Archive for the ‘Fall 2009 Athenæum Series’ Category

Athenæum Fall Series: Experiencing Panama through the Peace Corps

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Jacob McCleland served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the small nation of Panama from 2002 to 2005. He lived and worked in a small village of about 350 people situated in the rugged foothills of western Panama. As an agriculture volunteer, McCleland worked with subsistence farmers to teach a few slightly modified approaches to their traditional methods of farming in order to improve yields and nutrition. In this presentation, McCleland will discuss his work as a Peace Corps volunteer and how the region’s environmental problems affect the village. McCleland graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2000 with degrees in Anthropology and Spanish. He is currently a host and producer at KRCU, Southeast Missouri State University’s NPR affiliate.

 

http://library.semo.edu/images/athenaeum/Fall_2009/McCleland_Fall_2009.pdf

Kent Library's Fall 2009 Athenæum Series: Southeast Brass Quintet

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

 

On Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. in Kent Library at Sadie’s Place, the Southeast Brass Quintet will present a performance of brass chamber music. Come join us as we enjoy a unique blend of brass chamber music by five talented musicians. The free event is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum2009.shtml

Kent Library’s Fall 2009 Athenæum Series: The Environment: Does God Really Care? Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 Noon Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Does God really care about the environment?  Genesis 2:15 says “And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it.”  Has that command from God changed?  From pollution, global warming, animal extinction, hybrid cars, and nuclear power does any of it really matter to God? Are people who worship God supposed to care about recycling, littering, or going green?  Does the Bible give guidance on our responsibilities towards the earth?  Brett Cheek, M.Div., College Pastor for Ignite and Dr. Kerry Wynn,  Dept. of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religion, from the Association of Campus Ministries will delve into this timely area of concern in today’s society.  Come and join us for a time of teaching and dialogue about the environment as expressed in scripture. This presentation is open to all and refreshments will be served.

http://library.semo.edu/images/athenaeum/Fall_2009/campusministries_fall2009.pdf

Kent Library’s Fall 2009 Athenæum Series:Access and Accountability in the Media. Wednesday, Oct.28, 2009 Noon Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Presented by Dr. Hamner Hill Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Religion. Journalists tend to portray themselves as outsiders to power, as those who speak truth to power and hold political and corporate power to account. Perhaps there was a time, maybe in the era of Woodward and Bernstein, or I.F. Stone, or Murrow, or Mencken, when such a self portrayal bore some resemblance to the truth, but if it ever was, it is no more. There has been a fundamental shift in journalistic values in which access to power has become more important than accountability. Dr. Hill will demonstrate this value shift, examine some of the causes of it, and explore the ramifications of it for our society. This presentation is open to all and refreshments will be served.

http://library.semo.edu/images/athenaeum/Fall_2009/Hamner_Hill_Fall_2009.pdf

Kent Library’s Fall 2009 Athenæum Series: Southeast Goes Green. Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at 12:00 noon in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Dr. Steve Overmann will introduce and explore steps that the University community can take toward a sustainable, “green” campus. Three levels of the University will be considered: individuals, organizational units (an office, a department, a residence hall floor, or a student club), and the overall institution. At each level, economically sound steps can be taken to improve energy efficiency, conserve natural resources, and reduce environmental impacts. These steps will address the University Strategic Planning priority, foster environmental literacy, and help the University community develop a culture of environmental awareness and concern. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum2009.shtml

Kent Library's Athenaeum Fall Series–Dr. Alan Journet, Department of Biology: Climate Change: The Current Consensus. Wednesday October 7, 2009 Noon Kent Library Sadie's Place

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

In February 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).  This report offered the conclusion regarding climate changes that become the scientific consensus.  Their conclusion stated:  1) That climate change is happening is unequivocal, 2) That there is a greater than 90% probability that human activity releasing greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere is at least in part responsible, 3) That there is a greater than 90% confidence attached to the conclusion that human activity has warmed the planet since the Industrial Revolution began in 18th Century Europe.  Dr. Journet will briefly summarize the consensus regarding what is causing the planet to warm and discuss some of the more recent evidence. The presentation is free, open to all, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visithttp://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum2009.shtml

Kent Libary's Fall Athenaeum Series:Science Education in India: A call for Change. Noon, Wednesday, September 30, 2009, in Kent Library at Sadie’s Place.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

The Kent Library fall Athenaeum Series presents “Science Education in India: A call for Change.” This presentation is given by Dr. Peggy Hill of the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics. The topic of science education in India is an outcome of what Dr. Hill learned as a result of her recent trip to Kerala, India where the educational system is based on the British exam-driven curriculum. At this Athenaeum event, Dr. Hill will discuss issues raised and lessons learned as a result of a two-week trip to Kerala where she met with high school science teachers and presented workshops on how to incorporate various Active Learning Techniques in the physics classroom. The presentation is free, open to all, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visithttp://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum2009.shtml .

Ultra-Endurance Exercise: Are There Limits to Human Endurance? Wednesday, September23, 2009 at 12:00noon inKent Library’s Sadie’s Place.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

In this presentation Dr. Mark Langenfeld, professor in the department of health, human performance and recreation, will discuss ultra-endurance athletics. Have you ever wondered how many miles can a person run, swim, or bicycle in one day? While ultra-endurance exercise can be defined as lasting beyond four hours, plenty of people have tested themselves for every one of the 86,400 seconds in a single day! Drawing on his experiences as an observer, crew member, participant, and researcher of ultra-endurance performance, Dr. Langenfeld will explore the world of ultra-endurance accomplishments. The presentation is free, open to all, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum2009.shtml.

Kent Libary's Fall Athenaeum Series: The Aesthetics of Movement: Athletic Dancers and Artistic Athletes. Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 12:30 P.M.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Marc Strauss, M.F.A., Ph.D.  Professor of Dance, Choreography, History, Aesthetics. Dance and sports are two movement forms that appeal to people as participants and spectators for a variety of reasons-kinesthetic, competitive, expressive, artistic, cathartic, aesthetic. The presentation will involve a discussion of some similarities, differences, and singular qualities between dance and sport from a philosophy of arts perspective, with special reference to Aristotle’s Poetics, Tolstoy’s What is Art? and traditional Navajo attitudes. The presentation is open to all and refreshments will be provided.  For more information, visithttp://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeum2009.shtml.

Kent Libary's Fall Athenaeum Series: Africa in the Twenty-First Century: Understanding Politics and Security on the Continent Wednesday September 9, 2009, 12:00 noon. Kent Library Sadie's Place.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Special Guest Lecturer–Dr. Donovan C. Chau, California State University at San Bernardino.

Dr. Chau currently teaches on the campus of California State University at San Bernardino, where his research focus is on International Politics, Strategic Studies, East Asia, and Africa.  He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.  Donovan is considered a subject matter expert in the fields of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and Homeland Security.

This special lecture will share knowledge and understanding of a continent not well understood or even considered in the United States, which is a detriment to U.S. interests and policies now and in the future.