Academic Speaker Series 2012-13
The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community.
The story of the American flag is the story of a nation in search of itself; this talk explores that colorful history as a lens to examine the political uses of patriotism. Author of the newly published Capture the Flag: A Political History of American Patriotism, Dr. Woden Teachout examines how the flag has been captured and claimed by a wide range of our fellow citizens to promote their versions of the American dream, and we will use these stories as a means to explore the changing notions of what it means to be a patriot.
Puppets in the Green Mountains brings world-class puppetry to Southern Vermont, often presenting shows in very non-traditional settings. Black Birds of Bialystok is a collaboration between two puppet theaters: Bialystok Puppet Theater in Poland, and Sandglass Theater in the USA.
Robert Meeropol (born Robert Rosenberg in 1947) is the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. When Robert was six years old, his parents were executed for conspiracy to commit espionage. With his brother, he sued the FBI and CIA under the Freedom of Information Act, winning the release of 300,000 previously secret documents pertaining to his parents' case.
Currently the President of Marlboro College, Ellen McCulloch-Lovell spent seven years in the Clinton administration from 1994 to 2001, serving as executive director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, deputy chief of staff to the first lady, and deputy assistant to the president and advisor to the first lady on the Millennium Project.
Watching movies is a great way to spend the time – and to learn!! We will view scenes from popular films (About A Boy, The Last Picture Show, Lone Star, A Beautiful Mind, and others) to think about what it is like to live with someone with a mental disorder, such as depression.
What is a genome and how does it make us human? How do we differ from other mammals and all life forms when it comes to our genetic basis? How does genetic inheritance and epigenetics play a role in our physical and mental make-up (i.e. genotypes and phenotypes)?
More than a century and a half after the publication of On the Origin of Species, evolution remains a contentious and divisive issue in the United States. In an age of molecular biology, when whole genomes can be sequenced and analyzed, many continue to ask if Darwin's ideas are valid.
As our culture moves away from more traditional map reading (and map making) skills, and we grow increasingly dependent upon digital-based networks of navigation – in contrast to finding our way by information obtained through close observation and actual, studied experience – we may be losing our capacity for profound wonderment when encountering real landscapes