How to Think Like a Filmmaker

With dozens of award-winning, conversation-starting documentaries among them, Macalester alumni and faculty have made waves in filmmaking. Here, they share the mindsets that have led to their success.

Features and Articles

A professor and three students, all wearing orange vests, study trees along the sidewalk. One student is looking up and pointing. Another appears to be taking notes.

Investigating St. Paul’s New ‘Shade Gap’

Biology professor Mary Heskel and a team of student researchers spent the summer looking at the impact of ash tree removal on shade and temperature, and her students gained new research skills along the way.

Headshot of Prof. Michelle Tong

Shelf Conscious: Professor Michelle Tong

Ever wonder about all those books lining professors’ offices? We’re with you.

Actors on stage during a performance of The Song Poet

Capturing the Color of the Forest and the Shape of the Mountains

Professor Mina Kinukawa served as scenic designer for The Song Poet, the first Hmong story ever adapted for the operatic stage.

Poster with the question Q3: What can students do to improve community and connectedness in this course? Below the question are lots of pink sticky notes with students' responses.

Building Community and Connectedness in the Classroom

A program led by faculty and staff members strengthens the classroom community with intentional reflection and conversation.

Nina Porst is pictured in front of a park and pond in Denmark

Working for a Cleaner, Greener Denmark

Nina Porst ’08 has worked on some of her home country’s toughest environmental challenges.

Hana Dinku, Aida Martinez-Freeman, and Karla Benson Rutten pose on chairs inside of the Lealtad-Suzuki Center for Social Justice.

Voices of Social Justice

Three current and recent leaders of Macalester’s Lealtad-Suzuki Center for Social Justice reflect on twenty years of progress, passion, and perseverance.

Dr. Stone Cha looks out a window while standing in front of a gray brick wall.


Dr. Stone Cha ’10 dwells at the corner of reproductive justice and theology.

A lion stands in golden grass in front of tree branches with no leaves.

Animal Behavior: Fundamentals and Applications

With opportunities to observe animals like wolves and mountain lions in their natural habitats, Dr. Chakrabarti offers his students a portal into the magical world of studying animal behavior.

Headshot of Eva Reid ’96

Work Wisdom: Eva Reid ’96

Eva Reid ’96 is a senior IT data manager and agency data officer for DC Health, the District of Columbia’s health department.