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.... Show More

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Rev. Kelly Stone, Macalester’s Chaplain and the Associate Dean of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, speaks with President Brian Roseneberg about the college’s past, meeting students’ needs, and thinking of campus as a laboratory for exploring differences.



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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Blair Cha '20 talks with President Brian Rosenberg about what it takes to be a leader: at Macalester, in the community, and as a woman. Blair is the president of Macalester College Student Government and is a mathematics and applied statistics major.



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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, alumni Fred Swaniker talks with President Brian Rosenberg about the history of Africans -- like Kofi Annan -- in shaping the world, and the potential for global leadership among youth across the continent. Swaniker is a native of Ghana, and a co-founder of the African Leadership Academy.



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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, author Tim O'Brien from the Class of 1968 speaks with President Brian Rosenberg. In their discussion they talk about the complexities of the world, embracing uncertainty, and avoiding absolutism. The talk was recorded in October 2017 when O’Brien was on campus to interview fellow author Marlon James.

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, we share a conversation President Brian Rosenberg had with Kofi Annan on May 8, 2018. Annan was on campus for the renaming of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship in recognition of Annan’s global leadership and dedication to peace. Kofi Annan was founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner... Read more

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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Donna Lee, Vice President for Student Affairs, talks about building an inclusive community out of a diverse group of students with President Brian Rosenberg. In this conversation, Lee talks about building an inclusive community out of a diverse group of students. She reminds us that this work is a process and takes a concerted effort across campus.



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Author Marlon James,  a professor and writer in residence at Macalester, talks with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode. Their conversation covers novels as political statements, and reflections by Marlon, a Man Booker Prize-winning writer, about his status as a U.S. resident and how deportation factors into his work.



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Professor Kristi Curry Rogers reflects on what we can learn from fossils with President Brian Rosenberg. The conversation moves from prehistory to the present as Rogers, a paleontologist, shares what role humans can play in the future of our planet.



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Professor Andrew Latham discusses conservative political thought with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode. Latham shares how the classes he created for Macalester shape a liberal arts experience at a school with a progressive reputation. 



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Athletic Director Donnie Brooks talks with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode of Macalester Big Questions. Donnie shares how Macalester approaches student-athlete mental health so that they can succeed as students, athletes, and people. 



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Professor Duchess Harris, Chair of the American Studies Department talks with President Brian Rosenberg about the #MeToo movement. In the conversation about the Me Too movement and sexism, Duchess focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender.



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