Alumni College Courses and Faculty

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pre-reunion Alumni College!
Thursday, May 30, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Alumni College Courses and Faculty

ThackerLiving with Willa Cather
Bob Thacker, Charles A. Dana Professor and Chair of Canadian Studies

2013 has been a signal year in the world of Willa Cather (1873-1947). Long a noted presence in early-twentieth century American literature and the leading novelist of the 1920s through such works as My Ántonia, (1918), A Lost Lady (1923), and Death Comes for the Archbishop (1927), Cather wanted her works to speak for her and so forbad publication or quotation from her letters in her will. This demand has been largely honored until now. April saw the publication of Andrew Jewell and Janis P. Stout’s The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Knopf). Taking up Cather’s world, this seminar will discuss the power and wisdom of her works and her ongoing legacy. 


SchuckersMoneypuck: What Statistics Can Tell Us About Hockey
Michael Schuckers, Associate Professor of Statistics
Director, Martha E. ’62 and Gregg E. Peterson Quantitative Resource Center

The ten years since the publication of Moneyball, have seen an explosion of interest in statistical methods for sports.  While hockey has not been as quick to adapt statistical methods as some other sports, notably baseball and basketball, there have been some important contributions to our understanding of this fast-paced game. In this seminar, we'll discuss some of the notable statistical work that has been done in hockey, including some of Dr. Schuckers' own work. 


EstevezScience’s Top Models
Ana Estevez, Associate Professor of Biology and Psychology

In science, a model organism is a microbe, animal or plant that can be used to study biological mechanisms in a simple and cost-effective manner.  Work on model organisms such as yeast, flies and worms has shed significant insight into many human biological processes including aging, sleep, memory and addiction. These organisms are also helping scientists discover new ways to treat and prevent human pathologies like cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.  
Dr. Estevez will highlight several examples of model organism research and discuss the importance of this work in improving human health.




Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and the Civil War
Liz Regosin, Professor of U.S. History and History Department Chair

In the age of its sesquicentennial, the American Civil War is all around us. If we are truly to understand the impact of the war on American society, we must carefully consider the roles that Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass played in shaping the events of the day and how people understood them. In our time together, we'll look at emancipation of the slaves from the perspectives of Lincoln, the president and commander-in-chief and Douglass, the former slave who captured the world's attention as an ardent abolitionist and civil rights activist.


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