Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

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Speaker: Alison Fletcher
Occasion: Opening Convocation
Date: 25 August 2011


In her Opening Convocation address to the Class of 2016, History professor Alison Fletcher urges new Juniata students to wander, passport in hand.

Covering the Roberts Court: A Reporter’s Reflection

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Speaker: Adam Liptak
Date: 22 September 2011


New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Adam Liptak reflects on the intersection of the Supreme Court and popular culture, which includes Bob Dylan, Big Bird, Mortal Kombat, and the F-bomb. He then proceeds to outline some of the issues likely to come before the Court during its upcoming 2011 term.

"Birds of Prey": A Poem

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Speaker: Robin Becker
Date: 24 October 2011


The author of four volumes of poetry, Robin Becker presented "Birds of Prey" from her book Domain of Perfect Affection (2006).

Two Blades of Grass: The Role of Science in the Green Revolution

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Speaker: Alan Mark Fletcher
Date: 13 and 14 November 2011


Juniata graduate Alan Fletcher describes the founding of the International Rice Research Institute and the development of new varieties of rice that were a key part of the Green Revolution.

Can You Beat the Market? Evaluating a Simple Investment Strategy

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Speaker: Brad Andrew and Gabriel Castro
Occasion: Juniata College Bookend Seminar
Date: 16 November 2011


Andrew, a professor of economics, and Castro, a senior with a POE in finance, explain Mebane Faber’s “timing strategy” for buying and selling assets. They demonstrate how colleges and universities with small endowments could benefit by using this strategy.

The Divine Feminine

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Speaker: Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro
Occasion: Beyond Tolerance Lecture
Date: 20 November 2011


By examining Biblical Wisdom literature, Rabbi Shapiro explains how the Divine Feminine—the Divine Mother—clarifies who Wisdom is, what she teaches, and how Her words can help us live justly, wisely, and with compassion.

"Without Art, how would we know each other?" Postcolonial Francophone Literature in Canada

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Speaker: Michael Henderson
Occasion: Juniata College Bookend Seminar
Date: 18 January 2012


Juniata French professor Michael Henderson begins by defining the two theoretical terms included in his title. Through his treatment of two of its leading writers, he situates Canadian francophone literature in a dual position of marginalization vis-à-vis the Canadian anglophone majority and the French Parisian center. He concludes by asserting the essential role of literature and the arts in defining cultural identity and in disseminating it to others outside the culture.

Small State – Big Issues

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Speaker: Jim McLay
Date: 23 January 2012


The Honorable Jim McLay, New Zealand’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, discusses the significant issues that small states face in international relations. His wide-ranging lecture suggests that those small states should fill crucial roles within the United Nations and beyond.

Personality, Polarization and the 2012 Election

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Speaker: Marc J. Hetherington
Date: 22 March 2012


A political scientist at Vanderbilt University, Marc Hetherington explains how attitudes towards authoritarianism help us understand the deep political divisions that characterize American society today.

Humanity on Speed

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Speaker: Elise Mihranian
Occasion: Bailey Oratorical Contest
Date: 28 February 2012


In her first-prize winning speech at the Bailey Oratorical Contest, sophomore Elise Mihranian makes the case for pulling the plug on social media in order to develop more meaningful and fulfilling human relationships.

Consistency We Can Believe In: The Politics of K-12 Education in the Obama Presidency

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Speaker: Jesse Rhodes
Date: 15 March 2012


A Juniata alumnus and assistant professor of political science at UMass Amherst, Jesse Rhodes examines the surprising continuity of federal education policy during the Bush and Obama administrations and posits an alternative explanation for this consistency based on the role played by civil rights groups in shaping and supporting policies such as No Child Left Behind.

Investigating the Juniata College Collection of Pennsylvania German Fraktur: Art Historical Perspectives and Scientific Analysis

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Speaker: Richard R. Hark, Katelyn R. Houston, Jennifer Mass, Lisa Minardi, Hedwig T. Durnbaugh, and John Mumford
Occasion: Bookend Seminar given by Richard Hark
Date: 21 March 2012


Juniata College owns a collection of highly-decorated Pennsylvania German manuscripts known as fraktur. Chemist Richard Hark explains how a team of researchers from Juniata College and Winterthur Museum used spectroscopy to identify pigments in five of these documents.

Bearing Witness to the Rwanda Genocide

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Speaker: Eugenie Mukeshimana
Occasion: Genocide Awareness and Action Week Address
Date: 9 April 2012


A native of Rwanda and a Tutsi, Eugenie Mukeshimana recounts some of the context for the 1994 genocide. She describes in detail how she survived the ordeal and the many contradictions and “luck” that enabled her she and her baby to live through it.

The International Criminal Court: An Opposing View

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Speaker: Keith Pesto
Date: 27 April 2012


The Honorable A. Keith Pesto, federal magistrate judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania and adjunct professor in the Juniata Politics Department, presents the case for why the United States should not join the International Criminal Court.

Social Capital

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Speaker: James L. Madara, M.D.
Occasion: 134rd Juniata College Commencement
Date: 12 May 2012

 Juniata alumnus James L. Madara, M.D., the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Medical Association, delivered the 2012 Commencement Address at Juniata College. He advises the graduates to develop social capital as a means of leading successful, fulfilled lives.

Superhero Comics: Artifacts of the U.S. Experience

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Speaker: Dr. Julian C. Chambliss
Occasion: Sequential SmArt: A Conference on Teaching with Comics
Date: 19 May 2012


Scholars and students, argues historian Julian Chambliss, can use superhero comics and their related media to investigate how culture and power changed in American society. Focusing on Iron Man and Superman, Chambliss explores issues of nationalism and identity since the 1930s.

The Spectacular Teacher-Man: Comics as Primary Text in a Science Classroom

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Speaker: Brock Eastman
Occasion: Sequential SmArt: A Conference on Teaching with Comics
Date: 19 May 2012


How can students who identify themselves as being “no good at science” capture the wonder and joy of studying biology? High school teacher and Juniata alumnus Brock Eastman explains how comics that he used in place of a genetics text in a seventh-grade classroom did just that.

Comics as a Tool for Inquiry: Concerning a Dissertation in Comic Book Form

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Speaker: Nick Sousanis
Occasion: Sequential SmArt: A Conference on Teaching with Comics
Date: 19 May 2012


A graduate student at Columbia University, Teachers College, Nick Sousanis is completing a doctoral dissertation entirely in comic book form. Here he makes the first completely-graphic contribution to Juniata Voices. He addresses the concept of “unflattening” a single mode of thinking and thereby developing “a simultaneous engagement of multiple vantage points from which to engender new ways of seeing.”

Five Things I Did Not Learn in Business School

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Speaker: Fred Mason
Occasion: Executive in Residence
Date: 30 March 2012


Fred Mason, '73, worked for nearly forty years for Caterpillar, Inc, and retired in 2010 as managing director of Caterpillar Luxembourg.


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