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Monroe Speaker Series

The Monroe Speaker series is a program of lectures/discussions with members of the faculty and staff of the College as well as upperclass Monroe LunchMonroe Scholars and visitors to the College.

These talks are intended to expose the students to new and different topics in scholarship, courses, programs, and careers. They provide an intimate setting that fosters discussion among  peers and with faculty and staff. Lecture/discussion topics range widely, from classical physics to international peacekeeping. Many Monroe Scholars would say that this is one of the best parts of the Monroe Scholars program.

Most of the talks take place in Blow 201. Generally, they are limited to about 20 students, and signup takes place online. On average, the Charles Center hosts about fifteen talks a semester, and lunch or snacks are provided.  

Here are a few examples of past Monroe Lunches:

  • Libby Neidenbach (American Studies)
    Refugee from St Domingue living in this city": The Geography of Social Networks in Testaments of Refugee Free Women of Color in New Orleans
  • Charles Crimmins (Coordinator of Legal Services) 
    Law School: The Elephant in the Room
  • Leslie Grant (School of Education) 
    East Meets West: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Award-Winning Teachers in the United States and China
  • Jason Chen (School of Education) 
    What's so Motivating About Technology?
  • Jeffrey Bellin (Law School) 
    Facebook, Twitter and Texting -- Coming to Terms With a New Kind of Evidence
  • Christopher Griffin (Law School) 
    Back to the Future: Understanding Law and Policy Through Empirical Analysis 
  • Ahmad Atif Ahmad (Chair of Middle East Studies)
    Revolutions: Revolving Back in Time (Egypt's Choices of Historical Points of Departure)
  • Jennifer Kahn (Anthropolgy) 
    The Evolution of Social Complexity in the Society Islands (French Polynesia)
  • Jaime Settle (Government) 
    Politics in the Era of Social Media
  • Alison Scott (Kinesiology & Health Sciences) 
    Private Lives, Public Policy: Women, HIV, and affordable housing in 4 U.S. Cities
  • Annie Blazer (Religious Studies) 
    Tebowing: A history of evangelicals and sports in America
  • Matthew Mosca (History) 
    Mapping the Empire and the World in Qing China, 1700-1850
  • Melody Porter (Office of Community Engagement) 
    Exploring Social Justice & Privilege on Campus & In Community
  • Alexander Angelov (Religious Studies)
    Byzantine Christianity and the Nation-State
  • Samuel Harvey (Monroe Scholar) 
    Transcriptional Regulation of the Acetone Carboxylase Operon via Two Component Signal Transduction in Helicobacter pylori
  • Victoria Costa (Philosophy) 
    Cosmopolitanism and Liberal Patriotism
  • Caroline Hanley (Sociology) 
    The Ideological Origins of Rising Earnings Inequality in the United States
  • Paul Manna ( Government) 
    Education Reform in the U.S. States
  • Jonathan Glasser (Anthropology) 
    Al-Andalus, Music, and a North African Anthropology of Europe
  • Tara Grove (Law School)
    President's Refusal To Defend the Defense of Marriage Act
  • Doug Young (Chemistry) 
    Expanding the Genetic Code to Diversify Protein Function
  • Robert St. Clair
    What One Sees in 'Les Yeux des pauvres': The Right to the City and Ideological Dispossession in Baudelaire's "Spleen de Paris"
  • Emily Loney (Monroe Scholar) 
    Tolkien's Mediated Eucatastrophe as Expression of Faith
  • Chris Howard (Government) 
    Saving Social Security
  • Robin Looft-Wilson (Neuroscience)
    Why Are We Obese?
  • Charles Hobson (History)
    St. George Tucker: Judge, Law Reporter, and Teacher
  • Erin Minear (English)
    Studying Children's Literature: The Question of Disenchantment
  • Liz Allison (Biology)
    Of Genes and Hormones and Ancient Bones
  • John Baltes (Government)
    Political Theory, Quietism, and Moral-Political Reflection
  • Beverly Sher (Biology)
    Vaccines, Media, and Politics: Why Keeping People from Getting Sick is Controversial
  • Dennis Smith (Government)
    Bringing the State Back In: Regime Structure and the Logic of Smart Sanctions
  • Larry Evans (Government)
    Partisan Whipping in Congress: Who Cares?
  • Erin Ament (English & Linguistics)
    What is a nailkey? Understanding intonation in English
  • Wouter Deconinck (Physics)
    The Qweak experiment: a search for physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Mark Forsyth (Biology)
    A Gastric Pathogenic Bacterium that Causes Ulcers and Cancer!
  • Kelly Joyce (Dean of Undergraduate Studies) 
    Creating Networks and Social Worlds: The Rise of the Category Autoimmune Disease in the United States
  • David Aday (Sociology)
    Engaged Scholarship: Connecting coursework, research, and social change
  • Katherine Brown (Monroe Scholar) 
    The Role of Quechua and Representations of Indigenous Culture in the Formation of Peruvian National Identity
  • Amy Filipek (Monroe Scholar) 
     The Effect of Economic Conditions on Emergency Department Utilization for Preventable Diagnosis
  • Grace Mendenhall (Monroe Scholar)
    Confuse-us No More: An Examination of Individual Rights in Confucianism