President of Botswana to Speak
Sir Ketumile Masire, former president of the Republic of Botswana,
will speak about "Peace and Development in Africa" at
4:30 p.m., Monday, October 3, in the chapel.
Masire was one of the founders of Botswana as a non-racial, non-tribal
democracy in 1966 and served as president from 1980 until he retired
in 1998. He is the architect of unmatched economic success and is
considered one of the outstanding leaders of Africa. Sponsored by
Macalester College, Carleton College and the Minnesota International
This speech will be available via the web on Wednesday, October
5. Visit Macalester's web site
for the link.
Mathematics Professor David Bressoud is serving as a consultant for a joint project of CBS, Texas Instruments and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, producing middle school and high school mathematics activities that are tied to the CBS show "Numb3rs" (Fridays, 9 p.m.).
Bressoud is also the director of Macalester's Quantitative Methods for Public Policy, which teaches mathematics alongside other disciplines to show how math is present in every area of learning. more »
Sarker Awarded MN Humanities Commission Grant
Sonita Sarker, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, received
an award from the Minnesota Humanities Commission for a book project
now in process. My Country is the Whole World examines the
intellectual affiliations between four women thinkers on art and
politics --Victoria Ocampo (Argentina), Virginia Woolf (England),
Cornelia Sorabji (India) and Grazia Deledda (Italy). This study
of the intellectuals' interpretations of fundamental 20th Century
phenomena--nation and rights--demonstrates both the variety of women's/feminist
ideas in their own eras (1930s and 1940s) as well as the relevance
of their ideas today, in the context of war, nation-building and
Visit the Women's, Gender
and Sexuality Studies web site
soccer team unbeatable
In a battle between a pair of teams with perfect records, Macalester
(7-0) handed St. Mary's (8-1) its first setback of the season with
a 1-0 triumph over the Cardinals Sunday night in St. Paul. This
was the third game in a row the Scots have spoiled a team's perfect
record, topping previously-undefeated Wheaton (Ill.) on Sept. 16
and Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Sept. 23. more
In the Heart of America
On Macalester's stage this fall is In the Heart of America
by Naomi Wallace. Set during the first U.S.-Iraq conflict, "Operation
Desert Storm," in 1991, two army buddies from different racial
and economic backgrounds forge a relationship despite the violence
around them -- yet only one lives to tell about it. Directed by
Shows: October 1,6,7,8 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2 at 2:00 p.m.,
Don Quixote subject of International Roundtable
This fall Macalester's book club read Don Quixote in celebration of its 400th anniversary.
The annual International Roundtable also takes a look at this timeless novel during the weekend of October 14. The conference begins with a keynote address by Professor Walter Mignolo. He will discuss Don Quixote, globalization, and the colonies at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 13, in the campus center. Inform your reading and attend.
Other events and discussions are featured throughout the weekend.
401(k), IRA, IRS, 529
With all the money lingo out there these days, it's no wonder so many of us ignore our finances and focus on having fun instead.
Hopefully, Kara McGuire, a Mac alum who writes a personal finance column geared towards 20 and 30-somethings for the Star Tribune, can merge the two.
Join her on Saturday, October 8, at 10:30 a.m., in room 207 of the campus center, to learn about the most common money issues facing recent alumni and to ask your questions. While Kara is not a financial planner, she's covered personal finance for the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio's Marketplace Money for nearly five years. She won't tell you what to do with your money, but she'll tell you where to find the answers. Ask questions in advance or share areas of interest by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning committees prepare for Reunion 2006
committees met last month to prepare for their reunions next June.
The committees brainstormed special class-specific activities and
discussed ways to promote the reunion to other alumni over the coming
months. Reunion weekend, June 2 to 4, alumni from the Classes of
2001, 1996, 1981, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1956, 1951, and 1946 will all
return to campus. Last year, over 1,300 alumni were in attendance.
To see who's on the planning committees and catch up with classmates,
Mac in the media
From the Minnesota Women's Press:
- Gwen Ruff and Ben Woit [a first-year student at Macalester],
were featured in the Minnesota Women's Press for their new hiking book.
- English Professor Stephen Burt's book Randall Jarrell on W.H. Auden was featured in the Washington Post. more »
- Professor James Laine was featured in a WCCO-TV report titled "Technology Shows the Face of Jesus." more »
- Betsy Head '01, an actress and a director, appeared in a New York times article titled "Auditions: The Dos, the Don'ts, the Sheer Terror." more »
LGBT Reunion 2006
Alumni are encouraged to join the planning committee for the LGBT
Reunion in 2006.
The committee will meet once a month and will play a key role in
creating this landmark event.
Interested? Please contact: Danielle Nelson '05 at 651-696-6694
Road Scholars - NYC
The NYC Alumni chapter hosts Dr. Vasant Sukhatme, Edward John Noble
Professor and Chair of the Macalester Economics Department, for
a talk titled "China and India: Challenges and Opportunities
for the U.S" at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Doubletree
Guest Suites Hotel at Times Square. Contact Michael Huber '90 email@example.com
or Erlene Lagerquist, firstname.lastname@example.org,
for more information. Register
on-line by October 20. Cost is $10.
Wellness 5K Run/Walk
The Athletic Department and Health Services are sponsoring the
3rd Annual Wellness 5K Run/Walk as part of Family Fest Weekend.
The event will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15. This event is
for the entire Macalester community and is designed to be fun. All registered participants
receive a race t-shirt and are entered into a raffle for prizes
including athletic wear, gift cards and other fun stuff.
E-mail Lisa Broek at email@example.com
to register. The entry fee is $10.
From The Mac Weekly:
- Two Years In: The Mac Weekly Interviews President Brian Rosenberg
- A New Face: the Dean of Race and Ethnicity more »
Find out what women talk about
Heller, class of 98 and founding member of Fresh Concepts,
will co-star in What Women Talk About, opening in New
York City on October 6.
What Women Talk About is a comedy that eavesdrops
on the lives of four young women in New York City. Each show
is based on a new scenario where the talented cast performs
unscripted, creating a story arc throughout the run by improvising
the plot and dialogue driven by their recurring characters.
The lives of Bonnie, Jean, Sophie, and Sara unfold in original
nightly performances full of raw humor, startling honesty,
and infectious comedy.
Performances run from October 6 through November 12
at The Kraine Theater (85 East 4th Street).
for more information.
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SF Tootsie Showing
6:30 p.m., Sat., Oct. 8
Dolores Park, in the Mission
Film Night in the Park. Outdoor movies! The San Francisco
Neighborhood Theatre Foundation will once again host a series
of free movies in San Francisco parks. This is the most fun
you can have outdoors at night if you love movies. Grab a
blanket and bottle of wine and join your fellow Macites at
Regions: Oakland and Berkeley, East Bay,
North Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco, South Bay. Contact:
Jason Heil, 612-819-1524
MN Scots Pride Coffee Hour
7-9 p.m., Mon., Oct. 17
Vera's Cafe, 2901 Lyndale Ave.
Join Scots Pride at the Uptown gay coffee haven, Vera's, for
hot beverages and the warm company of other lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and queer Macalester alumni.
MN Local Holocaust Lecture
7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 20
St. Paul author and holocaust survivor Felicia (Lusia) Karo
Weingarten will read from her new collection of short stories
and narratives Ave Maria in Auschwitz: The True Story of
a Jewish Girl from Poland. Book signing to follow.
CHIGAGO Planning Committee Meeting
3 p.m., Sat., Oct. 22
730 West Eastman Street, Chicago, IL 60610 (phone 312-932-0272)
Join a group of enthusiastic Macalester alums for a Chicago Chapter planning meeting! Meet some new people or reconnect with old friends!
Hosts: Nat Kongtahworn and Susan Perry (Co-Chapter Leaders); Pamela Gozo (Alumni Board Member)
RSVP to Pamela Gozo by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-932-0272
SF Chocolate Factory Tour
3 p.m., Sun., Oct. 23
Scharffen Berger, 914 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA
In anticipation of Halloween, and Macalester's
own Chocolate Fest, visit Scharffen Berger Chocolate
Maker, Inc., a first-tier chocolate manufacturer. Unlike most
chocolate companies, Scharffen Berger chooses to execute every
step of the manufacturing process themselves...from bean to
Regions: East Bay, San Francisco.
MN Alice Kaplan Lecture
7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 26
Twin Cities native and author Alice Kaplan
will read from her recent book The Interpreter.
Her book examines the differing fates of African-American
and White U.S. soldiers charged with committing crimes against
civilians in France during World War II. Kaplan's The Collaborator:
The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (2000) won the
Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.