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 15 through November 10, with a break October 20. 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!


 Fall 2015 Brochure and Registration Form


Fall 2015 Schedule

September 15 - Wetland Restorations in the Braddock Bay Region of Lake Ontario
The federal Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that began in 2010 has funded several wetland restoration projects in the Braddock Bay region of Lake Ontario. Brockport professor Douglas Wilcox and his students in the Department of Environmental Science and Biology have been major participants in those projects. Dr. Wilcox will describe the underlying needs for wetland restoration on Lake Ontario and the rationale for the restoration methods selected. With many on-site photographs, he will then describe implementation, monitoring, early results, and prognoses for the future.
Dr. Douglas A. Wilcox, Empire Innovation Professor of Wetland Science

September 22 - Zentangles

In this session, you will experience a simplified approach to creating Zentangles. By putting pen to paper, you will create your own Zentangle design, a form of creative expression that is both fun and calming. You also will be given a brief history of Zentangles and view images of Zentangles in nature as you are guided by the instructor in creating your own work of art. All materials will be supplied.
Dr. Marilyn Colby, Assistant Professor Emerita, Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

September 29 - Orange is the New Black: Exploring Social Identity
Social identity theory states that in-groups will discriminate against out-groups to enhance their self-image. Student Retention Director, Marcy Esler, along with several student peer mentors, will take participants through an activity that identifies the social identities of the main character in Orange is the New Black and how these identities may have changed during her incarceration. Participants will then examine their own social identities.
Marcy Esler, Director of Student Retention

October 6 - Improvisation and Problem Solving as Composition and Performance
This lecture will feature a demonstration based on improvisation and problem solving as composition and performance. The presenter will share the creative process involved in creating choreographies Grewingk (2014), Space Pixelation (2015) and Between (2015) where performers expand and unearth raw body intelligence through improvisation.
Mariah Maloney, Associate Professor, Dance

October 13 - The Supreme Court and Marriage Equality

The Obergefell v. Hodges case, which granted the right to same-sex couples to marry nationwide, signified a massive turning point in what has been one of the most visible civil rights movements of the last few decades. Advocates of religious liberty claim this case jeopardizes their ability to practice their religion freely, while those in support of the decision dismiss this as fearmongering. The goal of this presentation is to understand the reasoning, on both sides of the decision, of Obergefell. This presentation will identify some of the landmark cases in the struggle for LGBT rights and summarize both the majority and dissenting opinions. We will briefly follow the historical trail from Loving v. Virginia, the case which established marriage as a right, to Obergefell v. Hodges, which guaranteed marriage equality for same sex couples, in an effort to understand the legal arguments on all sides. Then we will consider concerns the Obergefell decision has caused in terms of religious liberty.
M. Elizabeth Thorpe, Assistant Professor, Communication

October 27 - I Think, Therefore I Am
Dr. Dicker will discuss the single most famous sentence in Western philosophy, Descartes' "I think, therefore I am."
Dr. Georges Dicker, Distinguished Professor, Philosophy

November 3 - The Many Faces of Flamenco
Flamenco is a hybrid genre from the 19th century that once blended the musical aesthetics and emotional sentiments of Andalusia’s (Spain) marginalized Jews, Roma (Gypsy), Muslims, and underclass. During much of its development, this “low-brow” folk genre was largely isolated from outside influences, especially during years of dictatorship in Spain. In the transition to democracy after 1975, however, flamenco began to reflect, stylistically, the reality of its blossoming global appeal. We will examine how artists fuse flamenco music with heavy metal, hip hop, West African kora music, salsa, and more, and ask why some fusions are accepted while others are rejected? How do these diverse styles find common ground in flamenco? Finally, what new meanings arise through such fusions?
Dr. Anthony Dumas, Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre and Music Studies

November 10 - A Recipe for Dancemaking
Unlike laws and sausages, seeing how a dance is created can add pleasure for the viewer. In the week before DANSCORE opens (the annual faculty dance concert), Maura Keefe, interim chair of the Department of Dance, will introduce a variety of approaches to choreography. Then, an excerpt of a new dance work will be shown and discussed with the choreographer, dancers and audience members. Complimentary tickets will be distributed for the DANSCORE performance at the Hochstein School in Rochester on Saturday, November 21, at 7:30 pm.
Maura Keefe, Interim Chair/Associate Professor, Dance

Dawn Schmidt
(585) 395-5227