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Faith, Time, and Peace

7 February 2001
Dada Maglajlic and Mark Christensen

Many elements contribute to who we are. There are two levels at which experiences we have may strike, the surface level and a deeper level. Effects at the deep level strike at the core of an individual's life. They have a strong hold over the individual and affect how we behave, think, and understand ourselves and the world around us. This lecture will focus on competition and our tendency to aim for perfection and when competition is useful and destructive in academic life.

Math as a Religion

22 March 2001
Darren Parker

Most people consider mathematical knowledge absolutely true. However, all attempts to create a philosophical foundation for the absolute truth of mathematics have failed. These philosophies, the speaker's own religious epiphanies, crises of faith, and much more will be discussed.


18 October 2001
Mark Lawrence

How can the majority of the world's population secure access to the "good life" when faced with the problems of poverty that most governments either will not or simply cannot effectively address? This lecture examines the prospects for the development of civil society in a region of Kenya confronted by issues of rapid population growth, worsening food insecurity, epidemic disease, and increased government intrusion in local affairs.

Consciousness and the Deep Nature of Persons

6 December 2001
Dave Lund

The presentation focuses upon what it is to be a person-upon what persons essentially are. Persons have a "deep" nature that not only lies beyond their observable characteristics but also beyond their minds, if a mind is taken to be a collection of experiences that are united either by relations these experiences bear to one another or to the one body.

Should We Be Afraid of Laughing Gas?

14 December 2001
Drago Bilanovic

N2O (laughing gas) is an extremely potent greenhouse gas - some 160 times stronger than CO2 itself; NO3 contaminates groundwater. Some 110 million tons of N fertilizers will be needed to feed the world population in 2025 when 1 to 2 million tons of N2O will go to the atmosphere and 13 to 14 million tons of NO3 will go to groundwater.

Biology and Humane Values: A Natural History of Meaning and Purpose

6 February 2002
Dann Siems

Just as Copernicus and Galileo established that our earth is not at the center of the solar system, Darwin and subsequent biologists have shown that human beings are not the pinnacle of creation, occupying the uppermost rung in an ever ascending great chain of being. We can understand our capacity for creating meaning and purpose from a completely naturalistic perspective and such a capacity should even be expected given our evolutionary history.

The Mirror of Influence: How Listening Speaks

27 February 2002
Carol Richards

Our culture tends to distinguish "listening" from "speaking" as if these speech acts were mutually exclusive. In fact, listening can communicate as fully and richly as speaking does. We have only to ask, "What gets your attention?" to realize that listening is a discriminating and conscious act that can be interpreted variously. Whether we listen, and to whom and to what, how we listen and whether we remember-all reflect choices and values that "speak" loudly to any who would receive the listener's message. This research uses semiotic phenomenology to explore and to depict the nature of human communication that we call "listening."

Re-thinking Assumptions About Global Values and Indigenous Knowledge in African Development

06 March 2002
Mark Lawrence

Concerning the poor rural community of Kibwezi, Kenya, this lecture investigates interrelationships between two different forms of knowledge about human-environment sustainability. The first, global knowledge, describes a relationship with nature that involves a willingness to accept degrees of mechanization, bioengineering, use of pesticides and herbicides, industrialization and consumption. The second, indigenous knowledge, relates to society's relationship to the physical environment that might imply a traditional view of land stewardship.

Love is the Essence of Good Life

28 March 2002
Mark Christensen and Dada Maglajlic

Love is a dynamic interaction lived every second of our lives, all our lives. Love is a learned emotional reaction. The more we learn, the more we expand our ability to love. Learning is the process of connecting. Teaching, to the extent that it is designed with the idea of helping students connect in ever-richer ways with their world, is a labor of love, of establishing oneness through connectedness. As we grow in love, so does our appreciation for all others - wishing good to ourselves and the others "brings" peace and good life to all!

Hearts and Minds: A Controversial Chronicle of the Vietnam War

03 April 2002
Tom Murphy

The film, Hearts and Minds, is a valuable tool for understanding the Vietnam War, American policy making during the Cold War, and American culture after World War II. In 1974, Hearts and Minds succeeded in evoking pathos for American soldiers and the Vietnamese people by protesting U.S. involvement and provoking much controversy on its way to winning an Academy Award.

Learning from the Land: Student Fieldwork in East Africa, Summer 2002

24 September 2002
Mark Lawrence

This past June & July, three Honors Program students prepared and implemented their own service-learning projects in Kibwezi, Kenya under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence. In this lecture, James Fitzsimmons, Eveily Freeman and Nathan Ziegler shared their experiences.

Free Software? Free Beer? Ethical Choices in the Software Field

15 October 2002
Marty Wolf

There are currently two different ways software is developed: Proprietary & Free/Open Source. This lecture looked at the important distinction and important differences between the two models. Also discussed were the ethical issues that software developers face in light of two different development techniques.

He Who Would Treat Him Like a Man: The Incident at San Pedro Springs

6 November 2002
Tom Murphy

Following the Civil War, the reorganization of the United States Army included six regiments of African-American soldiers. This lecture examined the relationships between white officers and black soldiers by considering the importance of masculinity and manhood in the period following the Civil War.

Geologizing with Darwin

18 November 2002
Tim Kroeger

Darwin very clearly had a good understanding of geology and a strong interest in applying that understanding. During his trips ashore during the voyage of the Beagle, he frequently geologized, observing both the rocks and the fossils contained within the rocks he encountered. This lecture investigated how Darwin's understanding of the geology of the time and the fossil record influenced his thinking on evolutionary theory.

In Search of Leviathan

5 December 2002
Deanna Evans

Long have bible scholars disputed over whether the sea creature leviathan in the biblical book of Job should be described as a mythical sea monster or as a real animal. This lecture looked at several of the competing theories and at how Dr. Evans' research is appropriate for a study of the Bible "as literature."