Please join Macalester alumni and community members as we share our Macalester moments and learn more about the campaign.

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Big Questions Event Series

We are excited to launch our Big Questions event series as part of The Macalester Moment campaign. These intellectually stimulating events will connect you with faculty and President Rosenberg, while digging into the world-changing issues that Macalester is addressing in and out of the classroom. You are invited to join other alumni and parents at the event or watch a recording of the discussion. Watch for more information coming soon.

Location Date Big-Question Discussion Topic Speaker
Register for Chicago Nov. 7, 2018 Does who we elect really matter? Professor of Political Science Julie Dolan
Register for New York Nov. 28, 2018 Is it possible to write a story without being political? Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of English Marlon James
San Francisco Jan. 17, 2019 What does the rise of entrepreneurship and career development on campuses say about the future of liberal arts? Entrepreneur in Residence Kate Ryan Reiling ’00 & Dean of the Career Development Center Mindy Deardurff
Seattle Jan. 31, 2019 How will we sustainably feed nine billion people in 2050? Professor of Geography Bill Moseley
St. Paul Feb. 6, 2019 How do we create a stage that helps audiences imagine a world guided by social equity? Chair and Professor of Theatre and Dance Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento
Washington, D.C. March 7, 2019 How do race and class intersect with the #MeToo movement? Professor of American Studies Duchess Harris
London March 21, 2019 What are the trickle-down effects of economic nationalism? Provost and Professor of Economics Karine Moe & Assistant Professor of Economics Felix Friedt
Boston April 4, 2019 Have algorithms made the world better or worse? Associate Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Shilad Sen

What Is the Big Questions Event Series?

In March 2018, we launched the Big Questions videos, a series of interviews with Macalester students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The goal was to “allow a more intimate and unfiltered glimpse of what members of [the Macalester community] think about their work, about important issues, and about their place in the world.” Now, we are taking the Big Questions concept on the road as part of the Macalester Moment campaign, inviting you to see live, in-person interviews with a faculty member or alum.

Watch the Big Questions videos.


Earlier Events

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Oct. 4, 2018 Launch Event

Thank you for joining us to launch a campaign for access and excellence! In this moment in history, as we tackle bigger, global challenges, the world needs Macalester. This campaign fuels the most high-impact aspects of Macalester’s focus — access and excellence. It allows us to deliver on these twin promises to ensure that in a world of unknowns, Macalester and its graduates are ready to help lead the way.

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Oct. 4, 2018 Mac in Your City

Remember all those conversations you had at Mac, and each new idea and passion you discovered? The annual Mac in Your City event provided an opportunity for alumni to gather and engage in their community, discuss their passions, and celebrate their Macalester pride.