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 September 16 through November 11, with a break October 14. Each of the sessions will be offered from 9:30-11 am on Tuesdays. A continental breakfast will be provided so join us and bring a friend! We think you will find your time spent with us to be meaningful, informative and entertaining.

We are very pleased to continue our presentations at the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) at the Eagle’s Lookout. Parking will be available in Lot U. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Fall 2014 Schedule

September 16  - Sustainability and Human Rights
The alarming news about the declining health of our planet and the continuing struggle for human rights give us cause for concern. This talk will explore the intersections between the two goals of achieving sustainability and human rights, with a focus on the aims of global alternative development movements, especially international women’s movements, that promote social and economic justice. What international and national policies and practices should the US and other nations pursue to achieve these aims?
Dr. Margery Saunders, Assistant Professor of Social Work

September 23 - The (Virtual) World at Your Fingertips

From smart phones to social media and self-driving cars to robots, technology is an inescapable part of modern life. Yet as our world becomes more digitized, questions are emerging about the ways in which these many forms of technology are affecting us. How is this technology impacting the way we communicate? How can we control this technology to make our lives better? This interactive discussion will explore the incorporation of technology into our daily routines, and specifically we will discuss recent research into senior citizens’ use of technology.
Dr. Justin Walden, Assistant Professor of Communications

September 30 - Aging Healthfully By Sitting Less and Moving More
If you were asked how long you spend sitting throughout the day, what number would come to mind...six hours, eight hours, 12 hours? As comforting as sitting is, how good is it for your health? And is going for a walk each day or to the gym a few times a week enough to combat the impact this behavior has on our health? During this session, learn about the negative health effects of prolonged sitting and overall sedentary behavior, the importance of being physically active as we age, and ways we can sit less and move more throughout our day..
Dr. Elizabeth Lenz, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

October 7 - Freshman Reading Book Essay Presentations
This year the entire freshman class is reading This I Believe II, The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women. (Copies of this book will be on sale at the first few MWTP presentations this fall.) Many students have submitted their own essays, and several have been selected to be read at Mornings with the Professors. Marcella Esler, director of the Office of Student Retention, will be the moderator for the presentation. This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow.
Marcella Esler, Director of Student Retention

Please Note: Jay Allison, one of the editors of This I Believe II, will be giving a lecture to our freshmen at 7:30 pm on September 9 in the Special Events Recreation Center. All are welcome to attend, and a book signing will follow.

October 21 - Creating a Trans* Inclusive College Campus

This presentation will look primarily at the question of how The College at Brockport and other US universities are creating transgender inclusive campuses for students, staff and faculty. We will define practical lacks and solutions including gender-neutral housing and bathrooms, name changes and healthcare. We will also look at issues such as language use in the classroom and the micro aggressions faced by gender non-conforming members of our campus. We will discuss best practices for addressing gender identity and expression in the college environment and explore ways to create trans-inclusive change on our campus and beyond.
Dr. Megan Obourn, Associate Professor of English

October 28 - Sentenced to Death: The Effects of Student Loan Debt on a Generation with a Mortgaged Future
In 2012, the total student loan debt in America rose over the $1 trillion mark, surpassing that of credit card debt and leaving 40 million Americans sharing the second highest debt of U.S. households. This translates into two-thirds of all students leaving college with student loan debt. Among those who earned a degree, the average debt now stands at $29,000, an increase of 63% from just a decade ago. Preliminary research related to the current student loan debt situation in the U.S will be discussed including topics related to the criminological, psychological, mental health, and economic effects on a generation of student loan debtors.
Dr. Noelle Turner, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

November 4 - How Do You Spend Your Leisure?
There are a number of ways to be involved during our leisure time; the center of this comes from our leisure values. From this presentation, participants will understand what leisure is, identify the differences between baby boomers and today’s senior cohorts, and recognize one’s leisure values in relation to their choice of leisure time activities.
Dr. Lynda Cochran, Associate Professor and Chair of Recreation and Leisure

November 11 - The End of Farming?
With the growing popularity of heirloom vegetables, backyard chickens, farmers markets, and all things “foodie,” it seems like we’re in the midst of an agricultural renaissance. Celebrity farmers have joined celebrity chefs on the lifestyle pages of major newspapers, and ambitious young people increasingly seek to build meaningful careers producing food. However, data from the US Census of Agriculture tell a much different story. The smallest farms, those grossing less than $10,000 a year, are growing in number as are the very largest agribusiness operations that gross $500,000 or more. Farms between those two size extremes continue to disappear, and those that remain are sustained largely by income earned in off-farm jobs. This presentation explains the ongoing crisis in agriculture as well as innovative efforts to preserve and rebuild the agricultural middle.
Dr. Amy Guptill, Associate Professor of Sociology

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