International Roundtable is an annual event bringing together national and international subject matter experts, students, and faculty to discuss critical global issues. The roundtable coincides with Family Fest and all parents visiting campus are invited to attend.
This year’s roundtable, My Sister’s and Brother’s Keeper? Human Rights in the Era of Globalization, focuses on identifying the main human rights concerns in this century, the primary forces responsible for these issues, and specific ideas for advancing human rights. Human rights experts from the New York School of Law, the University of Toronto, and Macalester will join students Caitlin Hannahan ’11 and Proma Sen ’11 in discussing these issues.
Macalester welcomed medical anthropologist and pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer to campus for our opening convocation on Sept. 14 and bestowed upon him an honorary degree. More.
Watch convocation and Dr. Farmer’s address.
Watch a video about the impact of the arts at Macalester.
Architectural rendering of the renovated and expanded east entrance to the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center
View more renderings
"The arts are vibrant, robust, and growing at Macalester, engaging students from every academic discipline," says Kathleen Murray, provost and dean of the faculty.
But don't take Provost Murray at her word; learn more about the impact of the arts at Macalester.
Or view our arts calendar and see the vibrant arts events taking place across campus this fall. From a Theatre and Dance Department production of Cabaret to the fall dance concert and from the New Music Series to student ensemble performances, there's something for everyone.
A phased renovation and expansion of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center underscores the vital contributions the arts make to Macalester. Phase one includes Music along with the Arts Commons and is the current focus of capital fundraising for the Step Forward campaign.
"We are uniquely poised to make a critical investment in the arts at a time when many colleges are pulling back because of the economy. By moving forward now, Macalester can enhance its fine arts programming, which is core to the liberal arts, and better serve our students," Murray explains.
Fundraising is currently at $16 million toward a $24 million goal for the first phase of this project, which includes a new gallery, the music building and concert hall, and a new arts commons gathering space. If fundraising continues on track, the college hopes to break ground in January 2011.
View architectural renderings of the renovated and expanded spaces
& learn more about the project and alumni in the arts
Old Main Forum is a periodic audio and web forum with President Rosenberg for Macalester alumni and parents. The second Old Main Forum was held Sept. 17. Nearly half of the 110 registrants were parents.
You can watch the latest Old Main Forum here.
The next Old Main Forum will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30 at noon CST and will focus on Macalester’s endowment investment strategy. Chief Investment Officer Craig Aase will be joining President Rosenberg for the discussion. You may register here
New policies affect students in the class of 2013 (and beyond) who want to study abroad. Starting next academic year, there will be a single annual deadline — March 4, 2011 — for submitting study abroad proposals. This deadline will apply to all students who want to study abroad (or off-campus in the U.S.) during the 2011-12 academic year.
Students are required to declare a major before submitting a study abroad proposal. Thus, students planning to apply to study abroad will need to plan for and declare a major earlier than previously. To ensure students understand the new deadline and policies and do not miss out on study abroad, a meeting with a study abroad advisor is now mandatory.
Parents are encouraged to discuss study abroad planning with their student, particularly sophomores and juniors who want to study away next spring. All students interested in off-campus study during the 2011-12 academic year must submit the Off-Campus Study Interest Form. The deadline for first year and sophomore students is Friday, Oct. 8, 2010; the deadline for juniors applying for off-campus study in Spring 2011 is October 15, 2010.
For more information, go to the International Center website.
Macalester redesigned its website this summer to create a fresh, clean visual design and to better integrate content for prospective students throughout the site.
Key changes include:
- More content to illustrate Macalester's academic rigor and commitment to civic engagement, internationalism, and multiculturalism.
- New sections, About Macalester and Life at Mac, highlight Macalester's metropolitan location and its benefits to students, from internship and service opportunities, to arts and culture.
- "Real world" elements, first-person stories, and multimedia content convey the immediacy and sense of excitement that drive the Macalester community.
- Audience links in the top navigation help parents and families, alumni, and the campus community quickly find the content most relevant to them
Let us know what you would like to see on the Parent and Families page. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the navigation and features, see our annotated homepage.