Spring 2011

Spring 2011 Friday Forums:

January 28, 2011
Geng Village's Storytelling Tradition: Preserving China's Intangible Cultural Heritage
Presenters: Sophia Geng, Taylor Peterson, Shazreh Ahmed, Katlynn Nelson, Abbie Helminen, Philip Whitcomb
Gorecki  120 (CSB)

In the summer of 2010, Professor Sophia Geng and five CSB/SJU student researchers  went to North China to research on China's storytelling tradition and efforts being made to safeguard China's traditional arts. The research team was sponsored by ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellowship. The trip was memorable and life-changing for each member of the team. In this Forum, Professor Geng and the student researchers will share their research experiences, their findings and their reflections on undergraduate, cross-cultural research with our community.

February 4, 2011
How Special was World War II's 'Greatest Generation'?
Ken Jones
Little Theatre - Quad 346 (SJU)

Thanks in part to Tom Brokow's 1998 book, the phrase "Greatest Generation" has entered popular culture as short hand for Americans who lived (and died) during World War II.    By "greatest," we usually seem to mean that Americans in this period were exceptionally willing to sacrifice for the common good. 

While discussions of sacrifice in World War II often focus on those in the military, this conversation will be about American civilians.  What was asked of them during the war?  How did they respond?   Is it proper to regard them as somehow superior as the "Greatest Generation" tag implies, or were they just regular people doing what they had to.

February 11, 2011
A World of Possibility: CSB at 100, Part 1
Annette Atkins
Board Room - TRC (CSB)

In this talk, Annette Atkins will introduce the work that she's been doing on the history of the College of St. Benedict.  She will focus on the state of women's higher education at the time of CSB's founding in 1913 (7 years before the Woman Suffrage amendment passed in the US).

February 18, 2011
Finding Her VOICE: Powerful and Transformative Stories from Sisters of the Monastery
Julie Phillips with presenters: Sister Christian Morris and Sister Lucinda Mareck
Gorecki 204C (CSB)

February 14-18, 2011 CSB celebrates "VOICE" a weeklong program focusing on empowering women to find their voices; during this Friday Forum you are invited to be inspired, by the VOICES of women of the church. Sisters of St. Benedict's Monastery will share their personal and moving experiences of challenge and growth. Sister Lucinda Mareck will share her experience finding her VOICE when a church is full and no priest arrives. Sister Christian Morris will discuss finding her VOICE while walking the road from addiction to recovery. 

February 25, 2011
Sustainability and Comedy, The Bourgeois Gentleman by Moliere
Kaarin Johnston
Black Box Theatre (lower level of BAC at CSB)

March 4, 2011
Politics and Caribbean Women in the 21st Century
Danae O'Brien
Gorecki 204B (CSB)

Take a journey to the Caribbean with us during this Friday Forum. CSB student Danae O'Brien will discuss the research she completed during the summer of 2010 for her Independent Learning Project (ILP). Danae will discuss the cultural influences of politics on Caribbean women, discovering what their perception is and how this influences their decision whether or not to become involved. Follow the adventure to the Caribbean, and learn something new!

March 25, 2011
Mindfulness for Educators
Linda Tennison
Little Theatre - Quad 346 (SJU)

What is mindfulness? What benefits can mindfulness provide educators, both professionally and personally? 

Our panel will include colleagues with various experiences in mindfulness practice, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Our discussion will explore the basic tenets of mindfulness practice, the research supporting its use, and the potential benefits that a more systematic inclusion of mindfulness practice at CSB/SJU might have for us and for our students.

Panel:  Linda Tennison, Michael Livingston, Annette Atkins, Patsy Murphy

April 1, 2011
How (not) to open a book
Rachel Melis
Clemens Library (CSB)

As an artist interested in the Midwestern landscape, I have come to think of native prairies and savannas as misread and mistreated books: opened for their contents without enough care for nuance of language or longevity. How (not) to open a book is a series of opened and altered "how to" books and containers on display at Clemens Library that explore this metaphor. With each book or object, I am using cutting, worrying, and warping of its interior to mine the resources it contains. As with a "how to study" book I shredded to show it being "digested" too quickly, I am attempting to make each book embody what it warns against. After all, the hardest part of environmental history to swallow is the fact that, whether from greed, foolishness, or good intentions, often our actions contradict our awareness and aspirations.

April 8, 2011
Matthew Harkins
Authority and Taxonomies of Age in King Lear
Little Theatre  - Quad 346 (SJU)

The belief that older men had the wisdom and authority to govern the young was a commonplace in early modern England.  King Lear approaches questions about age and authority from a different direction, exploring the violence surrounding the definition of age: when does an old man transition from maturity into dotage? Who makes such a decision, and how is it converted into a publicly accepted fact?  By exposing the political logic that produces these categories of age and governs their boundaries, King Lear challenges the ideological processes that link age to authority in early modern England.

April 15, 2011
The Future is Now - CSB/SJU's Summer Pilot Study of Online Education
Mary Jepperson, Michelle Li-Kuehne and Ernie Diedrich
Little Theatre  - Quad 346 (SJU)

CSB/SJU's first totally online undergraduate education courses will be offered in the Summer of 2012 as part of a pilot study. The results will impact the character and shape of distance education policy for many years to come. Mary, Michelle, Ernie and a distance education committee have explored a variety of policy, procedure and support matters that would enable distance education to (1) 'enrich the niche' of our Benedictine, residential liberal arts education rather than cannibalize it, (2) ensure the faculty (and students) have the tools and knowledge to excel in this teaching and learning environment and (3) ensure the quality of distance education offerings live up to the fantastic reputation that CSB/SJU and its faculty have justly earned.  Come and learn about the preliminary views of policies and procedures that should shape the future of distance education at CSB/SJU.

April 29, 2011
Metacognitive Skills: Practice Makes Perfect?
Julie Strelow
Gorecki 120 (CSB)

The ability to use simulation in nursing education to support student development of non-technical skills in professional nursing practice is rapidly evolving. One example of a non-technical skill is clinical judgment with the specific components of noticing, interpreting, responding, and evaluating. Contextual learning experiences such as traditional and simulated clinical provide opportunities for the students to practice these non-technical skills. Because traditional clinical experiences are considered the standard, research is necessary in order to examine possible differences between the traditional and simulated clinical experiences related to nursing students' development of non-technical skills