February, 2011

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.

Cultural Survival

video icon Seven Macalester students spent a week in New Orleans under the direction of Professor Molly Olsen for a seminar on cultural survival. See the trip through their eyes, as documented by Catherine Reagan '11. more

Taking on Teeth

With work in the Macalester biochemistry lab on his resume, Xu Han ’10 is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. more

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.

Podcast: Electric Cars

Economics professor Sarah West talks about the latest developments in electric cars. West has studied how gas prices and fuel economy affect consumer purchasing decisions.

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Inside Sarah Boyer's Office

Mite Harvestmen, Gummy Tape Worms, Crabs - They're All in Sarah Boyer's Office

Mighty Graphene

In Professor James Heyman's lab they study graphene, the strongest material ever. Only one atom thick, graphene has exceptional electronic properties. more

Making Maps

Professor Karl Wirth, geology, took his class Field Methods in Geology to Thomson, Minnesota, for a field mapping project in early October.

3M and Macalester

In any economy, nothing beats a personal introduction to a highly desirable company. Just ask Krasi Tomov ’10, who held an internship at 3M and now works at the company. more

Harry Elam Delivers El-Kati Lecture

A talk by Stanford University Professor Harry J. Elam, Jr. "Struggling with Racial Legacies: Adrienne Kennedy and the Power of African American Theatre." Harry J. Elam, Jr., is author of Taking it to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka, and the Erroll Hill Prize winning book The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson.

Preventing Genocide

For three weeks in July, Seong Kyul Park ’12—along with 20 other American and Rwandese participants—studied genocide and reconstruction in Kigali, Rwanda, through a summer program offered by the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center (IGSC).

Discovering New Molecules

Chemistry professor Paul Fischer draws nearly half a million dollars in research and equipment grants to Mac this year.

An Interview With Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang's book The Latehomecomer was chosen as Macalester's common reading. Students and parents were encouraged to read the book over the summer and come ready to discuss the book with one another. Yang then visited campus to talk about her work. Here, she sits down with student Collin Calvert '13.

First-Year Courses

Vampires, Nazis, and Destruction: What do these three scary topics have in common? They’re all subjects of first-year courses offered by Macalester College.


Young Women Faculty Receive $1.6 Million in Research Support more

Podcast: Alex Lemon

Macalester alumnus Alex Lemon '00 read from his book, Happy.

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Students Talk About Professors


Professors Talk About Students


Prepared Piano Performance


Summer Research

video icon Christina Fitzsimmons '11 in the lab more

Summer in Omrit, Israel

Summer 2010 in Omrit, Israel

Astronomy Professor John Cannon

Astronomy Professor John Cannon

Senior Art Show 2010

Senior Art Show 2010

Species Defender

Some harm attributed to non-native species has been exaggerated, according to Professor Mark Davis, who questions the scientific basis of some of these claims. more

Million Dollar Men

Professors Dan Hornbach and Tom Varberg have received grants exceeding $2.5 million, all benefitting students.

Jillian Scudder '09

Graduate program: Astronomy, University of Victoria, British Columbia

Social Media Research

Isaac Sparling works with Professor Shilad Sen on Poliwiki, a web site that allows for social interactions about politics.

A New Vision for the Fine Arts

Our music building will be renovated beginning in January 2011.

Painterly Pause

In this techno-wired, fast-paced world, oil painting is a bit of an anachronism. But that’s one of the reasons it’s so important for students, says art professor Chris Willcox, who teaches painting at Macalester.

The Artist's Lens

Student Bimbola Akinbola '11 helped her art professor create an art history textbook.