Faculty Lecture Series

Faculty Lecture

The Hartwick Faculty Lecture Series was established to highlight and share the scholarly work of our faculty with their peers, students, and community members.

The series consists of lectures given during the academic year. Faculty presenters discuss research conducted with students and colleagues across the globe.


Fall 2020

Due to COVID-19, the Fall Faculty Lecture Series will be offered via zoom invitation. Invitations will be sent to the faculty and staff zhdlists. If you missed the invitation, please contact Bradley Fest at festb@hartwick.edu for the link.

Friday, September 11, 2020, 12:20–1:15 pm
—William Kowalczyk, “HELP: Student Mental Health during a Pandemic”

On March 11, 2020, the State University of New York announced that all its campuses were closing. Hartwick quickly followed suit. In the midst of a pandemic, the students left campus to whatever awaited them at their homes (if they had a home to go to). We rushed to online instruction, to varying degrees of success. What effect did all of this have on the students’ mental health? Professor William Kowalczyk has been examining the mental health of Hartwick Introduction to Psychology students for four semesters, giving him a fortuitous glimpse at the answer to that question. Dr. Kowalczyk will present data he has gathered and other research on how the pandemic has impacted the well-being of our students.

Friday, October 9, 2020, 12:20–1:15 pm
—Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, “Living in a Desert: How Do Symbiotic Fungi Respond to Water Limitations?”

The current climate change models predict an increase in the occurrence and magnitude of droughts for a large portion of the globe and for nearly one-fifth of the United States. The increasing droughts will reduce soil moisture and most likely impact the soil microbial and fungal community, thus their weathering (mineral transformation) potential. Professor Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad’s study explores the relationship between the moisture content of soils and the fungal weathering of igneous rocks as they influence soil formation and other geochemical processes in soils of the Santa Catalina Mountains Critical Zone Observatory and the basalt of the Landscape Evolution Observatory of Biosphere 2 in Tucson, Arizona. This talk will highlight some of the results and challenges of Balogh-Brunstad’s year-long study and give the audience a peek into her adventures with a couple Hartwick students in the desert of Arizona.

Friday, November 13, 2020, 12:20–1:15 pm
—Karina Walker, “Menchu Gutiérrez’s Interior Castles: Reframing the Mystical Experience in Post-Dictatorship Spain”

After the Spanish Civil War, and during the Franco dictatorship, Spanish citizens were subject to a regressive, Catholic, and socially conservative regime, which particularly targeted Women’s bodies as crucial territory to be won for the good of the nation state. The consequences of this traumatic period on Spanish identity and female subjectivities, as well as its expression in post-dictatorship Spanish cultural production, continues to be widely analyzed and debated. Professor Karina Walker’s research contributes to this discussion by focusing on the ways in which contemporary Spanish women authors confront the concept of identity in the absence of the guiding authoritarian oversight provided by the regime. In this talk, she will focus on the re-appropriation of the mystical experience, and its reframing outside of a religious context, as a form of post-dictatorship identity construction and historical reclaiming in the work of Menchu Gutiérrez.

Spring 2021

Topics and dates to be determined

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