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125th Anniversary Events

Transformation Café Series


Gonzaga professors are coming to select neighborhood hot spots to spark curiosity and engage in a dialog on their favorite subjects. Envisioned as a sort of modern-day French salon, these free events are open to all and offer an opportunity to learn something new and exchange ideas while enjoying a sweet treat.

To RSVP for the events below, contact Angela Ruff at ruff@gonzaga.edu or 509-313-3572.

What We Value, What We Eat

Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 10 a.m., Roast House Coffee Warehouse
Featuring Dr. Ellen Maccarone, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Food choices and engaging around issues of food are expressions of deeply held values, bringing to the table an inordinately large variety of academic disciplines and professional fields. Come to discover how contemporary food studies makes use of the Jesuit model for education to improve personal health and promote food advocacy, justice, and security throughout the world.

Walking the Talk of Leadership

Friday, March 1, 2013 at 6 p.m., E.J. Roberts Mansion
Featuring Dr. JoAnn Barbour, Associate Professor of Doctoral Leadership

In 1985, Italian novelist and essayist Italo Calvino was about to leave Italy for Harvard to deliver a series of Lectures when he died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage. His lecture notes were published posthumously as Six Memos for the Next Millennium, a compact little book filled with philosophy and wisdom about literature and writing. We will discuss the memos from a leader’s perspective, that is, how one embodies leadership or walks his or her talk through with lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity, and consistency.

Humans as Cultural Animals: Implications for Psychological Diversity Between East and West

Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10 a.m., Forza Coffee on the South Hill
Featuring Dr. Vinai Norasakkunkit, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Western notions of the self as independent and autonomous lead to assumptions about motivation, emotions, and thinking patterns that challenge globalization efforts, especially when engaging with traditionally collectivistic and conformist societies like Japan. Discover how emotional well-being and distress manifest differently across cultures, and how external pressures from globalization can impact individuals in these societies in negative and positive ways.

Does Student Testing Improve Education in America?

Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10 a.m., Indaba Coffee
Featuring Dr. Elaine Radmer, Lecturer of Educational Leadership & Administration

In this hands-on, interactive session, we will discuss the intended and real impacts of education reform since the late 1950s. Bring your perspectives and experiences to consider questions such as...Why do schools give tests like the WASL, MSP, or HSPE? Who is being held accountable? Are the tests helping or hurting?

Shakespeare (and others) in the Material World

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 4 p.m., The Shop in the Perry District
Featuring Dr. Heather Easterling, Associate Professor of English

Come join a discussion on ways that scholarly interest in the plays of Shakespeare (and his peers) has become focused on their embeddedness in their Renaissance culture and society. Far from being ‘for all time,’ these plays are distinctly ‘of’ their time: what does it mean to read this drama in terms of aspects of early modern society not always seen as important to its literature, such as the significance of changing city space in London or the impact of Renaissance anxieties about English as a language? And does such an approach change what these plays are staging? Join us for such a look at a well-known literature through a new and influential lens.

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International and Intercultural Communication

Saturday, April 27 at 11am at the Little Garden Café
Featuring Dr. Claudia Bucciferro, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

Worldwide travel has increased, transnational corporations reach the farthest regions of the Earth, and communication technologies provide instant access to distant places. How does this influence the way we communicate? Or the way we see ourselves, our nation, and the people we consider to be "others"? Discover International and Intercultural Communication, a discipline that provides pathways to improve human understanding in our diverse and global world.

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