Colorado College News DVD of the Month--June Wed, 19 Jun 2019 14:30:00 MDT ]]> <div itemprop="articleBody"> <h4>DVD of the MONTH:</h4> <h3>June 2019--<em>Close Knit</em></h3> <h3><em><a href=";FF=tclose+knit&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="Close Knit">PN1995.9.F67 K364 2018</a></em></h3> <p>Tomo is an 11 year-old girl.&nbsp; One day, her mother leaves her with her uncle and his pretty girlfriend Rinko.&nbsp; Rinko is kind and caring, but the other mothers do not seem to like her.&nbsp; Tomo finds it hard to understand because Rinko takes care of her in the best possible way.&nbsp; She even teaches Tomo to knit in order to channel her anger.&nbsp; However, life as a transgender family is not easy when ignorance and discrimination are everywhere.</p> <hr /> <p></p> <h3>May 2019--<em>White Right: Meeting With The Enemy</em></h3> <h3><em><a href=";FF=twhite+right+meeting+with+the+enemy&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="White Right: Meeting With The Enemy">HS1703 .W55 2018</a></em></h3> <h3></h3> Muslim filmmaker Deeyah Khan meets U.S. neo-Nazis and white nationalists including Richard Spencer face to face and attends the now-infamous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville as she seeks to understand the personal and political motivations behind the resurgence of far-right extremism in the U.S.<hr /> <p></p> <h3>April 2019--<em>I Am Not Your Negro</em></h3> <h3><em><a href=";FF=ti+am+not+your+negro+a+major+motion+picture+directed+by+raoul+peck&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="I Am Not Your Negro">E185.61 .B196 2017</a></em></h3> <p>Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, <em>Remember This House</em>.&nbsp; The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material.&nbsp; <em>I Am Not Your Negro i</em>s a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter<em>.&nbsp; </em>It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond.&nbsp; And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.</p> <hr /> <p></p> <h3></h3> <h3>March 2019--The&nbsp;<strong>Revival: Women and the Word</strong><em><strong><a href=";FF=cps++591+n4+r48+2018&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="Revival: Women and the Word"> </a></strong></em></h3> <h3><em><strong><a href=";FF=cps++591+n4+r48+2018&amp;1%2C1%2C" title="Revival: Women and the Word">PS591.N4 R48 2018</a></strong></em></h3> <p><em><strong>The Revival: Women and the Word</strong>&nbsp;</em><em></em>chronicles the tour of the U.S. of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color.&nbsp; The journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux.&nbsp; As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race and sexuality.&nbsp; This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood--one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p></p> <h3>February 2019--<em>Black Girl in Suburbia</em></h3> <h3><strong><em><a href=",-1,,B/browse">E185.86 .B53 2018 </a></em></strong></h3> <p><em></em>For many Black girls raised in the suburbs, the experiences of going to school, playing on the playground, and living day-to-day life can be uniquely alienating.&nbsp; <strong><em>Black Girl in Suburbia</em></strong> looks at the suburbs of America from the perspective of women of color.&nbsp; Filmmaker Melissa Lowery shares her own childhood memories of navigating racial expectations both subtle and overt--including questions like, "Hey, I just saw a Black guy walking down the street; is that your cousin?"&nbsp; Through conversations with her own daughters, with teachers and scholars who are experts in the personal impacts of growing up a person of color in a predominately white place, this film explores the conflicts that many black girls in homogeneous hometowns have in relating to both white and Black communities.</p> <hr /> <p></p> <h4><em>January 2019--</em><em>Breaking Silence</em></h4> <h4><em><a href="HV6250.4 W65 B74 2017">HV6250.4 W65 B74 2017</a></em></h4> <p>Three Muslim women share their stories of sexual assault and in a deeply personal way, they challenge the stigma that has long suppressed the voice of survivors.&nbsp; Through out America, many Muslim communities persist in stigmatizing all discussion of sex-related subjects.&nbsp; Even though sexual assault and abuse are widespread, conversations about it are rare and the pressure for victims and their families to "keep it a secret" helps perpetuate abuse.&nbsp; <em>Breaking Silence</em> takes a radical and humanizing approach to the emotional scars of sexual assault, giving women the space to share their voices without shame.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p></p> <p><em><strong>December 2018&mdash;A Fantastic Woman</strong></em><br /><em></em></p> <p><em><strong><a href=",-1,,B/browse">PN1995.9.F67 M85 2018</a> &nbsp;<br /><br /></strong></em>Marina works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer.&nbsp; When her&nbsp; older boyfriend dies suddenly, instead of being able to mourn her lover, Marina is treated unkindly and with suspicion. Marina, as a trans woman, is seen as a perversion by most of Orlando's family.&nbsp; Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now - a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.</p> <hr /> <h4>November<em><strong> - Ohero:kon - Under the Husk<br /><a href=",-1,,B/browse">E99.M8 O44 2018</a> &nbsp;<br /></strong></em></h4> <p>A documentary that follows the challenging journey of two Mohawk girls as they take part in their traditional passage rites to becoming Mohawk Women. Kaienkwinehtha and Kasennakohe are childhood friends from traditional families living in the Mohawk Community of Akwesasne that straddles the U.S./Canada border. They both take part in a four-year adolescent passage rites ceremony called ohero:kon "under the husk" that has been revived in their community. This ceremony challenges them spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. It shapes the women they become.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <h4>October<strong><em> - Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)<br /><a href=",-1,,B/browse">JV7048 .D66 2015</a> &nbsp;<br /></em></strong></h4> <p>This documentary about Angy Rovera won a 2015 <a href="">Peabody Award</a>. Angy Rivera lived for 20 years in the USA as an undocumented person at the start of this film. The film follows her path as she becomes an activist for immigrants when she began writing a popular advice column called "Ask Angy&rdquo;. It also shows her proceeding through the process of obtaining a&nbsp;<a href="">UVisa,</a> a visa for "victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity".<em> </em></p> <hr /> <h4>September - <em>Showing Roots<br /><a href=",-1,,B/browse">PN1997.2 .S47 2017</a> &nbsp;<br /></em></h4> <p>Two women, played by&nbsp;Uzo Aduba and Maggie Grace, look to integrate the 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the tracks of their small southern town. Set in 1977, these young women - one white, one black - forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence and self-discovery that ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo.<em><br /></em></p> <p><em></em></p> <hr /> <h2>Ask for these films at the Circulation Desk.</h2> <p><strong>Check in next month for the new DVD of the month.&nbsp; <br />Check out&nbsp;<a href="">other dvds at Tutt Library</a> now.</strong></p> </div> Four CC Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:00:00 MDT <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s Board of Trustees approved four associate professors for promotion to full professor at their recent meeting. The professors are:</p> <p><b><strong>William Davis, Comparative Literature and German<br /></strong></b>Davis was awarded a Ph.D. in German studies and humanities and an M.A. in German studies from Stanford University. He received a B.A. with honors in comparative literature at Brigham Young University. Since joining the CC faculty in 1993, Davis has taught all levels of language courses, Classicism, and Romanticism in German, and many courses abroad or at the Newberry Library in Chicago. In the comparative literature program, he also teaches Romanticism, literary theory, gender and literature, and Romantic Hellenism. In English, he has taught Romanticism, Blake, Byron and the Shelleys, and Women Romantics. Students attest to the breadth and depth of his knowledge, the quality of class discussions, the ways in which Davis guides students&rsquo; learning with&nbsp;"a kind of quiet strength," and how they have learned to read and analyze literary texts&nbsp;and poetry in his courses. Davis&rsquo;s scholarship includes articles in edited volumes and multiple journals including <em>World Picture</em>, <em>The Wordsworth Circle</em>, and <em>European Romantic Review</em>. His recent book, &ldquo;Romanticism, Hellenism, and the Philosophy of Nature,&rdquo; was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018. Davis has chaired both the comparative literature program and German, Russian, and East Asian Languages Department. He is well-recognized across the campus as the faculty marshal.</p> <p></p> <ul></ul> <p><b><strong>Marion Hourdequin, Philosophy<br /></strong></b>Hourdequin joined the Colorado College faculty in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at Duke University, and an M.A. in philosophy and an M.S. in biological sciences from the University of Montana. She received her A.B. in ecology and evolutionary biology<em>, summa cum laude</em>, from Princeton University. Hourdequin&rsquo;s areas of expertise include ethics, environmental philosophy, and comparative philosophy. She teaches courses on Techno-Natures, Classical Chinese Philosophy, Environmental Ethics, Humans and Other Animals, and Philosophy of Science. Students describe Hourdequin as a kind and caring professor who models &ldquo;lived ethics&rdquo; and successfully cultivates students&rsquo; critical thinking abilities through classroom debate and field trips. A productive scholar, her current research focuses on climate ethics, climate justice, and the social and ethical dimensions of ecological restoration. She is the author of &ldquo;Environmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice&rdquo; (Bloomsbury, 2015) and co-editor, with David Havlick, of &ldquo;Restoring Layered Landscapes&rdquo; (Oxford, 2016). Reflecting her multi-disciplinary interests, she has served as associate editor for the journal <em>Environmental Values</em>, and on the editorial board of <em>Environmental Ethics</em>. From 2013-15, she served as the director of the environmental program at CC, and she currently chairs the Philosophy Department.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p></p> <ul></ul> <p><b><strong>Mike Taber, Education<br /></strong></b>A science educator for more than 20 years, Taber began his tenure-track appointment at Colorado College in 2006. A CC alumnus, he taught high school physics and biology in El Paso, Texas, and math and science in Colorado Springs, shortly after receiving his Master of Arts in Teaching and his B.A. in geology. Taber earned a Ph.D. in water resources&mdash;micrometerology at Iowa State University. The author of many articles in science education journals, he also has received numerous grants. He is the lead principal investigator for the Colorado College Noyce Scholarship Program and the Proactive Positioning of Future Educators for Rural Community Success. Specializing in teacher preparation, inquiry, and curriculum development utilizing technologies and culturally responsive design, his courses include Framework of U.S. Education, Educational Research Design, Curriculum and Engaging Pedagogies, and Educational Interventions. For many years, Taber has served the college by chairing the Education Department, which includes the Master of Arts in Teaching program. He also has taught Meteorology, Atmosphere, and Introduction to Global Climate Change as an active participant in the environmental studies program. Colleagues and students are impressed by his commitment to teaching and scholarship and his continual efforts to enhance his teaching through creativity and experimentation.</p> <p></p> <ul></ul> <p><b><strong>Tricia Waters, Psychology<br /></strong></b>Waters came to Colorado College in 1991, after earning a Ph.D. in developmental psychology at Boston University, an Ed.M. in human development from Harvard University, and a B.A. in psychology from Western Washington University. In addition to giving many public talks and professional presentations on adolescence and developmental processes, Waters has coauthored several articles that exemplify her recent work. &ldquo;Voicing academia: Developmental psychology and the loss of voice&rdquo; was published in <em>Feminist perspectives on building a better psychological science of gender </em>(Springer International Publishing, 2016), and &ldquo;The gendered body project: Sexual and self-objectification as motivated and motivating processes,&rdquo; is forthcoming in the &ldquo;Oxford Handbook of Motivation.&rdquo; Waters teaches courses on Introduction to Cultural Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Adolescence, Moral Reasoning in Context, Developmental Psychopathology, Women and Madness, and Abnormal Psychology. She brings her expertise in developmental psychology to bear on the variety of dynamic teaching techniques she employs, and on the relationships she builds with students and pre-tenure faculty as an adviser and mentor. She has served as director of the feminist and gender studies program and chair of the Psychology Department, and as a member of the Faculty Executive Committee and several task forces and advisory boards.</p> President Tiefenthaler Contributes to Book on Women Leaders in Academia Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:15:00 MDT <p>Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler is a contributor to an upcoming book, &ldquo;Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.&rdquo;</p> <p>This groundbreaking collection features the perspectives of di&shy;verse women academic leaders who discuss their rise to key leadership positions and effective change-making in higher education, despite underlying structural barriers and bias that disadvantage women.</p> <p>President Tiefenthaler&rsquo;s chapter is titled &ldquo;Is Leadership for You?&rdquo; and appears in the second section of the book, Leadership Realities: Strategic Vision, Resistance, and the Double Bind.</p> <p>Contributors&nbsp;highlight the revolutionary power and innovation that women leaders bring to bear to improve upon business as usual in the academy &mdash; even in the &ldquo;glass cliff&rdquo; scenario when their risk of failure should be highest. Women across leader&shy;ship positions &mdash; presidents, provosts, deans, and department chairs &mdash; discuss leading strategic planning, culture change, and navigating the &ldquo;double bind,&rdquo; along with strategies for success&shy;ful negotiation, networking, mentoring, and work-life balance.</p> <p>Contributors also underscore strategies for leading powerful in&shy;novation and change in the academy early in their careers when they do not hold formal administrative roles and experience marginalization by &ldquo;the system&rdquo; due to identity.</p> <p>The book, published by Cognella, is edited by Callie Rennison, a professor who also has served as associ&shy;ate dean of faculty affairs in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, and Amy Bonomi, director of the Children and Youth Institute at Michigan State University.</p> NSF Grant Sends Professor, 2 Students to Alaskan Arctic Tue, 11 Jun 2019 10:30:00 MDT ]]> <p>Two Colorado College students will spend most of this summer in the Alaskan Arctic conducting plant ecological research.</p> <p><strong>John Feigelson &rsquo;19</strong> and <strong>Hayes Henderson &rsquo;20 </strong>are working with Roxaneh Khorsand, a visiting professor in Colorado College&rsquo;s <a href="">Department of Organismal Biology and Ecology,</a> who recently received a $22,223 Research Opportunity Award from the National Science Foundation for her project, &ldquo;The effect of climate warming on plant-pollinator interactions in the Alaskan Arctic.&rdquo; The grant is in conjunction with Steve Oberbauer, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida International University, and represents a collaboration between a liberal arts college and a research institution.</p> <p>Additional funding from Colorado College allows Feigelson and Henderson to spend eight weeks working at the Toolik Field Station, the U.S.&rsquo;s most important arctic research station and the site of the National Science Foundation&rsquo;s Arctic Long-term Ecological Research Site, located just north of the Brooks Range.</p> <p>&ldquo;The effects of climate change are particularly visible in the Arctic because rapidly retreating sea ice creates a positive feedback that further exacerbates warming,&rdquo; says <a href="">Khorsand</a>, who is making her second research trip to the Alaskan Arctic. &ldquo;Increases in temperature have cascading effects across all ecosystems. As a plant ecologist, I focus on the terrestrial systems. Changes are happening right before our eyes so we can measure these changes and predict future changes.&rdquo;</p> <p>Feigelson, Henderson, and Khorsand, who conducted her post-doctoral research on plant reproductive responses to climate change, departed for Alaska shortly after Colorado College&rsquo;s Commencement.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Toolik Field Station has always been on my radar because of the field research that has come out of there,&rdquo; says Henderson, an environmental studies major from Bethesda, Maryland. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve read papers that have had their field research based there, so I&rsquo;m excited to now contribute to that research.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s exciting to have a faculty member put their faith in you,&rdquo; says Feigelson, an organismal biology and ecology major from New York City who will serve as the department&rsquo;s paraprofessional next year. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great opportunity to conduct research that has a direct application so soon after graduation.&rdquo;</p> <p>Feigelson and Henderson will test the effects of climate warming on plant phenology (the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena) and reproductive output, using control plots and experimental plots with open-top chambers. Open-top chambers are widely used to study the effects of elevated CO<sub>2</sub> and other greenhouse gases on vegetation. They are similar to open-top, mini greenhouses; plastic enclosures set on top of the land that interacts with the outside environment by capturing heat, but allowing precipitation and insects to enter.</p> <p>Khorsand&rsquo;s research will examine the effect of heat on plant reproduction, looking at when plants flower, how much they flower, and how effectively flowering translates to fruit and seed production. It will also look at the presence &mdash; or absence &mdash;of pollinators. It&rsquo;s been documented that many plant species in the Arctic are responding to climate change by flowering earlier. What Khorsand, Feigelson, and Henderson are looking at is how this will affect species interactions; will pollinators also be available earlier to do their part in the seasonal process? Not only will the team quantify potential mismatch between plant species and pollinators, the researchers will also compare the effects of warming on insect-pollinated versus wind-pollinated plants. &ldquo;Understanding how different pollination systems respond to climate change will allow us to predict how plant species diversity may change over time,&rdquo; says Khorsand</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re interested in seeing if insect species also are shifting,&rdquo; says Khorsand. If plants and pollinators don&rsquo;t shift together, it results in a mismatch. &ldquo;Mismatches between plants and pollinators can have potentially profound implications for plant reproductive success, yet relatively little is known about this topic,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;The low diversity of plant-pollinator communities in the Arctic relative to temperate systems, coupled with the short growing season, highlights the particular vulnerability of arctic plant-pollinator interactions.&rdquo; Khorsand adds, &ldquo;A critical concept in ecology is species-specific responses. That is, not all species respond to environmental change in a uniform manner. Some plant species are doing better because of climate change while others are not. We want to learn about plant reproductive patterns in the Arctic so we can inform management and the general public. My goal as a scientist is to use science to effectively conserve biodiversity.&rdquo;</p> <p>In addition to the NSF funding, internal funding came from Colorado College&rsquo;s Department of Organismal Biology and Ecology, Natural Science Executive Committee, and the Dean&rsquo;s Office.</p> Matt Nadel ’15 Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Fri, 07 Jun 2019 15:45:00 MDT <p>In recognition of his efforts in and out of the pool, <strong>Matt Nadel &rsquo;15 </strong>recently was named a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, which is awarded to a select group of student-athletes who excel academically and athletically. Nationwide across all NCAA divisions, only 29 scholarships are awarded for both men and women from each sports season (fall, winter, and spring).</p> <p>Nadel, a Division III honorable mention All-America selection and Scholar All-American, founded the Little Cats swimming program at CC in 2013 that still exists today. The program partners with Colorado Springs after-school community programs to provide water safety lessons to at-risk youth.</p> <p>Nadel graduated with a 3.85 grade-point average and a bachelor&rsquo;s degree in economics. In the pool, he was an honorable mention All-America selection as part of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that set a school record and placed 12th at the 2012 NCAA Division III Championships. He holds the school record for the 1000 and 1650 freestyle events and earned 11 all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors, including the 1650 freestyle title as a senior.<br /><br />Candidates for the postgraduate scholarship are nominated by the school's faculty athletics representative and screened by regional selection committees. Recipients then are selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.<br /><br />To qualify for the $10,000 scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) and have been a member of a varsity team. Recipients also must intend to continue academic work beyond the bachelor's degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.<br /><br />&ldquo;During his years at CC, Matt was the type of student any institution would be honored to have,&rdquo; says Pedro de Araujo, CC's faculty athletics representative. &ldquo;He understood very well how academics and athletics complement each other, and used this relationship to succeed in both the classroom and the pool. He is a natural born leader that will continue to leave his mark anywhere he lands. When he approached me about the NCAA postgraduate scholarship, it was a no brainer sending his nomination in. We are all very proud of Matt.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Matt is one of the most outstanding students and athletes that I have worked with during my career,&rdquo; Colorado College swimming coach Anne Goodman James says. &ldquo;He is a change agent, and his leadership truly makes a difference to those around him. Matt is thoughtful, forward thinking, and inclusive, which makes everyone around him better, and helps them enjoy the experience more.&nbsp;<br /><br />Following his graduation from Colorado College, Nadel was an analyst for DaVita VillageHealth, chief strategy officer for Kadi Energy, and helped open a high-tech swim school prior to beginning law school at the University of Colorado in Boulder last August. He has continued his position as an Elite Coach at SwimLabs Swim School in Littleton, Colorado, throughout his first year of law school.&nbsp;</p> <p>"My teammates, coaches, professors, and mentors were the real leaders that enabled me to be successful,&rdquo; says Nadel.&nbsp;&ldquo;I specifically remember the first time I pitched the half-baked idea of Little Cats Swimming to Coach James.&nbsp;It had a larger goal with no operational specifics, which probably terrified her.&nbsp;And yet, she gave me unconditional support and guidance on how to make a successful program that delivered my mission, it truly couldn't have happened without her.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;My thesis advisor, Mark Smith, is my academic role model,&rdquo; Nadel says.&nbsp;&ldquo;His ability to stimulate intellectual curiosity and make me challenge my own beliefs is uncanny.&nbsp;I certainly wouldn't have been interested in water quality or international environmental protection without his guidance. His continued support, from encouragement to professional networking, has been a game-changer.</p> <p>&ldquo;Most importantly, I couldn't have been successful without my teammates.&nbsp;The CC swim team has a positive and uplifting culture that made it possible to push myself to the physical and mental limits each day.&nbsp;To this day, some of my closest friends were fellow Tigers."<br /><br />The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports.</p> Alumni Film ‘July Rising’ Soars to Success, Brings Graduates Home Fri, 07 Jun 2019 10:45:00 MDT ]]> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Calibri;" face="Calibri"><span style="font-size: medium;" size="3"><span style="color: #000000;" color="#000000">By <b>Laurie Laker &rsquo;12<br /></b></span></span></span></p> <p>&ldquo;July Rising&rdquo; &mdash; a film written, directed, produced, edited by, and starring a slew of Colorado College graduates &mdash; has taken flight. In late March, at the 23<sup>rd</sup> Sonoma International Film Festival, the film won the Stolman Award for Best American Indie Feature film. The film, which deals with issues of urbanization, agriculture, familial conflict, and growing up against the grain, is the creative output of a group of CC students, graduates, and staff members, including <strong>Robert Mahaffie &rsquo;15.</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>Mahaffie, who returned to campus this past Block 8 to teach the Advanced Filmmaking class, was a film and media studies major when at CC. After graduating, Mahaffie worked for two years as a paraprofessional for the Film and Media Studies Department, as well as doing freelance work for the college&rsquo;s Office of Communications, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue full-time work in the film industry. Now, with teaching a block under his belt, he says he&rsquo;s literally &ldquo;done everything possible at CC that is related to film!&rdquo; with the opportunity to teach coming at just the right time, between gigs.</p> <p>&ldquo;The college called me when I was between work in LA, and I immediately said yes. It&rsquo;s been an amazing experience, and something I&rsquo;ve thought about since I was a paraprof. It&rsquo;s probably the thing I&rsquo;ve enjoyed the most in my six-year association with the college and the Film and Media Studies program. It was a great way to continue giving back to CC,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p>That theme of giving back to the college, through art as well as teaching, is a theme that resonates across the entire &ldquo;July Rising&rdquo; project.</p> <p>It started as the thesis screenplay of <strong>Chauncey Crail &rsquo;17</strong>, Mahaffie says. &ldquo;It was something that he&rsquo;d been developing for two years by that point. Before he turned in a final script, we&rsquo;d started casting roles for the film.&rdquo;</p> <p>Over the course of the summer of 2017, the film and filming began to take shape, with Crail and Mahaffie as the lead producers. Casting calls were held in Denver, Los Angeles, Colorado Springs, and San Francisco.</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to film on the land that the film was written about,&rdquo; Mahaffie says. &ldquo;Chauncey&rsquo;s background directly informs the story of the film; his family has farms in Northern California, and so that&rsquo;s where we knew we had to film.&rdquo;</p> <p>The film tells the story of 16-year-old Andy, orphaned after the death of her grandfather, who works to save her family pear orchard. Her aunt tries to get her to return to the city, but Andy is determined to stay and retain the land.</p> <p>&ldquo;She&rsquo;s working to save the orchard from money issues, she&rsquo;s alone in this project &mdash; trying to work out who she is as she works out what to do. She&rsquo;s also a woman in a traditionally male-dominated world, so she&rsquo;s got a huge fight on her hands,&rdquo; Mahaffie explains.</p> <p>Using their CC film community connections, Crail and Mahaffie immediately involved <strong>Lucy Houlihan &rsquo;18</strong> and <strong>Julia Greene &rsquo;19</strong> as co-producers to help with casting and scheduling, and then set off on a location scouting road trip. Once the perfect location was found, on land owned by Crail&rsquo;s family in Northern California, the team grew to include <strong>Thomas Crandall &rsquo;16</strong> as cinematographer, <strong>Charlie Theobald &rsquo;17</strong> as the film&rsquo;s sound recordist, <strong>William Stockton &rsquo;19</strong> as the digital imaging technician, <strong>Joshua Zambrano &rsquo;18</strong> as chief grip and electric supervisor, and <strong>Ben Coldwell &rsquo;16</strong> as the assistant camera and second assistant director.</p> <p>Filming started on July 26, 2017, and wrapped on August 21 of the same summer.</p> <p>&ldquo;One of the great things we had on our side was the fact that most of our shoots were done on single sets or locations,&rdquo; explains Mahaffie.</p> <p>&ldquo;We wanted to prove that we could make a film in our own way, to not use the traditional Hollywood system of hundreds of people on set. We had 10 or so, with everyone doing four or five jobs at once. I was a set designer, props manager, and managed all the vehicles on set, as well as a producer &mdash; it was all a bit crazy!&rdquo;</p> <p>Late in the summer of 2017, the team hired <strong>Meredith Mantik &rsquo;11</strong> to edit the film, who&rsquo;d been working in Los Angeles as an editor since returning to the U.S. after attending the National Film and Television School in the UK for her master&rsquo;s in film editing. Mantik was able to edit the film to the point where the team knew what holes in the footage they had to fill in, which brought the CC-heavy crew back to their alma mater, in December and January of 2017 and 2018.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Colorado Springs shooting was amazing,&rdquo; says Mahaffie. &ldquo;With CC&rsquo;s blessing, we used a lot of locations on campus like the Bemis kitchen, the Cornerstone studio space for set building and reshoots, as well as shooting around the campus area too.&rdquo;</p> <p>The reshooting, editing, refining, and scoring of the film took the better part of the next year, when the team brought on board <strong>James Ryan Dinneen &rsquo;16</strong> as the soundtrack composer, who worked with Crail&rsquo;s brother at the University of Miami&rsquo;s Frost School of Music to produce and record the music for the film. Chris Bittner, CC&rsquo;s digital arts and media technology director, and his students, worked on the sound mixing.</p> <p>&ldquo;From the very beginning of the process, we wanted to give back as much to CC as possible at every level of that community, from alumni like us to current students,&rdquo; says Mahaffie.</p> <p>Once the film was complete, the question of &ldquo;What now?&rdquo; came to the fore.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We always wanted to submit to festivals, but we had to work on which ones to target so as to be best received,&rdquo; explains Mahaffie. &ldquo;Lucy, Chauncey, and I had three ways to narrow the festivals down; firstly, that it was a location we&rsquo;d want to visit; or secondly, that it was local to our filming location and so we could loop our local community into the successes; or thirdly, it was related to our film in terms of the focus the festival had.&rdquo;</p> <p>The film premiered at the Sonoma International Film Festival, held March 27-29, 2019.</p> <p>&ldquo;The Sonoma festival is about food and wine, with a heavy focus on strong filmmaking, so our agricultural and locally focused themes matched well with them,&rdquo; Mahaffie says.</p> <p>&ldquo;We were able to bring our cast and crew to the premiere, which allowed us to reconnect the film with the local community &mdash; and then we won!&rdquo;</p> <p>A panel of nine jurors announced the winners of the film awards on March 30.</p> <p>&ldquo;It was incredible,&rdquo; says Mahaffie. &ldquo;The success was gratifying, so wonderful, but it also allowed our cast and crew to connect with more directors, talent agents, and influential people in the film world &mdash; that was a real unforeseen bonus of the whole experience &mdash; the professional and networking development that we never planned but were so grateful for.&rdquo;</p> CC Hosts Menstrual Cycle Research Conference Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:00:00 MDT ]]> <p>The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research is holding its 23rd biennial conference at Colorado College June 6-8.</p> <p><span>The theme of this year&rsquo;s conference, &ldquo;Traversing the Ridge: Connecting Menstrual Research and Advocacy,&rdquo; reflects the organization&rsquo;s commitment to evidence-based work on menstrual </span><span>health. &ldquo;The conference acknowledges that when scholarship, activism, and advocacy meet in the same room, we can mutually inform one another in ways that truly promote menstrual and reproductive justice,&rdquo; says Tomi-Ann Roberts, professor of psychology at Colorado College, current president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, and conference chair.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s interesting when you consider how &lsquo;hot&rsquo; periods are these days to note that the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research has been working on matters of menstrual health and justice for over 40 years,&rdquo; Roberts says.</span></p> <p><span>The two-and-a-half-day conference includes plenaries, paper symposia, posters, workshops, panels, networking, a book slam, and exhibits. The approximately 140 participants, who are coming from six continents, can expect to tackle such provocative topics as menstrual leave, hormone replacement therapy, product distribution in developing nations, and transgender menstruation.</span></p> <p><span>Chris Bobel of the University of Massachusetts will present the keynote address on June 7, titled &ldquo;What We Talk About When We Talk About Menstruation.&rdquo; She will reflect on the burgeoning global health movement, taking stock of its priorities, assumptions, and blind spots.</span></p> <p><span><span>Carol Tavris, who </span><span>has devoted her career to writing, teaching, and lecturing about feminism and psychological science, will deliver the June 8 keynote presentation. She and oncologist Avrum Bluming recently authored &ldquo;Estrogen Matters: Why Taking Hormones in Menopause Can Improve Women&rsquo;s Well-being and Lengthen Their Lives &mdash; Without Raising the Risk of Breast Cancer.&rdquo; Tavris&rsquo;s presentation is titled</span><span> &ldquo;Rethinking Estrogen &ndash; Yes, Again.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p><span> Poster sessions include topics such as:</span></p> <ul> <li><span> </span><span>Menstrual Hygiene Management in Public Schools</span></li> <li><span> </span><span>Menstrual Inequity is Gender Inequality: A Case Study from Pakistan</span></li> <li><span> </span><span>No Matter the Location, Period Pain Negatively Impacts Education in Young Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis</span></li> <li><span> </span><span>Assessing Menstrual Poverty in Mississippi from a Socio-Ecological Framework</span></li> <li><span> </span><span>Menstrual Shame: Does Talking About it Make it Worse?</span></li> </ul> <p><span>The conference also features two performances. &ldquo;Hungry Ovaries,&rdquo; a one-woman performance piece that combines dance, comedy, and science, to illustrate the changing hormonal patterns of a woman&rsquo;s menstrual cycle, is performed by Jess Grippo. &ldquo;Menstrual Accessory&rdquo; is presented by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, </span><span>a Potawatomi and Lenape two-spirit artist who draws upon her role as a woman in a colonial world to create performances that challenge preconceived notions of identity.</span></p> <p><span>Colorado College neuroscience major </span><strong>Ciara Bowen &rsquo;21, </strong>and psychology majors<strong> Ellen Buford &rsquo;20</strong> and <strong>Nan Elpers &rsquo;20</strong> are working as student conference interns. The public is welcome to visit the exhibits and vendors in Bemis Lounge.</p> Summer Music Festival Celebrates 35th Anniversary Fri, 31 May 2019 15:30:00 MDT <p>Colorado College&rsquo;s 2019 <a href="">Summer Music Festival</a>, which runs June 2-22, <span>is an intensive three-</span>week program for advanced student musicians who&nbsp;work with world-class faculty to further develop their musical talents. <a href="">Take a sneak peek!</a><br /><br />The festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a series of special events and performance collaborations, with festival founders, faculty, and supporters reviewing the festival&rsquo;s history through a <a href="">series of videos clips</a>.<br /><br />Consider all this year&rsquo;s festival has to offer:</p> <ul> <li>35 musical concerts and presentations (appropriate for the 35th anniversary!)</li> <li>27 faculty artists</li> <li>54 festival fellows</li> <li>6 community outreach concerts</li> <li>4 pre-concert lectures</li> <li>50th anniversary of the CC Tour Choir</li> <li>Interviews with more than 25 faculty artists and college faculty</li> <li>23 returning artists</li> <li>4 new musicians</li> <li>1 interactive lobby exhibit</li> </ul> <p><span>Summer Music Festival faculty include Susan Grace, music director; Virginia Barron, associate director/viola; and Scott Yoo, conductor/violin, See other renown <a href="">Summer Music Festival faculty</a>. </span></p> <p>The festival&nbsp;has brought the very best in chamber and&nbsp;orchestra music to the wider Colorado Springs&nbsp;community since 1984. With nearly 30 concerts in a&nbsp;three-week period, from classical to contemporary,&nbsp;children's concerts and free lunchtime concerts,&nbsp;the festival offers something for everyone.</p> Dorsa Djalilzadeh '18 Joins The Feminist Press Wed, 29 May 2019 11:37:00 MDT <p>Feminist &amp; Gender Studies is proud to announce that Dorsa Djalilzadeh (Feminist &amp; Gender Studies and Political Science '18) recently became Executive Operations and Development Coordinator at The Feminist Press!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Feminist Press</a> is "an educational nonprofit organization founded to advance women's rights and amplify feminist perspectives. FP publishes classic and new writing from around the world, creates cutting-edge programs, and elevates silenced and marginalized voices in order to support personal transformation and social justice for all people."&nbsp;</p> <p>Dorsa will be responsible for daily operations, fundraising, and managing the&nbsp;Board of Directors.</p> 'Use Your Life in Service,' Oprah Winfrey Tells Graduates Sun, 19 May 2019 14:00:00 MDT <p>Global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress Oprah Winfrey urged Colorado College graduates to use their life in service, telling those attending <a href="">CC&rsquo;s 145th Commencement ceremony</a>, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m here to tell you that you actually do get to transform the world every day by your actions. Small steps lead to big accomplishments,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>&ldquo;The most important thing is how you&rsquo;re touching other people&rsquo;s lives,&rdquo; she told the 537 undergraduates and 34 <a href="">Master of Arts in Teaching </a>students participating in the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, held outdoors on the newly named Tava Quad with Pikes Peak in the distance.</p> <p>&ldquo;The truth is, you cannot fix everything. But what you can do, here and now, is make a decision, because life is about decisions. And the decision is that you will use your life in service; you will be in service to life. You will speak up. You will show up. You will stand up. You will sit in. You will volunteer. You will vote. You will shout out. You will help. You will lend a hand.&nbsp; You will offer your talent and your kindness however you can, and you will radically transform whatever moment you&rsquo;re in &ndash; which leads to bigger moments.</p> <p>&ldquo;You have no idea what your legacy will be,&rdquo; said Winfrey.</p> <p>Her legacy to the Colorado College Class of 2019 was not only being their Commencement speaker; Winfrey also personally handed each graduate a copy of her most recent <em>New York Times</em> bestseller, &ldquo;The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life&rsquo;s Direction and Purpose,&rdquo; which features short essays on her life principles, peppered with quotes from luminaries.</p> <p>Winfrey was introduced by <strong>Palesa Mokoena &rsquo;19</strong>, the second student from Winfrey&rsquo;s Leadership Academy to graduate from Colorado College. Winfrey also attended the 2017 CC Commencement ceremony, when another one of her &ldquo;daughter girls,&rdquo; as she calls her students, graduated.</p> <p>&ldquo;Ms. Winfrey, whom I have affectionately called Mom O, from the time when I was 14 years old until today, is a remarkable woman,&rdquo; said Mokoena, who is headed to a job in New York City following graduation. &ldquo;She has been an incredible mentor to me, and her promise to Nelson Mandela to build a school in South Africa changed the trajectory of my life. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is the greatest gift to my country and to me. For that, I am eternally grateful,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p>Winfrey was presented by Associate Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies Heidi Lewis for the honorary degree. In her remarks, Lewis noted that every day, from the time she was age 5 until 30, her mother taped &ldquo;The Oprah Winfrey Show.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t appreciate until later how meaningful it was for me to witness a strong, intelligent, beautiful Black woman command a stage and nationwide audience for 25 years, proving the impossible possible,&rdquo; said Lewis.</p> <p>&ldquo;While I never dreamed I would have the chance to tell her this in person, I&rsquo;m thankful for the opportunity to stand here today to tell her and all of you that Oprah Winfrey taught us and so many little ones like us a great deal about <em>how </em>to dream. She taught us we could be smart, powerful, strong. She taught us which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn. But most importantly, she taught us that we could <em>be </em>even when few others could see what we saw in front of us,&rdquo; said Lewis.</p> <p>In addition to awarding Winfrey an honorary degree, President Tiefenthaler also bestowed honorary degrees on <strong>Jairo Valverde Bermudez &rsquo;92</strong>, the Costa Rican ambassador to Brazil; Martile Rowland, an accomplished opera singer who has served as artist in residence for the CC Music Department for more than 20 years; and France Winddance Twine, an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma and professor of sociology and documentary filmmaker at the University of California, Santa Barbara.</p> <p>Watch the full ceremony below:</p> <p><iframe width="1920" height="1080" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" frameborder="0" src=""></iframe></p> <p></p> <p><strong>MORE:</strong></p> <p><a href="">Video: Congratulations, Colorado College Class of 2019</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Video of the Commencement ceremony</a></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Photos from Commencement 2019</a></p> <p><a href="">More Commencement information</a></p>