Friday, April 17, 2009

Looking for a career? Free online seminar.

Starting and Building a Career in the Nonprofit World

Tuesday, April 21, at 12 noon, U.S. Eastern time

College students preparing to graduate this spring are facing extraordinary uncertainty about their career prospects. Not only is the job market tight, but they also confront increased competition from experienced nonprofit workers who have been laid off and businesspeople who want to change careers.

So what can new graduates do to land their first professional job? How can they stand out in a crowd of more experienced applicants? What should a college senior be doing now to prepare for a future career in the nonprofit world? And how can people who have been working for a few years for charities and foundations make the most of their opportunities?

Join us on Tuesday, April 21, as we explore these questions and others.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Extra Credit Blog Opportunity

Yale Professor Amy Chua

“Rise and Fall of Hyperpowers:
Tolerance, Intolerance, and Lessons for America”

Wednesday, April 16

12:30 – 1:30

Haggar Parlor

Professor Chua will be speaking about her new book, Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance – and Why They Fall (Anchor, 2009), which was hailed by Paul Kennedy in Foreign Affairs as "Has a chance of becoming a classic . . . It has an almost Toynbeen sweep." Harvard's Niall Feguson said "Few readers will fail to be impressed by the height of this book's ambition and by the breadth of scholarship on which it is based." The Times Literary Supplement called it "Extraordinary . . . An incredibly ambitious book, but Chua is up to the task."

She has lectured widely outside the United States, including in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, China, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey, and South Africa. She teaches in the areas of contracts, law and development, international business transactions, and law and globalization, and is a recipient of the Yale Law School’s “Best Teaching” award.

For more information, visit the CWIL Website. Refreshments provided and book signing to follow.

This event is co-sponsored by: CWIL, Business Administration and Economics, Political Science, Justice Education, History, and Intercultural Studies

Monday, April 6, 2009

Power discussion questions

One place to turn to learn more about the author, Linda Hogan, is at the NativeWiki website. There, you'll also find valuable resources pertaining to many indigenous populations and native peoples.

Reading Questions (optional):
In what ways does Omishto feel torn between different worlds? How does she describe these worlds?
How would you characterize her relationship to place?
How are her ties to other people/characters distinct from her ties to animals and nature?
What kind of a narrator is she?
Why is the novel titled "Power"? What different kinds of power are at work here?

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lucy blog topics

1. Throughout the novel, Lucy's relationships with others reveal a great deal about the development of her sense of who she is. For example, we've begun to explore how Lucy's interactions with Mariah lead her to reflect on her relationship with her own mother. With this in mind, explore the significance of Lucy's friendship with Peggy.

2. Although we are often told not to "judge a book by its cover," cover art has a significant impact on our impressions of a novel. It has the power to shape the way we imagine a character's appearance, the setting, or even the mood of the story. How does the cover image on your copy of Lucy influence your understanding of the novel?

3. How does this novel relate to this section of the course (displacement) or even the previous one (room of one's own)?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lahiri's interview

  • What does "Interpreter of Maladies" mean to you?
  • What aspects of literary style does Lahiri mention (hint: when she described what she looked for in short stories)?
  • What "story" might Lahiri be telling about Indian-American identity and experience?
  • What "two worlds" is she trying to bring together and how might this affect your reading of "This Blessed House"?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

HUST week!

Two events to share with you to celebrate HUST week (3/16-3/20):

1. "What a liberal arts degree will get you in the global economy": A talk by recent SMC/HUST alums, Rachael Stow '07 and Kate Williams '07. The event will take place in 140 Spes Unica (our classroom) on Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m. Check it out if you're interested in learning more about what Humanistic Studies translates into in the "real world."

2. An exciting, popular HUST course available in the Fall: "Friends and Lovers: Readings in Greek and Roman Culture" (TR 2-3:15, Instructor: John Shinners). Sign up for HUST 292 and get a chance to answer questions like: Do "love" and "friendship" mean for us what they meant for ancient Greeks and Romans? How did people understand beauty and sexual attraction? Do stories of classical mythology reflect the reality of what life was like in the ancient world??

Monday, March 16, 2009

Another extra credit opportunity

Since we've been discussing the relationship between space and self, place and person--especially regarding gendered spaces--many of you might take interest in a talk offered this week. Professor David Sokol (University of Illinois) will give a lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple (in Oak Park, Illinois) and the relationship between the congregation and the architect, as well as the exclusion of women from the design process. The talk will be next Wednesday, March 25th at Vander Vennet Theater at 4:30.