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The “Big Questions” series is our attempt to try something different. These are glimpses into the minds and hearts of the people who comprise Macalester: a collection of their thoughts about the things that matter to them and, we hope, to you.You might think of these short videos as a stripped down, “acoustic” version of Macalester communications and as a way to see what truly animates the college.

The “Big Questions” series is our attempt to try something different. These are glimpses into the minds and hearts of the people who comprise Macalester: a collection of their thoughts about the things that matter to them and, we hope, to you.You might think of these short videos as a stripped down, “acoustic” version of Macalester communications and as a way to see what truly animates the college.
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The “Big Questions” series is our attempt to try something different. These are glimpses into the minds and hearts of the people who comprise Macalester: a collection of their thoughts about the things that matter to them and, we hope, to you.You might think of these short videos as a stripped down, “acoustic” version of Macalester communications and as a way to see what truly animates the college.

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Episodes

Kiante Miles and Healing Your Inner Community - Episode 13 - Macalester Big Questions

10/23/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Kiante Miles, from the Class of 2020, sits down with President Brian Rosenberg. Kiante -- a poet, a computer science major, and a defensive back on the football team -- talks about healing your inner community and the power of sharing creativity. Support the show

Duration:00:13:35

Myhana Kerr on Language and the Term "People of Color" - Episode 12 - Macalester Big Questions

10/16/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Myhana Kerr shares her perspectives on navigating college with President Brian Rosenberg. Kerr, from the Class of 2018, reflects on learning within an international community, language and the term “people of color.” Support the show

Duration:00:15:33

Rev. Kelly Stone and Exploring Differences - Episode 11 - Macalester Big Questions

10/9/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Rev. Kelly Stone, Macalester’s Chaplain and the Associate Dean of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, speaks with President Brian Roseneberg about the college’s past, meeting students’ needs, and thinking of campus as a laboratory for exploring differences. Support the show

Duration:00:10:55

Blair Cha on Leadership - Episode 10 - Macalester Big Questions

10/2/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Blair Cha '20 talks with President Brian Rosenberg about what it takes to be a leader: at Macalester, in the community, and as a woman. Blair is the president of Macalester College Student Government and is a mathematics and applied statistics major. Support the show

Duration:00:11:58

Fred Swaniker on the Misconceptions About Africa - Episode 9 - Macalester Big Questions

9/25/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, alumni Fred Swaniker talks with President Brian Rosenberg about the history of Africans -- like Kofi Annan -- in shaping the world, and the potential for global leadership among youth across the continent. Swaniker is a native of Ghana, and a co-founder of the African Leadership Academy. Support the show

Duration:00:10:51

Tim O'Brien and the Danger of Absolutism - Episode 8 - Macalester Big Questions

9/18/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, author Tim O'Brien from the Class of 1968 speaks with President Brian Rosenberg. In their discussion they talk about the complexities of the world, embracing uncertainty, and avoiding absolutism. The talk was recorded in October 2017 when O’Brien was on campus to interview fellow author Marlon James. Tim O'Brien is the author of several works including Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, and If I Die in a Combat Zone. He has an...

Duration:00:17:31

Kofi Annan in Conversation with Brian Rosenberg - Episode 7 - Macalester Big Questions

9/11/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, we share a conversation President Brian Rosenberg had with Kofi Annan on May 8, 2018. Annan was on campus for the renaming of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship in recognition of Annan’s global leadership and dedication to peace. Kofi Annan was founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a 1961 graduate of Macalester College. Annan passed away...

Duration:00:17:53

Donna Lee on Building an Inclusive Community - Episode 6 - Macalester Big Questions

9/4/2019
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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Donna Lee, Vice President for Student Affairs, talks about building an inclusive community out of a diverse group of students with President Brian Rosenberg. In this conversation, Lee talks about building an inclusive community out of a diverse group of students. She reminds us that this work is a process and takes a concerted effort across campus. Support the show

Duration:00:15:36

Marlon James and Novels as Political Statements - Episode 5 - Macalester Big Questions

8/21/2019
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Author Marlon James, a professor and writer in residence at Macalester, talks with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode. Their conversation covers novels as political statements, and reflections by Marlon, a Man Booker Prize-winning writer, about his status as a U.S. resident and how deportation factors into his work. Support the show

Duration:00:10:24

Kristi Curry Rogers and What We Can Learn From Fossils - Episode 4 - Macalester Big Questions

8/21/2019
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Professor Kristi Curry Rogers reflects on what we can learn from fossils with President Brian Rosenberg. The conversation moves from prehistory to the present as Rogers, a paleontologist, shares what role humans can play in the future of our planet. Support the show

Duration:00:16:46

Andrew Latham and Conservative Political Thought - Episode 3 - Macalester Big Questions

8/20/2019
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Professor Andrew Latham discusses conservative political thought with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode. Latham shares how the classes he created for Macalester shape a liberal arts experience at a school with a progressive reputation. Support the show

Duration:00:16:01

Donnie Brooks and Student-Athlete Mental Health - Episode 2 - Macalester Big Questions

8/20/2019
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Athletic Director Donnie Brooks talks with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode of Macalester Big Questions. Donnie shares how Macalester approaches student-athlete mental health so that they can succeed as students, athletes, and people. Support the show

Duration:00:16:01

Duchess Harris and the Intersections of the #MeToo Movement - Episode 1 - Macalester Big Questions

8/20/2019
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Professor Duchess Harris, Chair of the American Studies Department talks with President Brian Rosenberg about the #MeToo movement. In the conversation about the Me Too movement and sexism, Duchess focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender. Support the show

Duration:00:14:26