Faculty Lecture Series
Held in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, the Faculty Lecture Series features presentations by faculty members from across the College. These lectures highlight recent research by current Hartwick faculty members, including current Wandersee Scholars-in-Residence and some recipients of Hartwick College Faculty Research Grants.
Stanley Konecky, Professor of Philosophy, On the Nature of Human Beings and the Value of Persons
Konecky will discuss incongruities in human thought and action related to the ways in which human beings recognize and treat other human beings. The lecture will present a version of a paper on Jean-Paul Sartre’s ethics, which Konecky will present this summer at the World Congress of Philosophy in Seoul, Korea. The discussion will look at how, with some exceptions, human beings recognize other human beings as being very similar to themselves in nature, yet almost all regard themselves as having the most significant ethical value. Konecky also will discuss how the same individual human beings do not recognize all other human beings as persons having the same ethical value[s] they have, and those who recognize all humans as persons often do not treat others as persons.
Jeffrey Pegram, Assistant Professor of Education, Barack Obama, Citizenship, and the Prophetic Black Church
Pegram will discuss recently circulated comments from sermons of Barack Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, how they were labeled racist by some segments of society, and Obama’s label as a “liberal evangelical” because of his sermon-like speeches and “gospel” of hope and change he’s been spreading through them. Pegram will attempt to respond to Obama’s challenge and initiate a dialogue about race in America through Walter Brueggeman’s discussion of the prophetic tradition and disjunctive faith formation. He will investigate the values and practices of the Prophetic Black Church and the emphasis it has placed on civic engagement as part of its religious vocation. The lecture will provide some criteria for determining the reasonableness of labeling Wright’s excerpted comments as racist, as well as illuminate a religious vision of citizenship that Obama himself appears to be enacting.
Douglas Dorer, Assistant Professor of Biology, Fruit Flies and the Osiris Gene Family
In recent years, technological developments have made it possible to obtain the entire DNA sequence from human beings and from numerous organisms important in medicine, agriculture, and research. Dorer’s lecture will highlight modern tricks of the trade for studying chromosomes, and will demonstrate the value of the easy availability of information and tools for genetic research. His presentation will focus on the Osiris family of genes found in the fruit fly Drosophila, the standard to which all other organisms are compared, and how the reasons behind its highly conserved sequence are unknown.
Joseph Von Stengel, Assistant Professor of Art, Appropriation and Manipulation in the Digital Age
Von Stengel’s lecture will contain two parts: a brief talk and a performance. During his presentation, Von Stengel will discuss the role of mashup, remix culture—the bringing together of two or more forms of media—in today’s society. He will discuss a brief history of the practice; look at the tools used; and will examine mashup, remix culture’s relationship to technology and generations X and Y. Von Stengel’s MAshUP, RE-Mix Digital Media Show will follow. The performance is a visual and audio experience manipulated in real time and utilizing original media and appropriated media, including movies, video games, the Internet, and digital images, as well as music, sound bites, and live audio capture.
Christine Potter, Assistant Professor of Education, Cultivating Positive Dispositions in Millennials
Potter’s presentation will focus on understanding the best ways to develop and cultivate positive professional and teacher dispositions in the millennial cohort of pre-service teachers and young professionals. As a teacher/educator, Potter’s interest is in both ways to develop the dispositions themselves and how current pedagogy influences that development and whether different pedagogies might help attain the goal of intellectually curious and reflective new teachers and professionals. Her lecture will focus on preparing new teachers, but also ways current professors can help students become more responsible and reflective learners and future professionals.
Thomas Licata, Assistant Professor of Music, A Composer’s Path
For his appointment as Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence for the 2008-09 academic year, Licata will compose a series of new works for instruments ranging from solo performer to chamber orchestra. His lecture will feature an overview of his compositional approach, including examples and a performance of one of the pieces composed during his residency. Licata will examine not just one composer’s music, but the unique challenges and rewards of listening to new music in general.
Stanley Sessions, Professor of Biology, Growing Hearts and Brains from Scratch
Sessions will discuss his research as part of his appointment as Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence for the 2008-09 academic year. His focus is on establishing a multidisciplinary biotechnology teaching and research program at Hartwick, beginning with the creation of a bioengineering course to be offered in spring 2009. Sessions is studying the future of biotechnology, including molecular biology, genomics, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine.
Karl Seeley, Associate Professor of Economics, An Ecological Macroeconomics
Seeley’s talk will present his approach to reintegrating ecological reality into the standard macroeconomics curriculum in a way that is simultaneously thoroughgoing and accessible to undergraduates. His lecture will focus on how, in the course of the industrial revolution, environmental factors were stripped out of economic analysis, the focus intensifying instead on labor, machinery, and innovation. His presentation will shed light on why resources were dropped from analysis and the consequences of that blind spot now.