Coe Thursday Forum calendar set

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2009-08-20 10:42:25 - General

Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series opens Sept. 3 with an adaptation of an actual Coe class team taught by faculty from two very different disciplines. In all, seven topics sure to interest adult learners are scheduled for a busy 2009-10 academic calendar.

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett and B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller open the year with a four-part series called "Science and the Stage." The lectures will focus on four plays that concern science: "Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht, "Breaking the Code" by Hugh Whitemore, "Copenhagen" by Michael Frayn and "Arcadia" by Tom Stoppard. The presentations will include Feller presenting an overview of the relevant science and Barnett discussing the theatrical aspects of each play. Scientific demonstrations and readings from the plays will be used.

In October, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Economics Rick Eichhorn presents "A Tempestuous Season: The 2008 Financial Crisis and its Aftermath." Eichhorn will give a full overview of the 2008 financial crisis, from the origins of the crisis in the housing market bubble and the bizarre unregulated financial instruments that shook the foundations of the worldwide financial system, to the eventual recovery (we hope).

Beginning Oct. 29, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Christy Wolfe and Instructional Technologist Lisa Wiebenga-Stroschine will look at the technology boom of the past 50 years. In considering the bells and whistles of today's technological advances, Wolfe and Wiebenga-Stroschine will connect the past with the present - and the future - of technology.

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Rhetoric Department Chairwoman Deborah Wooldridge rings in the Thursday Forum new year Jan. 14 with a two-part series entitled "First Nations Women." The series will explore the roles of Indian women in private life as well as their public roles.

In February, Assistant Professor of Music Marc Falk will examine the roots and beginnings of musical nationalism, and trace its development and movement around the globe through the 20th century. The main focus will be on the music, but Falk will also examine the social, political, and cultural contexts that led to its creation. Each week will include lecture and sound recordings, as well as weekly live performances by both students and Falk.

Professor Emeritus of Biology Floyd Sandford, a frequent world traveler and participant in Earthwatch Expeditions, will transport the Thursday Forum audience to some of the world's great destinations in March. With an emphasis on culture and natural history, the first three sessions will include a description of an Earthwatch Expedition. The final session will feature Sandford's original play about Charles Darwin.

Associate Professor of History David Nordmann closes out the Thursday Forum academic year in April by examining the history of United States and East Asia relations. Topics will include early American commercial interest in Asia, Chinese immigration and the building of the transcontinental railroad, American missionaries in Asia, the anti-Chinese movement of the 1880s, early Japanese and Korean immigration, the U.S. annexation of Hawaii, the relocation of West Coast Japanese in World War II, the 442nd Japanese-American infantry battalion, the Asian civil rights movement, and recent Asian immigrants.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. Each series concludes with a luncheon on the final Thursday.

The courses are open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost is $10 per week or $30 for a four-week course. Gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8561.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Science & the Stage" - September 3, 10, 17, 24
  • "A Tempestuous Season: The 2008 Financial Crisis and its Aftermath" - Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22
  • "And That's the Way it Is: Technologies of the 1940s, 50s and Today" - Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 12, 19
  • "First Nations Women" - Jan. 14, 21
  • "My Country 'tis of Thee: Musical Nationalism Around the World" - Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Armchair Adventures: Earthwatch Expeditions & Great Destinations" - March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • "Merchants, Migrants & Missionaries: A History of U.S.-East Asia Interaction" - April 1, 8, 15, 22