When he signed up for Macalester’s legislative politics class, Reed Polakowski ’13 (Minneapolis) thought he’d be interning for a state senator or representative. Instead, he ended up in the office of Minnesota’s governor, Mark Dayton.
Natalie Locke '11 created the Sustainability Student Worker Network - which now includes 20 students, ensuring that program continues long after she graduates.
Students, Chelsea Hansen '13 and Danait Teklay '13 share their experience working with Professor Andy Overman attempting to excavate Mount Vernon where approximately two to three hundred of George Washington's slaves are buried. Through the excavation they would like to give recognition to the deceased slaves.
Indiana James - M11
Today, a tour of my square, M11, with supervisor Kate Peterson ('11). Includes a special guest appearance by site architect Prof. Michael Nelson of CUNY Queens. Enjoy!
Building a Library
Waruiru Mburu '13 received a grant from the Live It Fund. Her project involves building a library at Bunabumali Good Samaritan Orphan and Needy school in Bunabumali village, Bududa District, Uganda.
Senior Art Exhibit 2011
The Macalester College Art Gallery is pleased to announce the annual senior art major group exhibition. The graduating art majors present their thesis work to the public.
Amy Fisher '07 gives us a tour of her square, Sp5-5. She, Prof. Nanette Goldman, and her team are working inside the temple around the early shrine. The is part of the blog by James Mayer '11.
To Disclose–or Not
For Hannah Johnson '11, curiosity and her professor's mentoring resulted in a grant for summer research in Washington, D.C.
The Award Goes To...
The alumni recipients, all biology majors, are Alese Colehour ’09, Ben Freeman ’06, and Suzy Szumowski ’09 received NSF grants.
Lots of students make 30-second YouTube videos in college, but how many make hour-long documentaries? That’s what James Christenson ’11 (Plymouth, Minnesota) did this year, producing the documentary Local Motives, which examines the politics and business of high-speed, commuter, and light-rail expansion in Minnesota.
Mac DNA - Jamila Humphrie
Jamila Humphrie '11 was awarded a Fulbright grant to Brazil. Here, she talks about how her experiences at Macalester gave her that opportunity.
Commencement 2011 Senior Speakers
Video of Emily Schorr Lesnick '11 and Matt Kazinka '11 delivering the senior class speech at Commencement 2011 on May 14.
Brian Rosenberg at Commencement 2011
Macalester President Brian Rosenberg delivered these opening remarks at Commencement 2011 on May 14.
Lois Quam '83 at Commencement 2011
Video of Macalester alumna Lois Quam '83, executive director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and former trustee, delivering her Commencement 2011 address titled, 'Entering the World.'
Journal of Human Rights
Titus Levy's '10 senior capstone article is published in the Journal of Human Rights.
Davis Peace Project
Winner of one of this year's Davis Projects for Peace grants, Rayanatou Laouali ’12, discusses her project to bring economic agency and sustainability to impoverished female peanut oil laborers in Niger.
Karen Jackson '11 spend a summer at Macalester's Ordway Field Station researching the dam's role in sedimentation for her senior honors thesis.
Mac DNA - Off to Yale
Emma Locatelli '11 heads off to Yale University to earn a PhD in invertebrate paleontology. Here she discusses how Macalester helped her get into this prestigious program.
Mac DNA - Morgen Chang
Morgen Cheng '11 received third place at the 48th Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. She was also the lead in the fall production of Cabaret at Macalester.
Krista Moore ’10 studied abroad in Tunisia, worked for former President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta, and will soon begin graduate school in France.
Model UN Team Successful
Macalester's Model United Nations team recently returned from the week long National Model UN conference in New York City. The delegation of 12 Mac students represented Mongolia and brought home a Distinguished Delegation award; the second highest given at the conference. Congratulations, MacMUN!
Jamila Humphrie Receives Fulbright Award to Brazil
Jamila Humphrie, of Seattle, Wash., has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Brazil. Humphrie will graduate at Macalester College’s 122nd commencement on May 14, 2011.
Sandwiches and Scholarship
The IGCSC hosts Sandwiches and Scholarship luncheons on the second Thursday of each month to highlight student scholarship across campus.
Unveiling the Secrets of War
Professor Olga González publishes new book, Unveiling Secrets of War in the Peruvian Andes (University of Chicago Press).
Willem Laursen '11 seeks to understand what causes pain and how to treat it better. He continues his work at the National Institutes of Health.
Anthropology professor Scott Legge takes us on a tour of his office while explaining his field of study, biological anthropology.
Inventions for Mayo Clinic
Two Macalester teams recently presented at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., their analyses and recommendations about inventions in development at Mayo as part of the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.
A Private Life
Retired Macalester Religious Studies Prof. Cal Roetzel has been translating Civil War letters for 20 years.
Reconciliation and Iraq
Evelyn Daugherty ’11 (Ann Arbor, Michigan) took Arabic to fulfill her language requirement—and discovered her life’s work.
Momchil Jelev works for Johnson & Johnson and credits much of his success now to the experiences he had at Macalester.
Learning the Legislature
This is the kind of class that just cannot be offered at small-town colleges, says Professor Julie Dolan.
Despite having majored in geology, Becky Roberts ’09 never expected to find herself wriggling on her belly through karst caves deep in an Alaskan island. But she did that and much more during her summer as a GeoCorps worker in the Tongass National Forest.
Philosophy professor, Martin Gunderson, discusses international standards for informed consent in relation to studies conducted on human subjects.
Finding Art in Liberal Arts
Pei-Hsaun Wang talks about how the liberal arts has informed her work as an artist.
Go-go Dancers, Arabic, and YouTube
Three Mac sociology seniors win top prizes for their academic papers.
Studying South Africa
With a double major in political science and international studies, it’s clear that Victor Parker ’11 (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) is determined to become a world citizen. But add in his French minor, study of Afrikaans, and two internships in South Africa and his global curiosity becomes even more apparent.
The Great Liberal Arts
Hannah Glaser attends the University of Birmingham's (England) master's program in acting
Podcast: Contemporary Slavery
History professor James Stewart talks about contemporary slavery in this country and trafficking worldwide and why these issues are nearly invisible. Stewart established Historians Against Slavery to develop "abolitionism on our campuses and in our community."
Interview with Author Charles Baxter '69
Author Charles Baxter ’69 talks here about his most recent book, Gryphon: New and Selected Stories (Pantheon, 2011), which is the common reading for Macalester Reunion 2011. Baxter, who also wrote the National Book Award-nominated novel Feast of Love, is the Edelstein-Keller Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit charlesbaxter.com.
The week-long January seminar, led by Professor Molly Olsen, Department of Hispanic Studies and Paul Schadewald of the Civic Engagement Center, explored the challenges and cultural strategies of resistance in New Orleans neighborhoods in the wake of disaster and in the midst of economic adversity. Participants toured the city and met with a number of community partners, scholars and activists.
Taking on Teeth
With three summers of National Science Foundation research programs and a semester in a Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
Macalester Sociology Majors Sweep Prizes in Midwest Sociological Society Paper Competitions
Senior sociology majors Evelyn Daugherty, Jenny Evgenia Grinblo, and Morgen Chang have won the top three prizes awarded in the Forty-eighth Annual Midwest Sociological Society Student Paper Competition. Daugherty and Grinblo were co-awarded first prize and Chang received third prize.
What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis
"What is to be Done? Activist Scholarship for a World in Crisis" is the topic keynote speaker Ruth Wilson Gilmore will address at the Twelfth Annual American Studies Conference, 6 p.m., Thursday, February 10, in Alexander G. Hill Ballroom in Kagin Commons, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Her talk is free and open to the public.