Theatre Professor Receives NEA Grant
Theatre Prof. Harry Waters Jr., in partnership with Bedllam Theatre, has received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) $10,000 grant for the development of a new performance work, AKA: Father/Sons, exploring relationships between African-American fathers and sons around sexuality and sexual identity.
Macalester Graduating Senior Awarded Second Place in 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award
Courtney Nussbaumer ’13, a graduating senior from Brookfield, Wis. double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies with a Legal Studies Concentration, has been awarded second place for the 2013 Presbyterian Outlook Church-College Partnership Award. She wrote an essay based on the topic, “How my education at my PC (USA)-related college has prepared me for significant service and leadership.” Over 30 other students from colleges across the country entered this year, and a panel of judges assessed Nussbaumer’s to be one of the top essays.
Art Professor Godollei Wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Ruthann Godollei, Professor of Art, has been awarded the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award. The award was established in 1961 by the Robert Earll McConnell Foundation to honor faculty members who exemplify the principles and ideals of Thomas Jefferson. Godollei was selected by a committee of past Jefferson Award winners.
Macalester Professor Awarded American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Literature Prize
Macalester English Professor Peter Bognanni is one of 19 writers who’s been granted an American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 award in literature. The awards will be presented in New York in May at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial.
“International Law as Smart Power” 32nd Annual Mitau Lecture with Yale’s Harold Hongju Koh
“International Law as Smart Power,” is the title of Harold Kongju Koh’s talk as the 32nd Annual Mitau Endowed Lecturer, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-696-6290.
Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem, Arnold Lowe Lectureship with Yale’s Dale B. Martin
“Armed and not Dangerous: Jesus in Jerusalem,” is the title of Dale B. Martin’s talk for the Arnold Lowe Lecture, 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2013, in Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, Minn. It’s free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-696-6141.
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.