Lunch & Learn
WNMU, 12th St, Global Resource Center, 1st Floor ABC Room (unless otherwise noted)
DAY/TIME: WEDNESDAYS, 12 NOON to 1:00 p.m. FREE and Open-to-the-Public.
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25 January 2017
Dr. Magdaleno Manzanárez
Demographic Growth and Political Power: The Latino Reality in the United States.
Synopsis: In democratic systems government should be a reflection of society. Such representation is manifested at all levels and, depending on the degree of democratic development, all demographic groups should be evident in the whole governmental structure. This presentation argues that although Latinos/Chicanos/as are increasingly present in multiple institutions of government, their representation has not kept pace with their demographic growth. The research upon which this presentation is based focuses primarily on the United States Congress. It analyzes Latino demographic data from 1960 to 2016 and compares these figures to Latino representation in Congress. The resulting gap between the Latino population and its representation in Congress is then analyzed. Although much progress has been achieved since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this research concludes that the gap in congressional representation is still too wide as shown by the data in the emerging patterns.
Dr. Manzanárez has written extensively on border and Latino issues and is co-author of recently published. North American Border Conflicts: Race, Politics, and Ethics. He serves on several boards: Southwest Center for Health Innovations, Hidalgo Medical Services, Gila Regional Medical Center, Aldo Leopold Charter School Foundation, and the National Center for Frontier Communities.
1 February 2017
Hot Cross Buns to Spotted Dick: Why English Food isn't one of the World's Great Cuisines.
Synopsis: For two centuries, the English ruled an Empire that spanned the globe, and had access to an unprecedented range of ingredients. And yet, English food is traditionally bland and dull. Why did the English not invent fusion cuisine? And just what IS a spotted dick, anyway? Brian Dolton will attempt to answer questions you never even had in a light-hearted tour through the history and culture of English cooking from medieval times to the present day.
8 February 2017
Not So Easy: Images Of Middle-Class Men Accosting Un-Chaperoned
Women On The Streets Of Paris c. 1840s-1890s.
Synopsis: In 1859, Jules Michelet asserted that a woman could not venture out alone, particularly at night, but everywhere French artists show us just such scenarios. Michelet claimed that the lone woman would constitute a “spectacle.” The term spectacle is apropos given the number of artists’ depictions of un-chaperoned women and the attention they received. Even though Michelet uses woman as a general term in La Femme, he really means middle-class women. Working-class women were much more likely to find themselves both unescorted and taken for prostitutes. Bourgeois men assumed that they could approach these women and attempt to seduce them as part of their upper-class male privilege. Moreover though, women of all classes were increasingly out in public and unaccompanied towards the end of the century, spectacle or not.
Ms. Vendelin hails from Boise, Idaho. An art historian by training, she holds a BA in art history from the University of Washington, a MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and completed doctoral candidacy at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
15 February 2017
Jennifer Coleman and Deborah Heller
Virtual WNMU and YOU! A Lunch and Learn about Cutting-edge Online Courses Offered Through WNMU.
Synopsis: Find out about some of the courses that lie at our virtual doorstep, that make connections between psychology and literature, philosophy and literature, history and literature, and literature and writing! Learn about courses, costs, auditing opportunities, how online instruction works, and much more.
Did you know that seniors can take courses at WNMU for less than an evening at the theater? That these courses are as enlightening and exciting as theater? That you don’t have to be enrolled in a program to take a course or two?
Dr. Jennifer Coleman is the founding Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies at WNMU and has served in that role since 2010. She is also a professor of Psychology, founder and coordinator of the Student Research and Professional Development Funds, and the Director of the Graduate Division. She has been recognized as a pioneer in online education, won Professor of the Year, and has extensive experience mentoring students in scholarship and professional activities. Trained in several disciplines, she has presented extensively and published in topics ranging from discourse processing, judgement and decision making, effective teaching and advising, to statistics.
22 February 2017
Giardia, Laughing frogs, and Biparental Care in the Peruvian Amazon.
Synopsis: The generalized life cycle of temperate-zone frogs involves the deposition of eggs in aquatic situations, which then hatch into aquatic larvae (tadpoles), and which subsequently undergo a dramatic re-organization (metamorphosis) to produce terrestrial or semi-terrestrial adults. As this presentation will show, at tropical latitudes frogs have, in an evolutionary sense, been far more “creative” with respect to aspects of their reproductive biology.
1 March 2017
Synopsis: This Lunch and Learn program will engage participants in a dialogue about environmental literacy among WNMU college students, education, and sustainability, particularly as related to our region.