Macalester Big Questions

Macalester Big Questions

The “Big Questions” series is our attempt to try something different. These are glimpses into the minds and hearts of the people who comprise Macalester: a collection of their thoughts about the things that matter to them and, we hope, to you. You might think of these short videos as a stripped down, “acoustic” version of Macalester communications and as a way to see what truly animates the college.

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July 9, 2021 27 min

On the latest Macalester Big Questions Podcast, Professor James Dawes and Rachel Youngeun Rostad '15 discuss with President Suzanne Rivera the big question, "What happened to human rights?" Their conversation took place in March, 2021 during a live event.

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How are white parents talking about racism with their children? Professor Cari Gillen-O'Neel discusses this big question, and shares insight into research with President Suzanne Rivera.

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Can art inspire action? Professor John Kim and Quito Ziegler '98 discuss this big question in conversation with President Suzanne Rivera during a live event in April, 2021.

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Is the status of human rights as a political priority and a moral imperative in jeopardy? Professor Wendy Weber answers this in conversation with President Suzanne Rivera on this episode of Macalester Big Questions.

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Professor William Hart and Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman '81 discuss the big question, "How does religion influence contemporary politics?" on this episode. This conversation was recorded during a live event with President Suzanne Rivera in January, 2021.

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How can art spur societal change? Professor Tia-Simone Gardner discusses this Big Question with President Suzanne Rivera. 

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Professor Lesley Lavery and Professor Brian Lozenski discuss with President Suzanne Rivera the big question, "Will the pandemic make K-12 education more equitable?"  This conversation was part of a live event recorded in February, 2021.

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This Macalester Big Questions episode features Rev. Kelly Stone, Macalester College chaplain and associate dean, speaking with President Suzanne Rivera about the role of rituals during uncertain times. 

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This Macalester Big Questions episode features Professor Eric Carter and Dr. James Ochi '80 P'12 discussing what life after the COVID-19 pandemic might look like. President Suzanne Rivera led the discussion during a live Big Questions event held virtually in early December, 2020. 

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Recorded shortly before the November 3 presidential election, this episode features Professor Adrienne Christiansen and Jane Zimmerman '84 discussing with President Suzanne Rivera what they thought the world would look like on November 4.

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Sam Asarnow sits down with President Suzanne Rivera to discuss the Big Question: "What is our obligation to each other during COVID?" Dr. Asarnow is an assistant professor of philosophy who teaches and writes about ethics and the philosophy of action.

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Andrew Latham sits down with President Suzanne Rivera to discuss the Big Question: "What can the next U.S. president do to advance our relationship with China?" Dr. Latham is a professor of political science at Macalester who teaches and writes about the U.S.-China relationship.

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Roopali Phadke and Katie Clifford, an alum from the Class of 2009 and now a postdoctoral fellow with the US Geological Survey sit down with President Brian Rosenberg. In front of a live audience in Denver, Colorado, the conversation centered on the big question: Will the rivers run dry?

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Music Professor Michael McGaghie and Dance Instructor Patricia Brown sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Their discussion seeks to answer the question: Can embracing the arts reconnect our common humanity?

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Andrew Beveridge and Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, from the Class of 2001 and now the Vice President of Marketing at Doordash sit down with President Brian Rosenberg. Their discussion, recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, California, answers the big question: Can social media be used for good?

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Marjorie Trueblood, Dean of Multicultural Life, and Donna Maeda, Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship, talk in conversation with Patricia King from the Macalester Class of 1972. Their discussion, which took place in front of a live audience in Ann Arbor, Michigan, looks to answer the question: Why isn’t inclusion enough?

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, CNN's chief legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in New York City. In a wide-ranging conversation, they explore this question: Should the Supreme Court be the most important issue in any presidential election?

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, alumni Barbara Phillips, from the Class of 1971, and Melvin Collins, from the Class of 1975, speak about the college's Expanded Educational Opportunities program with President Brian Rosenberg. The EEO program was in place from 1969 to 1974 and was designed to help the college live into its commitment to multiculturalism with full scholarships for students from diverse populations th...

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Donnie Brooks, Director of Athletics, and B. Todd Jones '79, the NFL's Chief Disciplinary Officer, sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Philadelphia, PA. Their conversation looks to answer the question: Does activism belong in athletics?

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Andrea Kaston Tange, chair of the English Department and director of digital liberal arts, sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Portland, OR. Their discussion examines the question: Do the humanities matter?

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