Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of the popular book French Toast (St. Martin’s Press, 1999), will humor us with "An American in Paris" at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28 in Webster Auditorium. Born in Shenandoah, Iowa, Rochefort moved to France in 1971. She is a freelance journalist who has contributed articles to major newspapers and magazines, including Time and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Rochefort’s husband, Philippe, was born and raised in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. He will be accompanying her to Joplin and may even take the stage to refute some of her observations of the French. The couple has two sons, Benjamin, 23, and David, 19, who are Franco-American and speak both English and French.
"Harriet has spoken twice to my International Media Seminar class in Paris, and both years my students have voted her as their favorite speaker," said Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies. "We’re fortunate that she will be returning to Iowa for her high school reunion and will be able to make a side trip to Joplin."
Rochefort, with a humorous bent, will discuss the French school system, taxes, food, sex, money, and social customs.
"Rather than just gently fading into French culture — that is, adapting — I have come to realize I feel more and more American," Rochefort writes in French Toast. "Increasingly, I find myself trying to explain to myself why the French are the way they are, and why, in spite of ‘going native’ in the sense of having a French spouse, speaking the language fluently, and immensely enjoying living here, I don’t feel any more French than the day I arrived."
Dr. Susann Moeller, renowned scholar in the humanities from Columbus, Ohio (Ph.D., Ohio State University), will give a presentation on the "Impact of Expressionism in Europe on the Humanities in the USA." This presentation is supported by the Institute of International Studies and adds a truly European view to the close cultural connection between both continents. Within the frame of "The America Semester," we are very fortunate to have Dr. Moeller contribute her expertise and knowledge to our faculty and students.
Writing with the Light, an exhibit of 35 photographs by Orjan Henriksson, will be on display in Missouri Southern's Spiva Art Gallery from August 28 through September 22. The black and white photographs were exhibited earlier this summer at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in Oklahoma City.
Images of Sweden and Southwest Missouri makeup the exhibit. Three themes exist: architecture, portraiture and the nude. Henriksson is interested in the formal qualities but is also sensitive to the expressive elements of photographics.
According to the artist, "Photography is about light, or the absence of light, shadows. It is magic to watch the light bring a subject to life."
Henriksson was a visiting artist at Missouri Southern in 1996 and has taught students from MSSC as part of the "Summer in Sweden" program run by the Art Department.
He has exhibited his photographs in Sweden, the U.S., Hungary and France. In 1997, he was honored by the city of Mullsjo, Sweden for his artistic achievements.
Orjan Henriksson holds an MFA degree from the University of Lulea in Sweden. He has studied with the American photographers Arnold Newman and George Tice. He is currently teaching at Mullsjo Folkshogskola where he serves as Chair of the Art Department. He is also a renowned guitarist who has toured the United States and Japan.
The Missouri Southern Spiva Art Gallery is open to the public with no admission fee. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Dr. Barbara Box, director of the Department of Nursing, has arranged a luncheon presentation by Dr. Martha C. Baker, associate professor in the department. Her topic will be "Walking the Wind--Cherokee Teachings for Harmony and Balance."
The Shot Heard Around the World: 21st Century Terrorism
11:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000
Webster Hall Auditorium
Speakers: Dr. Edwin B. Strong Jr., Ray Jarvis, Dr. John Hollister Hedley, Robert Harris
Annetta St. Clair, associate professor of political science, has arranged for a symposium on "The Shot Heard Around the World: 21st Century Terrorism." A panel of three speakers will provide insight into the likelihood of terrorist activity, possible scenarios and counter-measures which are being taken.
One of the speakers will be Dr. Edwin B. Strong, Jr., president of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. Dr. Strong, a graduate of Joplin Junior College, has worked in counter intelligence with the U.S. Army and been on assignment to a NATO special security team. He has been a participant in National Strategy Seminars and seminars of the National Defense University.
A second speaker will be Ray Jarvis, an anti-terrorist trainer from Tulsa. His Jarvis International Intelligence Inc. trains citizens for intelligence work with the U.S. government and business executives and their families who are going abroad in safety measures.
Strong and Jarvis both spoke to St. Clair’s Terrorism class this spring.
A third speaker, Dr. John Hollister Hedley, now an independent consultant, recently concluded more than three decades of service with the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired as Chairman of CIA's Publications Review Board, which passes judgment prior to publication on any writing for nonofficial publication by persons who have secrecy obligations resulting from some relationship with CIA.
The fourth speaker is Robert Harris, the primary hostage negotiator for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Harris is a staff instructor for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in the areas of gangs, disruptive groups, cults/ritualistic behavior, bomb threats, and hostage survival. He was selected as the first recipient of the Missouri Gang Investigator's Association's Investigator of the Year in 1999. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force for 10 years, serving as supervisor for patrol, drug investigation, and explosive investigation units in Europe, the United States, and Asia.
Getting Home: Baseball, American Identity, and Recent Change in Central Europe
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000
11:00 a.m. in Webster Hall Auditorium
7:00 p.m. in Spiva Gallery
Speaker: Gary Gildner
Dr. Joy Dworkin, associate professor of English, is bringing award-winning author Gary Gildner to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Gildner will give a 50-minute presentation at 11:00 a.m. entitled "Getting Home: Baseball, American Identity, and Recent Change in Central Europe." He will speak about experiences in Czechoslovakia during the split of that country and in Poland where he coached a baseball team. In the evening at 7:00 p.m. he will present a reading from his fiction and poetry.
Gildner’s 17 published books include poetry, novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, and memoir. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Magazine Award for Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams and Theodore Roethke poetry prizes, along with two Senior Fulbright Fellowships in Poland and in Slovakia.
His memoir, The Warsaw Sparks, was written about being asked to coach Poland’s first baseball team. His last volume of poems, The Bunker in the Parsley Fields, received the 1996 Iowa Poetry Prize.
"His expertise in and love of the American sport of baseball will have broad appeal to students and community members," Dworkin said.
Gildner will also speak to Dworkin’s Creative Writing class at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19.
Earl Hamner, creator of "The Waltons," will present "A Sampler: Reflections on an American Writer’s Life" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6 in Webster Auditorium. Joanne Brough, a former development executive at CBS and vice president of creative affairs at Lorimar Productions, arranged Hamner’s visit to Missouri Southern. She is an adjunct instructor in the communications department.
"As executive story editor for CBS in the early 1970s, Joanne read Hamner’s "The Homecoming" submission and recommended it highly," Stebbins said. "She even predicted it would become a perennial Christmas special, which it has."
The overwhelming critical and audience response to the special led to the series "The Waltons," which had a spectacular run of eight years on CBS followed by a year of special programs on NBC. The series is still being rerun on The Family Channel, where it is their top-rated show.
In his appearance at Missouri Southern, Hamner plans to model "A Sampler: Reflections on an American Writer’s Life" after a speech he recently gave at the Smithsonian Institute when it honored "The Waltons" with a special evening.
"In general, I will reminisce about growing up in the Depression, my family, the times and how they translated to a television series that has been seen in every country in the world except for Russia and China," Hamner said. "For this presentation, I would include a wider view of my life and times, the communications and film industry, and end with readings from some of my more recent works."
Nancy Kissel Clark will present a slide lecture, entitled "Five Decades of Growth," about building five studios in five different states, her teaching experiences, the exhibition of her work, experimentation with materials and techniques, and some of the important commissions that she has done during her career.
This lecture is sponsored by MSSC Student Art League.
As a result of our international mission, more and more faculty and students from Missouri Southern are traveling overseas, many to places where we confront firsthand a level of poverty and a standard of living that we really don't see at home. When we do, it is inevitable that the question what should be our response to such poverty becomes both more personal and more compelling. The Values Forum Colloquium will attempt to explore this question. What is appropriate when, as American travelers, we are confronted with beggars and street children, when we bargain with merchants and cab drivers, when we tip or present gifts to people who perform services for us? Further, on a less immediate level, but perhaps on a level on which what we do has more of an impact, how much of our resources should we be giving to charitable causes, to which groups, and upon what bases should we make our judgments?
First a panel of faculty from Missouri Southern will talk about their own experiences traveling in developing countries. Then the floor will be opened for a more general and informal discussion. The panel members will be Ree Wells and Conrad Gubera from the Sociology Department, Gwen Murdock, Psychology, J. R Moorman, Communications, and Chad Stebbins, Director of the Institute of International Studies.
April 18th Presentations:
The Changing International Order and Challenges for U.S. Foreign Policy
by James Hoge
Consumerism in the Twenty-First Century
by Ryan Mathews
April 19th Presentations:
The Bits of Life: Society in the Post-information Age
by Michael Hawley