Archive for November, 2009

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.

Kent Library Photo Contest – "Where do you info lit?"

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Submit your photos and be entered in a weekly drawing to win a pair of headphones.  All entries will also be entered in a drawing for the grand prize of an ipod shuffle.  Creativity and silliness is encouraged!

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Kent Library’s Fall 2009 Athenæum Series: Do Human Races Exist?

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

People all over the world see themselves as members of subgroups- sometimes as small as a tribe or family, other times as large as a continental “race”. The U.S. Census Bureau counts individuals as members of one of four races (or “other”). Yet many geneticists argue that humans cannot be divided into such categories based on their DNA. On the other hand, some techniques have been devised recently to use DNA testing to discern the geographic origin of people’s ancestors. On Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place Dr. Gathman will discuss recent research on human genetic variation and whether the idea of “race” has any scientific meaning. The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be served. For more information, please go to: .

Taste the World 2009.

Friday, November 6th, 2009

“Taste the World” Event in Kent Library

You are invited to a free tasting of international dishes (“Taste the World”) prepared by our international students on Thursday, November 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Kent Library.  Come sample various cuisines and meet with some of the international students in a relaxed setting.

Student Music Recital

Friday, November 6th, 2009

On Wednesday, November 11th,  12:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place, Kent Library is pleased to showcase the talents of student musicians from Southeast Missouri State University’s Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Music. This recital has become a highly anticipated part of each Athenaeum series, and Kent Library is proud to introduce this season’s extraordinary musicians. This is an exciting opportunity to support developing musicians and enjoy some of the world’s most treasured musical masterpieces. Special thanks to Dr. Jeff Noonan of the Department of Music for assisting with the organization of this presentation. This performance is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. For mor information, visit