Mornings with the Professors

Welcome to Mornings with the Professors, which features College faculty and staff presentations on interesting and important issues. The program features eight sessions and will run from February 18 through April 15, with a break March 18. Each of the sessions will be offered from 9:30-11 am on Tuesdays.

A continental breakfast will be provided. Join us and bring a friend! We hope you will find your time spent with us to be meaningful, informative and entertaining.

We are very excited to continue our presentations at the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) at the Eagle’s Lookout. Come join us for presentations at the new state-of-the-art building at The College at Brockport. Parking for this presentation will be available in Lot U. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Spring 2014 Schedule

February 18  - One Billion Rising, V-DAY Movement and and Violence Against Women
This lecture/media presentation maps a Brockport Women and Gender Studies multidisciplinary collaboration in coordinating a February 14, 2013, One Billion Rising, Stop Violence Against Women, “Dance,” “Flash-mob,” and “Open-mic” performance. The discussion considers multiple points of encounters to its One Billion Rising project which bridged diverse disciplines (Dance, Women and Gender Studies, Theatre and Music Studies, Art, English) and activist platforms to Eve Ensler’s 2013 transnational One Billion Rising dance initiative. Gender-based violence as it intersects college campuses and gender-based violence resistance movements as taken up by college communities will be highlighted.
Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, Director of Women and Gender Studies

February 25 - Metaphors of Disease: Zombies and Public Health Policy

Cultural theorists have long recognized that how we talk about disease affects our attitudes towards infection and those identified as infected. To talk of disease means to identify something as capable of being subjected to medical intervention, with the subsequent social, political, economic and institutional practices that such involvement entails. The mobilization of these social, political, economic and institutional practices is not inconsequential. The first half of this presentation, hence, will be spent developing our historical understanding of the relationship between culture and medical discourse. The second half will elaborate on what this cultural understanding of medical discourse means for the contemporary treatment of disease, focusing specifically on the Center for Disease Control’s use of zombie iconography as part of its recent public health campaign. The point of this lecture is not to advocate for the separation of culture from medical discourse, for of course one cannot think without culture. Rather, it is to echo a point made by Susan Sontag nearly 40 years ago: just because one cannot think without culture does not mean there are not some cultural forms we might well abstain from or try to retire.
Dr. Robert Mejia, Assistant Professor of Communication

March 4 - It Started with a Frame and a Bowler Hat
(This presentation will be held at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.)

Where does a scenic designer begin when creating the world of a play? If the play is by Shakespeare, all is in the text. With Shaw, it’s the stage directions. In designing the setting for Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone, the inspiration has come from Magritte. In this presentation, scenic designer P Gibson Ralph describes the evolution of a design and the creative process using the setting for the current Department of Theatre and Music Studies production as a background.
Ms. P Gibson Ralph, Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre and Music Studies

March 11 - Money in the Classroom
Coins and paper money have many stories to tell. From the tribute penny of the Bible to our current state quarters, coins and paper money reveal the economic, social and political conditions of their time. In this session, we’ll share some of these fascinating stories.
Dr. James Zollweg, Associate Professor and Chair of Earth Sciences

March 25 - 1970s West Germany: A Study in Social Crisis
This presentation will give an overview of an oft-overlooked area of German – as well as world – history: the 1970s. West Germany faced a number of challenges between 1967 and the early 1980s: mass student protests, new forms of urban drug consumption, terrorism and economic stagnation. Professor Morris will highlight a number of these challenges, detailing ways in which protesters, drug users, local authorities and the West German state itself acted and reacted in this conflict-ridden decade. By decade’s end, a much leaner, more self-confident and fundamentally freer West Germany emerged. Professor Morris will discuss how this happened and the significance of this development within the broad scope of German history.
Dr. William Morris, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

April 1 - Why did Jesus die?
There’s a fairly straightforward historical answer to this question, which this presentation will begin by providing, but the earliest Christians did not find that answer very interesting or important. Instead they employed ancient religious and political ideas to formulate a variety of theological answers to the question of why Jesus died, many of which the New Testament itself preserves. This presentation explores some of the more prominent of these answers, especially those proposed in the Gospel of Mark and in the writings of Paul, and it considers why some gained more traction than others in Christianity’s subsequent history.
Dr. Austin Busch, Associate Professor of English

April 8 - Beyond Brockport
A look at two off campus facilities the college owned in succession in the expansion years after World War II: first Camp Totem in the Adirondacks and then the Fancher Campus in Orleans County.
Mr. Charles Cowling, Associate Librarian and Dr. Mary Jo Orzech, Director of Library Services

April 15 - Lessons from the Most Positive Person in Town
We all know “Positive People.” What is it that makes these people different from the other people in our lives? And what lessons can we learn from them? This presentation shares lessons learned and stories collected from “The Most Positive Person in Town,” people from small towns across the Appalachian Mountain region of the eastern US. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the contributions of positive people in their own lives and be challenged to consider whether they want to take the steps to become more positive people themselves.
Mr. Dale Hartnett, Lecturer of Communications

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