluralism, and the practice of traditional Asian martial arts

Recently two iconoclastic moral philosophers - Gilbert Harman & John Doris - have argued that the very idea of character development through education is misguided because "character traits" do not exist. Most criticism of their work has aimed either at their interpretation of the psychological literature in question, or at their over simplified understanding of Aristotelian virtue ethics.

In this presentation I will examine responses to their work drawing upon the Confucian tradition of moral philosophy. The force of these replies arises from the deep consideration that the Confucian tradition has given both to the influence of situations on moral action as well as to the practical requirements of character formation.

While the Confucian perspective offers a compelling *theoretical* response to Harman and Doris's claims, the *practical* orientation of their perspective creates its own set of problems. For Confucius, Mencius and Xunzi, character formation can only be understood in relation to embodied engagement with the rituals, etiquette and rules of propriety associated with a shared and culturally prestigious model of a virtuous life. In the modern Western world there is no obvious equivalent - no widely endorsed set of embodied ethical practices through which character takes shape.

The presentation will investigate one possible exception to this cultural condition - the example of character education through traditional martial arts training, with particular emphasis on Aikido. I will look at how the formal etiquette of the dojo (training hall), the ethical expectations regulating interaction between students, and the moral commitments built into the techniques of Aikido can combine to satisfy the practical requirements that the Classical Confucians saw as necessary for the formation of moral virtues that could transcend the influence of contingent situations.