Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Young-Im Lee
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
As of April 2016, 112 women in 73 countries have been elected as presidents or prime ministers of their countries. Women assume 22.8% of the members of parliaments around the world, slightly higher than the share of women in the U.S. Congress. Surprising to many, more than 100 countries use gender quotas to nominate and elect women to the political office. What is the global trend of women’s political representation and how does the U.S. measure up against other countries? What explains the gender gap in politics and how to narrow it? More importantly, do women in politics make a difference?
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Benjamin Chan
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017
Is there a limit to the amount of moral progress that we, with our hominid brains, can make? Despite the persistence of conflict and suffering, it is hard to deny that humanity has made significant moral progress through the ages. However, what if this is just about the best we can be? Drawing on research in ethics and the sciences, this lecture will explore the limits of moral progress and how technological advances might help us to expand our ethical horizons.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Luis Navarro-Ayala
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2017
This lecture will focus on the evolution of Cuban art and culture at the end of the 20th century and in the early part of the 21st century.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Professor Parisa Meymand
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Identities are found everywhere in the cultural landscape. When identities are placed on maps, they create spaces of belonging for cultural groups – and at times are contested by competing groups/interests. We will illustrate examples of cultural place names from around the globe, with a special focus on “Tehrangeles” – a Persian American ethnic enclave in Los Angeles.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Jeremy Doughty
Date: Saturday, January 14, 2017
On the surface, it appears that South African university students are protesting tuition increases. In reality, students are calling for the decolonization and transformation of higher education. Dr. Jeremy Doughty will discuss the #FeesMustFall student activism movement in South Africa, including his own experiences with protests at the University of the Western Cape. Dr. Doughty also will explore parallels between the #FeesMustFall and #BlackLivesMatter movements.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Victoria Tashjian
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
“African American Settlement in Nineteenth Century Northeast Wisconsin”
There has been a continuous African American presence in Northeast Wisconsin since shortly after the arrival of French fur traders, though this history is often forgotten today. Victoria Tashjian will address a near-lost strand of local history, drawing upon the surprisingly rich sources of information available in area archives.
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Carrie E. Kissman
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
“The Effects of Disturbance in Aquatic Ecosystems”
Waterbodies throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest have been plagued by various disturbances in the past few decades. What are some of these disturbances? How do they affect lakes? And what are the implications for recreational boating and fishing industries?
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Nelson R. Ham
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
“The Geological and Environmental History of Wisconsin Trout Streams”
Wisconsin has a rich geological heritage of coldwater streams that supported native brook trout for thousands of years after the last ice age. Yet in just a few short decades beginning in the 1800’s, Euro-American settlers quickly destroyed much of this habitat. Why did this happen? How well have these fisheries ‘recovered’? And is some of the past still present?
Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Tim P. Flood
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
“Geologic Time: The Geology of Wisconsin and Related Thoughts”
Wisconsin has a remarkable and largely hidden geologic history that extends back greater than 3 billion years; mountains ranges, volcanoes, fossils, glaciers, earthquakes, ore deposits. Dr. Flood will explore geologic time from this perspective and provide insights on how geology impacts us today and may impact us in the future.