FRIDAY FACULTY LUNCH - PAST PRESENTAIONS

Fall 2016 Schedule


Sep 2      Eric Barnes (Philosophy)

HWS Debate Team

Abstract: The HWS Debate Team competes for the entire school year and most of you will have students in your classes who are on the team, but you may have little idea of what it is we do. Our goal today is to provide a brief introduction to what we do, why we do it, and how you can help. To be fair, our team relies heavily on what you teach in your courses. In order for us to succeed, they need to learn from you more than a debate coach could ever teach them. Furthermore, many of our most accomplished debaters have no prior debate experience and are referred to us by professors who recognize their skills.

Sep 9      Jim Spates (Sociology)

Saving the Dove Block for Geneva: What One Professor Does in Retirement

Abstract: One day, not long after retiring from HWS I was downtown, and looked up to see the imposing “Dove Block” on the corner of Castle and Exchange Streets, a location that, if vibrant, is easily the most important intersection in the city. Trouble was, it wasn’t vibrant. The beautiful three-storey brick late 19th Century, building, which anchors the SE corner of the intersection, has been vacant for 13 years. And so began a process in which myself and a number of Genevans determined to make this critical building functional once again. Adding great significance to our effort was the fact that, during the 1930s, America’s first abstract impressionist, Arthur Dove, painted a large number of his now world-renowned works there. Our group intends the building’s third floor, where Dove lived and painted, to be a memorial and museum to him. No such tribute exists anywhere in the country. Today’s talk will highlight our vision for The Dove Block’s restoration and the progress we have made to this point.

Sep 16    Whitney Mauer (Environmental Studies)

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Sep 23     Jim Sutton (Anthropology and Sociology)

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Sep 30     Shelly Lear (The Counseling Center)

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Oct 7       Edgar Paiewonsky Conde (Spanish and Hispanic Studies)

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Oct 14     Jeff VanderMeer (Trias Writer-in-Residence)

Storytelling and Global Warming

Abstract: Research into translations of science into public policy and into fictional vessels for scientific inquiry reveal lost opportunities, distorted "tale-telling," and disturbing foundational assumptions. This talk explores how philosophy, including Timothy Morton's concept of dark ecologies and hyperobjects--often in the "viscous" context of a Baudrillardian hegemony--can invest modes of fiction such as the uncanny with the power to convey the vast processes involved in changes to the Earth and eschew outdated facts and modes of thought. VanderMeer's talk excerpts sections of his book on the subject and will serve as a preview to a longer presentation to be given formally at DePaul University's Earth Day celebration in spring of 2017.

Oct 21     Alan Frishman (Economics)

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Oct 28     Les Friedman (Media and Society)

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Nov 4       Leslie Hebb (Physics)

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Nov 11     Jocelyn Bell (Math and Computer Science)

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Nov 18     Angelique Szymanek (Art and Architecture)

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Dec 2      Susan Norman (Political Science)

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Dec 9      Sara Branch (Psychology)

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CONTACT

Yan Hao, hao@hws.edu

Shannon Straub, straub@hws.edu


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