College Hour returns with bounty of Tuesday topics

hourglass logoOswego’s College Hour returns to Tuesdays for the fall semester, offering wide-ranging programs on academic, cultural and developmental topics.

Most events will run 1:05 to 2:05 p.m. All are free and open to the public.

Timely topics abound. On Sept. 9, political science Professor Bruce Altschuler’s “Election 2008: Political Parties” will cover the importance of participating in the upcoming election and more in Room 220 of the Campus Center. On Sept. 16, Professor Ming-te Pan of the history department will detail “The Chinese View of Tibet’s Status” in Room 217 of Mahar Hall. On Nov. 4, Mary McCune of the history department and Ranjit Dighe of the economics department will look into “The Great Debate: Legal and Illegal Immigration to the United States” in Room 217 of Mahar Hall.

Other sessions focusing on history and international events unfolding in Room 217 of Mahar Hall will include Visiting Fulbright Research Scholar Suryasikha Pahtak of Assam University in India, “The Politics of Identity and Insurgency in Post-colonial Northeast,” Oct. 7; Mary Bivens of the history department, “Robert Mugabe: Global Opinion from the BBC World Service,” Oct. 21; Geraldine Forbes of the history department, “The Most Dangerous Place on Earth: Terrorism in Pakistan,” Nov. 18; and Frank Byrne of the history department, “The Conservative Tradition in Southern Politics: John C. Calhoun to George W. Bush,” Dec. 2.

Artistic and cultural events will include Pat Pauly, guest curator of “A Personal Landscape: Contemporary Art Quilts” in Tyler Art Gallery, discussing the exhibition at 12:45 p.m. Sept. 16 in the gallery; “How to Develop a Show Business Career,” featuring comedian Owen Benjamin on Nov. 25 in the Campus Center auditorium; and the Music Department Student Performance Showcase Dec. 9 in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

On behalf of the Oswego Emeriti Association, Robert Schell will present a Founder’s Day Program, “Sheldon’s Nine Commandments,” on Edward Austin Sheldon’s principles of teaching and learning, on Oct. 14 in Room 328 of Sheldon Hall.

Psychology-related presentations happening in Room 214 of Mahar Hall will include Leigh Bacher of Oswego’s psychology department discussing “Botswana: Jewel of Africa” on Oct. 7 and social psychologist Donald McCreary exploring “Men’s Body Image and the Drive for Masculinity” on Oct. 28.

The Science Today lecture series will return with talks at 1:05 p.m. preceded by pre-presentation social gatherings at 12:55 p.m.

Other programs will include a series by the Office of Financial Aid to help students with money-management and other college issues, sessions from the Compass on topics ranging from exploring majors to finding a job, and academic departments offering opportunities for students to interact with faculty members.

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(Posted: Aug 29, 2008)

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