First Mondays

[2012-03-26 Block 7] Dr. Kirk Johnson, Chief Curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. This First Monday Event is titled Tourist to a Warm World: A glimpse in to the last great global greenhouse. A lecture by Kirk Johnson, PhD, vice president of research and collections and chief curator with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Dr Johnson studies fossil leaves to reconstruct ancient landscapes, using geological records to understand rapid contemporary trends of climate change. Earth’s climate has fluctuated between Icehouse and Greenhouse conditions, alternating between periods that sustained huge ice caps and times when there was almost no ice at all. During Greenhouse conditions, in the not-so-distance past, both Greenland and Antarctica were covered by forests! The state of Colorado preserves particularly rich records of the periods of lush vegetation and abundant water, providing a glimpse in an entirely different Planet Earth, with an environment that may help us to better understand temperature changes that are occurring in our own time. This event was sponsored by the Academic Events Committee. This lecture was presented at Colorado College, Shove Chapel, March 26, 2012., Title, series title, and description information from Colorado College Podcast Notable Lectures and Performances website, 10/20/2014.
[2013-01-21 Block 5] Omar Offendum
The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. This First Mondays Event features Omar Offendum. Born in Saudi Arabia to Syrian parents and raised in the Washington, D.C., area, hip-hop artist Omar Offendum uses his lyrical talents to bridge his Middle Eastern roots to his Western upbringing. Offendum began his rap career as one-half of the N.O.M.A.D.S., an Arab/African-American hip-hop duo. In 2010, he released his first solo album, "SyrianamericanA." His songs, which are often political, resonate with Arab youth, many of whom have embraced one of America's most popular forms of protest music: hip-hop. This event was sponsored by the Colorado College IDEA Space, Cultural Attractions Fund, and President's Circle. This event was presented at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, January 21, 2013., Title, series title and description information from Colorado College Podcast Notable Lectures and Performances website, 10/17/2014.
[2013-02-18 Block 6] Vincent Stanley : the responsible company : what we've learned from Patagonia's first 40 years
The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. This First Monday Event features Vincent Stanley, the current VP of marketing at the clothing company Patagonia, and co-author with Yvon Chouinard of "The Responsible Company: What We've Learned From Patagonia's First 40 Years" will speak on his recently published book and his experiences with Patagonia since the company's founding in 1973. Patagonia, named by Fortune in 2007 as the coolest company on the planet, has earned a reputation as much for its ground-breaking environmental and social practices as for the quality of its clothes. In "The Responsible Company," Chouinard and Stanley recount how the company and its culture gained the confidence, by step and misstep, to make its work progressively more responsible, and to ultimately share its discoveries with companies as large as Wal-Mart or as small as the corner bakery. This event was sponsored by The State of the Rockies Project. This lecture was presented at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, February 18, 2013., MP4 video transferred from the Colorado College Office of Communications., Series title and description information from Colorado College Podcast Notable Lectures and Performances website, 10/21/2014.
[2013-03-25 Block 7] Tapestries of apocalypes : from Angers to 'Nausicaa' and beyond
The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. This First Mondays Event features Susan Napier of Tufts University, who began her academic career in Japanese literature, but has expanded her field of research to include the medium of Japanese animation. Two of her books include "Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Japanese Animations" (2001) and "From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Western Imagination" (2007). She is currently writing a book on the films and manga of Hayao Miyzaki, Japan’s greatest living animator and arguably the greatest animator in the world today. Also interested in many other areas besides Japan, Napier currently teaches The Cinema of Apocalypse and Fantasy in World Culture and hopes to develop a course on science fiction soon. This event was sponsored by Gaylord Endowment for Pacific Areas Studies Annual Lecture, National Endowment for the Humanities Professorship and Asian Student Union. This lecture was presented at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, March 25, 2013., Title, series title and description information from Colorado College Podcast Notable Lectures and Performances website, 10/16/2014.
[2014-10-27 Block 3] Console Wars
The First Mondays Event Series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. Blake Harris and Gail Tilden will discuss the battle between Sega and Nintendo to be the best in gaming in the early 90s, otherwise known as the great battle between Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario. The discussants will focus on how Sega's Blast processing blew up Nintendo's well plumbed gaming machine. This lecture was presented at Colorado College, Armstrong Hall, October 27, 2014., Sponsored by the Innovation Institute.