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  • Richard H. Thaler, Professor of Behavioral Science & Economics

    Richard H. Thaler, Professor of Behavioral Science & Economics

    "Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics"
    Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7:30 PM
    Block 8
    Celeste Theater

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    H. Chase Stone Memorial Lecture Series is to support a lecture from an outstanding person, American or foreign, who by personal example has demonstrated that great social enterprise requires the best of enterprise private and public.


    Richard H. Thaler studies behavioral economics and finance as well as the psychology of decision-making which lies in the gap between economics and psychology. He investigates the implications of relaxing the standard economic assumption that everyone in the economy is rational and selfish, instead entertaining the possibility that some of the agents in the economy are sometimes human. Thaler is the director of the Center for Decision Research, and is the co-director (with Robert Shiller) of the Behavioral Economics Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

    Thaler is the co-author (with Cass R. Sunstein) of the global best seller "Nudge" (2008) in which the concepts of behavioral economics are used to tackle many of society’s major problems. In 2015 he published "Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics." He has authored or edited four other books: "Quasi-Rational Economics," "The Winner's Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life," and "Advances in Behavioral Finance" (editor) Volumes I and II. He has published numerous articles in prominent journals such as the American Economics Review, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Political Economy.

    Thaler is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the Econometrics Society, and in 2015 will serve as the President of the American Economic Association.

    Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1995 Thaler taught at the University of Rochester and Cornell as well as visiting stints at The University of British Columbia, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

    Originally from New Jersey, Thaler attended Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor's degree in 1967. Soon after, he attended the University of Rochester where he received a master's degree in 1970 and a PhD in 1974. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1995.




    Your Mind Your Money  

    BBC Hardtalk

    Conversations with History

    Big Think

    Cabinet Office Behavioral Insights Team Q & A

    Nudging The World Toward Smarter Public Policy



    H. Chase Stone Memorial Lecture Series
  • Jay MacLeod

    Jay MacLeod

    The Poor and the Poor in Spirit
    Monday, February 22, 2016 7:00 PM
    Block 6
    JLK McHugh Commons

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    The Poor and the Poor in Spirit: Sociology, Spirituality and the Struggle for Justice with Jay MacLeod.

    Dan O’Connor was a student at Colorado College in the fall of 1990 and winter of 1991. A committed social activist, he participated in student campus organizations concerned with environmental issues in ethnic communities as well as other social justice struggles. He participated in the student protests against Battle Mountain Gold’s strip mine and cyanide leach mill in the foothills above the Chicano land grant community of San Luis. He also participated in the “alternative spring break” program of the college’s Center for Community Service in the San Luis Valley. Dan was committed to workplace democracy, environmental justice, cultural diversity, and social equality.

    The Daniel Patrick O’Connor Memorial Lectureship Endowed Fund is made possible though generous contributions from Margaret O’Connor, Michael and Kathie O’Connor and their friends. The annual lectureship exists to promote the principles of scholarship, research, and volunteerism in the service for social justice.


    Jay MacLeod graduated from Kearsarge Regional High School in New Hampshire in 1979. As a college student, he founded a youth enrichment program in a low-income housing development and wrote his senior thesis on two contrasting groups of teenagers. The study was published as Ain’t No Makin’ It which became a best-selling sociology textbook. After studying at Harvard and Oxford Universities, Jay worked as a community organizer in rural Mississippi for four years. He was ordained priest in the Church of England in 1993 and served parishes in British mining and mill towns. Combining pastoral care with community organizing, MacLeod’s ministry in Bedford, England became a model for interfaith cooperation. He worked closely with members of the mosques and gurdwara to engage disaffected teenagers through sport, music and oral history. In 2013 Jay moved back to New Hampshire with his British wife Sally Asher and their three children — Asher, Kate and Toby. He is Rector of the Episcopal Church of Saint Andrew and lives in Wilmot Flat around the corner from his parents.



    The Annual Daniel Patrick O'Connor Memorial Lecture and the Department of Sociology
  • Professor Alvin Roth

    Professor Alvin Roth

    Who Gets What and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design
    Thursday, February 4, 2016 7:00 PM
    Block 5
    Richard F. Celeste Theatre, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.

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    The topic of Professor Roth's lecture will be "Who Gets What and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design," also the topic of his most recent book. Books will be available for sale after the lecture. Reception following.

    William P. Carey, businessman and philanthropist, was a real friend to Colorado College. The W.P. Carey Foundation (with the support of alumnus Jan Karst) established this lecture series, which brings a Nobel laureate in economic sciences to our campus each year. The WP Carey lecture series has brought over 15 of the greatest scholars in the field of economics to CC.


    Alvin Roth is the Craig and Susan McCaw professor of economics at Stanford University and the Gund professor of economics and business administration emeritus at Harvard University. Professor Roth has made significant contributions to the fields of game theory, market design and experimental economics, and is known for his emphasis on applying economic theory to solutions for "real-world" problems. In 2012, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Lloyd Shapley for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design.

    Alvin Roth graduated from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in Operations Research. He then moved to Stanford University, receiving both his Master's and PhD also in Operations Research there in 1973 and 1974 respectively.

    After leaving Stanford, Roth went on to teach at the University of Illinois which he left in 1982 to become the Andrew W. Mellon professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, he also served as a fellow in the university's Center for Philosophy of Science and as a professor in the Katz Graduate School of Business. In 1998, Roth left to join the faculty at Harvard where he remained until deciding to return to Stanford in 2012.  In 2013 he became a full member of the Stanford faculty and took emeritus status at Harvard.

    Roth is an Alfred P. Sloan fellow, a Guggenheim fellow, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Econometric Society.  In 2013, Roth, Shapley, and David Gale won a Golden Goose Award for their work on market design.  A collection of Roth's papers is housed at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University.


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    The W.P. Carey Foundation and Colorado College
  • Dr Tanisha Ford

    Dr Tanisha Ford

    Liberating Threads, Creating New Archives: New Directions in Black Freedom Studies
    Friday, January 29, 2016 7:00 PM
    Block 5
    Gaylord Hall

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    The Inaugural Laura K. Padilla Colloquium

    The Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies program at Colorado College is hosting a spring series of programs that showcase exciting new and relevant work in the field. Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies fosters students’ ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the role of race, culture, and transnational and internal migrations in human societies and endeavors from a multidisciplinary and global perspective.

    Dr. Tanisha Ford is an award-winning writer, historian, and public speaker. She blends her love of fashion and performance and her commitment to social justice to create her own innovative approach to studying the social movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The result is her brand of “Haute Couture Intellectualism.” Like the renowned couturiers who spend months (even years) skillfully hand stitching elaborate gowns, Dr. Ford consciously crafts her research and teaching with “a sense of social responsibility and intellectual panache”.She is invested in research and grassroots initiatives that bring the often marginalized voices of young women of color around the world to the forefront. Her first book Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, 2015)  uncovers how and why black women use beauty culture and fashion as a form of resistance and cultural-political expression.


    Tanisha C. Ford, Ph.D. is an assistant Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is invested in research, public history, and grassroots community initiatives that bring the often marginalized voices of young women of color around the world to the forefront. Her first book Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, Fall 2015)  uncovers how and why black women use beauty culture and fashion as a form of resistance and cultural-political expression. Her other publications have grappled with issues of race, gender and representation in popular culture; African fashion, labor, and economics in the age of social media; and hip hop culture and social activism. Her research has been published in the Journal of Southern History, NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and The Black Scholar

    Her public writing and cultural commentary has been featured in diverse media outlets and publications including the The Root, The New Yorker, NPR: Code Switch,Fuse, News One, New York City’s HOT 97, The Feminist Wire, Vibe Vixen,Feministing,  and New Black Man.

    Ford is a highly sought-after public speaker. She has been invited to give lectures and serve as a roundtable discussant at institutions including: The University of London (School for Advanced Study), University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, University of Chicago, New York University, Rutgers University, Duke University, Fordham University, The School for Visual Arts (NYC), and Parson’s The New School for Design (School of Fashion).

    Professor Ford earned a Ph.D (with distinction) in U.S. History at Indiana University-Bloomington. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Center for Black Music Research, Organization of American Historians, University of London, University College London (Institute of the Americas), and the University of Michigan (Dept. of Afroamerican and African Studies)


    Dr Tanisha Ford (website)

    Dr Tanisha Ford's public writing and cultural commentary has been featured in diverse media outlets and publications including the The Root, The New Yorker, NPR: Code Switch,Fuse, News One, New York City’s HOT 97, The Feminist Wire, Vibe Vixen,Feministing,  and New Black Man.


    The Inaugural Laura K. Padilla Colloquium
  • Dr. Evelyn Alsultany

    Dr. Evelyn Alsultany

    Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11: Patriotic Arab Americans, Oppressed Muslim Women, and Sympathetic Feelings
    Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:00 PM
    Block 5
    McHugh Commons

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    "Arabs and Muslims in the Media after 9/11: Patriotic Arab Americans, Oppressed Muslim Women, and Sympathetic Feelings" with Dr. Evelyn Alsultany, from the University of Michigan.

    After 9/11 there was an increase in sympathetic portrayals of Arabs and Muslims on U.S. television. If a TV drama represented an Arab or Muslim as a terrorist, then the storyline usually included a "positive" representation of an Arab or Muslim to offset the negative depiction. Given that the US government passed domestic and foreign policies that compromised the civil and human rights of Arabs and Muslims, and given that demonizing the enemy during times of war has been commonplace, why would such sympathetic portrayals appear at all? 

    This talk will review various forms of positive imagery of Arabs and Muslims in TV dramas and news reporting since 9/11 and explain why the production and circulation of "positive" representations of the "enemy" is essential to depicting the United States as a benevolent superpower, especially amidst declarations of war and propagation of racist policies.

    The Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies program at Colorado College is hosting a spring series of programs that showcase exciting new and relevant work in the field. Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies fosters students’ ability to recognize, analyze, and understand the role of race, culture, and transnational and internal migrations in human societies and endeavors from a multidisciplinary and global perspective. 


    Evelyn Alsultany is an Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan and Director of Arab and Muslim American Studies. She teaches courses on media representations, U.S. cultural and racial politics, and Arab and Muslim Americans. She also coordinates student internships at Arab and Muslim American organizations in southeast Michigan.

    Evelyn Alsultany is often invited to give lectures at universities on her various books, essays, and guest curated online exhibit. She commonly lectures on representations of Arabs and Muslims in the media in relation to the cultural politics of race, gender, religion in the U.S.

    In addition to lecturing at universities, Prof. Alsultany also leads diversity training sessions at non-profit organizations and corporations. Some non-profit organizations and corporations offer continuous training and education to their staff on questions of race, diversity, and stereotypes. Prof. Alsultany has conducted staff development training seminars at the Arab American National Museum on how to challenge Orientalism; cultural sensitivity training regarding Arabs and Muslims for DTE Energy; and raising awareness of stereotyping for high school students.

    She received an I.B. from the United Nations International School (1991); a B.A. in Women’s Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan (1995); an M.A. in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory from the New School for Social Research (1998); and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (2005). Before joining the faculty in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, she was a visiting lecturer at the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.


    Evelyn Alsultany is the author of Arabs and Muslims in the Media: Race and Representation after 9/11(New York University Press, 2012). She is co-editor (with Rabab Abdulhadi and Nadine Naber) of Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging (Syracuse University Press, 2011), winner of the Arab American National Museum’s Evelyn Shakir Book Award. She is also co-editor (with Ella Shohat) of Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora (University of Michigan Press, 2013). She is guest curator of the Arab American National Museum’s online exhibit, Reclaiming Identity: Dismantling Arab Stereotypes ( In 2012, she was awarded a Jack G. and Bernice Shaheen Achievement Award.


    Race, Ethnicity and Migration Studies program
  • Hadley and Peter Arnold

    Hadley and Peter Arnold

    Divining LA: Designing Western Cities for a Climate-Adapted Future
    Monday, January 25, 2016 7:00 PM
    Block 5
    Gates Common Room

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    Hadley Arnold and Peter Arnold, founding co-directors of the Arid Lands Institute (ALI), will be speaking about how innovations in design can make Western cities more adaptable in the face of climate change.

    The State of the Rockies Project is in its twelfth year, and seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West. All State of the Rockies events are free and open to the public, who are encouraged to join the ongoing discussion of the issues that affect our beautiful yet fragile region.

    The State of the Rockies Project focus for 2015-16 is the "Scales of Western Water." From water quality issues on Native American reservations to water leasing programs, our 2015-16 student fellows have started tackling a diverse range of issues under the broader theme of Western water. During the first two weeks of July we met with stakeholders and experts across the Southwest, including Santa Fe, Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation, Moab, and the Western Slope of Colorado. By travelling across the Southwest we were able to gain an on-the-ground understanding of the convoluted issues surrounding Western water.


    Peter Arnold, a native Coloradan, studied environmental design and physics at CU Boulder and earned his M.Arch at SCI-Arc. He has taught design and geospatial research studios at Woodbury and UCLA, and has photographed the infrastructural landscapes of the west extensively. Current research includes analytic modeling and visualization of ephemeral stream systems in arid rural environments; the analysis f embedded energy within imported water supplies in the urbanized west; and the qualification of storm water as groundwater augmentation supply.

    Hadley Arnold was trained in art history at Harvard, served as Associate Editor at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, received her M.Arch. from SCI-Arc, and has taught urban history, theory, and design studios at SCI-Arc, UCLA, and Woodbury. With support from the Graham, LEF, Bogliasco, and Frankel Foundations, the Metabolic Studio, the World Water Forum, Woodbury University, and major grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Arnolds have focused their teaching, research, and practice on drylands design since 1998.

    With climate change experts predicting a much drier American West, Western cities must invest in new, innovative designs to cope with a changing climate. Hadley Arnold and Peter Arnold, founding co-directors of the Arid Lands Institute (ALI), will be speaking about how innovations in design can make Western cities more adaptable in the face of climate change. ALI trains designers and citizens to respond to water variability through innovative design, with the vision of creating a "water-smart built environment" that serves as a model for arid regions globally. ALI seeks answers to questions such as, "What role can design play beyond technical fixes?" and "What are the full potentials of place-making in water-stressed environments?"



    The State of the Rockies Project
  • David Carrasco

    David Carrasco

    Sacred Icon, Sacred Hill: La Virgen de Guadalupe as Migrant Mother and Sacred Bundle
    Wednesday, January 20, 2016 7:00 PM
    Block 5
    Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center Screening Room, 825 N. Cascade Ave

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    David Carrasco, Mexican-American historian of religions, will give an illustrated lecture on two types of Mexican sacrality — the ubiquitous image of La Virgen de Guadalupe and the sacred place of Tepeyac where her apparitions first occurred. Together, the sacred icon and the sacred hill provide a religious orientation for Mexicans and many Latinos, including migrants moving across borders from home-place to strange-place. Using his 'ensemble approach' Carrasco interprets La Morenita as a migrant mother and sacred bundle whose movements created a ritual landscape and ethnic map for future pilgrims and long-distance travelers.

    The Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies presents the 2015-16 Andrew Norman Lecture, co-sponsored by the Religion Department and the Paul Frederick Sheffer Memorial Endowment for Roman Catholic Studies.


    David Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin America at the Harvard Divinity School; he has a joint appointment with the Harvard Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is the director of the Raphael J. and Fletcher Lee Moses Mesoamerican Archive, which has helped organize new knowledge about the religions and cultures of Mesoamerica. He is also the author and editor of over 15 books, including the award-winning “Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire” and “Cave, City, and Eagle's Nest: An Interpretive Journey Through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan #2.” 

    Davíd Carrasco is a Mexican American historian of religions with particular interest in Mesoamerican cities as symbols, and the Mexican-American borderlands. His studies with historians of religions at the University of Chicago inspired him to work on the question, "where is your sacred place," on the challenges of postcolonial ethnography and theory, and on the practices and symbolic nature of ritual violence in comparative perspective. Working with Mexican archaeologists, he has carried out research in the excavations and archives associated with the sites of Teotihuacan and Mexico-Tenochtitlan.  An award-winning teacher, he has participated in spirited debates at Harvard with Cornel West and Samuel Huntington on the topics of race, culture, and religion in the Americas.


    Selected publications

    • The Aztecs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012) Publisher page
    • The History of the Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo (University of New Mexico Press, 2009)Publisher page
    • Cave, City, and Eagle's Nest: An Interpretive Journey through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) Publisher page
    • Breaking through Mexico's Past: Digging the Aztecs with Eduardo Matos Moctezuma (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) Publisher page
    • Mesoamerica's Classic Heritage: From Teotihuacan to the Aztecs (University Press of Colorado, 2002) Publisher page
    • Moctezuma's Mexico: Visions of the Aztec World, rev. ed. (University Press of Colorado, 2002) Publisher page
    • Quetzalcoatl and the Irony of Empire, rev. ed. (University Press of Colorado, 2001) Publisher page
    • City of Sacrifice: The Aztec Empire and the Role of Violence in Civilization (Beacon Press, 2000) Publisher page


    Paul Frederick Sheffer Memorial Endowment for Roman Catholic Studies and the Religion Department
  • Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

    Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

    30 Years and Counting: Living the Legacy of Ref. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Monday, January 18, 2016 11:15 AM
    Block 5
    Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

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    Known as “The Engagement Specialist,” Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington sees himself as an instrument of change and he’ll visit CC to start Block 5 as the First Mondays speaker on Monday, Jan. 18, at 11:15 a.m. in Kathryn Mohrman Theatre.

    The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators, and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. Classes are dismissed early on the first Monday of each block so that all may attend the First Mondays event.



    Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington serves as the President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD.    Dr. Washington has served as an educator, administrator, and consultant in higher education for over 30 years Dr. Washington is the President and a Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute. He also serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Social Ethics at Winston Salem State University.

    Dr. Washington serves on the board of Many Voices, A Black Church Movement for LGBT person: and Campus Pride, and Beyond Diversity.  He serves as a trustee for the American College Personnel Association.

    Dr. Washington earned his B.S. degree from Slippery Rock State College, and a double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington.  He holds a Ph.D. is in College Student Development, from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington also holds a Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity.

    He is a writer, speaker, coach, consultant, teacher and trainer. He has spoken all over the US, as well as in Canada and South Africa.  He serves as the Co Pastor of Unity Fellowship and is the proud grandfather of 5 and great uncle to 3.  

    Known as “The Engagement Specialist,” Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington sees himself as an instrument of change.   He works everyday to help people find
    the best in themselves and others. 



    The First Mondays Event Series
  • Teju Ravilochan

    Teju Ravilochan

    Innovative Minds: Teju Ravilochan of the Unreasonable Institute
    Thursday, December 10, 2015 5:00 PM
    Block 4
    Bemis Great Hall

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    Innovative Minds Event: Guest speaker Teju Ravilochan, CEO and Co-Founder of the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, CO.  Teju will give an interactive talk about his personal and professional experiences, and the work of the Unreasonable Institute.

    Innovation Thursdays are a series of presentations and workshops featuring a range of topics.  Innovation Thursdays provide important information and knowledge for what innovators and entrepreneurs need to be successful.


    From a young age, Teju wondered what we could to tackle problems like global poverty. Frustrated that this BA in International Affairs wasn't preparing him to do so, he obtained a University Grant to conduct research about the effectiveness of non-profits in India. He learned that traditional charity-based models are not effectively combating poverty. He became inspired by Paul Polak, whose entrepreneurial work has lifted over 19 million farmers out of poverty, and began working with him as his assistant at D-Rev: Design for the Other 90%, eventually leaving to co-found the Unreasonable Institute. 

    Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship program for entrepreneurs tackling global challenges. Every year, Unreasonable handpicks 25 entrepreneurs from around the world to unite in Boulder under 1 roof for 6 weeks. There, they receive guidance from 50 mentors, like Tom Chi, the head of user experience at Google; Paul Polak, who's lifted 19 million farmers out of poverty; and Hunter Lovins, a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet. They build relationships with over 25 investment funds, scores of other funders, and a network supports them as they work to scale to 1 million beneficiaries.


    Are our biggest challenges impossible, or just difficult? In this inspiring talk, Teju Ravilochan examines some special combinations of determination and collaboration that might crack the code on our “impossible” problems.


    Innovation@CC program
  • David Loy

    David Loy

    Why Buddhism and the Modern World Need Each Other
    Friday, December 4, 2015 7:00 PM
    Block 4
    Richard F. Celeste Theater, Cornerstone

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    Author, philosopher, and Zen Buddhist, David Loy, will speak on "Why Buddhism and the Modern World Need Each Other."

    This lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department


    David Robert Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

    He is a prolific author, whose essays and books have been translated into many languages. His articles appear regularly in the pages of major journals such as Tikkun and Buddhist magazines includingTricycle, Turning Wheel, Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma, as well as in a variety of scholarly journals.

    Loy is a professor of Buddhist and comparative philosophy. His BA is from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he studied analytic philosophy at King’s College, University of London. His MA is from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and his PhD is from the National University of Singapore. His dissertation was published by Yale University Press as Nonduality: A Study in Comparative Philosophy. He was senior tutor in the Philosophy Department of Singapore University (later the National University of Singapore) from 1978 to 1984. From 1990 until 2005 he was professor in the Faculty of International Studies, Bunkyo University, Chigasaki, Japan. In January 2006 he became the Besl Family Chair Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society with Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, a visiting position that ended in September 2010. In April 2007 David Loy was visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. From January to August 2009 he was a research scholar with the Institute for Advanced Study, the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. From September through December 2012 he was in residence at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, with a Lenz Fellowship. In November 2014 David was a visiting professor at Radboud University in the Netherlands.



    Religion Department
  • Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History

    Larry Silver, Farquhar Professor of Art History

    "India Ink: Europe's Earliest Views of the Subcontinent"
    Monday, November 16, 2015 7:00 PM
    Block 4
    Cornerstone 131 (Screening Room)

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    First in illuminated manuscripts, but especially in prints and travel books, after the opening of the Indian Ocean in the 16th century European fascination with the "marvels of the East" focused principally on India.  This lecture will present some of the remarkable imagery and (mis-) information about India as represented to European consumers.

    This event is sponsored by Phi Beta Kappa.  Phi Beta Kappa connects individuals with strong interests in scholarly and creative endeavors. Many associations, including the Alpha Association of Colorado, fund scholarships to help Colorado members defray the expenses of advanced graduate studies. In addition, local and regional chapters work with the national society to promote friendship and lifelong learning through social, cultural, and educational programs, as well as via community service projects. The Beta Chapter, for example, sponsors talks and workshops at Colorado College designed to promote scholarly reflection and critical thinking. 


    Larry Silver is the Farquhar Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a specialist in painting and graphics of Northern Europe, particularly Germany and the Netherlands, during the era of Renaissance and Reformation. He has served as president of the College Art Association, as well as of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, and was recently honored with the University’s Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence. Publications include "Rubens, Velázquez, and the King of Spain;" "The Essential Dürer;" "Rembrandt’s Faith;" "Marketing Maximilian;" "Peasant Scenes and Landscapes;" "Hieronymus Bosch;" and a general survey, "Art in History." He has organized a number of print exhibitions, among them "Grand Scale: Monumental Prints in the Age of Dürer and Titian" and "Graven Images," dealing with professional engravers of the 16th-century Netherlands. 

    Larry Silver previously taught at Berkeley and Northwestern. He has also served as editor in chief of "" the online reviews journal of the College Art Association and is a member of the Print Council of America.


    Personal website -

    University of PA Press, Podcast

    Massys and Money lecture


    Pieter Bruegel by Larry Silver (Nov 1, 2011)

    Hieronymus Bosch by Larry Silver (Oct 1, 2006)

    Peasant Scenes and Landscapes: The Rise of Pictorial Genres in the Antwerp Art Market by Larry Silver (Jan 4, 2012)

    For a full list -Larry Silver Publications


    Phi Beta Kappa
  • Professor Donna Haraway

    Professor Donna Haraway

    Who lives, who dies, and how inside our urgent times?
    Monday, November 16, 2015 11:15 AM
    Block 4
    Kathryn Mohrman (previously Armstrong) Theatre

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    Who lives, who dies, and how inside our urgent times? Donna Haraway ’66, Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California-Santa Cruz, will answer that question and raise many others.  Begin the last block of the semester with “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene: the Lively Arts of Staying with the Trouble.”  This lecture explores three names for the current age of the earth, when excess death abounds across species, and refugees are without refuge. Dive into this exploration of ecological, evolutionary, developmental biology with Professor Haraway.

    The feminist philosopher of science, Donna Haraway, begins from the observation that the best work across academic disciplines takes for granted a rejection of individualism as either an object of study or a methodological approach. Life is relationality all the way down; to be “one” is always to be “many.” How, then, did thinking about “the global” emerge, and what are the limitations of this concept with the advent of the Anthropocene? Drawing on science studies, science fiction, and eco-activist art practices, Haraway troubles the anthro in Anthropocene by arguing that the sciences of modern synthesis offer powerful tools for conceptualizing life in terms of copy and competition, but cannot account for the idea of “obligate symbiosis.” 

    The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators, and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. Classes are dismissed early on the first Monday of each block so that all may attend the First Mondays event.


    Donna Haraway is a feminist theorist, philosopher of science, and Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Trained as a biologist, her pioneering interdisciplinary work draws on the life sciences, critical theory, feminism, anthropology, and cultural forms such as science fiction. Her publications include Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature, and When Species Meet.

    Haraway has taught Women's Studies and the History of Science at the University of Hawaii and Johns Hopkins University. In September 2000, Haraway was awarded the highest honor given by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the J. D. Bernal Award, for lifetime contributions to the field. Haraway has also lectured in feminist theory and technoscience at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland.  Haraway's works have contributed the study of both human-machine and human-animal relations. Her works have sparked debate inprimatology, philosophy, and developmental biology. Haraway participated in a collaborative exchange with the eminent feminist theorist Lynn Randolph from 1990 to 1996. Their engagement with specific ideas relating to feminism, technoscience, political consciousness, and other social issues, formed the images and narrative of Haraway's book.



    First Mondays Event Series
  • Daniel Handler  (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket)

    Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket)

    Daniel Handler
    Thursday, November 5, 2015 7:00 PM
    Block 3
    Armstrong Hall Theater

    Full Title and Details

    Daniel Handler is the author of the novels "The Basic Eight,"  "Why We Broke Up," and "We Are Pirates."   As Lemony Snicket, Handler has written the best-selling series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "All the Wrong Questions," which together have sold more than 60 million copies.

    This event is brought to campus by a grant from the NEH, National Endowment for the Humanities.  At Colorado College, this program’s lecture series, which is free, open to the public, and hugely popular with the Colorado Springs audience, has brought to campus writers such as Kathryn Harrison, S.C. Gwynne, Helen Thorpe, Robert Gordon, and now Daniel Handler.



    Born Daniel Handler on February 28, 1970, in San Francisco, California, Lemony Snicket became well-known for his series of novels for children, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," featuring the Baudelaire siblings, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny.  

    In a recent interview with PEN American Center, he said, "My parents claim that when I was six years old I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, and my answer was that I wanted to be an old man who lived at the top of a mountain giving advice. If this story is true–and my parents are unreliable narrators–then there was a time in my life when I did not want to be a writer. But I do not remember such a time. I do not remember a time when I was not writing things down. I do not remember a time when I was reading without thinking of how I could poach the tricks of my favorite writers. All I have ever wanted was to be in the company of literature."

    He is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and lives in his native San Francisco with his wife, illustrator Lisa Brown, and their son.


    Twitter -     Daniel Handler Twitter

    Website -


    We Are Pirates (2015)

    All the Wrong Questions Volume Four: "Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?" (2015)

    All the Wrong Questions Volume Three: "Shouldn't You Be in School?" (2014)

    All the Wrong Questions Volume Two: "When Did You See Her Last?" (2013)

    All the Wrong Questions Volume One: "Who Could That Be at This Hour?" (2012)

    A Series of Unfortunate Events (as Lemony Snicket, with illustrations by Brett Helquist) HarperCollins (13 books from 1999 to October 2006)

    Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography (as Lemony Snicket) (2002)

    Adverbs St. Martin's Press/HarperCollins (2006)

    13 Words (as Lemony Snicket) (with illustrations by Maira Kalman) HarperCollins (2010)[27]

    Why We Broke Up (2011)

    The basic eight. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. (1999)


    NEH Professorship
  • Ashby Butnor

    Ashby Butnor

    "Situating Zen: A Feminist Analysis of Bodymind Cultivation"
    Thursday, November 5, 2015 3:30 PM
    Block 3
    Gaylord Hall

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    Sponsored by the Robert L. Lewis Endowed Fund for Philosophy in memory of their son, Robert Lewis. The fund is established to commemorate the intellectual qualities and the concern for human values reflected by Robert Lewis during his lifetime.  The fund is intended to enhance and strengthen student experiences within the Department of Philosophy.


    Ashby Butnor is a philosopher and the director of First-Year Experiences at University of Colorado-Denver. Her research focuses on ethics, feminist theory, phenomenology, Buddhism, East Asian philosophies, comparative methodologies, and philosophical pedagogy, and she has been teaching courses in philosophy, religious studies, and feminist theory for the past ten years. With Jennifer McWeeny, Butnor is editor of the recent book, "Asian and Feminist Philosophies in Dialogue: Liberating Traditions," (Oxford University Press, 2014). She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative philosophy from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa.



    Robert Lewis Endowed Fund and Ruben’s Family Endowed Fund for Philosophy
  • Nicholas Vincent

    Nicholas Vincent

    "Magna Carta: Old Truths, New Discoveries"
    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 3:00 PM
    Block 3
    Bemis Great Hall

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    Nicholas Vincent, professor of medieval history at the University of East Anglia, England, presented "Magna Carta: Old Truths, New Discoveries."

    The lecture was sponsored by The Marianne Lannon Lopat Memorial Lecture Fund. This fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Stanley P. Lopat (Lucy-Anne Epeneter '48) in memory of their daughter, Marianne '73, who died in 1980. Marianne Lopat worked in Washington D.C as a legislative assistant and went on to serve as political assistant to President Gerald Ford during the 1978 congressional elections.


    Professor Nicholas Vincent of the University of East Anglia has published a dozen books and some hundred articles on 12th- and 13th-century history for both scholarly and popular audiences, including work on the English and European context of Magna Carta as well as "Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford, 2012). When a 1297 issue of Magna Carta recently came up for auction, Professor Vincent was commissioned by Sotheby’s to write the catalogue. During his research he discovered two previously unidentified originals of Magna Carta. For the Magna Carta Project he has been searching archives across Britain, Ireland, and France for the charters of King John.

    He is currently finishing an edition of the charters of the Plantagenet kings and queens from Henry II to King John, and leads a major project researching the background to Magna Carta. He is a fellow of the British Academy.



    "English Episcopal Acta IX: Winchester 1205-1238" (OUP 1994) (lxxvi + 263pp.)

    "Peter des Roches: an Alien in English Politics, 1205-1238" (CUP 1996) (xx + 543pp.)

    "The Letters and Charters of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, Papal Legate in England 1216-1218" Canterbury and York Society lxxxiii (1996) (xcvi + 193pp.)

     "The Holy Blood: King Henry III and the Westminster Blood Relic" (CUP 2001) (xiii + 254pp.)

    "The Magna Carta, Sotheby’s Sale Catalogue" (New York 18 December 2007) (xx + 100pp.)

    "A Brief History of Britain: The Birth of the Nation, 1066-1485" (Constable-Robinson 2011) (xvii + 542pp.)

    "Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction" (Oxford 2012) (xv + 136pp.)

     "Magna Carta: Making and Legacy" (Bodleian Library Oxford/Chicago, in press, forthcoming 2015) (c.200pp.)

    For a full list: Nicholas Vincent Publications


    The Lopat Memorial Lecture Fund
  • Frank Summers

    Frank Summers

    "Being a Subject in an Objectifying World"
    Friday, October 30, 2015 3:30 PM
    Block 3
    Gaylord Hall

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    Summers spoke on the need for a psychoanalytic outlook in today's world which tends to objectify human beings rather than fostering their ability to be subjects.

    Sponsored by the O’Donaghue Psychology Grant. This is a newly established fund with the  purpose of providing support for psychoanalysis research. Research is currently being done by John Riker and Marcia Dobson at CC.  The fund was established through an initial grant (in September 2015) from Kathryn Donahue Foundation through Lyceum Inc.


    Frank Summers is a supervising and training analyst at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, an associate professor at Northwestern University Medical School, and a faculty member of four other psychoanalytic institutes. He has won several local and national awards, including The Hans Strupp Award for Contributions to Psychoanalysis, and The Distinguished Educator Award of the International Forum of Psychoanalytic Education.

    A member of the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology, he is author of numerous scholarly journal articles and papers presented at national conferences and has given many day-long conferences and workshops. Summers is currently the president of Section IX (Psychoanalysis and Social Responsibility). As a member of the steering committee of, he has worked to change the policy of the American Psychological Association to: 1) prohibit psychologists from participating in interrogations in detention centers; and 2) eliminate the standard of the ethics code that allowed “following orders” to be used a defense against ethical violations.

    He is author of three books, all published by The Analytic Press: "Object Relations Theories and Psychopathology: A Comprehensive Text," "Transcending the Self," and "Self Creation: Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Art of the Possible." Summers maintains a private practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Chicago, Illinois.



    O’Donaghue Psychology Grant
  • Robert Gordon

    Robert Gordon

    "Best of Enemies" with Director and Writer Robert Gordon
    Monday, October 26, 2015 6:30 PM
    Block 3
    Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, 131

    Full Title and Details

    A screening and discussion of "Best of Enemies"  with Robert Gordon, the writer and director of this film.

    This event was brought to campus by a grant from the NEH, National Endowment for the Humanities.  At Colorado College, this program’s lecture series, which is free, open to the public, and hugely popular with the Colorado Springs audience, has brought to campus writers such as Kathryn Harrison, S.C. Gwynne, Helen Thorpe, and now Robert Gordon.

    In the summer of 1968, television news changed forever. Dead last in the ratings, ABC hired two towering public intellectuals to debate each other during the Democratic and Republican national conventions. William F. Buckley Jr. was a leading light of the new conservative movement. A Democrat and cousin to Jackie Onassis, Gore Vidal was a leftist novelist and polemicist. Armed with deep-seated distrust and enmity, Vidal and Buckley believed each other’s political ideologies were dangerous for America. Like rounds in a heavyweight battle, they pummeled out policy and personal insult—their explosive exchanges devolving into vitriolic name-calling. Live and unscripted, they kept viewers riveted. Ratings for ABC News skyrocketed. And a new era in public discourse was born.


    Grammy Award-winning writer Robert Gordon is the author of six books, and producer/director of eight feature documentaries. He has focused on the American south—its music, art, and politics—to create an insider’s portrait of his home that is both nuanced and ribald.

    Gordon’s most recent documentary is "Best of Enemies," a film about the enmity between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal, and how it played out nationally on television in 1968, its ramifications shaping today’s media landscape. Other films as director/producer include "Stranded In Canton," a collaboration with photographer William Eggleston, and "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story," a story of the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of Black Power through the lens of southern soul music. "Johnny Cash’s America" featured interviews with former Vice President Al Gore and US Senator Lamar Alexander, and with Snoop Dogg and Ozzy Osbourne. It examines ideas of justice, penance and faith, spiritual and national, through the life of Johnny Cash. Gordon’s first book, "It Came From Memphis," careens through the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s, riding shotgun with the weirdoes, winos, and midget wrestlers who were the forces that created rock and roll. Elvis was a marginal figure in that book, but Elvis’s estate, Graceland, contracted with Gordon for two books: "The King on the Road," the first project to have access to Col. Parker’s archives, and "The Elvis Treasures". Gordon wrote the definitive biography of blues great Muddy Waters, "Can’t Be Satisfied," and his book "Respect Yourself," about Stax Records—the home of Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, and the Staple Singers—was published to great acclaim in late 2013.

    Gordon’s work has shown on PBS’s "American Masters" and "Great Performances" series, A&E, BBC, Channel Four, and many global networks. His writing has appeared in most major magazines and newspapers. Four of his documentaries have received Grammy Award nominations: "Johnny Cash’s America," "Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story," "Muddy Waters Can’t Be Satisfied," "The Road To Memphis,"  an episode of Martin Scorsese’s “The Blues”.  

    He won a Grammy as a writer of the essay in the 2010 boxed set, "Keep An Eye on the Sky," about the band Big Star. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee with his wife and two children.



    2015 - Best of Enemies (Documentary) 

    2010 - Legenden (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)

    - Johnny Cash (2010)

    2008 - Johnny Cash's America (Documentary)

    1990 - All Day and All Night: Memories from Beale Street Musicians (TV Short)

    For a full list


     Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters by Robert Gordon (Jun 1, 2003)

     Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon (Feb 3, 2015)

     The Elvis Treasures by Robert Gordon (Jul 23, 2002)

     It Came From Memphis by Robert Gordon and Peter Guralnick (Nov 1, 2001)

    For a full list -

    Campus Interactions


    After the Visit

    Robert sat in on Steven Hayward's "Beginning Fiction Workshop" and talked with students about his book "Respect Yourself" which I had assigned. There ensued, a great discussion. He did talk about his career as a journalist, and talked, in some detail, about the process of organizing his research material. There was also a great series of questions about the different approaches of Stax and Motown. Gordon and Hayward also have an episode of Critical Karaoke that was taped with Hampton Sides and Robert Gordon that will air in January that focuses on the music and culture of Memphis

    Robert Gordon also presented a "craft seminar" that was a 2-hour session mainly for Film and Media majors (many of them aspiring filmmakers). It was held on Tues., October 27, in Cornerstone. About 25 students attended the event, which was hosted by Film and Media professor Dylan Nelson. In a wide-ranging lecture that tapped into his vast filmmaking experience, Robert Gordon showed clips from many of his award-winning documentary films to illustrate classic problems and pitfalls of the genre—while also sharing various tricks and tips that can make a good documentary great.


    NEH Professorship
  • Scott Lilienfeld

    Scott Lilienfeld

    "Evaluating Pseudoscientific Claims about Human Psychology"
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 7:00 PM
    Block 7, 2014-15
    Packard Hall

    Full Title and Details

    Science and Pseudoscience in Everyday Life: A Field Guide for Evaluating Extraordinary Claims”

    It turns out we use much more than 10 percent of our brains!

    For more information about this speaker, contact: Tomi-Ann Roberts, Psychology Department


    Scott Lilienfeld is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology at Emory University. A recent recipient of the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for lifetime achievement from the Association for Psychological Science, Lilienfeld is a leading researcher on personality disorders, psychiatric classification and diagnosis, and the challenges to clinical psychology posed by pseudoscience. He has co-authored ten books, including “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology” and “Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience,” as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters, and popular writings for Scientific American and Scientific American Mind.


    Campus Interactions

    Professor Lilienfeld presented a talk to psychology majors and any students enrolled in a psychology class at noon in Kresge Auditorium on April 1, entitled: “Beneath the Mask: The Search for the Successful Psychopath.”


    Sabine Distinguished Lecture in Psychology, funded by the Cornelia Sabine Endowment for the Colorado College Psychology Department.

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