Archive for April, 2010

The Yin and Yang of a Productive and Pleasant Academic Program

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

presented by Dr. Carol Morrow and Dr. Warren Anderson Wednesday, Apr. 21, Noon at Sadie’s Place in Kent Library.  Given that professors don’t make ‘the big bucks’, what is the appeal of teaching at the university level? For us, it is the opportunity to engage with our students, and share our passion for learning and our passion for work. We have very different styles of thinking, teaching, and engaging with students. We find that our differences are the strengths of our program. Shared values, shared goals, and strong collegiality have resulted in jobs that bring both of us a sense of pride and satisfaction.  The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be served.  For more information, please go to http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeumspring2010.shtml.

Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

During the first half of the 20th century, Europe produced two of the most tyrannical regimes in world history – the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships.  Both were products of a general crisis that gripped Europe during the years 1914-1945.  Together these two dictatorships were responsible for the deaths of over 60 million people.  On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at Noon in Kent Library’s Sadie’s Place, Dr. David Cameron will discuss the nature of the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships.  Although it is commonly assumed that Nazism and Communism are polar opposites, Dr. Cameron will argue that the Nazi and Soviet dictatorships had much more in common than is often thought to be the case.  The presentation is open to all, and refreshments will be served.  For more information, please go to http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeumspring2010.shtml.

Exploring the Human Condition in Art

Monday, April 5th, 2010

On Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. in Sadie’s Place at Kent Library, Emily Denlinger will discuss her artwork exploring the human condition. Drawing on a wide range of artistic influences including Romare Bearden, Samuel Beckett, and Laurie Simmons, she constructs collage characters and dioramas that are subsequently photographed. Her work questions issues of identity, gender roles, survival, and codependency on others. In order to help viewers better understand the vernacular of her world, Denlinger contextualizes images inspired by her personal life next to her interpretation of passages in popular literature and political events. The event is open to all and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the director’s office at Kent Library at 573-651-2235 or visit http://library.semo.edu/info/athenaeumspring2010.shtml.