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This year's American Studies Conference, Mixed Race America: Identities and Culture, features talks by Laura Kina, Vincent de Paul Associate Professor of Art, Media, & Design at DePaul University, and Ralina L. Joseph, associate professor in the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and departments of American Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.
Everyone is welcome. Keynote presentations are 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Alexander G. Hill Ballroom of Kagin Commons.
Macalester's Write Well video series is one of two recommended resources for the 17th suggestion on Buzzfeed's list of "24 Invaluable Skills To Learn For Free Online This Year."
The Write Well series was created by Professor Adrienne Christiansen and the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching and features microlectures from 25 Macalester faculty and staff on various writing topics. The Write Well page received more than 7,000 visits thanks to the Buzzfeed publicity.
An excerpt from a documentary by Macalester alumni James Christenson ’11, Eliot Popko ’11, and Lewis Wilcox ’12 is featured as an Op-Doc on The New York Times website. Last fall, they won a video competition sponsored by The New York Times, which led to their documentary being featured.
The short is a part of their "Project NoDak" study. They've been working for the past 18 months on an as yet untitled feature-length documentary, which is still in production.
After 20 years as Macalester's Chaplain, Lucy Forster-Smith will be leaving to accept the position of Sedgwick Chaplain and Senior Minister of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. Lucy will assume her new position early in spring semester.
"Macalester has given me a chance to contribute in untold ways both to students, faculty, staff, and the wider Twin Cities community but also to receive so much as well," she says. "I will always hold Macalester's light in my soul and I leave with gratitude, joy, and abiding love for my time as Chaplain. I leave with bagpipes ringing in my ears!"
Join us in wishing Lucy farewell: Macalester's Center for Religious and Spirtual Life is gathering alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff well-wishes and memories for her via this form.
Interested in environmental justice, sustainable development, civil rights and/or Nabokov? Catch up with current scholarship on campus and help students improve their writing skills by participating in the Macalester Alumni Reader Project (MARP). You don't need to live near campus to sign up—in fact, most of alumni readers live outside Minnesota and use Skype/Google Hangouts to meet with their students.
This spring four courses are participating in MARP:
Jeffrey A. Hassan '73 and Eric Mahmoud, co-authors of the book Best in Class, will lead a panel discussion with key individuals in the field of education and present their findings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall of the Campus Center. Their book was featured in the CNN Special Report Black in America: Great Expectation, exploring methods being used to close the achievement gap with black youth.
Learn how a group of charter schools are having a positive influence on the education of black youth in North Minneapolis. "Not only are Harvest Prep and Best Academy educating at-risk children, they’re educating these children to the highest levels of academic achievement," says Hassan. "In 2011 and 2012, the reading and math state standardized test results at Harvest Prep and Best Academy were on par with Minnesota’s most affluent suburbs, with its math results being more than 40 percent higher than the statewide average."
This event, sponsored by Alumni Relations and Macalester's Black History Month committee, is open to the public.
In recognition of her continued commitment to the Macalester community, Sarah Graves '04 is our January Macbassador of the Month.
Sarah, who majored in Communication Studies at Mac, is the athletics admissions coordinator for the Macalester Athletics department and an assistant coach for the varsity volleyball team on which she used to play. Her dedication to the Macalester community continues well outside of business hours. She is also a back-to-back Reunion volunteer, having served on the Alumni of Color Reunion planning committee last year as well as on her 10-Year Reunion planning committee this year.
"There are just so many energetic, smart, funny, creative and generous people involved in this place. Why wouldn't you want to connect with and support them?" said Graves. "Many of these students, alums, faculty and staff still push me today to think more critically and do better in all the activities with which I am engaged. I support Macalester because I feel my time as a student and athlete helped me define how I wanted to be as a person in the world and I want to give as many current and future students that opportunity."
Not only does Sarah support Macalester with her work and volunteer time, she also is a Summit Society donor our students can count on year after year.
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