"Getting It": Liberal Education and the Discouraging Case of Alexander

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Speaker: John Churchill
Occasion: 126th Juniata College Commencement
Date: 29 May 2004


The national secretary of Phi Beta Kappa probes the problem of Alexander The Great's failed liberal education and concludes that he failed to "get" the civil ethic taught in liberal arts.

Question Authority (Except Mine)

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Speaker: Peter Goldstein
Occasion: Opening Convocation
Date: 29 August 2005


Students are invited to take seriously the admonition to question authority as a means of critical thinking and not to let professors go unquestioned.

Quacks and Doctors: The Construction of Biomedical Authority in Mexico

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Speaker: David Sowell
Occasion: Bookend Seminar
Date: 8 September 2004



The historian of Latin American medicine gives an overview of how the biomedical community established exclusive authority over healthcare in Mexico in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with particular attention to the Yucatan.

Campaigning and Governing: The 2004 Elections and Their Aftermath

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Speaker: Thomas E. Mann
Occasion: William G. and Mary A. Nyce Lecture
Date: 13 September 2004



In anticipation of the 2004 elections, the Brookings Institution Fellow evaluated the condition of the two major political parties, the state of the campaigns and the poor prospects for governing after the election.

Get in the Way

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Speaker: John Lewis
Occasion: Will Judy Lecture
Date: 4 October 2004



Congressman Lewis provides a brief account of his life and career in the Civil Rights movement and politics. He emphasizes the continued vital role of non-violence in efforts to improve society.

Selected Poems

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Speaker: Jack Troy



This series of six poems draws inspiration from the author's career, knowledge and love of pottery.

The National Park Service and the Civil Rights Movement: Remembering a Difficult Past

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Speaker: Dwight T. Pitcaithley
Occasion: Woodrow Wilson Fellow Lecture
Date: 3 February 2005



The former NPS Chief Historian describes the evolution of the NPS's efforts to preserve and present the history of African-Americans and the Civil Rights Movement.

Why Did We Go? A Panel Reflection

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Speaker: Steven E. Knepper, Transcriber and editor
Occasion: Living Testimony: Civil Rights Reunion and Renewal
Date: 20 March 2005



Juniata participants in March 1965 protests in Montgomery, Alabama reflect on their grass roots involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and how it changed them.

Education Reform: A Journalist's Perspective

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Speaker: Jack Kadden
Occasion: The New York Times College Program Lecture
Date: 30 March 2005



The veteran journalist looks at several education issues with the primary focus on No Child Left Behind and that legislation's dependence on high-stakes testing.

A Sustained Society: Japan of the Edo Period - A Great Experiment of Sustainability

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Speaker: Ei-Ichiro Ochiai
Occasion: Bookend Seminar
Date: 13 April 2005



The Juniata Professor of Chemistry discusses how Edo Period Japanese society sought to sustain itself without outside inputs of energy and goods. It succeeded while improving its environment.


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