Mini-University Sessions

Below is information from Family Weekend 2016. 2017 information will be available in August. 

Saturday October 15

Mini-University Sessions 1
Prospecting for Urban Realities: Kubrick, Antonioni, Gerster and Jia, Smullin 216; Capacity 30

Filmmakers compose their urban ‘realities’ by tapping into the pulse and cultural feel of cities, by adjusting historical contexts and social conditions. With this in mind, we will explore representative films by Kubrick, Antonioni, Gerster and Jia.

-Aili Zheng, Professor of German  
The Big Bang and Beyond:  Making Sense of the Universe, Collins 205; Capacity 60

Ever wonder what’s out there? This session will start with a tour of the universe and a discussion of how cosmologists get their heads around it. We’ll then turn our attention to understanding how the universe evolves in time and what it means that the universe began in a Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. Finally, we’ll discuss some recent discoveries that give us confidence that the Big Bang theory is correct while also presenting us with new mysteries.

-Rick Watkins, Professor of Physics
Mini-University Sessions 2
Karl Marx:  For a Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing, Eaton 106; Capacity 40

What set Karl Marx on the road to revolution ? This session examines the ideas of the young Karl Marx and his emergence as a radical thinker and revolutionary activist.

-Bill Smaldone, Professor of History
Bones, Joints and Ground Reaction Forces, Gatke 108; Capacity 18

Is walking enough to maintain healthy bones? Is it enough to build bones stronger? What about running, hopping, jumping? In this class session, we will explore the forces required for bone health. This will be an interactive and hands-on session where participants will be invited to walk, run, and jump on the force platform so that we can compare the ground reaction forces during these activities in real-time. We will explore which activities create the magnitude  of force that is understood to improve bone health, and how we can reach these forces safely, without injuring our joints.

-Brandi Row Lazzarini, Professor of Exercise Science
Mini-University Sessions 3
Prose Poetry, Eaton 209; Capacity 40

In the first issue of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, editor Peter Johnson explained, “Just as black humor straddles the fine line between comedy and tragedy, so the prose poem plants one foot in prose, the other in poetry, both heels resting precariously on banana peels.”  In this session, we’ll consider the prose poetry of notable contemporary authors, and learn how this peculiar form utilizes the techniques of both poetry and prose to convey meaning in a text.

-Danielle Deulen, Professor of English
Chemistry Club, Smullin B17; Capacity 50
Have you ever made toothpaste big enough for an elephant? Have you ever seen metals explode? Have you ever wondered what the whether man/woman means when they talk about high pressure or low pressure? Well now you can!  The Chemistry Club will be showing how chemistry relates to daily life occurrences, such as how clouds are made and why. Join us in this interesting Mini University session about reactions, chemicals, and chemistry puns that are made periodically.