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Faculty Lecture Series

Join NHCC faculty as they present special monthly topics. Discussions will be held in the Center for Liberal Arts (CLA), room 120, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are free and open to the public:

September 12, 2014

Anatomia Italiana: A Historical and Cultural Perspective of Human Anatomy

Peggy LePage, Biology

During her lecture, Peggy will share her grand adventure exploring historical anatomy museums and traditional cultural sites in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Padua, Italy. During her lecture you will learn about the history of anatomy and the fascinating connection between anatomical studies and Renaissance art. She will share with the audience a photographic travelogue of her journey that will include the surreal and sublime. Italian treats will be served!

Peggy LePage began her higher education academic career as a nontraditional student at Anoka Ramsey Community College where she spent two years completing remedial and prerequisite classes before transferring to the University of Minnesota. There she completed her BS in Science and Public Health. After graduation, Peggy entered the U of M Baccalaureate Nursing Program. While taking an elective course, Cell Biology, she had an epiphany…she wanted to pursue cancer cell research and teaching. To accomplish her goal she entered a doctorate program in Anatomy at the University of Minnesota where she spent several years teaching medical school gross anatomy labs and conducting research into the growth and differentiation of embryonal carcinoma cells in culture. Peggy received her doctorate degree in Anatomy from the University of Minnesota in 1990. Upon the completion of her degree, she returned to her community college roots to teach Anatomy and Physiology and Biology of Women initially at Anoka Ramsey Community College and, for the last 21 years, here at North Hennepin Community College.

November 14, 2014

A World History of the Great Lakes Fur Trade

Paul Jentz, History

The fur trade evolved as part of a credit economy that linked indigenous people in the Great Lakes region with merchants in Europe’s port cities. Indeed, La Rochelle and Amsterdam profited not only from fur importation, they also exported beaver pelts to inland markets. Beaver hats helped fuel a consumer revolution; they circulated within Europe and found eager markets back across the Atlantic in regions throughout the Americas. Furthermore, Spanish and Portuguese merchants traded beaver hats for slaves in Africa. A study of seventeenth and eighteenth-century exchange processes, together with the fur trade’s multiplier effect on trans-Atlantic economies lends itself to a world historical approach: connections between economies and cultures in regions throughout the world are at heart of fur trade history.

Paul Jentz has an M.A. in English, an M.A. in history, and he is currently working on his Ph.D. in Global History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He taught English at St. Cloud State University for six years before joining the history faculty at North Hennepin Community College in 2003. In 2007 he founded the Midwest World History Association, which recently held its fifth annual conference at Governors State University in Chicago. He served a three-year term on the Executive Council of the World History Association. As Chair of the Conferences Committee of the WHA, he organized the 22nd Annual Conference of the WHA last year at NHCC and the 2014 conference at the University of Costa Rica. He is currently working on next year’s conference in Savannah, Georgia and the 2016 conference at Ghent University in Belgium.

D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success (RESCHEDULED FOR 2015)

Andrew Scott, Physical Education

This lecture examines the five areas that need to be addressed for individuals to attain peak health: Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress management, and Supplements.

Andrew Scott completed his master’s work at the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas. He has an M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology with an area of focus in metabolism and chronic disease management. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Health, with a dissertation that assesses the efficacy of implementing a wellness component in FYE curriculum and measuring any influence on academic performance. Outside of teaching at NHCC, he oversees a division of myHealthCheck, a corporate health initiative for Life Time Fitness. He also appears on Siruis/XM Radio on Monday mornings, talking about various health and wellness topics.


Prior Lectures

Variations in Sound: A Poetry Reading

Brian Baumgart, English

Brian Baumgart will read selections of his recent poetry, some published and some unpublished, and will talk a bit about what has gone into the writing of this poetry. Likely, he will also talk about why he writes poetry the way he does.

Brian Baumgart holds an MFA in Creative Writing (English) from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His graduate thesis was a collection of short stories titled A Thousand Voices.

The Problem of Evil

Bruce Lebus, Philosophy

In the Western history of philosophy and theology, one of the more pressing issues has been the problem of evil. In short, if there is a perfect God, then how does one account for so much imperfection/evil in the world? There have been many attempts to answer this conundrum but the most important is the freewill defense: imperfection comes into the world because of freedom. In this lecture, Mr. Lebus will explore if the freewill defense really works and also survey some of the other attempts to account for evil in a God-created reality. Philosophically, whether we believe in God or not, it is valuable to define and understand evil. Perhaps this very exercise can help reduce evil.

Bruce Lebus earned his masters degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching at North Hennepin Community College, he has taught at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. His areas of specialty are philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and ethics. He also has published many poems and considers himself well-informed about Lake Superior agates.

Perspectives on American Culture

Karen Johnson, Geography & Julien Phillips, Speech/Theater, Film, & Television

How do we think about ourselves as Americans? Why do we have so much difficulty identifying ourselves as a culture? Julien Phillips and Karen Johnson will explore this thing we call “culture” and what it means to be American through the perspective of Geography and Intercultural Communications.

Karen Johnson holds a Masters Degree in Geography from St. Cloud State University. Her specialties include environmental issues, resources development, indigenous peoples and South America. Ms. Johnson is also the Director of a non-profit that preserves cultural and natural resources in the Napo River Basin of Peru: Heart of the Earth Sanctuary.

Julien Phillips earned a Masters degree in Speech and Theatre from the University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana and a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of specialty include public speaking practices, intercultural communication, theater history, directing, and design.

Who Was William Shakespeare? Controversies and Discoveries in Shakespeare Biography

Nancy Shih-Knodel, English

After nearly four hundred years, the plays of William Shakespeare are still performed around the world, and his poetry is still read and studied. But the man remains a mystery. Recent historical scholarship, uncovering unexplored archival evidence, has shed new light on the man, in relation to the turbulent political and religious controversies of his time, as well as to his literary works. This lecture will reveal some of these new discoveries, and explain some more of what we have come to know about this enigmatic genius of English drama.

Nancy Shih-Knodel has a Ph.D in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in British Literature of the 16th century. Her dissertation topic was on Book V of Spenser's Faerie Queene.

An Introduction to and Exploration of the Japanese Martial Art – Aikido

Mark Larson, Interdisciplinary Studies

Join in an introduction to and exploration of the Japanese Martial Art – Aikido. Discover how Aikido’s unique history, philosophy, and technique can be integrated into education and everyday living with the purpose of strengthening mind and body, appreciating nature, respecting others, building positive relations, and contributing to society.

Presented by NHCC ESOL Instructor Mark Larson, MA, Sensei, 5th Dan of Minnesota Aiki Shuren Dojo (www.aikido-shuren-dojo.com). Larson Sensei has trained, performed, demonstrated, and taught Aikido worldwide for the past twenty years. For ten of those years, he lived and studied intensively at the art's birthplace, Iwama, Ibaraki, Japan, where he continues to visit annually. He currently teaches Aikido in the community and one course at NHCC through Interdisciplinary Studies titled: INTD 1210 The History, Philosophy, and Practice of Traditional Aikido.

Travel Light: Poems from a Trip to France

Kate Green, English

Kate Green will read from her manuscript Travel Light: Poems from a Trip to France. She wrote over one hundred poems on this trip in three weeks and promises not to read all of them. She will also discuss her creative process.

Kate Green has published four novels, eight children’s books, and several books of poetry. She has been awarded the Bush Foundation Fellowship for Writing and a McKnight Foundation poetry grant. She is currently at work on a children’s book, illustrated by her son, an NHCC Graphic Arts graduate and writing poems for a new collection (in between grading papers). This is her eleventh year teaching in the English Department at North Hennepin.

Psychotherapy 101: Finding Congruence

Debra Matchinsky, Psychology

This lecture explains Carl Rogers's Self Theory and the therapy he developed based on his theory called Person Centered Therapy. Through completing a personality assessment and examining what Rogers would say about your self concept, you will learn about yourself while learning about the therapy. The result will be an understanding of a practical technique that you can use to improve the mental health of your loved ones.

Debra Matchinsky (NHCC graduate) holds a M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University, a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and is a licensed psychologist. Her areas of specialty are psychotherapy, neuropsychology, assessment, research and the teaching of psychology. Dr. Matchinsky volunteers regularly as a therapist at the Walk-In Counseling Center in south Minneapolis.

Living a Purposeful Life in the Performing Arts

Mike Ricci, Theater, Film, and Television

This discussion will focus on pursuit of a dream, the obstacles encountered, and the manner in which they are overcome. Specific details about a life in the performing arts, and the difficulties that resulted, will be shared, as well as how to create opportunities where none exist. In addition, the relative meaning of success, the inevitability of personal growth, and the importance of community engagement will also be highlighted.

Mike Ricci, currently Director of Theater at North Hennepin Community College, received his MFA in Directing from Florida State University, and has directed over one hundred plays in his career, including over a dozen world premieres. He has taught and directed in a wide variety of colleges, university, professional and community theaters around the country for the past twenty years. His teaching work includes posts at Penn State University, Florida State University, University of Louisville, Winthrop University, Hibbing Community College and others. He has also served as Artistic Director of three theatre companies, written several plays that have been produced, and started a children’s theatre company.

Visual Literature: An Introduction to Graphic Novels

Steven Matuszak, English

Visual Literature: An Introduction to Graphic Novels offers an overview of graphic novels, tracing their history, figuring out what they are, and sorting through the variety of books available. Since it is a visual form of literature, plenty of examples from the works discussed will be shared.

Steve Matuszak holds a Masters in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, specializing in modern drama and theories of performance and the performativity of identity. In addition to teaching in the English department at NHCC, he works as a dramaturge with Frank Theatre and practices Zen Buddhism with Steve Hagen in Minneapolis. Like John Updike, he is a frustrated cartoonist.

A Classical Interlude: Performances by NHCC Music Faculty

NHCC Music Faculty, Featuring the talents of Kristian Anderson, Judy Bender, David Mantini, Heather MacLaughlin, and Karla Miller, NHCC Music Faculty present performances on piano, voice, guitar, and trumpet.

  • Kristian Anderson (b. 1974) is an accomplished concert guitarist having performed in Europe and across North America. Critics have hailed his performances, describing his talents as “showstopping” (dallasmusic.com) and encompassing “prodigious virtuosity” (Soundboard). After winning First Prize at several U.S. solo guitar competitions, he turned his attention to his doctoral studies at Florida State University and founded the acclaimed guitar ensemble Tantalus Quartet. Since he received his doctorate in 2008, Tantalus has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, the Iserlohn Guitar Symposium, the New York Guitar Seminar, Brownsville Guitar Festival, and for many other music series and festivals around the globe. The quartet has commissioned and premiered several new works from today’s leading composers, including Grammy-nominated Apostolos Paraskevas, whose concerto “The Feast” was premiered by Tantalus with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Anderson has received an array of teaching assistantships and scholarships awarded by Florida State University (DM), Arizona State University (MM), and the University of North Texas (BM). His primary teachers include esteemed pedagogues Bruce Holzman, Frank Koonce, Thomas Johnson, and Alan Johnston. He has also studied under guitar luminaries Oscar Ghiglia, Leo Brouwer, Roland Dyens, Odair Assad, among many more. An experienced educator, Anderson has taught at Florida State University and Arizona State University, and has held adjunct professorships at the University of North Texas and Thomas University. He regularly gives master classes, adjudicates competitions, and is invited to lecture at schools and festivals on the art of practicing. As a composer, he has written and arranged several pieces for solo guitar, guitar duo, and guitar quartet. Most recently, his solo piece “Improvisation” was published in Soundboard magazine. Anderson currently lives with his wife in Minneapolis, where, in addition to his prolific classical guitar life, he enjoys a thriving career as a theater musician, performing approximately 400 shows a year. He currently heads guitar studies at North Hennepin Community College, teaches at MacPhail Center for Music, and is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Guitar Society.
  • Judy Bender presently teaches applied voice and class voice at NHCC. She has a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Saint Cloud State University. She has taught music in the public schools, twelve years of youth choir ministry at Zion Lutheran Church, several years as a professor of music at Anoka Ramsey Community College teaching voice, choir and related music classes until coming to NHCC. As a professional singer she has sung with the Minnesota Chorale as well as the Minnesota Opera Company. She has performed the roles of Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Marie in The Bartered Bride, Katisha in The Mikado and Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music. She has also soloed with other professional organizations such as Thursday Musical, Anoka Opera Company, Choral groups and many a church function. She has a private studio of voice students ranging from middle school and high school through professional singers.
  • David Mantini is a member of the music faculty at North Hennepin Community College where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches music theory and private instrumental lessons. Mantini is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet Performance and Anthropology. He attended the University of North Texas and received a Masters of Music Education with concentrations in Jazz Studies and Music History. While in Texas, Mantini was a clinician in various schools, and performed as a guest artist with the Dallas Brass. He spent six months touring professionally with the popular Christian band, Truth. After returning to Minnesota, he taught K–8 general music and 5–12 band in various schools, and performed with several bands. Mantini is very active in his church, serving as chairman for the Administrative Council and past chairman of both Fun and Funding and the Stewardship committees. He is also a past board member of the Twin Cities Youth Chorale. Currently, Mantini performs with the Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra and the Elk River German Band and directs the Brooklyn United Methodist Big Band. In addition, he freelances across the Twin Cities and teaches instrumental lessons. He lives in Brooklyn Park with his wife and two sons.
  • Heather MacLaughlin is one of the Twin Cities’ leading chamber music pianists, appearing regularly with members of both the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with, among others, Pinchas Zukerman, Cynthia Phelps (principal violist for the New York Philharmonic), and baritone David Malis. MacLaughlin has been heard on both Minnesota and National Public Radio as soloist and chamber musician. In 1998, MacLaughlin and her husband, classical guitarist Alan Johnston, represented Minnesota on the Millennium concert series at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As a member of the Shank-MacLaughlin Duo with violinist Leslie Shank, MacLaughlin was the recipient of a 1996 grant from the General Mills, Dayton Hudson and Jerome Foundations for travel to Hungary to study and perform the Bartók Sonatas for violin and piano. In 1997, the Shank-MacLaughlin Duo was a winner of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians. Their CD of the Bartók sonatas for violin and piano was released in 1999 on the Centaur label. MacLaughlin completed a doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Minnesota in piano accompanying/coaching, as a student of Margo Garrett. She received bachelor and master of music degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Enrica Cavallo-Gulli. A Suzuki piano instructor since 1985, MacLaughlin has taught at Suzuki institutes and workshops in Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, and Lima, Peru. She has taught at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, and is currently a full time member of the music faculty at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, MN.
  • Karla J. Miller is a full time Music Instructor at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota where she conducts three choral ensembles, teaches music theory, music appreciation, piano and voice. She has taught at NHCC for twenty-eight years. She also directs a performing chorus for retired senior citizens called the Northwest Singing Seniors. Karla has been involved in church music most of her life either as pianist, organist or choir director. She is currently serving Brooklyn United Methodist in Brooklyn Park as organist/accompanist. Karla received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and vocal music education from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Her Master of Music degree is from St. Cloud State University in Choral Conducting and Choral Literature. Professional memberships include the American Choral Directors Association, Minnesota Music Educators Association, American Guild of Organists and the Minnesota State College Faculty Association. Miller has served on the board of ACDA of Minnesota and currently serves as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Two Year Colleges. She is the President of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Two Year College Fine Arts Council and has served North Hennepin Community College as chair of the Academic Advising and Standards Committee. In addition to her music and teaching profession, she is the proud mother of three sons and a daughter in law, Ben and Emily, Jacob and Nathan.

Birthing a Language: The Path to Multilingualism

Jan McFall, English for Speakers of Other Languages

This lecture will explore perceptions and realities surrounding language acquisition. The three main areas of discussion will be the art and science of becoming multilingual, the common misconceptions about the path to language fluency, and ways to nurture multilingualism. Hopefully, by the end of this lecture, participants will be even more passionate about language acquisition as well as having deepened their empathy for those who are currently on that journey!

Jan McFall began her higher education academic journey at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida where she earned an AA. She went on to earn a BA in English Education at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. After more than eight years of living abroad and earning a Brevet d’Etudes Françaises in Tours, France, she came to the Twin Cities and completed an MA in ESL from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, Jan holds two teaching Minnesota licenses for grades k-12. Her teaching journey has included elementary, middle school, and high school in addition to teaching for the past seven years in higher education. She has taught English and French both in the USA and abroad.

The Social and Emotional Benefits of Reading Narratives

Lisa Whalen, English

What do novels and flight simulators have in common? More than you might think. Lisa Whalen will explain how reading narratives can improve our ability to learn, sharpen our social skills, increase our emotional well-being, and even impact how we feel pain.

Lisa Whalen has an M.A. in creative and critical writing from Hamline University and a Ph.D. in postsecondary and adult education from Capella University. Her published work includes articles on teaching writing, directing writing centers, and examining correlations between empathy and reading narratives. Whalen’s creative nonfiction essays have been published in peer reviewed journals, and her short fiction has been accepted for presentation at the National Creative Writing Conference.

A Sabbatical with the Newberys

Bridget Murphy, English

This talk will trace the history of the Newbery award beginning with a short introduction of its founder, John Newbery, then a quick tour through the highs and lows from its inception in 1922 up to the most recent winner in 2012. The Newbery award, given annually to an author writing for children up to 14, can reveal interesting trends about literature, history, and the state of children and librarians over the century.

Bridget Murphy received a master's in English with an emphasis on the teaching of writing from Georgetown University. She has taught for Metroplitan State University, University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL), and North Hennepin Community College. She is especially fond of Irish and children's literature.

Knights, Castles, and the Making of the Middle Ages

Deanna Forsman, History

Everyone knows that knights and castles go together, and that they both belong in the Middle Ages. However, few people realize that our fairy-tale image of knights and castles belongs to the modern period, rather than the Middle Ages. This talk will explore the evolution of knights, castles, tournaments, and chivalry, through the medieval period. Knights and castles were far less civilized—and far more interesting—than the fairy-tale image most of us hold!

Deanna Forsman has a Ph. D. in Medieval History from UCLA, with an emphasis on society and culture in the Early Middle Ages. She currently serves as Co-Editor In-Chief of The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe. Her research interests focus on identity, with an emphasis on individuals described as “out-group,” in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. She has been teaching in the history department at NHCC since 2002.

Aggregating Our Votes through the Electoral College

Andra Samuels, Political Science

The Electoral College is one of the least understood institutions of American Government. This presentation examines why the Framers drafted this unique institution into our Constitution, how the popular vote is aggregated through the electoral vote to elect the president and vice president, and the resulting L-strategy for winning the Electoral College.

Andra Samuels holds a master’s in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver. She has been teaching courses on American Government, state and local politics, and international relations at North Hennepin Community College since 2003. Her research interests include international security, democratic theory, American political development, and federalism.

12/21/2012: What Will (and Will Not) Happen at the End of the Mayan Cycle 13

Jessica Warren, Physics

The public has been inundated with “information” as to what will happen on December 21, 2012. Will the planets fall into a line? Will earth line up with the galactic center? Will the magnetic poles of the earth or the sun suddenly flip? As we reach the end of Mayan cycle 13 (the “Great Cycle”), Jessica Warren (physics) will discuss what will and will not happen on that day.

Jessica Warren earned a bachelor’s of science in astronomy and astrophysics from Villanova University in 2003, along with minors in theology and physics. She earned her master’s degree in astronomy from San Diego State University in 2006. She has been teaching at North Hennepin Community College since 2007.

Simulation—Bridging the Talk to the Walk

Mary Sladek, Nursing

This lecture will explain the use of simulation as a viable teaching tool for nursing students. Four main areas of discussion will include the history of simulation, the pedagogy behind it, how the nursing department is utilizing it at NHCC, and evaluation methods.

Mary Sladek has been with the NHCC Nursing Department since 2006. She has held a variety of positions including Lab Coordinator, Faculty Instructor and most recently Director of Simulation. She holds a Masters in Nursing from the University of Minnesota and has had clinical experience in Medical-Surgical, Hematology/Oncology, research, Imaging and Breast Care Coordinator.

Protestantism, American Exceptionalism, and Edith Wharton's Call to Arms in World War I

Michael McGehee, English

World War I had been underway for almost two years when Edith Wharton, one of the United States’ most celebrated authors, began writing her novel Summer in 1916 while living in France. The horrors of the war proved novel, as poison gas, flame throwers, and machine guns left an unprecedented number of soldiers dead on the sides of the Allies as well as the Central Powers. The war hit France, Wharton’s adopted country, spectacularly hard. The first five months of battle consumed the lives 300,000 French soldiers, averaging to 2,000 deaths per day. Amidst the rising piles of the dead, the United States remained neutral and refused to join the Allies in the conflict. Wharton remarked in a letter to an American friend: “The ‘atrocities’ one hears of are true… Spread it abroad as much as you can. It should be known that it is to America’s interest to help stem this hideous flood of savagery by opinion if it may not be by action. No civilized race can remain neutral in feeling now.” Wharton, who loved France as much as she loved her home country, believed that the United States needed to enter the war to fight Germany and the rest of the Central Powers. While most literary scholars have supposed Wharton’s Summer to be detached from the war, I suggest that the novel contains political messages that promote the entry of the United States into what is famously called “The Great War.” An examination of the intersection of art and politics, my presentation will explain in detail how Wharton uses her novel to beat the drum of war.

Michael McGehee teaches in the English Department at NHCC. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Poe Studies, Nabokov Studies, and American Literary Realism. He received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware.

Holy Wells and Culture Change

Silas Mallery, Anthropology

This lecture will discuss the Holy Wells of Ireland—and of Europe more broadly—considering what they can tell us about the phenomenon of culture change.

Silas Mallery earned his BA at the University of Vermont with majors in both Anthropology and Religion. After working on the University's archaeology crew for a couple of years, Silas attended the University of York, UK, where he received his Masters in Archaeological Research. After a couple more years of archaeology in Vermont, Silas and his new bride Marty moved to Minneapolis, where he entered the University of Minnesota's Ph.D. program in Anthropology. Silas began working as an adjunct at NHCC eight years ago, and began as permanent faculty in 2011. He and Marty have three young children and still live in South Minneapolis.

A Brief History of the Primitive Hut, Or Why This Building is Not Real

Joel Jensen, Philosophy & Silas Mallery, Anthropology

At least since Vitruvius, architectural theorists have been concerned with how to establish structures’ ontological status. This concern became particularly explicit during architecture’s modern movement, when distinctions were frequently been drawn between those buildings seeming derivative or phony, and those assuredly “real”. A common theme of this dialogue is a desire that architecture return to its primitive origins. In this lecture, Jensen and Mallery will discuss some of the history of architecture’s preoccupation with the primitive, while giving special attention to teepees, bicycle sheds and chicken huts.

Joel Jensen has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver. Silas Mallery earned his BA at the University of Vermont with majors in both Anthropology and Religion, and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota.

A Report from the Front: The Battle of Words between the New Atheists and Religionists

Bruce Lebus, Philosophy

In this talk, I will try to say where this battle of ideas stands and what importance it has, if any, on the wider culture. Have we just grown tired of the debate? Has one side won? Is there anything new to say on the topics of God and religion? Finally, is there a secular spirituality available for those who are not interested in the traditional faiths? Or should non-affiliated people just be happy to be secular?

Bruce Lebus earned his Masters degree in philosophy from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching at North Hennepin Community College, he has taught at Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota. His areas of specialty are philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, and ethics. He also has published many poems and considers himself well-informed about Lake Superior agates.

Monetary Policy and Fiscal Policy

Desta Gelgelu, Economics

This lecture will provide an overview of how monetary and fiscal policies influence the economy, as well as examining the behavior of players in the economy.

Desta Gelgelu has an undergraduate degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, and completed his graduate studies at Pune University in India with a Ph. D. in Economics. His area of specialty is the role of banks in the economy. He currently teaches economics at North Hennepin Community College and Metropolitan State University.

Sabbath: Creating Separate Time

Patricia Diamond, Philosophy

From ancient times comes the understanding that there is ordinary time—when we work, produce, and take care of important tasks—and also some sort of special time, when we move beyond the mundane and devote ourselves to spiritual experience, rest, or just simply being instead of doing. Learn more about the foundations of this understanding of time. In the face of so many distractions and external pressures, providing separate time can be a very functional way to restore life balance.

Patricia Diamond studied at Carelton College and earned a BA in Philosophy. After several years living in Israel and some rabbinical studies, she returned to the US and ventured into the “family attractions” business (for example, helping to develop and manage the LEGO Imagination Center). She holds an MBA from the University of St Thomas Graduate School of Business. She teaches a variety of courses in Philosophy in the MnSCU system and at St. Catherine’s, mostly in the area of Ethics. She recently returned to Metro State University and completed a master’s level equivalency in philosophy with an emphasis on Jewish Ethics.

The Role of Contextualized Learning in Developmental Education

Shirley Johnson, Academic Development

This presentation will focus on the strategies currently utilized by the Academic Development Faculty concerning the use of authentic text to assist students in learning the reading and study strategies that will assist them in making the transition to college. More specifically it will relate our strategies to the characteristics of adults as readers.

Shirley Johnson is a member of the Academic Development Faculty. She holds a MA in Reading Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed her doctoral coursework and examinations for a PhD in Adult Education at the University of Minnesota. Her specific areas of interest include reading education for adult populations, reading in the workplace, instructional design, and developmental education. Prior to teaching at NHCC, Ms. Johnson held positions as a training manager and instructional designer within private industry. She also ran and taught reading and study skills courses at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and Normandale Community College.

The Body's Microbial Zoo—The Human Microbiome Project and the Creatures that Live in (and on) Us

Paul Melchior, Biology

The human body is anything but one’s personal space. In fact, we play host to a menagerie of thousands of other species. Bacteria, archaeans, protists, fungi and even other animals live in and on our bodies every day of our lives. The Human Microbiome Project has set out to describe this community, and has discovered some amazing features. Your personal microbial ecosystem may explain in part your weight, susceptibility to diseases, and even influence your personality.

Paul Melchior is professor of biology at North Hennepin Community College (NHCC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has taught since the early 1990’s. In 2006 he began a joint appointment with Minnesota State University - Moorhead (MSUM), which offers a baccalaureate degree in biochemistry on the NHCC campus. Paul teaches Principles of Biology I and II to freshmen, medical microbiology and general microbiology to upper division students, and a capstone research course to seniors in the MSUM program. He is coordinator of NHCC’s Irish study abroad program for biology majors.

Paul’s research interests include the meta-genomics and ecology of bacterial populations associated with northern bog plants such as Sarracenia purpurea, and other communities. He earned his baccalaureate and graduate degrees in biology and microbiology from St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota, respectively. Paul enjoys baseball, woodworking, and good beer. He lives in Minneapolis with his wonderful wife and two above average teenage sons.

Going to College—ESOL Students’ Views

Susan Nyhus, English for Speakers of Other Lanuguages

This lecture will be a panel discussion providing ESOL students at NHCC the opportunity to share their views about attending college. The panel will be mediated by Susan Nyhus, an NHCC ESOL Faculty.

Susan Nyhus received a masters in ESL and a masters in education from the University of Minnesota. Prior to teaching in the ESOL Program at NHCC, she taught at the University of Minnesota.

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