The Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics With Emory’s Frans de Waal
"The Bonobo and the Atheist: Morality, Religion, and Prosocial, Primates," is the title of Frans B. M. de Waal’s talk for the annual Oleg Jardetzky Lecture on Science, Culture, and Ethics in Honor of Jim and Mary Engel and Robert Morgan, 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in the John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call 651-696-6141 for more information.
Macalester Connect+ Leadership Conference with Keynoter Fred Swaniker ’99
This weekend, February 23-24, Macalester is hosting a conference designed to bring together a diverse group of student leaders from colleges throughout the United States to serve as a launching pad for their individual projects. The conference is inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the United World College movement. For more information, go to Connect+ Schedule.
Allison Charney, soprano, and Mark Mazullo, piano in recital March 3
Allison Charney, soprano, and Mark Mazullo, piano will be in recital Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m., Mairs Concert Hall, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information call 651-696-6808.
Mathematics students win four prizes at national meeting
Four posters contributed by Macalester summer research students received an Outstanding Presentation Award at the 2013 MAA Undergraduate Student Poster Session last month at the Joint Math Meetings in San Diego. The awardees include seniors Hossein Alidaee, Mike Reeks, and Maxray Savage, who, along with seven other undergraduate student researchers, developed their mathematics research last summer. They were mentored by Macalester Mathematics professors Andrew Beveridge, Dan Flath and Tom Halverson. Alidaee and Reeks did independent research at Macalester, while Savage was part of MAXIMA, a 12-student REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) that is co-hosted by Macalester and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota.
Macalester to host 14th annual American Studies Conference “Alternatives in a changing food world”
“Alternatives in a changing food world” is the topic University of Maryland Prof. Psyche Williams-Forson will discuss as the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual American Studies Conference at Macalester College, Feb.21-22. The conference also features a film screening of Byron Hurt’s Soul Food Junkies, a conversation with the filmmaker, and a food drive.
Macalester holds first-ever 24-hour Macathon
Macalester is holding its first-ever 24-hour Macathon, the college's first-ever "hackathon," beginning 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, ending at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Online: macathon
Climate-change expert Bill McKibben coming to St. Thomas and Macalester
Bill McKibben, one of the nation’s best-known environmental journalists and an expert on global warming, will visit the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College Feb. 20 and 21 for a series of lectures and programs titled “Celebrating and Preserving Winter: Responding to Climate Change in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”
Macalester earns spot on Peace Corps’ annual Top Schools rankings
For the eighth year in a row, Macalester College has earned a spot on Peace Corps’ annual list of the top volunteer-producing small colleges and universities across the country. With 15 alumni currently serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers, the school ranks No. 18 and remains a solid source of individuals committed to making a difference at home and abroad. Since the agency was created in 1961, 350 Macalester graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.
Sociology major wins second place in MSS Paper Competition
The Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) has awarded IndiAna Gowland ’13, of Mill Valley, Calif., second place in its 49th Annual Student Paper Competition.
Exhibition: “Ornament and Crime: Parastou Forouhar” in Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery
Iranian-born, internationally known artist, Parastou Forouhar, presented a solo exhibition at Macalester’s Law Warschaw Gallery. The exhibition, “Ornament and Crime,” opened Fri., Feb. 8 and was curated by Joanna Inglot, chair and associate professor of Macalester’s Art and Art History department.
Theatre and Dance Department Presents Hip Hop Hopes
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Hip Hop Hopes: What’s Going On? in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 for seniors and groups. There are two performances at 7 and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, February 15, 16, 22, & 23. Single performances are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 17, and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 21. Please make reservations as there is limited seating. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Leland and Kathleen Hansen Establish Geography Research Endowed Fund
Leland and Kathleen Hansen of St. Paul have established a $100,000 research endowed fund at Macalester College. It will be named the Leland and Kathleen Hansen Geography Research Endowed Fund and support student research in urban geography.
MN State Arts Board grants awarded to 10 Macalester people
The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded grants to eight Macalester alumni and two Art and Art History faculty members for 2013.
Macalester grants tenure status to seven faculty members
Macalester College has granted tenure status to the following seven faculty members: Andrew Beveridge, Mathematics/Statistics/Computer Science; Sarah Boyer, Biology; John Cannon, Physics & Astronomy; Devavani Chatterjea, Biology; Kristi Curry Rogers, Biology & Geology; Christina Esposito, Linguistics; and Kathryn Splan, Chemistry.
Macalester College presents guitarist Bill Frisell
Legendary guitarist Bill Frisell is the spring 2013 guest for Macalester’s New Music Series, sponsored by the Rivendell Foundation. He’ll perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2013, in Mairs Concert Hall, in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul, Minn.
Macalester’s Art Commons on the cover of Architecture MN
Macalester's Arts Commons is on the cover of the Jan/Feb 2013 Architecture Minnesota with the caption: "A college arts commons brims with light and life." Inside, the issue features an interview with President Brian Rosenberg and six pages of the first phase of the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center (JWFAC) renovation and expansion.
Former Macalester Trustee W. John Driscoll dead at 83
W. John Driscoll of Sunfish Lake, Minn., died peacefully Saturday, December 22, 2012, at home with his family. A long-time supporter of Macalester College, Driscoll fought Parkinson's for many years. He was 83.
French Meadow Bakery & Café to open in St. Paul near Macalester
French Meadow Bakery & Café is coming to St. Paul. The bakery and café will open at 1662-66 Grand Ave., former home to Coat of Many Colors and Coffee News Cafe. French Meadow on Grand will occupy the entire first floor of the building that is owned by Macalester College. In January the company will begin renovations and is expected to open in May 2013.
Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department Presents Face to Face, Dec. 7-8
The Macalester College Theatre and Dance Department presents Face to Face, the 2012 Fall Dance Concert, with new works by students, faculty, and guest artist Luke Olson-Elm. Performances are at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Main Stage Theater, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, at 7:30 p.m. on December 7, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on December 8. For ticket information, call 651-696-6359.
Geography Professor Receives AAG Media Achievement Award
Macalester Geography Professor William Moseley has received the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Media Achievement Award.
Macalester part of three-year collaborative NSF grant promoting undergraduate research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Macalester College and 18 other colleges and universities across the United States a three-year collaborative grant in the amount of $437,883 in support of undergraduate research. The 19 undergraduate-focused institutions are a consortium known as “The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team” (UAT).