Colloquium Speakers and Events

Susannah Calahan
"Brain on Fire" | Tuesday, Aug. 30, 5 p.m. | Miller Chapel
First Year Experience/Academic Affairs

Michael Carroll
"Mindfulness" | Thursday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m. | Miller Chapel
Mindfulness the practice of self-regulating the mind and/or body to facilitate recognizing undesired thoughts and disengaging attention from these distractions. Studies have indicated that meditation enhances attention, working memory, and executive functioning, as well as leads to increased gray matter in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.

Michael is the author of Awake at Work (2004), The Mindful Leader (2007) and Fearless at Work (2012). He has lectured on the topic of leadership and mindfulness throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia. and Europe.

This presentation will focus upon the benefits of incorporating mindfulness practices within teaching as well as within day-to-day living.

The event begins with a wine and cheese reception in the lobby of Miller Chapel; it is free and open to the public. 

Lisa Sewell
Poets & Writers Series: "Writing: A Life" | Monday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m. | Zimmerman Hall

Dr. Wendy Suzuki
"The Astonishing Truth about Exercise and the Brain" | Thursday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m. | Zimmerman Hall
How does exercise change your brain function? Did you know that even a single aerobic exercise session can change the neurochemistry of your brain and improve mood and attention? In this interactive presentation, Professor Suzuki will describe the neuroscience of how exercise affects brain function and why it's important we understand these effects and apply it to our lives. 

Wendy encourages students to take the free online course based on her book, "Brain Power." The book will also be on sale at the event and she will available to sign copies.  

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Dr. Fabio Parasecoli
"Food, Memory, and Culture" | Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m. | Zimmerman Hall 
Food is increasingly taking center stage in movies. A whole "food film" genre is met with growing appreciation among audiences worldwide. How do representations of food in film impact on the creation of shared memories? How do fictional narratives contribute to the construction of local and national identities, as well as to the emergence of invented traditions?

Faculty Roundtable on Cultural Erasure
“Contested Memories: Armenia and Nicaragua” | Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m. | Venue TBD
Dr. Noelle Vahanian of the Department of Religion & Philosophy Dr. Michael Schroeder of the Department of History and Political Science will explore the themes of memory, cultural erasure and genocide in relation to the contested histories of Armenia and Nicaragua.