Fall 2013

Fall 2013:

September 5, 2013
Connon Klausing

GDCC Pres. Conf. Room at CSB
Title = What's a Winter Greenhouse? A look inside the student-run Full Circle Greenhouse

The gardening season as St. Ben's is about to be expanded to all 4 seasons with the completion of the Full Circle Greenhouse! The project started a few years ago, when a small group of students learned about a passive solar greenhouse in northern Minnesota, and was inspired to try to make their own. After two years of planning, consulting, fund-raising, and a lot of hard work, these students have finally realized their goal! Construction on the greenhouse began July 19, and the Full Circle team is beginning operations this semester. Come learn from Full Circle members Stephanie Pinkalla and Connor Klausing about how a passive solar greenhouse works, what it took to get it constructed, and how you can get involved now.

September 12, 2013
Kristina Timmerman
Little Theatre (Q346) at SJU
Title = Science Education in the Field: Flying Squirrel Population Sampling

Two biology students received competitive summer fellowship research grants for the summer 2012 (Hannah Von Arb and Stephanie Noyes). The goal of the fellowship grants is to provide real-time science exploration outside of a classroom.
Our project goals were to compare flying squirrel density between deciduous forest age stands and to quantify preferred habitat types. Using traditional scientific lab practices and field-based data collection techniques, we live-trapped more than 40 squirrels in three age stands. Animals were processed at the trap site. Information collected included weight, age, reproductive status, limb length, body length, and ear tag number. All squirrels were released at the site of capture. We also collected habitat data to test if there was a correlation between trap tree species and tree diameter.
Students were able to utilize knowledge gained in previous biology classes in addition to learning new techniques. A synthesis of previously and newly gained knowledge was accomplished via professional presentation (this forum, NCUR meetings in March 2013, LaCrosse Wisconsin, Scholarship and Creativity Day, Summer Fellowship Poster Session, August 2012).
This will be a two-tiered presentation: I as the instructor/mentor will review the pros and cons of working with students during the summer and Hannah and/or Stephanie will present the student position. The culmination of this presentation will be a review of the benefits of this type of student/professor interaction (outside of a traditional classroom).

September 19, 2013
Seth Greenfest
Board Room - TRC at CSB
Title = The Politics of Judicial Supremacy

The Supreme Court of the United States frequently makes claims of judicial supremacy. These are moments in which the Court claims that its interpretation of the Constitution is the final word, to the possible detriment of other nominally co-equal branches of government. One area of law in which claims of judicial supremacy have become more frequent relates to the doctrine of standing, or questions of whether individuals and groups are proper parties to bring a case. Starting in the 1980s, the Court began to more explicitly link standing to Article III, a process that can be described as "constitutionalization." In this process, the Court works to insulate judicial doctrines from legislative and executive input, making it more difficult (but not impossible) for legislators and presidents to put forth their own visions of what the Constitution requires. Judicial claims of judicial supremacy may be taken at face value -- we can accept these claims, that is, without really questioning what makes such claims possible or successful. In contrast, this paper explores the politics of judicial supremacy, using data on Supreme Court standing decisions as well as an original dataset of Public Laws that confer standing (from 1946-2006). This paper reveals the give and take surrounding judicial claims of supremacy, and links such claims to underlying political and policy goals of justices.

September 26, 2013
Bro. John-Bede Pauley

Little Theatre (Q346) at SJU
Title = Anglican Choral Music in a New Elizabethan Age: Herbert Howells and Distances

Following the Second World War, new works for Anglican choral music (ACM) expressed a stylistic shift from the Victorian/Edwardian ceremonial style, which had been associated with imperialism and "God-is-an-Englishman" music, to an idiom that favored quiet introspection and invited associations with political and theological humility and uncertainty. Herbert Howells, the primary author of this turning point, shunned jingoism. In accord with other intellectuals of the period, Howells's scope was national rather than the imperial/cosmopolitan. Spiritually, Howells, though agnostic, drew inspiration from the spiritual, artistic heritage of the Church of England. Naturally, then, he was influenced by the Tudor/Elizabethan golden age of church music, which he brought into dialogue with twentieth-century idioms, inaugurating a "New Elizabethan" era of ACM.
This presentation begins by playing passages from new works for Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation to illustrate the contrast between Howells's idiom and those of his contemporaries. The focus then turns to an aspect of Howells's oeuvre not yet developed in Howells scholarship: his telaesthetic sensibility. Not to be confused with telaesthesis in the paranormal sense, Howells's telaesthesis nonetheless associated distant vistas with the spiritual. Howells and contemporary reviewers note the importance of distance in Howells's oeuvre. These statements lead to a discussion of techniques Howells used to convey the telaesthetic, particularly in association with silence. What results is a better understanding of a post-war voice in ACM that has influenced such twenty-first-century composers as Jonathan Harvey, John Tavener, and James MacMillan.

October 3, 2013
Brian Jose
GDCC Pres. Conf. Room at CSB
Title = Images and Observations From My Time in Pakistan

An unexpected trip to Pakistan, on behalf of the US State Department, provided me with an opportunity to meet thousands of Pakistani's, engage in their arts scene, and get something of a 'street-level' view of a country Americans rarely see. In this forum, I'll share stories, photos and experiences from my time in this wondrous, thoughtful, chaotic, dangerous and often misunderstood country.

October 10, 2013
Shelby Wentworth

GDCC Pres. Conf. Room at CSB
Title = Supporting Student Development and Academic Success-CSB's Residential Life Learning Plan

CSB Residential Life facilitates a four-year residential experience tailored for the needs of each class. We offer sessions that connect first year students to the campus and each other, that Provide events that help sophomores make the most of their time at CSB through internships, studying abroad, and choosing a major and expose Juniors and Seniors to skills and information that will help them succeed after graduation. Come learn how Residential Life is working to enhance the student experience at CSB.

October 17, 2013
Lori Klapperich

Little Theatre (Q346) at SJU
Title = The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Past, Present, and Future of CSB/SJU Alcohol and Other Drug Use and Misuse

Every three years HWC conducts a survey focused on the alcohol and other drug (AOD) use of CSB/SJU students. The most recent survey was conducted in Spring 2013. This Thursday Forum will focus on the results of this most recent survey including: current AOD data, comparison to past AOD Survey data, comparison to national data, and prescription drug misuse at CSB/SJU.

Following the presentation of these data, we will facilitate a discussion of implications in the classroom, in the community, in the residence halls, as well as factors that contribute (positively or negatively) to the CSB/SJU AOD culture.

October 24, 2013
Jeannie Kenevan
Little Theatre (Q346) at SJU
Title =Brewing History & The Local Craft Beer Movement

An inter-disciplinarian presentation including science, history, art, politics and business. From our Bavarian heritage to Prohibition to the current craft beer scene, a lot has changed for beer production and sales. Jeannie (Bykowski) Kenevan, co-owner of The Growler magazine and Admissions Marketing Director here at Saint John's School of Theology will guide the audience on a tour of the landscape of brewing; past and present.

November 7, 2013
Alicia Petus & Mark Mortrude
Board Room -TRC at CSB
Title =Discover Your Future

During the past year the Education Department has invited Discovery Elementary, a local school to participate in academic activities on the College of St. Benedict campus. The school was chosen because of its large population of at risk students with the majority living in poverty. Studies show the earlier students are exposed to college as an "option" for their future they are more likely to choose higher academics.(http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/cclo/crdbase.doc)
Through this knowledge we have teamed with the theater department and invited the 4th grade from Discovery to have an opportunity to interact with college students and be apart of a campus. Our second group last spring was the Clemens Library and 1st grade. We organized a workshop with multiple stations on literacy. Our hope this year is continue to build relationships with different departments on campus and grade levels at Discovery. Our intentions with this initiative is to have each grade level at Discovery Elementary interact with college students as well as multiple departments and disciplines on campus.

November 14, 2013
Scott Murphy
GDCC Pres. Conf. Room at CSB
Title = First Bodies: photographs of CSB/SJU made from egg, clay and ash

Photographs can be made from ash, clay, egg and tree sap. Artists in the 19th century figured out how to do some of this. Over the past year, post-bac resident artist Sienna Kuhn and I figured out the rest. Photography does not need to be an industrially mediated procedure. You do not always need to buy pre-made materials or send your digital files off to a printing service to have pictures. In conjunction with an exhibition on the process in Clemens Library, come see some of the ways in which 19th century ingenuity, contemporary experimentation, and 21st technology can produce pictures made out of the raw materials of a place.

November 21, 2013
David McPherson
Little Theatre (Q346) at SJU
Title = Homo Religiosus: Does Spirituality Have a Place in Neo-Aristotelian Virtue Ethics?

Is there a place for spirituality in neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics? If one consults the major contemporary works on the subject he or she might conclude that the answer is 'no'. The issue is often either ignored or explicitly excluded from consideration. I will discuss why this is and also why it is problematic. More positively, I will suggest how spirituality can play an important role in a neo-Aristotelian account of 'the good life'. By 'spirituality' I mean a practical life-orientation towards 'transcendence'. Such 'transcendence' might be the divine, or any good that evokes traditionally religious attitudes - e.g., reverence, worship, awe, gratitude, etc. - and inspires self-transcendence.

The issue here turns on how one understands 'ethical naturalism', to which neo-Aristotelians are committed. First, it can mean founding ethics on an account of human nature. Second, it can entail an opposition to 'supernaturalism'. Third, it can be seen as a scientistic or quasi-scientistic approach. All neo-Aristotelians agree to the first understanding, while many also accept the second and third. I will argue that the second and third understandings should be rejected. Moreover, I will argue that through a deeper exploration of our nature as 'meaning-seeking animals' we can come to better appreciate the importance of spirituality for human beings throughout history and why we might be described as 'homo religiosus'. I will also discuss how spiritual practices can contribute to the good life by helping to cultivate the virtues as well as certain rich emotional attitudes towards the world and its inhabitants.

December 5, 2013
Jennifer Galovich
Little Theatre (Q346) at SJU
Title = Sugarscape and Other Agent Based Models

Agent based modelling is an approach to modelling the behavior of systems. The best known examples have provided insight into the dynamics of economic behavior, epidemics, animal behavior and even traffic flow.
I will introduce the basics of ABM, with examples, and hope to also stimulate some discussion about how this tool might be used pedagogically.