You Can Handle the Truth

Daniel M. Welliver
Opening Convocation, August 23, 2012

The award-winning teacher Daniel Welliver advises beginning college freshmen that, despite pressure to conform and genuine psychological and social obstacles in front of them, Juniata College will offer them an environment in which they can seek truth. More than that, they may learn to handle the truth.

Interview with Christiane Citron

Christiane Citron and James Tuten
September 20, 2012

In conjunction with the Juniata College Museum of Art exhibition Minna Citron: The Uncharted Course from Realism to Abstraction, the artist’s granddaughter, Christiane H. Citron, speaks with history professor James Tuten about her grandmother’s inspirations, wit, and personality. She discusses pieces from Minna Citron’s diverse body of work, contextualizing several pieces and describing the unique personality and stories behind the works. 

Rebuilding Braddock

John Fetterman
Will Judy Lecture, September 25, 2012

The mayor of Braddock, one of the poorest communities in southwestern Pennsylvania, describes how he worked with local volunteers, art institutions in Pittsburgh, and a Levi’s national advertising campaign to rejuvenate the town. As a result, local youths are engaged, abandoned buildings have been converted, and the police have seen dramatic reductions in homicides and 911 calls.

Ballots and Bullets:  The Politics of Antietam and Chickamauga

Lloyd Benson
McQuaide Distinguished Lecture in History, October 8, 2012

In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, historian Lloyd Benson looks closely at politics as cause and as something affected by battles. He recounts the Battle of Antietam and points out Lee’s political goals for the Maryland invasion before analyzing state election results during the mid-term elections of 1862. His well-illustrated essay goes on to make a second comparison to the Battle of Chickamauga and reveals the paradoxical quality of voters’ reactions to these devastating events.

Alumni Advocates: The Difference Juniata Makes

David Corman, Marissa Gunn, David Meadows, Harriet Michel, and Brenton Mitchell
Beyond Tolerance Panel Discussion, October 11, 2012

Four alumni who have fostered change, both at Juniata and in the world, join in a panel discussion. They speak about their days at Juniata, about how Juniata prepared them for their current lives, and about their hopes for the future.

Two Poems

Todd Davis
Pennsylvania Poets Series, October 15, 2012

Distinguished Pennsylvania poet Todd Davis presents “A Memory of Heaven” and “Coal.” 

Super PACs and the Presidential Election

Anthony J. Nownes
Politics Department Lecture, October 15, 2012

Anthony Nownes is a political science professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an expert on interest groups. In addition to explaining how Super PACs work, his lecture outlines how groups and individuals are able to steer money to political candidates, both directly and indirectly. He notes that the campaign finance landscape is still dominated by "regular people like us" and hopes we are able to keep it this way. 

Of Iron and Ozone: The History of the American Summer Colony in Cobourg, Ontario

Marsha Ann Tate
Bookend Seminar, October 17, 2012

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the town of Cobourg, on Lake Ontario’s northern shore, became a popular resort that attracted many wealthy and well-known visitors. Marsha Ann Tate reveals the surprising connections between Pennsylvania and this attractive Canadian community.

"Planting Little Colonies in the South Seas": The Making of a Missionary Empire

Alison Fletcher and Moira Mackay
Bookend Seminar, November 14, 2012

Juniata history professor Alison Fletcher provides an introduction to her research on the crucial role played by missionaries in the development of Great Britain’s colonial empire in the South Pacific during the nineteenth century. She and senior Moira Mackay then discuss the research they conducted in several British archives during the summer of 2012 with the support of a Goodman Summer Research Award. 

U.S. Relations with Pakistan

Mark Mazzetti
Politics Department Lecture, November 28, 2012

Where has the United States been at war in the last decade? Mark Mazzetti, a national security correspondent for The New York Times, argues that the answer is "more places than you think." He suggests that recent conflicts between the U.S. and Pakistan are a model for a new type of warfare driven by the CIA rather than the military.

Experiential Learning at the National Political Conventions and the Presidential Inauguration

Dennis L. Plane and Derrick Magnotta
Bookend Seminar, January 29, 2013

Juniata politics professor Dennis Plane and his student Derrick Magnotta make the case for experiential education and illustrate the benefits of “study-away” experiences by examining the short-term programs that Dr. Plane leads to presidential inaugurations and the national political conventions. 

Image and Reality: Perception, Depiction, and Preservation of Nature

John E. Simmons and Julianne Snider
Bookend Seminar, February 20, 2013

Art historians Snider and Simmons draw upon their research spanning three continents to show the emergence of illustration as a fine art and a part of science and its relationship to the perception and preservations of animal specimens. 

A Second Language for Our Home, Juniata College

Reinaldo H. Liem
Bailey Oratorical Speech, March 5, 2013

In his speech for the Bailey Oratorical Contest, Reinaldo Liem encourages Juniata College to adopt a language requirement. He argues that a focus on second-language acquisition not only fits with Juniata’s liberal arts mission, but also makes students more competitive and prepared for an increasingly global market.

Art, Creativity, and Conflict Transformation: A Practitioner's Field Note

Tatsushi Arai
United States Institute of Peace Public Education on International Peacebuilding Lecture, March 18, 2013

Conflict transformation practitioner Tatsushi Arai analyzes the role that artistic creativity can play in humanizing interactions and fostering fresh perspectives and peaceful solutions to multilateral social conflicts. 

The Effects of Obamacare

Donald C. White
Politics Department Lecture, March 20, 2013

Pennsylvania State Senator and former Juniata student Donald White explains how he got into politics and outlines his concerns about the Affordable Care Act.

Africa in Conflict: Transformation or Recovery?

Jean-Jacques Sène
April 10, 2013

Jean-Jacques Sène examines the history of conflict in Africa since the end of the colonial period and finds both reasons for hope and reasons for concern. 

The Art of Evan Summer: Landscapes, Nocturnes, and Pigs

Judy Maloney and Evan Summer
Exhibition Opening, Juniata College Museum of Art, April 18, 2013

In the spring of 2013, the Juniata College Museum of Art presented the exhibition Evan Summer: Unknown Landscapes. Here museum director Judy Maloney introduces the prize-winning printmaker Evan Summer, who then describes his approach towards creating images of interiors, landscapes, plants, insects, and animals.

It Gets Better

Michael Henderson
Spring Awards Convocation, May 7, 2013

Michael Henderson, winner of the Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service, reflects on his own college experience.  He assures students that even though they are graduating at a time of economic uncertainty, it does get better.

Two Tales to Treasure

Thomas R. Kepple, Jr.
Juniata Commencement Address, May 18, 2013

In his succinct swan song as Juniata College president, Thomas R. Kepple, Jr., shares two stories with the Juniata Class of 2013 at the College’s 135th Commencement ceremony that reflect on the topics of leadership and graduates’ readiness for the future.