Volume Seventeen 2017

Small Things Matter

Regina Lamendella
Opening Convocation, 25 August 2016

Kathy Baughman, Swigart Associates Assistant Professor of Business & Economics at Juniata College, reminds the incoming Class of 2019 to see their Juniata “balance sheets”—which include coursework, study abroad, and the Juniata community—both as assets and as debts.

The Racist and the Crook: Practical Tips for Civil Discourse During the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Dennis Plane
Diversity & Democracy Series, 28 September 2016

The 2016 campaign for the presidency filled the airwaves and cyberspace with uncivil language. A thriving democracy, however, depends on civil discussions. Dennis Plane, Professor of Politics at Juniata College, offers twelve tips to foster healthy, productive, and appropriate political discussion. 

Two Poems

Paula Closson Buck
12 October 2016

Paula Closson Buck is a Professor of English and the Director of Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Closson Buck shares two poems from Litanies Near Water ¾ “Primer in Black” and “The Smallest Man Carries the Candle.” 

Station Eleven: A Panel Discussion

Hannah Bellwoar, Daniel Dries, and Donna Weimer
Summer Reading Dicussion, 24 October 2016

Hannah Bellwoar is an Assistant Professor English. Daniel Dries is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Donna Weimer is the Thornbury Professor of Communication. Together Bellwoar, Dries, and Weimer look at Emily St. John Mandel’s book, Station Eleven, and provide literary, biochemical, and cultural perspectives on the novel’s portrayal of the pre- and post-apocalypse.

I Am Prejudiced, And So Are You

Philip Dunwoody
Diversity & Democracy Series, 26 October 2016

Philip Dunwoody is an Associate Professor of Psychology and developed the “Diversity and Democracy” lectureship series to discuss the 2016 presidential election. In the current talk, Dunwoody discusses prejudice. He makes an important distinction between blatant, explicit prejudice and implicit bias. He provides evidence to suggest that we all exhibit biases, even if below the level of conscious awareness. He discusses the implications of our biased judgments and decisions.

A Keystone State of Mind: Pennsylvania as a Swing State

Scott McLean
27 October 2016

Scott McLean is a Professor Political Science at Quinnipiac University.  From the vantage point of October 2016, he explains the recent history of key swing states over to understand how Pennsylvania fits into the battleground state mentality. 

The First Oval Office: Washington on the Battlefield

R. Scott Stephenson
17 November 2016

R. Scott Stephenson, Juniata College Class of 1987, is Vice President of Collections, Exhibitions, and Programming at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which opened in April 2017.  He discusses the tents George Washington used during the Revolution, their fate after the war, and how they now serve as a centerpiece for the Museum of the American Revolution. 

The Ghosts of Departed Errors: Netwon's Early Calculus

Eugene Boman
15 February 2017

Eugene Boman is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg).  He discusses a technical flaw  in Newton’s  original formulation of calculus that  nevertheless makes calculus easier to learn.  However, this flaw  was questioned by Bishop Berkeley, who used it as an example of how the reasoning of science was no more perfect than that of religion.  As a result, several scholars worked to make calculus more rigorous, but also incidentally  harder for students to learn. 

Jumping Out of Assumptions into Questions

Anh Ha
Bailey Oratorical Competition, 28 February 2017

Anh Ha is a member of the Class of 2017 and the winner of the 2017 Bailey Oratorical Competition.  In her award-winning speech, she discusses the need to question our beliefs and often unfounded assumptions about people.  To get at the heart of who people are, we must ask curious, critical, and courageous questions. 

The American War of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives

Sasha Abramsky
Calvert Ellis Memorial Lectureship, 16 March 2017

 Sasha Abramsky is a journalist who has reported extensively on poverty in America. He explains the widespread and little-understood presence of poverty in the United States today, as well as its roots in the past half-century.  He analyzes the Trump administration’s position on political and economic programs, and offer students ways in which they can address this difficult problem.

Magnanimitas in the Twenty-First Century

Bill Curry
Beyond Tolerance Series, 19 March 2017

American football great Bill Curry inspires Juniata students to find their inner magnanimitas, or greatness of spirit, to find fulfilment in life. Through his life experiences both on and off the field, Curry tackles subject including family, faith, perseverance, teamwork, leadership, altruism, addiction, and racism.