Students, faculty and community members met Wednesday with Pete Sandberg, assistant vice president of facilities, and representatives from Boldt Consulting Services to discuss the much-rumored sale of the natural lands St. Olaf owns surrounding campus.
Journalist Seline Augustine spoke Tuesday in Viking as the second guest speaker in a series connected to the 2006-2007 theme, global citizenship. Director of International and Off-Campus Studies Eric Lund introduced Augustine, describing the purpose of the series of talks as being to foster a global perspective. Augustine, he said, has been a journalist for 30 years and is now an editor at The Hindu, one of the major English daily newspapers in India.
On Thursday, March 8, members of the St. Olaf community gathered in Viking Theatre to hear Professor of Economics David Schodt give the Spring 2007 Mellby lecture. Professor Schodts talk was entitled "Commodity Connections: Latin America and the United States," and it focused on one of the worlds most important commodities, the banana, and how it and the countries that produce it are viewed in the United States.
On Wednesday evening, the Great Conversation program honored not only two individual students as the Great Con Students of the Year, Christina Koch '09 and Peter Moench '09, but all the professors and students who work to make the program a success. As director of the Great Conversation, Professor of Religion Ed Santurri began the evening by saying that individuals were being celebrated as representatives of a greater community.
Artists and their supporters approached the halls of the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul last Thursday for Arts Advocacy Day, demanding attention from their state representatives and hoping to restore arts funding that had been cut within the past five years.
Religion, sexuality, community, heterosexism and boundaries are a sampling of the issues that students in Religion 396, A Religious Discourse on Sexuality, examined in relation to non-heterosexual relationships. Last Thursday, members of the class conducted a panel discussion open to the student body entitled GLBT People in Religious Communities, which coincided with Pride Week, held the week of March 4.
March 4 marked the Discovery Channel premiere of "Titanic" director James Cameron's journey to "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," which is also the title of the documentary. The film brings to light archaeological findings first made in 1980 when construction workers in Talpiot, Jerusalem, uncovered a tomb.