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Destination: Japan. Photo of Choir.

The Macalester Choir, under the direction of Robert L. Peterson, will be traveling to Japan for a concert tour of Tokyo and Kyoto in January. Forty-three students will be singing a wide repertoire, including two songs in Japanese, at five venues from January 13 to 18.

January 13

7 p.m. at Yokota Air Base (U.S. Air Force)
January 14

2 p.m. at St. Mary’s International School, Tokyo
January 15

4:20-5 p.m. at Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School, Kyoto
January 17

1:20-2:10 p.m.
United States Naval Base in Yokosuka, Kinnick High School
January 18

Noon at United States Embassy, Tokyo
(reservation required)

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Campus News

Ahmed Samatar appears on PBS’s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Photo of Samatar on Jim Lehrer's News Hour

Ahmed Samatar, dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship, provided insight into the situation in Somalia on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, broadcast nationally on PBS, on Nov. 26. Samatar spoke about the country's worsening violence and why it continues to be battered by war. He and Stephen Morrison, director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, were the segment's analysts.
Read the segment's transcript»
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Gods and Monsters dance concert

Gods and Monsters poster

Macalester’s Theater and Dance Department presents its fall dance concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center MainStage Theater.

The 2007-08 theme for the department is “Gods and Monsters,” and in this concert, the choreography intertwines the realms of jazz, rhythmic percussion and modern with a hint of classical Indian dance with appearances from monsters, both real and imagined.

Faculty members Becky Heist and Sharon Varosh probe into the tumultuous experience of immigration and refugee status. Student Safiya Carter-Thompson ’08, inspired by contemporary legend Merce Cunningham, enters the world of chance choreography randomly selecting music and movements before and during her performance. Dance minor Emily Gastineau ’09 explores text and movement based upon her summer research grant on "embodied activism and social transformation." The concert ends with nationally acclaimed guest artist Joe Chvala's vibrant dance, The Well of Urd, created in collaboration with singer Ruth Mackenzie.

General admission is $7, senior and group rate $5; children 13 and under are free.  Call 651-696-6359 for more information. 

Trustees dine with students

Building upon the positive feedback received for the “Sundaes with Tim” event held on Oct. 23, interim Chair of Macalester’s Board of Trustees Timothy Hart-Anderson and five other trustees sat down for a casual dinner and conversation with students on Nov. 27. Around 80 students, President Brian Rosenberg, Dean of Students Jim Hoppe and the six trustees exchanged ideas about the future and direction of the college. The board members present, in addition to Hart-Anderson, were Peter Ahn ’87, Carol Hayden ’56, Collin Mothupi ’00, Lee Nystrom ’73, and Kathy Pinkett ’75. Macalester’s first student liaison to the board, Blythe Anderson ’08, is organizing another similar event in February.
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Fifteen seniors graduate this month

Fifteen students of the Class of 2008 graduate this month: Janet Aubin, Christine Basile, Jacob Bell, Matthew Bergeron, Carey Bergsma, Rachel Cole, Erik Forman, Sonia Kharkar, Sara Langhinrichs, Andrew Neshelm, Stephanie Potter, Hattie Stahl, Matthew Stone, Charles Tompkins and Kimberly Wortmann. Congratulations!

Local elementary school children explore the human brain on campus

Elementary school children from the Twin Cities visited campus to judge exhibits made by Macalester College students during the sixth annual Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair held Dec. 1. At the event, more than 150 fourth, fifth and sixth graders from Twin Cities elementary schools judged 40 exhibits and presentations on how the brain processes language, pain sensitivity and visual perception. The guest judges voted for the best presentation. 

The exhibits were made by students taking Psychology Professor Eric Wiertelak's “Brain, Mind and Behavior” class. Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair is a nationwide program funded by National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Sponsors include the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, Brain Awareness Week Partners in Education and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.

Harry W. Morgan, World Press Institute founder, dies at age 73

American journalist Harry W. Morgan, who interviewed Mother Teresa, John F. Kennedy and Indira Gandhi, started cultural exchange programs across the Iron Curtain and taught generations of journalists, died in Timisoara, Romania, on Oct. 29. He was 73.

In 1961, he founded the World Press Institute at Macalester College, which provided fellowships for foreign journalists from around the world to spend time living and working in the United States. He also founded the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation (website), which continues to promote cultural exchanges around the world and was one of the few Western organizations operating beyond the Iron Curtain, including in then-communist Romania.

Morgan is survived by his wife, Margareta, four sons and six grandchildren.

Alumni News

Sending holiday cards? Use MacDirect to find addresses of your Mac friends

This holiday season, why not send a card to a Mac friend you haven't heard from in a while? MacDirect features profiles of Macalester's 24,000 alumni. It's a fast way to find mailing addresses of long-lost classmates. All Macalester alumni can register to use it in four easy steps.
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Alumni College sends professors to Oakland, Calif., and Seattle in January

Photo of Lynn M. Hudson Photo of Jane Rhodes Photo of Wang Ping
Professors Lynn M. Hudson, History; Jane Rhodes, American Studies; and Wang Ping, English.

Alumni living in Seattle, Wash., and Oakland, Calif., metro areas will have a chance to hear lectures by Macalester professors in January. Professors Lynn M. Hudson and Jane Rhodes will talk about two African American icons of the Bay Area on Saturday, Jan. 12, in Oakland, Calif. Professor Wang Ping will share her knowledge about the benefits and dangers of China's Three Gorges Dam on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Seattle. Both breakfast events are part of the Alumni College Road Scholars program for 2007-2008.
More about these Alumni College Road Scholars events »

Alumni travel to Dalmatian Coast in July

Photo of Dubrovni on the Dalmation Coast

The Alumni Travel Program is offering a tour of village life along the Dalmatian Coast July 29-August 6, 2008. On this "unpack once" trip, alumni travelers and their guests will explore several unique ports of call along the Croatian coast line. These alumni travelers will meet with a former UNESCO director and visit the World Heritage site of Dubrovnik.
Explore the Dalmatian Coast ports of call»

Reunion 2008 to begin in six months

Photo:Nick Santrach ’11.

With six inches of snow covering the campus, it’s hard to imagine the festive reunion atmosphere happening in just six months. Alumni from the classes of 2003; 1998; ’88, ’89 & ’90; ’83; ’78, ’79 & ’80; ’63; ’58; ’53; ’48 and ’43 will return to campus to celebrate. More fun will be had than can be found at a Great Lawn snowball fight or at a Midway Prom! A number of alumni have begun reconnecting through the reunion website where they are posting updates, sharing memories and letting each other know if they're planning to attend.
Visit the Reunion 2008 website»

Ari Emanuel ’83 ranked fourth of “50 Smartest People in Hollywood” by Entertainment Weekly

Ari Emanuel ’83 was ranked between the director/producer James Cameron, who came in third, and actor/producer Will Smith (fifth place) in “The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood,” the cover story of Entertainment Weekly’s Dec. 7 edition. Emanuel is partner of Endeavor Agency, described by the magazine as the second most powerful in Hollywood. His agency represents celebrities including David E. Kelly (creator of Ally McBeal and The Practice), Aaron Sorkin (creator of The West Wing), Jennifer Garner (star of Alias), Tina Fey (former writer of Saturday Night Live) and documentary filmmaker Michael Moore (Sicko, Fahrenheit 9/11). Among a number of glowing attributes, the article describes Emanuel as “the sharpest strategist in the business.”
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Kwame Tsikata ’05 named to list of nine artists "on the verge"

M.ANIFEST: "On the verge." Photo: Julian Murray.

M.ANIFEST (Kwame Tsikata ’05) was named one of nine young artists "on the verge" by the Star Tribune in a November feature. The nine young artists who made the list are considered to be “standouts in dancing, music, painting, acting and writing.” Tom Horgen of the paper writes that M.ANIFEST will make it because of his unique story, delivery and lyrics.
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Neil Leary ’80 edits groundbreaking book on climate change

A two-volume set of books titled Climate Change and Vulnerability and Climate Change and Adaptation, edited by Neil Leary ’80 along with eight other climatologists, will soon be released by Earthscan Publications. The publisher describes the set as the “first to provide a comprehensive investigation of the issues at stake” resulting from climate change in the developing world.

Vulnerability discusses who is vulnerable to climate change, the nature of their vulnerability and the causes of their vulnerability for parts of the world that have been poorly researched until now. Adaptation covers current practices for managing climate risks to food security, water resources, livelihoods, human health and infrastructure, needs for effective management of climate risks, the changing nature of the risks, strategies for adaptation, and the need to integrate these strategies into development planning and resource management.

Leary has worked with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC - website), this year’s Nobel Peace Prize-winner along with former Vice President Al Gore, since 1992 and is science director of the Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change (AIACC -website) project the panel launched in 2002. The books are products of a five-year project he directed involving more than 300 researchers, students and participants from Africa, Asia and the Americas.
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Handel's ‘Messiah’ Community Sing Along

Ridgewood Church, 4420 Highway 101 S., Minnetonka, Minn.

Bring your friends and sing Handel's ‘Messiah’ in the 28th annual community sing-along sponsored by The Music Association of Minnetonka. Or just sit back and enjoy the music. Free and open to the public.


See The Nutcracker Performed by the Orlando Ballet

Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston St., Orlando, Fla.

Join Macalester alumni and guests to see The Nutcracker performed by the Orlando Ballet accompanied by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Hosted by Russell P. Allen ’74, executive director of the Orlando Ballet. A light buffet supper begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the performance and backstage reception with the artists. $58 per person, including supper, ballet and reception. For questions or to reserve tickets, email Russell Allen ’74.


Road Scholars in Oakland: African American Icons of the San Francisco Bay Area

Niles Hall, Preservation Park, Oakland, Calif.

Professors Lynn M. Hudson (History) and Jane Rhodes (American Studies) visit Oakland, Calif., to discuss two important African American icons — Mammy Pleasant and the Black Panthers through the Alumni College Road Scholars program. Continental breakfast at 9 a.m. Talk begins at 9:30 a.m. $15 per person.
More about this event»
Register online here»


Alumni Gathering in Phoenix

The home of Darryl Everett ’71 and Brenda Mann Everett ’72, Phoenix, Ariz.

Macalester alumni are invited to a special gathering. Discuss the future of Macalester. Valet parking provided. RSVP by emailing the Alumni Office by Friday, Jan. 11.


Road Scholar in Seattle: Behind the Gate - After the Flood of the Three Gorges Dam

The Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, Wash.

Professor Wang Ping (English) will present to Seattle-area alumni on the benefits and dangers of the Three Gorges Dam — energy production, increased commerce, flood control, disruption of sewage and sediment drainage — through a series of photographs taken before and after the dam was completed. She will also talk about the personal stories of individuals displaced by the dam project and the environmental impact on the river ecosystem, its land and animal species. Part of the Alumni College Road Scholars program. $15 per person, includes brunch. Online registration to open soon.
More about this event»


Career Panel: How to Get a Paying Job in the Non-Profit Sector

Alumni House, 1644 Summit Ave., St. Paul

This is the second of the three-part career networking series for Macalester's young alumni in the Twin Cities. Listen to a panel of alumni who work for nonprofit organizations discuss how they landed their nonprofit jobs and what their work means to them. Network and mingle with the participants both before and after the panel. $10 per person. Online registration to open soon. Contact Stephen Sporer for more information.


Alumni College Faculty Lecture: Jaine Strauss on Marketing and Body Image

Weyerhaeuser Board Room,
On Campus

As part of the Alumni College Faculty Lecture series, Jaine Strauss (Psychology) presents Mass Marketing: Research and Reflections on Body Image and Advertising. Strauss is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on gender. Her recent work is on women's 'body talk' conversations, self-control styles in eating disorders, developmental trends in body objectification, and the impact of diet commercials on snack food consumption.
More about Alumni College Faculty Lectures»

Catch a Concert
Spend an evening enjoying student performances in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. These events are free and open to the public.


Macalester Symphony Orchestra

Featuring Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9; a Drake Andersen world premiere and Bloch’s Concerto Grosso. Cary Franklin conducting.


African Music Ensemble Concert

Featuring traditional African Music with authentic African drums, xylophones, flutes and songs. Directed by Sowah Mensah.


Collegium Musicum Macalestri

Featuring Renaissance music and Baroque sonatas with music by Holborne, Agricola, Bach and Mattheson. Directed by Carleton Macy.


Composer's Concert

Macalester students' compositions set to performance.


Traditions and Sirens Concert

The Sirens are Macalester's female a cappella pop group and the Traditions are their male counterparts.


Scotch Tape performs

Scotch Tape, the only co-ed a cappella group at Macalester College, sings primarily contemporary rock and pop music.

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