What's My Name, Fool?

A talk and reading with Dave Zirin, Macalester alumnus and author of the new book, What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States, will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, October 14 in the chapel.

A discussion panel with Irv Cross, former Macalester athletic director and NFL star; Howard Sinker, Macalester alumnus and an editor at the Star Tribune; Leola Johnson, chair of Macalester's Humanities and Media and Cultural Studies, will follow.


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Great Scots Event
View stunning examples of 19th century salon art and various styles of 20th century Russian paintings by more than 50 artists. Art Professor Ruth Ann Godollei will be a guest speaker at The Museum of Russian Art.
9 a.m., Tuesday, October 18
Betsy's Back Porch Coffee Shop
Fill out reservation form. Limited to 30 people. more about the art »

Save the Date
November 14
Noted Middle East scholar Michael Sells speaks

November 19
Alumni Cabaret directed by Jack Reuler

Former 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 Center.

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 human rights.

Visit the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies web site

Women's 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 Beth Cleary.
Shows: October 1,6,7,8 at 7:30 p.m. and October 2 at 2:00 p.m., MainStage Theatre.

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.
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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 kara@startribune.com.

Planning committees prepare for Reunion 2006

Planning 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, click here.

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.
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  • 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 or nelsond@macalester.edu

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 michael.huber@quadranglegroup.com or Erlene Lagerquist, lagerquist@macalester.edu, 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 broek@macalester.edu to register. The entry fee is $10.

From The Mac Weekly:

  • Two Years In: The Mac Weekly Interviews President Brian Rosenberg more »
  • A New Face: the Dean of Race and Ethnicity more »

Find out what women talk about

Katharine 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).

See whatwomentalkabout.net 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 the park!

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: pamelagozo@yahoo.com 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 bar.

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.