Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium | Hastings College

Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium

Artist Lecture Series Student Symposium

The Mission of the Artist Lecture Series is to encourage and provide financial support for extraordinary artistic, cultural and academic experiences for the Hastings College community. The Student Symposium Committee focuses on one topic and brings to campus a variety of speakers, performers and experiences related to the current year’s theme.

The 2017 theme is “Origins.”

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Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 24, 2016

7:00 pm: Hastings Museum Movie Night: “Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland”
This event is open only to Hastings College students, staff and faculty.

Wednesday, October 25

9 am: Roller Derby Origins: The Point of Contact
Dr. Michella Marino, Hastings College
Daugherty Center Conference Room

Abstract: Dr. Marino's talk will explore the multi-faceted origins of the Seltzer family Roller Derby born in Chicago in 1935. She will also examine the idea of originality and ownership of sport and how Leo Seltzer attempted to copyright his version of Roller Derby, through both brilliant but slightly suspect ways, leading to several controversial court cases and ultimately a precedent-setting ruling about sports and games being uncopyrightable.  

Biography: Dr. Marino teaches at Hastings College and specializes in 20th century US social and cultural history, women's history, oral history, and sports history.  Her dissertation is being revised for publication as a monograph with the University of Texas Press under the title Five Strides Ahead: The History of Roller Derby in America. She played roller derby for close to three years in Western Massachusetts with Pioneer Valley Roller Derby when she was in graduate school. She was the ever-classy Coors Lightning. Dr. Marino received her undergraduate degree from Hanover College in 2004, her Master's degree from the University of Louisville in 2007, and her doctorate in American history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013.

10 am: Sermon: Can We Continue to Teach?
Bryce Wiebe, Director of Special Offering, Presbyterian Church (USA)
French Memorial Chapel

Sermon Topic: The origin of Hastings College grows directly from the long-time commitment of Presbyterians to education. Throughout history, Presbyterians have been on the leading edge of expanding educational access for people to whom it had otherwise been denied.  In a time of tension over declining achievement among students in public schools, can the Church continue to be a source of wisdom that continues the expansion of education for all?

Biography: Bryce Wiebe is director of Special Offerings for the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA). He and his staff promote the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s four Special Offerings and the causes they support. Bryce came to the Presbyterian Mission Agency staff in 2013. Prior to serving with the PMA, he was director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Bryce holds an undergraduate degree from Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in New Haven. He worked as executive director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hastings and was part-owner of a small sourdough bread bakery before beginning ministry studies at Yale. 

11 am: Origins of Hastings Businesses & Non-Profits: Panel Discussion
Kool Aid: Pam Bohmfalk; Odyssey: Jamey Hamburger; 
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital: Leota Rolls; Prairie Loft: Amy Sandeen
Daugherty Center Conference Room

Abstract: This panel discussion will focus on the origins of each business and non-profit. How did they get started? How have they changed over time? 

Biography: Pam Bohmfalk has an undergraduate degree from Southwestern College and a Masters in Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas, Austin. Pam has worked in libraries in Fresno California, Dodge City Kansas, and at the Hastings Public Library. She joined the faculty at Hastings College in the fall of 2014 as Public Services Librarian and Instructor of Library Science.  In 1999, Pam volunteered to help with children’s games at the second annual Kool-Aid Days festival. She has been on the Kool-Aid Days Board ever since.  In addition to keeping the world safe for Kool-Aid, she enjoys singing in the church choir, playing in the bell choir and square dancing. 

Biography: Jamey Hamburger was raised in Harvard, and attended Midland Lutheran College studying History and Sociology. He worked in Scottsdale, AZ in the fine dining and wine area of restaurant management before he returned to Hastings where he took a position as the Clubhouse Manager at Lochland Country Club. In 2011, he and his business partner, Bob Murphy, purchased WineStyles. Following a reconceptualization of the lower level they launched the BistroBelow. In January of 2016, the pair launched an up-market urban restaurant Odyssey. A former board member for Leadership Hastings and the Downtown Center Association, Jamey is currently the chair of the Adams County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and serves on the board of Adams County Extension and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. 

Biography: Leota Rolls retired from Mary Lanning Healthcare as Senior Vice President after 47 years of outstanding leadership and service. She graduated from the MLMH School of Nursing (1963) and earned a BA from Hastings College (1965) and MSN from University of North Carolina (1969). During the years she served as Director of the MLMH School of Nursing, she doubled enrollment. Throughout her career, Leota represented the hospital on state, regional and national boards and committees. She was president of the Board of Trustees for Bryan LGH College of Health Sciences and brokered the unique relationship between Creighton School of Nursing and Mary Lanning Healthcare in the late 1980s to educate and retain quality health care professionals

Biography: Amy Sandeen is the Executive Director of Prairie Loft Center for Outdoor and Agricultural Learning in Hastings, Nebraska. Amy grew up in Hastings, then worked with nonprofits in St. Paul/Minneapolis for eighteen years before moving back to her roots in 2008 to help establish Prairie Loft. Amy's professional background is in experiential education and nonprofit management. She has worked with schools, nonprofits, outdoor education centers, and wilderness programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, and Nebraska. Amy serves on the Humanities Nebraska Council, co-chairs the Give Hastings Day planning committee, serves on the Chamber Agribusiness Committee, and is an adjunct instructor with Hastings College. Amy is also a musician and photographer and loves sharing outdoor experiences with others

12 pm: Oral Traditions and Science: Challenging the Bering Land Bridge Theory
Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson, Hastings Museum
Brown Bag Lunch, Daugherty Center Conference Room

Abstract: For years, popular science has supported a narrow history of American Indian's origin and presence in the Americas. However, the Bering Land Bridge Theory does not account for the rich oral traditions of the people, and little attention has been paid to the facts found in these stories.  For nearly 20 years, a battle has existed between American Indian people and traditional scientists for the truth in human dispersal across the two continents. This session will share how growing scientific evidence is supporting traditional origin stories and confirming what Native peoples have always known about their culture. 

Biography: Teresa Kreutzer-Hodson holds a master’s degree in Museum Studies and a minor in anthropology. She has been the curator of collections at the Hastings Museum for 20 years and has worked closely with American Indian tribes to learn their history while fulfilling regulations of the Native Americans Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. A native of Nebraska, she enjoys researching area history and learning about the people who lived through it. Her work at the Hastings Museum has allowed her to couple her passion for artifact preservation with regional stories to develop exhibits that share significant events and culture with everyone. 

1 pm: Storytelling of the Dakota
Joyzelle Godfrey, Humanities Nebraska Speaker
French Memorial Chapel

Abstract: Joyzelle Godfrey’s storytelling is based on the historical culture of her Dakota tribe and the information collected by the well-known author and ethnographer Ella Deloria who wrote the historical novel Waterlily and who is Godfrey’s Dakota grandmother.

Biography: A resident of the Crow Creek reservation for most of her life, Joyzelle Godfrey is a retired college professor who taught Lakota Studies for Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota as well as English and Writing. Joyzelle Godfrey edited the textbook, Dakota Way of Life, written by her grandmother, Ella Deloria. It was published in conjunction with Mariah Press of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She was a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in the Sociology department and was a research assistant on a grant to develop a culturally specific alcohol/drug prevention program for children on the Crow Creek, Lower Brule and Sisseton Wahpeton Reservations in South Dakota. 

2 pm: Predicting Long Term Evolutionary Change with Experimental Evolution
Dr. Mike Wiser, Michigan State University
Daugherty Center Conference Room

Abstract: Evolution is the central unifying concept of modern biology. Yet it can be hard to study in natural system, as it unfolds across generations. Experimental evolution allows us to ask questions about the process of evolution itself: How repeatable is the evolutionary process? How predictable is it? How general are the results? To address these questions, my collaborators and I carried out experiments with the Long-Term Evolution Experiment (LTEE) in the bacteria Escherichia coli.  We've also conducted parallel experiments in the digital evolution software platform Avida. Our findings challenge many assumptions built into ecological models, where populations are assumed to be at or very close to an evolutionary optimum unless the environment has recently been disturbed.

Biography: Mike Wiser has an undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern California, a master of science degree from Stanford University, and a doctorate from Michigan State University in the Zoology department and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow at Michigan State in evolution education, studying how the educational software Avida-ED influences student learning and understanding of evolutionary principles. His research fellowships include the National Science Fellowship GRFP, the Stanford Graduate Research Fellowship, and the University Distinguished Fellowship at MSU. He has published six journal articles and five peer-reviewed conference proceedings in computer science.

3 pm: The New Birth of a Nation: White Nationalist Women’s Coded Whiteness as Reinvention of [White] Identity Politics
Dr. Wendy Z. Anderson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
French Memorial Chapel

Abstract: This talk addresses how White Nationalist women rhetorically refined coded whiteness, which became a foundation for white identity politics in the 2016 election cycle. Specifically, within a context of cultural ideal of “blindness” toward racism, classism, and sexism, White Nationalist women’s rhetoric of contained classifications, appropriated ideographs, and privileged values refined white identity politics for politicians like Donald Trump and others in his campaign to mask their “privilege filter” and gain political power in U.S. culture.

Biography: Wendy Z. Anderson is an interdisciplinary and intersectional rhetorical and media studies scholar. She focuses her scholarship of identity rhetorics on how institutions and organizations construct identity to influence community engagement through social movement rhetoric within online and offline spaces. The questions she critically engages about identity, the relationship between content and form, and marginalized rhetorics offer students meaningful, praxis driven ways to engage in close textual analysis. Building on traditional work on white nationalism and feminist rhetorics, she utilizes critical theory to develop theory within the fields of Communication Studies, English, and Sociology. 

7 pm: Origins of Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib: Poet, Writer, and Cultural Critic
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
French Memorial Chapel

Abstract: “I was born once, and then decided to live.” Hanif Abdurraquib will share poems and cultural critique from his recent work. 

Biography: Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, writer and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His first book of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released to critical and commercial acclaim in 2016 by Button Poetry, and was one of the year's best-selling poetry books. Additionally, he is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow and worked for MTV News, where he wrote about the intersections of music, culture and identity. Most recently, Hanif wrote the 2016 live shows: MTV Video Music Awards and VH1’s Unsilent Night. His debut collection of essays titled They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill US will publish in November via Two Dollar Radio. His cultural essays have been published in the New Yorker, the New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, The Fader, MTV and The Nation.

Artist Lecture Series Committee

  • Co-Chairs: Alli Kennon and Carly Spotts-Falzone
  • Allison Braun
  • Joseph Quinn
  • Rebecca Riley
  • Beth Turner
  • Jessica Petty
  • Natalie Knott
  • Joe Jahn
  • Faculty sponsors: Dr. Jean Heriot and Dr. Amanda Solem