Lynn Cockett's “Interpretations and Beginnings” is her address to Juniata's entering students on the occasion of the College's convocation opening the 2006-07 academic year. Cockett tells three stories illustrating the importance and adventure of learning to think in ways that challenge the standard frameworks of thought and of learning to value the questions as much, if not more than, the answers.
Keith A. Pesto
This Constitution Day lecture by U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Pesto examines the balance of power between the three branches of government and the role of political parties.
The number, kind, and closeness of our interactions with friends and work partners exert a powerful influence on the decisions we make, the anxiety we feel, our work performance, and our impact on others. These interactions can literally determine who we are, how we feel about ourselves, and our potential to innovate or to influence others.
The deputy director of the State Department’s Office of European Security and Political Affairs, Charles Skinner, gives a concise account of the reasons for close US-UK cooperation on many fronts especially the war on terror.
Paula L. Wagoner
This anthropological case study examines how South Dakota's new ban on abortions was an attempt to test the new and presumably conservative Supreme Court. Paula Wagoner studies Oglala tribal affairs as they relate to Cecelia Fire Thunder's tenure as the first female Oglala Lakota tribal president.
David Sanger reflects on his time as White House correspondent from the end of the Clinton administration until November 2006. He compares the type of threats faced between the Cold War, Vietnam War, and the war in Iraq.
Richard R. Hark
Richard Hark spoke at the ODK induction ceremony on the subject of leadership. The Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, founded in 1914, seeks to “recognize exemplary achievement in scholarship and leadership” on American campuses. Hark asks how one recognizes “a leader.”
Judy Maloney explores the visual imagery of Jacob Lawrence in advance of a presentation by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. Translating paintings into dances, “colorography,” and Lawrence’s painted series are discussed as is the artist's relationship to the Harlem Renaissance.
J. Jackson Barlow
Jack Barlow’s convocation address to graduating seniors at Juniata College reflects on the value of a liberal education, citizenship, and making a difference with one’s life. Barlow speaks to the preparation for an independent life guided by the value of and the search for personal truth.
Edward S. Walker Jr.
The former Ambassador to Israel, Egypt, and UAE uses his career as a case study for graduates in the unpredictable paths a career takes. In addition to enlightening diplomatic anecdotes, he concludes by apprising graduates that international affairs and Global Warming will likely be the challenge they inherit during their lifetimes.
As an instructional medium, Jay Hosler’s comic book offers the impact and power of simplified imagery. As such, the comic can grab the attention of the student reader in ways no conventional text can, aiding in the clarification of difficult concepts, and helping to make information more memorable. These are goals that are important in raising the scientific literacy of the contemporary American student.