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Sears Eldredge and Chuck Torrey work through a scene together.

Sears Eldredge works with Chuck Torrey during rehearsal. Photo: Dan Keyser

Performance Times:
Nov. 16-18 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 18-19 at 2:00 p.m.

MainStage Theatre,
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

For tickets, call the MainStage Theatre box office, 651-696-6359.

Hear Eldredge talk
about the play »


Sears A. Eldredge directs his final play as a Macalester professor this month. The play, Eduardo de Filippo's Saturday, Sunday, Monday, is a comedy about a family preparing a traditional Sunday meal together. Eldredge has taught theater at Macalester since 1986 and chaired the Theater and Dance Department from 1986 to 2000. He has directed a total of 22 shows.

Professor Emeritus Chuck Torrey, psychology, stars in the play. Torrey taught courses in human experimental psychology, including the popular senior seminar, Psychology Goes to the Theatre, between 1966 and 1999. The cast also includes language lab instructor Maria Parodi and a number of talented student actors.



Campus News

World Press Institute presents annual forum and announces new director

Photo of the 2006 fellows of the World Press Institute.

The 2006 WPI fellows.

Ten international reporters and editors from Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Liberia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Senegal and Spain have been studying U.S. coverage of health care and education in addition to transparency in reporting since July as fellows of Macalester's World Press Institute. The WPI fellows will present their observations at a forum moderated by Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall of the Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center.

Photo of new WPI director, Doug McGill.

Douglas McGill, who has been a New York Times reporter, a foreign correspondent, a university lecturer, an author and an Internet innovator during a 30-year journalism career, has been named executive director of the institute. Over the program's 44-year history, 488 journalists from 94 countries have participated. McGill begins his term Jan. 1, 2007.

Macalester brings Zhang Dali exhibit to the Twin Cities

The Macalester College Gallery brings the latest project of Zhang Dali, "Image and Revision in New Chinese Photography," to the Twin Cities. Dali is a Beijing-based artist whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.

The First Sports Meeting of the National Army, 1952. Digital c-print, 2006.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday

10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday
Noon – 4 p.m.

Exhibit Dates:
Nov. 4 – Dec. 10

Focusing on the juxtaposition of Mao era photographs in their manipulated and pre-manipulated forms, his work relates issues of censorship and propaganda typically associated with authoritarian regimes to the role of artistic originality, political license and the constructed “truth” of photographic images in today’s global media. 

Most recently, these works were exhibited at the Gwangju Bienniale in South Korea. The exhibition was co-curated by Macalester Assistant Art Professor Winston Kyan, and David A. Parker, artist and independent curator.

Travel to France with Macalester

Small photo of a scene in France.

Explore pre-historic cave paintings, enjoy rich cuisines and walk the streets of medieval villages in the Dordogne Valley of southwest France this spring. All alumni and friends are welcome to enjoy this adventure scheduled for April 2007.
Details »

Sculptor creating art for Olin-Rice Building profiled in Science Magazine

Helaman Ferguson, the mathematician and artist commissioned to create the sculpture for the entryway of Macalester's Olin-Rice Science Building was profiled in the Oct. 20 edition of Science Magazine. The unfinished sculpture is described as "a more than 2-meter-tall, 5-ton chunk of granite... Right now, it is a mass of curving surfaces sloping in different directions, its surface still jagged with the rough grains left by the diamond-toothed chainsaw Ferguson uses to carve through the stone."

Ferguson is known for incorporating advanced mathematical concepts into his art. As a mathematician, he and a colleague came up with an algorithm declared one of the "top 10 algorithms of the 20th century" by Computing in Science in Engineering.

Professor Joe Rife, Classics, to lead an expedition to ancient Corinth harbor

Photo of partially submerged ruins in Kenchreai.

View of ruins on south mole of Kenchreai, looking southeast, July 2003.

Macalester Classics Professor Joe Rife is leading an expedition to Kenchreai, the bustling port of the ancient city of Corinth in southern Greece and one of the busiest harbors of the Roman Empire. Rife will direct an international team of leading archeologists, art historians, geologists, anthropologists and students at the site from June 12-July 23, 2007. The team will excavate the port’s wealthy seaside neighborhood in order to understand social structure, cultural diversity and religious history in the eastern Roman provinces (1st through the 6th centuries C.E.).

Rife has investigated Kenchreai under the auspices of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for five years. The 2007 campaign will begin an exciting new phase of large-scale excavations in collaboration with Elena Korka from the Directorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in Greece.

Macalester alumni are invited to observe the dig. Participants will stay at a family-run hotel in a local village. To inquire about participating, e-mail Professor Rife or call 651-696-6254.
More about the excavation »

Student’s band wins Minnesota Music Awards "Best Locally Released Album"

Photo of band White Light Riot

The band White Light Riot: Mike Schwandt, Joe Christenson ’09, Dan Larsen and Mark Schwandt.

Joe Christenson ’09 and his band White Light Riot won "Best Locally Released Album" at the Minnesota Music Awards held on Oct. 1. The group released its first album last November. Christenson plays lead guitar.
Visit the band's website »

Alumni News

Alumni use the Web to reconnect before Reunion 2007 in June

Reunion 2007

The classes of 2002; 1997; ’92, ’93 & ’94; ’82; ’67, ’68 & ’69; ’57; ’52 and ’47 will return campus for Reunion in June 2007. But, these alumni aren't waiting for summer to reconnect. Many are using Macalester's Reunion site to post updates, share photos, tell their favorite Mac stories and even post laugh-out-loud funny videos. Don't miss out on the pre-reunion fun.
Reconnect at the Reunion 2007 site »

Five alumni inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame

M-club logo

Macalester's Athletic Hall of Fame expanded by five new members on Oct. 21 during the 27th annual M Club Hall of Fame Banquet. Over 125 alumni and friends were in attendance.

The new Hall of Fame members are:

Dr. John C. “Jack” Bachman
swimming coach 1967-89.
Paul Bachman '81 – swimming & diving
Roger Bridge '92 – soccer
John Howard '58 – track & field, wrestling
Tom Otteson '65 – golf, wrestling, football

The 2005-06 Macalester Athletes of the Year were also honored — Heather Lendway ’06 from women's swimming and water polo, and Tim Burns ’06 from football and track and field.
Read more about the inductees »

Through Macalester You Are Here

Now Playing:
Professors Sears Eldredge, Michael Obsatz and Andrew Latham

Photo of Sears Eldredge Photo of Michael Obsatz Photo of Andrew Latham
Eldredge, Obsatz and Latham.

Hear Sears Eldredge, theater and dance, talk about his work with mask improvisation and the local theater community; Michael Obsatz, sociology, discuss how we can prevent school shootings; and Andrew Latham, political science, reflect on the implications of the North Korean nuclear tests.

Subscribe to Faculty Talks podcast in iTunes or your preferred application today.

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Visit the Faculty Talks archives »

Robert Fass ’81 takes "As long as we both shall live" photo exhibit to Austria

Robert Fass ’81 posted the first non-U.S. event on the new Alumni Artists Calendar. The photographer will be exhibiting photos from his inquiry into some of America's longest-lasting marriages, "As Long as we Both Shall Live," in Austria from Nov. 20 to Dec. 31.

Since it's inception in September, the online Alumni Artists Calendar has listed regional, national and international arts events involving 16 Macalester alumni. Alumni artists can use the new calendar as a way to invite the Macalester community to enjoy their work.
Visit the Alumni in the Arts Calendar »

Seth David Halvorson ’96 returns to campus to deliver a philosophy lecture

Photo of Seth David Halvorson teaching.

Seth David Halvorson ’96 returned to campus to present his "Deliberative Democracy in Five Acts: Cooke on the Deliberative Ideal" as a Philosophy Colloquium Series Lecture on Nov. 1. Halvorson talked about philosopher Maeve Cooke's five arguments regarding deliberative democracy with current philosophy and political science students and others from the community. After graduating from Macalester, Halvorson studied at Harvard and Stanford, recently completing a Ph.D. at Columbia. Every semester, Macalester's Philosophy Department hosts the Philosophy Colloquium, inviting philosophers from around the country to lecture.


Alumni created the Chuck Green Civic Engagement Fellowship in honor of the legendary political science professor who recently retired. You can read about the inaugural class of Green Fellowship students in the Winter issue of Macalester Today, which will be mailed in mid-December.

Stacy Mitchell ’96 talks about her new book, Big-Box Swindle

Stacy Mitchell ’96, author of the new book Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses (Beacon Press), talked about her book on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel.

In her book, Mitchell argues that mega-retailers are fueling many of the nation’s most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising water pollution and diminished civic engagement. More than a critique, Big-Box Swindle shows how some communities are successfully countering the spread of mega-retailers and rebuilding their local economies. Mitchell describes innovative approaches — from cutting-edge land-use policies to small-business initiatives — that together provide a detailed road map to a more prosperous and sustainable future.

Erik Christiansen ’95 ordained as first gay minister in the ELCA

Erik Christiansen ’95 joins the ranks of Macalester alumni who move us toward a more inclusive and open society when he became the first openly gay ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on Oct. 21.

Christiansen now preaches at St Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Park in Chicago, becoming the congregation's first pastor in six years. The neighborhood is vibrant with many Latino, young professional, bohemian, aspiring artists and an increasing number of LGBT residents.

"It is a church with challenges, amongst which are its small and aging membership," said Christiansen, "But it is also a congregation that has a beautiful sanctuary, that is full of the right spirit, that wants to renew itself and grow. It is a congregation committed to its ministry to the community. The diversity in the community is the stuff ministry is made of."




International journalists share observations of U.S.
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
John B. Davis Lecture Hall,
Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Ctr.

Ten international reporters from Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Liberia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Senegal and Spain share their observations on health care and education coverage in the U.S. in the annual World Press Institute Public Forum titled “What's News?” Moderated by Cathy Wurzer, host of MPR’s “Morning Edition.” Informal reception follows.

Summit Society Happy Hour at Nye’s
5–7:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 14
Nye’s Bar & Polonaise Room
112 E Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis

Come to Nye's Bar and Polonaise Room for a Macalester Summit Society Happy Hour. Network with other young alumni and find out how you can help Macalester. Appetizers will be provided by your alma mater. You’re on your own for the drinks and great conversations. RSVP to Paul Odegaard.

Informal Gathering for Boulder-area Alumni
5:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 16
Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub,
1922 13th Street, Boulder, Colo.

Want to meet other alumni in the Boulder area? Here’s your chance. Come to Conor O’Neill’s downtown for an informal gathering of Mac alumni.  Bring your suggestions for future alumni events and your friends. Contact event organizer, Patrick D’Silva ’03, for more information.

Amnesty International’s William Schulz speaks on defending human rights
12 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16
Westminster Presbyterian Church,
1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis

William Schulz, outgoing executive director of Amnesty International, will speak about “America as Global Citizen: Defending Human Rights” as part of the Westminster Town Hall Forum. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester.

San Jose Reception for Professor David McCurdy
6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov.17
San Jose Hilton, Suite. 1526
300 Almaden Blvd.

Former students of David McCurdy, and other Macalester alumni, are invited to a reception marking the occasion of his retirement. Before the evening’s reception, alumni and friends may also attend a panel discussion honoring McCurdy’s work from 8-9:45 a.m. at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in the San Jose Convention Center. RSVP to Mary Lou Byrne.
Conference panel details »

Great Scots see Sears A. Eldredge direct Saturday, Sunday, Monday
1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
MainStage Theater,
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center

Great Scots, alumni age 55 and older, are invited to see Sears Eldredge’s final production as a Macalester professor. Saturday, Sunday, Monday is a heartwarming comedy about a large Italian family in Naples preparing a Sunday meal. A special “Behind the Scenes” presentation begins at 1 p.m., the performance at 2 p.m. $10 per person. Reserve tickets by calling the Alumni Office, 651-696-6295.

San Francisco Holiday Lights Walking Tour
5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7
Sheraton Palace Hotel Lobby,
2 New Montgomery St. 

Come enjoy a delightful guided walking tour around Union Square with Macalester alumni this holiday season guided by Marilyn Koch Straka ’68, owner of Explore uniquely decorated hotel lobbies, walk to Yerba Buena Gardens, view the visual delights at Bloomingdales and the Westfield Shopping Center, see the large tree and other points of interest at Union Square and sing carols on Maiden Lane. RSVP to Mariam Ispahani '92. $10 per person.

Handel’s "Messiah" Community Sing-Along
3:30-5:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 9
Ridgewood Baptist Church, 4420 County Road 101,
Minnetonka, Minn.
[google map]

Bring your friends and sing Handel's "Messiah" in the 27th annual community sing-along sponsored by The Music Association of Minnetonka. Or, just sit back and enjoy the music. A few scores will be available to borrow. Bring your own if you have one. Scores are available for about $8 each at Schmitt Music, 800-767-3434. Free and open to the public. To RSVP, e-mail Andi Wulff.

Brave New Workshop’s annual holiday show
6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16
Brave New Workshop Theatre,
2605 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis

Watch the Brave New Workshop’s annual holiday sketch comedy show with other alumni and friends. If you're frazzled by the holidazzle, join Mac alumni and friends for a "Ho-ho-ho-larious" look at the holidays! Arrive at 6 p.m. to mingle before the show starts at 7 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available. Buy your ticket by Dec. 8 at the special Macalester price of  $19 per person. This event is not appropriate for children. For further information, call 651-696-6083.
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