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Summer Chautauqua 2012: Class/Event Descriptions

August 8 | August 9 | August 10 | August 11 | August 12 | August 13 | August 14 | August 15

Wednesday, August 8

C1 Basics on How to Download Your Pictures

Kelly Povo SP '09, award-winning professional photographer
9:30–11:30 a.m.
Join professional photographer and alumna Kelly Povo in this beginners’ class on the basics of downloading and editing photos. (Class size is limited; bring your own digital camera and cables for downloading your photos.)

C2 Fifty Years after Vatican II

William McDonough, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and coordinator for the M.A. in Theology at St. Catherine University
9:30–11:30 a.m.

Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council on October 11, 1962. The approaching fiftieth anniversary of the Council’s beginning provides a fine occasion for asking about its meaning for the life of the Church. This session will take its cue from a new book by Jesuit theologian John O’Malley, What Happened at Vatican II? O’Malley thinks Vatican II brought the Catholic Church a “new style” of being in the world. Come for a presentation on and conversation about what Vatican II has meant for the life of the Catholic Church.

C3 Let's Try Some Good Mysteries: Conversation with Books

Catherine Lupori, associate professor emerita of English and founding director of the Center for Women; Ruth Haag Brombach ’60, St. Catherine University Alumnae Liaison; Judith Martens Flahavan ’60, retired banking professional and English teacher; and Mary Jo Ryan Richardson ’52, independent consultant
1–3 p.m.
Chautauqua Conversation with Books presenters will share their insights and thoughts on a selection of mystery novels. (Reading list will be available July 1.)

E1 Poetry in the Parlor

Norita Dittberner-Jax ’66, poet whose work has been widely published in small press magazines.
3:30–4:30 p.m.

Join us as she does a reading and discussion of some of her work.

E2 Opening Event – Irish Ceili Dance

Music by Barra; dance caller Ann Wiberg
7–9 p.m.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Barra is “Minnesota’s best-loved Irish ceili band.” Barra members include: Paul Garding (guitar and vocals), Amy Shaw (flute), John McCormick (accordion and vocals) and Dave Cammack (bodran and accordion).

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Thursday, August 9

C4 Short Game Golf Clinic

Kristine Wessinger, varsity golf coach at St. Catherine University
8:30–10:30 a.m.
Participants will work on fundamental skills to help improve their short game. The primary focus will be chip shots around the green and working on building a consistent putting stroke. Participants will also receive short game drills essential for continued improvement to their short game. (Class size is limited; equipment and transportation to Highland Golf Course provided.)

C5 Peeking Behind Sealed Doors: The University’s Fine Art Collection

Kathleen Daniels ’73, director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University
10 a.m. – noon
Learn about the fine art collection of the University not currently on display, followed by a look at some of the discussed pieces in storage.

C6 School to Prison Pipeline, How We Lost a Generation

Nancy Heitzeg, Ph.D., professor of sociology and co-director of critical studies of race and ethnicity at St. Catherine University
1–3 p.m.
This class will explore changes in educational policies and practices that have shaped an increased flow of students out of school and onto a pathway towards prison. Special attention will be paid to race, class and gender disparities as well as to possible remedies.

C7 Beyond Crossword Puzzles: Strategies and Tips for Healthy Brain Aging

Leah Hanson, Ph.D., co-director of the Alzheimer’s Research Center at Regions Hospital
3:15–5:15 p.m.
Learn about strategies and tips for healthy brain aging and preventing memory loss associated with aging. The class will cover Alzheimer's disease, risk factors for this disease and the research being done in this area.

C8 Costa Rica as an Eco-Friendly Country

Scott Chamberlain, MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University, doctoral work in Latin American History at the University of Kansas
7–9 p.m.
Review the history of Costa Rica and learn how and why it has become a leader in eco-friendly practices along with challenges for the future.

C9 From Gene Kelly to Generation X: The Transformation of American Musical Theater

Nikki Swoboda, MFA, former assistant professor in the Department of Music and Theater at St. Catherine University
7–9 p.m.
This class explores the journey of the innately American art form, Musical Theater. We will explore what has made musical theater change so dramatically since its inception at the turn of the 20th century, starting in the Tin Pan Alley of the 1920s, evolving into the Golden Era of the MGM musical, strutting to the traditional musicals of Rogers & Hammerstein in the 1950s and 1960s, digging into the British Invasion of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Cameron Mackintosh of the 1980s and finally looking at how frenetically diverse Broadway is today. Watching video clips of pertinent musical numbers to represent each era, we will engage not only your snapping fingers and tapping toes, but your analytical brain as we wonder, what's next for Broadway?

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Friday, August 10

C10 Welcome to Time Shifting — Getting Information and Entertainment When It’s Convenient for Us

Ruth Koscielak ’78, award-winning broadcasting pioneer and one of the most well-known radio personalities in the Upper Midwest
10–11:30 a.m.
As the Internet changes the way we get news and information, we can pick and choose from an unprecedented number of sources. Increasingly, we don’t just consume media — we create it, too. Anyone can be a publisher, podcaster, blogger, tweeter or filmmaker. Traditional outlets for information are morphing onto other platforms with news breaking on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. Consumers are time shifters, watching, reading and listening to entertainment and information when it is convenient for them. What are the benefits of this new information exchange and what have we lost with the changing role of traditional gatekeepers? How does this change our relationship to society, government and the world?

C11 Immigration History and the Creation of Ethnic Cultural Landscapes in the Twin Cities, 1970–2012

Jack Flynn, Ph.D., professor of geography and chair of the Department of History, Place and Political Science at St. Catherine University
1–3 p.m.
The waves of immigrants coming to the U.S. over the past forty years have begun to transform the makeup of the American population and have introduced new foods, music, art, architecture, literature and ideas. The St. Paul-Minneapolis area has had a significant influx of Hmong, Vietnamese, Indians and other Asian peoples, as well as people from Africa and Latin America. We will learn how our culture and the cultural landscapes of this region have been enriched.

T1: Composing a Life, part 1

1–3 p.m.
Who am I as a person? Who am I as a leader? Why is leadership important?

T1: Composing a Life, part 2

3–5 p.m.
Authentic Leadership: defining and naming my values

E3 Poetry in the Parlor

Cass Dalglish ’66, MFA, Ph.D., novelist, poet and professor of English at Augsburg College.
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Join us as she does a reading and discussion of some of her work.

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Saturday, August 11

E4 Family Friendly Event: No Family Left Inside

Marybeth Lorbiecki '81, writer of adult nonfiction and children's fiction and nonfiction, with a passion for the outdoors.
9–11 a.m.
This class will explore the many reasons to go outdoors regularly as a family, considering both old-fashioned reasons and recent research. But the question of "to go out or not to go out" is not as compelling as considering how to make it exciting for kids and adults in this age of virtual reality. After hearing a presentation of ideas and sharing as families decorate their own Nature Boxes, families will then do a scavenger hunt together outdoors on St. Kate's lovely campus.

E5 Gentle Yoga

Laura Seabloom, RYT yoga instructor, health coach and currently completing her master’s degree in holistic health at St. Catherine University
9–10 a.m.
This is a yoga class for all levels that incorporates gentle movement, breath work and meditation. (Please bring a floor towel or yoga mat if you have one.)

T3: The Art of Communication, part 1

9–11 a.m.
Building My Brand: my personal image and reputation

C12 Home Buying 101

Teresa Readon ’84, coach with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans STAGES Initiative
10:30 a.m.– noon
This class is designed for first-time home buyers, to help make home buying decisions that are aligned with their values. Participants will understand the nine steps to buying a home.

E6 Family Friendly Event:Box Lunch and Bird House Building

11 a.m.–1 p.m.
St. Paul-based, Elpis Enterprises’ leaders and youth will lead the bird house building activity with kits made from reclaimed and recycled fencing.

E7 Family Friendly Event: STEM at St. Kate’s for the Entire Family

1–3 p.m.
Faculty, staff and students from The National Center for STEM Elementary Education will work with children, youth and adults to explore the wonderful world of science, technology, engineering and math. Specific hands-on activities include simple experiments and easy robotics.

T4: The Art of Communication, part 2

1–3 p.m.
My Leadership Voice: verbal and non-verbal communication

C13 Basic Sketching with Your Pencil

Mary Esch, professional fine artist focused on providing adult education in observational drawing
1–3:30 p.m.
Sketching is an activity that simultaneously relaxes the mind and enhances perceptual skills. Learn three basic drawing techniques (maybe one more if time allows) that can be done anywhere and anytime — Vase/Face, Blind Contour and Negative Space Drawing. Join in to relax and heighten your awareness. No experience necessary. (Class size is limited. Supplies provided for the class.) This class is filled.

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Sunday, August 12

E8 The Story of Our Lady of Victory Chapel and Mother Antonia McHugh

Mary Ann Brenden, associate professor of social work and author of “With New Eyes: Rediscovering Mother Antonia McHugh through the Lens of Our Lady of Victory Chapel”
Noon–1 p.m.
The presentation highlights the Chapel’s French heritage and celebrates Mother Antonia’s role in making Our Lady of Victory a reality.

T5: Searching for Truth

1:30–3:30 p.m.
Understanding and Using My Personal Power: understanding the importance of personal reflection

C14 Transitions— Conquering the Unknown While Embracing the Possibilities

Barbara Holt, marketing communications specialist, Rimage Corporation; Vickie Williams, assistant professor of business administration at St. Catherine University and executive director of the Jeremiah Program
1:30–3:30 p.m.
During the course of your lifetime you may experience transitions such as a job change, the end of a relationship, retirement, kids leaving for college, taking care of an aging parent or personal changes within yourself. These transitions can occur during any phase of your life. Transitions create change. Change can be frightening and unsettling; however change can also be exciting and liberating. It is how you react to or embrace the change that will decide the outcome. We will give you tools to use in transitions to embrace change.

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Monday, August 13

T6: Building Community

9–11 a.m.
Explore the impact of social media in being a global citizen.

C15 Writing for Publication

Pamela Fletcher, associate professor of English and co-director of critical studies of race and ethnicity at St. Catherine University
1–3 p.m.

In this class, ideas and guidance will be given on how to get published in the upcoming 2014 Saint Paul Almanac, a literary journal focusing on St. Paul. Everyone will receive a complimentary copy of the journal, which will be reviewed and discussed. Participants will also do some fun writing exercises.

C16 Everyday Ethics

Monica Greenwell Janzen ’97, Ph.D., specializes in political and moral philosophy
1–3 p.m.
In today's world, we find ourselves faced with complicated issues where determining the right course of action is complex and not easy to discern. For example, we might wonder when and if a person has a right to refuse medical treatment or how we ought to respond to international humanitarian crises when we ourselves struggle financially. Other times, we may not even realize an issue is complicated. For instance, going to the grocery store now presents us with a whole host of ethical questions: should we buy organic? How was this animal treated? Where did my food come from?

E9 Poetry in the Parlor

Marge Barrett ’68, author of My Memoir Dress, a chapbook of poems, and numerous prose and poetry publications.
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Join us as she does a reading and discussion of some of her work.

E10 Open Computer Lab on Facebook

Work with St. Catherine University staff and students in an open computer lab on getting you set up on Facebook. While registration is required, walk in anytime during this scheduled time.
5–6:30 p.m.

C17 Hmong Culture and Shamanism in Today’s Society

YajCeeb Vaj, Hmong language instructor at St. Catherine University and practicing shaman
7–9 p.m.
The Hmong community is large in the Twin Cities. However, how many of us really understand the Hmong culture? Come learn some of the background of the Hmong community including the concept of shamanism and the conflicts and challenges the Hmong community faces in the 21st century.

C18 Human Trafficking in Minnesota

Representatives from Breaking Free, a nonprofit organization that exists to educate and provide services to women and girls who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation and need assistance escaping the violence in their lives.
7–9 p.m.
Why is Minnesota a “leader” in human trafficking? What is happening in our state, and what are some of the real stories behind this? Learn what some are doing to be part of the solution to this tragedy.

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Tuesday, August 14

C19 Creativity and Healing: Tools for Life’s Journey

Laurie Anderson Sathe, assistant professor and director of the Masters of Arts in Holistic Health Studies program at St. Catherine University; Janet Marinelli, assistant professor, Masters of Arts in Holistic Health Studies
9:30–11:30 a.m.
Explore a holistic approach to healing and transformation by engaging in creative and mindful activities to stimulate intuitive ways of knowing that support the integration of mind, body and spirit throughout adulthood. We will access the wisdom of the body and emotions in combination with the mind to explore possibilities for enriching our lives and contributing to our communities.

C20 Life Balance in Today’s World

Kathleen Matuska, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, director of the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy program at St. Catherine University
1–2:30 p.m.
The model of life balance is not about spending prescribed amounts of time in work, play and rest. It is about being satisfied with your configuration of daily activities because your important needs are being met. We will review why it is important to achieve this life balance and how to work towards it.

C21 The Stories of Ruth Sawyer

Deborah Kloiber, archivist and head of special collections at St. Catherine University
1–3 p.m.
Ruth Sawyer (1880-1970) was the author of numerous books for children and adults, including Roller Skates, which won the Newbery Medal for children’s literature in 1937. She was also an avid storyteller with an interest in folk literature and came to St. Kate’s in 1942 to teach a course in storytelling. Drawing from materials in the University library’s Ruth Sawyer Collection, this session will share Sawyer’s work — her writings, recordings of her telling her favorite stories, photographs and correspondence. We will read, listen and let our imaginations be inspired by what Ruth Sawyer called “the way of the storyteller.”

E11 Women Religious in U.S. History

Karen Kennelly,Ph.D., CSJ, ’56, member of the history committee that developed the national exhibit Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America
3:15–4:30 p.m.
Hear about the story of Catholic sisters, innovative women and their contributions to the history of our country, and the national touring exhibit about them that ended last year.

E12 Open Computer Lab on LinkedIn

Work with St. Catherine University staff and students in an open computer lab on getting you set up on LinkedIn. While registration is required, walk in anytime during this scheduled time.
5–6:30 p.m.

C22 Public Speaking – The Basics

Rafael Cervantes, Ph.D., chair of the Communication Studies Department and co-recipient of the 2011 Faculty of the Year award
7–9 p.m.
The joke goes something like this — supposedly more people fear public speaking than death. So... that means more people would rather be lying in the casket at a funeral than delivering the eulogy! In this session, we will discuss several basic speaking strategies and principles that will help you effectively manage this fear and begin to speak confidently in public.

C23 Fairy Tales for Adults

Gayle Gaskill, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Honors Program at St. Catherine University
7–9 p.m.
Until the nineteenth century, tales of fantasy and fairyland were written for adult audiences. Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale, the medieval Breton Lays of Marie de France, and the legends of King Arthur all proposed an alternate universe where characters who struggled with love and honor had magical aid and adversaries, often in supernaturally powerful women. Though the Brothers Grimm in the nineteenth century and the Disney Corporation in the twentieth adapted and marketed the genre for the parents of young children, the older tales live on and merit adult attention.

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Wednesday, August 15

C24 Six Degrees of Harry Potter

Cecilia Konchar Farr, Ph.D., professor of English and women’s studies and Sr. Mona Riley Endowed Professor in the Humanities at St. Catherine University
9:30–11:30 a.m.
The Harry Potter books defined a generation of young people as good, old-fashioned novel readers while redefining success for the publishing industry. No book series has ever sold so well and no author has ever made so much money as J.K. Rowling, now one of the richest women in the world. This class will take six different angles on the Harry Potter phenomenon to uncover what makes it so magical.

C25 Interesting Thoughts on Why We Eat, Why We Don't Exercise, and Why We Should Make Our Health a Priority

Mark Blegen, Ph.D., FACSM, associate professor and director of the Exercise and Sports Science program, and co-director of the Women’s Health Integrated Research Center at St. Catherine University
1–3 p.m.
We eat for reasons we don't often consider. Combine that with not exercising and health issues begin to crop up. This session will address those issues and allow you to again place your health at the top of the priority list.

E13 Poetry in the Parlor

Georgia Johnstone Greeley ’82, artist, vocalist, and writer who has published poetry and memoir pieces in several small press magazines, and children's short stories in educational magazines.
3:30–4:30 p.m.
Join us as she does a reading and discussion of some of her work.

E14 Closing Event – Ice Cream Social, Music and Singing

Featuring “musical stringman” Paul Imholte
7–9 p.m.
Join in song with Paul Imholte as he sings and plays nearly a dozen traditional instruments. His featured instrument is the hammered dulcimer. Along with the hammered dulcimer and fiddle, Paul plays the guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, harmonica, jaw harp and spoons.

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PLEASE NOTE: Some class sizes are limited and may require preparation.