Dance performance explores society's need for healing | MPR | September 13, 2016 When the world is filled with violence — both physical and psychological — how do you take care of yourself? "Horidraa: Golden Healing," a new piece by Ananya Dance Theatre, celebrates the healing power of indigenous wisdom and the love of community. Alessandra Williams '07 and Julia Gay '16, are both involved with Ananya Dance Theatre. Williams was quoted in this article.
NASA's Human Computers | Historically Black | September 19, 2016 Keegan-Michael Key narrates this radio/podcast interview with American Studies professor Duchess Harris and her mother about Miriam Daniel Mann. Mann, Harris’s grandmother, was one of dozens of African American women who worked for NASA as expert mathematicians from the 1940s to the 1960s. Segregated within NASA facilities in Hampton, Va., well-educated Black women used slide rules and pencils to do the calculations for flights by astronauts John Glenn and Alan Shepherd.
How World War II opened the door for one of the first black women at NASA | Washington Post | September 19, 2016 Have you ever seen a computer in a skirt? Duchess Harris has. In a photo submitted to Historically Black, a project by "The Washington Post," Miriam Daniel Mann walks with purpose down a Hampton, Va., street in 1943, clutching a thick, hardcover book. She sports heels, a fashionable turban and a coat with two large buttons, the hemline of her plaid skirt peering out underneath. Mann, Harris’s grandmother, was one of the first Black female computers employed by NASA’s predecessor,the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).
Minnesota novelist Marlon James hangs with Brad Pitt, gets him to recite his book | Star Tribune | September 13, 2016 Marlon James, Macalester English professor and Minnesota’s Jamaica-born literary superstar, is having a great year. Since winning the Man Booker Prize last year for his epic novel, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” he has crisscrossed the globe, sharing his works in Asia, Europe and the Americas – and drawing crowds everywhere he has landed. The latest thing his budding celebrity has brought him: A three-hour interview with Hollywood royalty Brad Pitt, which was the cover of the New York Times’ Style magazine on Sunday.
Duchess Harris shares grandmother's story in upcoming 'Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA' | MinnPost | September 13, 2016 Harris is an American Studies professor and chair. Her grandmother was in the group of the first 11 black women recruited to work at NASA as engineers while NASA was still segregated. Her young-adult book, “Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA,” co-written with Sue Bradford Edwards, will be published in December by ABDO, the same Edina-based educational publishing house that published Edwards’ and Harris’ "Black Lives Matter" book last year. Also in December, a digital archive of “Hidden Human Computers” will launch at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Survey: Mpls. among worst for women in tech | KARE-TV | June 23, 2016 A new survey finds Minneapolis is one of the worst cities when it comes to equal pay in the tech industry. The news of the survey was circulating the same week youth tech camps were happening across the Twin Cities, including one at Macalester College in St. Paul, where nearly 25 high school students in Minnesota took part in a week-long tech camp. Computer Science professor Susan Fox and the library's Angi Faiks were interviewed.
Pathway to Employment | Chronicle of Higher Education | May 23, 2016 As parents and lawmakers put colleges under increasing pressure to demonstrate that their degrees lead to good jobs, career-placement offices can equip students "to speak to the value of their education," says Mindy J. Deardurff, who is set to become the first dean of the Career Development Center at Macalester College, in St. Paul, Minn., on June 2.
Ask the Experts | Wallethub | May 16, 2026 As with searching for permanent employment, finding part-time, seasonal or temporary work can be challenging. With such obstacles in mind, Wallethub asked a panel of experts to weigh in with their advice — both for job seekers and city administrators. One of those experts was John Mountain, Interim Director, Career Development Center.
2016 college job fair season sees lots of employers | Star Tribune | February 3, 2016 Two weeks from now, thousands of college students will converge on the Minneapolis Convention Center in hopes of lining up a job or internship. And this year, their prospects appear to be looking up, judging from the number of recruiters lining up to meet them. John Mountain, acting director of career counseling at Macalester College, was quoted.