Forester Symposium

12:00pm - 4:00pm CDT October 8, 2010

12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Soups and Stories: Tamara Smith ’80,

Pierson Rooms

“Moving through Life from ‘Success to Significance”

Tamara will talk about her life as a student and the experiences that helped her choose her career, from interning at Cook County Public Hospital to being the first African-American in the Heath Administration graduate program at Rush University. She will discuss the barriers she has had to overcome as a woman and an African-American, and how she worked her way up the public health care ladder, getting in the board room at an early age and ascending to become CEO of a $150 million health care company.  Along the way, she has given back through mentoring, volunteering, and philanthropy.  Most recently, she has made the decision to move to the non-profit sector to give back to the community.  Tamara has served on Lake Forest’s Alumni Board and currently serves on the Board of Trustees.  She will receive the Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award from the Alumni Board this weekend.

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.  “Through Abstraction, Into the Abyss: Works From the Collection,”

Sonnenschein Gallery

Three-dimensional pieces that Assistant Professor of Art Eli Robb has selected for teaching his Three Dimensional Foundations class will be highlighted.  In the Albright Room, we will highlight 20th-century prints that Assistant Professor of Art Miguel deBaca will use in his class.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Center for Chicago Programs, Ice Cream Social

Stop by to learn more about the services the Center provides to help students and faculty get the most out of Chicago.

1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Biodiversity, Agriculture, and the Lake Forest College Garden

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 205

Glenn Adelson and Elizabeth Birnbaum ‘08

We will explore the history of the Lake Forest College garden, including its previous historical iterations and the genesis of its current form. The current garden uses a variety of methods of cultivation, and has a diverse array of crops, with an eye toward biodiversity and integrated pest management systems. We will bring some of our produce to sample. We will also provide a lesson on agricultural plant families from the current Lake Forest class that is being held in the garden, Biodiversity and Agriculture, Environmental Studies 289.

Gay Marriage and Civil Rights:  Perry V. Schwarzenegger and the Judicial Overturn of California’s Proposition 8

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 221

Associate Professor of Politics Siobhan Moroney

The recent federal decision declaring unconstitutional the California referendum prohibiting gay marriage in that state (Proposition 8) raises very interesting questions.  What is marriage in our contemporary society?   Should  sexual orientation be a protected category of American citizens?  Should the decision of one judge overturn a majority of California voters who opposed gay marriage?  What will be the response by the Supreme Court when this case inevitably comes before it?  Join us in a discussion of these significant questions.  You can read the Perry decision  https://ecf.cand.uscourts.gov/cand/09cv2292/files/09cv2292-ORDER.pdf  but a condensed version of the events is available on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_v._schwarzenegger.

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. 30 Miles North Revisited: The Newly Learned and the New Since Its Publishing a Decade Ago.”

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 221

College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections Art Miller

In the decade since 30 Miles North has been published a lot of new information has been uncovered.  Miller will highlight some of the new stories and information that is now known about the College’s history and its relationship to the town of Lake Forest and Chicago.

Student Symposium/Richter Scholar Presentations

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 205

The Student Symposium provides students with an opportunity to share their scholarly research and creative projects with the College community through presentations, exhibits, debates, performances, demonstrations, and posters.  The Richter Apprentice Scholar Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct independent, individual research with Lake Forest College faculty early in their academic careers.

“Barack Obama and Open Government”

Sarah Brune ’13, Yushin Kohara ’13, and Associate Professor of Politics James Marquardt

Barack Obama campaigned for the American presidency promising to do more to make the executive branch of the national government more open and accountable to the people. We present and summarize results of the first part of our research on this topic. We identify and survey over 850 separate documents in the Congressional Record on debates and statements in the U.S. Senate from 2005 to 2008 (when Barack Obama served as the junior U.S. senator from Illinois) to discern the frequency with which the word “transparency” appears and contexts in which it is used. Our purpose is to identify Senator Obama’s views on open government/public transparency. We then compare his statements with those of other senators. We ask these questions: What do Obama’s years in the Senate tell us, if anything, about his open government views?  How does his record stack up with other senators?

“For Sculpture in a Line, the Third Dimension is Time”

Cleo Hehn ’13 and Assistant Professor of Art Eli Robb

A phenomenological study of the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park.

“Lake Forest College Voting Web Application”

Ornis Mala ’11

In the 2009 Computer Science Senior Seminar, my class of eight students created a database driven Web application for use by the school so faculty elections could be administered online. We utilized the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) open source environment on the server-side and HTML, CSS, and JavaScript on the front end. The system allows for Web based voting on faculty elections, as well as the creation and monitoring of elections from the administrator side. The flexibility of the software allows for easy adaptation for other uses, such as student based elections. Moreover, the framework is sufficiently robust to serve as the basis for future Web application development.

“Chaos in Evolution”

Mehmet Ugurbil ’13

The basic concepts of Game Theory and Chaos Theory will be given.  These include definition of games, game matrices, simple nonlinear graphs, and iterations. Using these ideas, the iteration of evolutionary games will be explained using graphs. In conclusion, the applications and importance of the theories will be discussed.

3:00 – 3:50 p.m. “The War Between Mind-Seekers and Brain-Seekers”

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 221

Professor of Psychology Robert Glassman and Associate Professor of Psychology Matthew Kelley

How should one go about doing research in psychology in the age of neuroscience?  Does digging into the brain really tell you better things than traditional cognitive & behavioral research? 

“Finding Community in the 21st Century”

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 205

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Holly Swyers

Holly Swyers argues that recognizing community today also means recognizing that old models of community don’t fit 21st century society.  Using her case study of the bleacher regulars at Wrigley Field, she shows how to think of community as a process.  This session will include a brief reading from Prof. Swyers new book.

“Poster Power: Using Virtual Burnham Project and Library Bennett Papers to Show Planner Edward H. Bennett’s re-envisioning of Burnham’s 1909 Chicago Designs.”

Donnelley and Lee Library Room 002

Joshua Anderson ’10

Campus Walking Tour Meet at the Jim Kenney ’59 Lounge, Mohr Student Center

Led by College Archivist/Librarian for Special Collections Art Miller

Student/Alumni Debate: “Resolved: Sarah Palin is Good for Feminism”

Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall

Jared Fox ’09 and Brian Clauss ’86 vs. Jessica Kuchinski ‘12 and Liz Pimper ‘11. Paul Henne ’11, assistant to the debaters/researcher.

Since being selected as Senator John McCain’s running mate on the 2008 Republican Presidential Ticket, Sarah Palin has been a lightning rod for controversy. Criticized for everything from her politics to her parenting, Palin simultaneously has developed devoted defenders and relentless rivals. Whether you love her or loathe her, you have to admit she has made an impact. In this exhibition debate, two current students will debate two alumni on the topic, is Sarah Palin good for feminism?


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