Spring 2010

Spring 2010 Friday Forums:

January 29, 2010
God, Dogs and Eco-spirituality: A Dog Sledding Retreat Experience
The Little Theater, Quad 346 (SJU)

January 2nd through the 6th marked the dates of a long expedition from St. Joseph, Minnesota. There were 13 students from CSB/SJU along with two members from the Monastery who embarked on the journey to discover more about ourselves, their spirituality, entrepreneurship, and...dog sledding. A presentation by the travelers will include the experience of being "hit in the head with God's 2 x 4 of beauty" and the impact that will have on all their lives to come.

February 5, 2010
Have a Great Idea, But No Money? The Student Philanthropy Fund Can Give It To You
Student Philanthropy
The Little Theater, Quad 346 (SJU)

Have a great idea for a project, but don't know where to get the money to fund the project? Learn about the Student Philanthropy Fund, a student run initiative that collects donations from senior students and puts it right back into the hands of current students. Come and get educated on what philanthropy means, what it means to be pilanthropic, and about the culture of philanthropy that is occuring right on our campus!

February 12, 2010
Are Marketers Robbing Kids of Their Childhood?
Rick Saucier
The Little Theater, Quad 346 (SJU)

Companies direct emotional appeals to children who often cannot separate fantasy from reality. These appeals sometimes manipulate children who in turn manipulate parents. Join Professor Rick Saucier (Management) in a discussion on the failure of child-targeted marketing programs to stand up and act on what they know to be true regarding the potential to damange children's bodies or minds.

March 12, 2010
Twenty Years After The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Painful Space Between Shrugs and Hugs in the Collapse of GDR
Prof. Lisa Ohm
The Little Theater, Quad 346 (SJU)

Life in the GDR prior to the fall of the Wall in 1989 was outwardly a defense of socialism against capitalism, and inwardly an alternating current between the high political tension of a police state and the daily dullness of life in the GDR (German Democratic Republic, i.e., former East Germany). After 21 years, the initial euphoria following the dramatic fall of the Wall in Berlin soon deteriorated, and a new alternating current of recrimination and blame flowed between "Wessis" and "Ossis." Within that highly charged atmosphere, the generations responded differently: the older with shrugs, the younger with hugs, and the middle generation, the one that had invested the most in the GDR, with guilt, anger, hurt, and pain. While some in the middle generation eventually accepted unification, others indulge in Ostalgie (nostalgia for the former East) or their lives remain suspended between past and present. Berlin, however, the former western exclave in the GDR, is blossoming once again. At this afternoon's Friday Forum, Prof. Lisa Ohm (Modern & Classical Languages) will present her important and timely findings on life in the GDR in the post-1989 period.

March 26, 2010
About Vienna's Multi-Ethnical Identity History and Influence of National Minorities
Andreas Raab
The Little Theater, Quad 346 (SJU)

Andreas Raab, who is the current Fulbright German Language Teaching Assistant at CSB/SJU, explores the interrelation between immigration and urban identity from a historical perspective. Andreas argues that multi-ethnicity is a decisive factor of Viennese identity and gives numerous examples explaining how transnational migration shaped the city's characteristics. In doing so, he also includes some background knowledge and information about Austrian (or rather Viennese) culture. To conclude, Andreas would like to introduce ideas for further research in this field, especially how to conduct a comparative study between Vienna and a US-American urban area.