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In Focus: 1/19/2012

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2012 BROWN SYMPOSIUM WILL LOOK AT FOOD FROM MANY ANGLES 

How can the world feed its growing population in the 21st century? How can we make our food choices less destructive to the environment?  

These are among the topics that will be discussed  Feb. 27-28, 2012 as Southwestern University holds its 34th annual Brown Symposium.   The symposium is titled “Back to the Foodture: Sustainable Strategies to Reverse a Global Crisis.” It has been organized by Laura Hobgood-Oster, a professor of religion and environmental studies and holder of the Elizabeth Root Paden Chair.  

Hobgood-Oster said she picked this theme for the symposium because food is central to her two main fields of study – religion and ecology. “Food is part of celebrations and rituals in almost every religious tradition,” she said. “And our food choices have a huge impact on the environment. Discussions about global warming often focus on transportation issues, but climate change has as much to do with what we eat as what we drive.”  

Read more here.

Events

SOUTHWESTERN HOSTING JAN. 22 FUNDRAISER FOR KAMINA METHODIST UNIVERSITY  

Southwestern is hosting a Jan. 22 dinner to raise money for student scholarships at Kamina Methodist University in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballrooms. 

KMU is a young United Methodist-related university where emerging Congolese leaders can receive a world-class education without leaving the Congo. The university currently has 600 students enrolled and there is room for more students since Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas financed the construction of dorm space. However, additional financial resources are needed to support tuition.

Guest speaker at the dinner will be Rev. Mande Muyombo, director of Kamina Methodist University. Rev. Muyombo will speak about his ministry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Because of generous underwriting support, the dinner is free to the public. Reservations may be made by writing KaminaMethodistUniversity@gmail.com.  

PIANO PROFESSOR TO GIVE JAN. 24 RECITAL

Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of piano, will give a faculty recital on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theater. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Tobias Picker, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.

GUEST ARTISTS TO GIVE. JAN. 31 CONCERT

Pianist Maimy Fong and low brass player Kendall Prinz will give a guest artist recital on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in the Caldwell-Carvey Foyer. The program will include works by Prinz, Libby Larsen, Walter Ross, Jay Rozen, John Stevens and more.

Prinz  holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin and currently serves as director of bands at Taylor Middle School. Bands under his direction have received numerous honors including consecutive “Sweepstakes” trophies in UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Competitions. His compositions have enjoyed performances in several venues throughout the United States, including a recent premiere at the Southwest Regional Tuba Conference in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Fong earned master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from The University of Texas at Austin. She has been a pianist for the Conspirare Youth Choir since its inception in 2005 and recently helped co-found the “Feed the Soul” spiritual music series at Dell Children’s Medical Center.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 512-863-1504.

AUSTIN CIVIC ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT SOUTHWESTERN FEB. 4

The Austin Civic Orchestra will perform in the Alma Thomas Theater on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Guest artist Thomas Burritt, professor of percussion at UT-Austin, will perform a movement from Ewazen’s Marimba Concerto. Also on the program is music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Amram and Beethoven.

The concert is free for all Southwestern students, faculty and staff with a valid SU ID. The general public can purchase advance tickets here.

SOUTHWESTERN TO HOST DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL ABOUT FOOD 

A group of students from Southwestern University has organized a documentary film festival in February and March of 2012 that will focus on the ethics of food. All films are free and open to the public.

The first three documentaries will be shown on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Olin 105. The schedule for these films is as follows:

Feb. 8 – “King Corn”
Feb. 15 – “Forks Over Knives”
Feb. 22 – “Food Matters”

The festival will conclude on Wednesday, March 7, with a screening of the documentary “Fresh.” This film will be shown in the Campus Center Ballrooms at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by a talk by producer Ana Joanes.

Read more here.

Media Coverage

The Williamson County Sun ran a story about how faculty members are seeking a stronger voice in the university’s decision-making process.

Notables

Maha Foote, associate professor of chemistry, and Fay Guarraci, associate professor of psychology, have an article titled “‘Nice guys finish last’: Influence of mate choice on reproductive success in Long–Evans rats” published in the Feb. 2012 issue of Physiology & Behavior. Five former Southwestern students are listed as contributors to the research – Jessica Bolton, Brittany Ford, Sumith Sampana, Jade Tinker and Carissa Winland. The article is available online here.

Alison Kafer, associate professor and chair of feminist studies, published an article called “Desire and Disgust: My Ambivalent Adventures in Devoteeism” in Sex and Disability, edited by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow (Duke University Press, 2012).

Kate Nelson, studio technician in the Sarofim School of Fine Arts, has had two pieces accepted into the exhibition “Central Time Ceramics” at the Bradley University Gallery in Peoria, Ill. The exhibition was juried by Delores Fortuna.

President Jake B. Schrum gave a presentation on the ways in which presidential leadership affects both academic quality and philanthropy at the closing session of the 2011 Institute for Chief Academic and Chief Advancement Officers sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). Also participating in the presentation was Eugene M. Tobin, senior program officer for higher education at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.