Spring 2012

Spring 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Poetry Reading
Larry Schug
GDCC Presidents Conf. Room - CSB

Poetry reading featuring new and published works by Larry Schug, with a question/answer/discussion at the end.

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Rural China
Paul Marsnik
Quad 264 - SJU

In the past 20 years, about 200 million Chinese have moved from the countryside into large cities. Most of them have done so in order to work in factories. After spendeng 5+ years visiting factories in big cities in China, I began to wonder what kind of life these factory workers were leaving behind. So I went out to the coutnry, in rural China, and spent some time with the people who still live there. I created a 30 minute video/slide show highlighting my adventures. We can watch the video and then discuss issues relating to China.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
Family Education of the Hmong/Miao Communities in Minnesota and Southwest China
Faith Xiong & Sophia Geng
Gorecki 204C - CSB

Comparing and contrasting the importance of family education, as a way to hold the unique Hmong/Miao identity, between the Hmong in Minnesota and the Miao in Southwest China after years of diasporas.

Thursday, February 16, 2012
Pain, Loss, and Harm in Transnational Adoption:  Implications for Maternal Practice
Jean Keller
GDCC Presidents Conf. Room - CSB

Loss is frequently addressed in the adoption literature and adoptee memoirs often relate stories full of pain. But there's little or no discussion of harm and no discussion of the relation among the three. In this paper I develop a philosophical account of the nature of the harms associated with transnational adoption, focusing on S. Korean adoption in particular. While some harms are intrinsic to transnational adoption and others are best addressed by changes in international and domestic laws, my aim is to identify and describe those harms that are at least in part the result of a failure of adoptive maternal practice. By developing this account of harm, my goal is to provide the normative basis for grounding an account of the goals of trans(national/racial) adoptive maternal practice.
In this paper I argue that often the needs of adoptees run counter to the interests/wishes/desires of adoptive parents. This mismatch surely is partially responsible for the harms that adoptees experience and complicates the process of motivating adoptive parents to develop more effective childrearing practices. Hopefully, developing a clearer account of the nature of these harms, coupled with a description of the goals of trans(national/racial) adoptive maternal practice, will help address this problem.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
Places of Faith:  A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape
Chris Scheitle
GDCC Presidents Conf. Room - CSB

When you go from town to town, state to state, and region to region, it is easy to think that America's religious geography is without variation. Like chain stores, the ubiquitous signs of the Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and other "typical" churches found in almost all American towns give an illusion of homogeneity. This feeling is heightened by the fact that while many people may go out of their way to try a local restaurant, few people go out of their way to explore different types of religion.
Chris Scheitle (Sociology) will present photographs and stories from his six-week road trip with Roger Finke (Penn State University) exploring some of the unique aspects of America's religious geography. A book based off of this project titled Places of Faith: A Road Trip Across America's Religious Landscape, will be released by Oxford University Press in February of 2012.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
What Mathematics do Elementary Education Teachers need to know?
Bret Benesh
HAB 107 - CSB

Almost no one is happy with the state of America's mathematics education. I examined the mathematics textbooks elementary education majors commonly use in college to determine what effect this might be having on their future elementary school students. In this Thursday Forum, I will report on what I found in these textbooks---and why I do not like them. I will then supply an alternative vision that would better serve our elementary school students.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Minnesota-China Business Opportunity Conference Consortium
Clement Dai, Ricki Holupchinski, Cindy Gonzalez, Paida Chikate, Yifei Huang, Licheng Yin, Rongfei Gou, and Klyf Liangyifeng Kong
GDCC Presidents Conf. Room - CSB

The Minnesota-China Business Opportunity Conference this year, emphasizes discussion on current U.S. and China sustainability challenges.
In 2007, Guardian UK reported "China overtakes U.S. as world's biggest CO2 emitter." Until 2010, China and the U.S. continue to be the world's largest two CO2 emission countries in the world, together producing over 40% of green house gas on the earth. China, and the U.S. are both faced with serious environmental implications.
Discussion/presentation will cover environment/energy policies, green technology, and green business opportunities between China and the U.S.

Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Discrimination Experiences of Sexual Minority Students
Lisa Platt
Quad 264 - SJU

"That's so gay!" What types of discrimination experiences do lesbian, gay, bisexual and other sexual minority students face? At this Thursday Forum, Dr. Lisa Platt (Psychology) will discuss her recent research on sexual orientation microaggressions- subtle discrimination in the form of verbal, behavioral, and environmental slights and indignities. This research, which builds of off prior research with racial/ethnic minority groups, highlights the unique challenges faced by sexual minorities. Dr. Platt's research identified seven types of sexual minority microaggressions. These include: Endorsement of Heteronormative Culture, Sinfulness, Homophobia, Heterosexist Language/Terminology, Oversexualization, Undersexualization and Microaggressions as Humor. The implications of sexual orientation microaggressions, along with limitations and future research directions will be addressed.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Increasing Student Engagement in Learning through Role-Play: Reacting to the Past
Beth Wengler & Julie Lynch
GDCC Presidents Conf. Room - CSB

We'd all like our students to be passionate about learning and to willingly take on responsibility for what goes on in the classroom. Reacting to the Past is an active learning pedagogy consisting of intense role-playing games developed by academic experts in their fields. Students debate specific controversies informed by context and by an intensive reading of texts. In the process they learn content as well as develop their critical thinking faculties, discussion skills, and persuasive writing skills. AND they think it's fun! They research their positions beyond what's required, they discuss ideas on the Link, in the dining halls, and in their dorms, and they initiate and direct discussion in the classroom. The Trial of Galileo, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the French Revolution, Shakespeare and Marlow in 1592, the controversy over evolution and intelligent design, acid rain in international debates from 1979-1989, Athenian democracy in 403 BC are just some of the role-playing games recently or soon to be published for university classroom use. This Thursday forum presentation on Reacting to the Past will include a short video featuring CSB/SJU students engaged in playing several of the games and discussion about how the games can be used by faculty in all divisions.


Thursday, April 12, 2012
Foul Lines:  Baseball and Race in Jim Crow America
David Laliberte
Quad 264 - SJU

In September 1887, a young man strode from a baseball dugout in Chicago, bat in hand, to face the major league pitcher awaiting him on the mound. Undaunted by the taunts of opponents and the jeering of fans, the ballplayer resolutely toed home plate and settled in for his at-bat-an event unheralded that day, yet remarkable in historical hindsight: a black man, Moses Fleetwood Walker, was playing in the majors sixty years before Jackie Robinson. Indeed, Walker's presence on this nineteenth century diamond hearkens to a pre-integration game filled with complicated racial distinctions, an era when various ethnic peoples--African-Americans, Japanese-Americans, Native Americans, and Cubans among them--muddied baseball's color line by embracing the national pastime. Beyond revealing the malleable nature of professional baseball's racial demarcations, however, this examination of baseball's interregnum period-between Walker and Robinson-illumines the myriad of places and ways Americans of color employed the game for their own distinct purposes, forging stronger ethnic identities from exclusionary treatment and demonstrating baseball's unique sway to both preserve and transform American cultures.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
Keeping it Real: "Tween" Girls' Real vs. Ideal Selves and Factors Influencing Body Esteem
Erin Szabo
Quad 264 - SJU

Girls today face unremitting and competing pressures regarding beauty, weight, diet and health. The media is one influential sociocultural shaper of body image. Unfortunately, "typical" bodies represented in the media are far from typical or attainable, yet they are bodies many young girls aim to emulate. How do we teach girls to make sense of this confusing environment? What tools can we offer them to assist in navigating this potentially dangerous media terrain? Can "tween" girls build up resistance to unrealistic media images? Erin Szabo will discuss her research assessing the utility of Inoculation Theory to boost girls' immunity to the potentially negative influence of a beauty saturated media environment. Along with a presentation of the results, resources will be offered for talking to girls' ages 5 to 95 about body image.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
Optimizing the Pedagogical Efficacy of Moodle
Michelle Li-Kuehne & Evan Lowder
Little Theatre (Q346) - SJU

Course Management Systems (CMS) such as Moodle, D2L, and Blackboard are often used as auxiliary resources for both traditional and online courses. As CSB/SJU faculty, many of us are developing and using creative CMS resources with the goal of positive pedagogical impact. How is the effectiveness of these resources assessed? Which resources are found most useful by students? How can faculty maximize the pedagogical value of CMS? This Thursday Forum presentation will show participants the results of a study directed toward answering these questions. During three introductory financial accounting courses conducted in 2009, 2010, and 2011, Camtasia videos, assignment solutions, notes, slides, WebEx recordings, homework discussion forums, and other Moodle resources were available to students. Analyses were performed to determine whether student Moodle use correlated with student performance. A pre- and post-course exam was administered to assess student learning as related to Moodle use. In addition, a student survey was conducted to gather evidence about which resources were deemed most useful by students and to compare student perceptions of usefulness with actual use. The forum presentation will also show how to track student use of Moodle resources via the direct and indirect assessment methods used in the study. Examples of student preferred resources will also be shown.