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Macalester Big Questions

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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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English


Episodes

Eric Carter and James Ochi on Life After COVID-19 - Episode 4 - Macalester Big Questions

12/29/2020
This Macalester Big Questions episode features Professor Eric Carter and Dr. James Ochi '80 P'12 discussing what life after the COVID-19 pandemic might look like. President Suzanne Rivera led the discussion during a live Big Questions event held virtually in early December, 2020. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:31:10

Adrienne Christiansen and Jane Zimmerman on What the World Will Look Like on November 4 - Episode 3 - Macalester Big Questions

12/1/2020
Recorded shortly before the November 3 presidential election, this episode features Professor Adrienne Christiansen and Jane Zimmerman '84 discussing with President Suzanne Rivera what they thought the world would look like on November 4. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:29:06

Sam Asarnow on Making Ethical Choices During COVID - Episode 2 - Macalester Big Questions

11/25/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Sam Asarnow sits down with President Suzanne Rivera to discuss the Big Question: "What is our obligation to each other during COVID?" Dr. Asarnow is an assistant professor of philosophy who teaches and writes about ethics and the philosophy of action. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:08:48

Andrew Latham on the future of U.S.-China trade relations - Episode 1 - Macalester Big Questions

10/22/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Andrew Latham sits down with President Suzanne Rivera to discuss the Big Question: "What can the next U.S. president do to advance our relationship with China?" Dr. Latham is a professor of political science at Macalester who teaches and writes about the U.S.-China relationship. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:05:03

Roopali Phadke and Katie Clifford on the Rivers Running Dry - Episode 34 - Macalester Big Questions

3/18/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Roopali Phadke and Katie Clifford, an alum from the Class of 2009 and now a postdoctoral fellow with the US Geological Survey sit down with President Brian Rosenberg. In front of a live audience in Denver, Colorado, the conversation centered on the big question: Will the rivers run dry? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:48:19

Michael McGaghie and Patricia Brown on the Arts and Our Common Humanity - Episode 33 - Macalester Big Questions

3/11/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Music Professor Michael McGaghie and Dance Instructor Patricia Brown sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Their discussion seeks to answer the question: Can embracing the arts reconnect our common humanity? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:53:16

Andrew Beveridge and Kofi Amoo-Gottfried on Social Media - Episode 32 - Macalester Big Questions

3/4/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Andrew Beveridge and Kofi Amoo-Gottfried, from the Class of 2001 and now the Vice President of Marketing at Doordash sit down with President Brian Rosenberg. Their discussion, recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, California, answers the big question: Can social media be used for good? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:55:59

Marjorie Trueblood and Donna Maeda on Inclusion - Episode 31 - Macalester Big Questions

2/26/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Marjorie Trueblood, Dean of Multicultural Life, and Donna Maeda, Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship, talk in conversation with Patricia King from the Macalester Class of 1972. Their discussion, which took place in front of a live audience in Ann Arbor, Michigan, looks to answer the question: Why isn’t inclusion enough? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:47:39

Jeffrey Toobin on the Supreme Court - Episode 30 - Macalester Big Questions

2/19/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, CNN's chief legal analyst and New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in New York City. In a wide-ranging conversation, they explore this question: Should the Supreme Court be the most important issue in any presidential election? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:57:02

Barbara Phillips and Melvin Collins on Macalester's EEO Program - Episode 29 - Macalester Big Questions

2/13/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, alumni Barbara Phillips, from the Class of 1971, and Melvin Collins, from the Class of 1975, speak about the college's Expanded Educational Opportunities program with President Brian Rosenberg. The EEO program was in place from 1969 to 1974 and was designed to help the college live into its commitment to multiculturalism with full scholarships for students from diverse populations that historically had not been represented at Macalester. Learn...

Duration:00:19:11

Donnie Brooks and B. Todd Jones on Athlete Activism - Episode 28 - Macalester Big Questions

2/5/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Donnie Brooks, Director of Athletics, and B. Todd Jones '79, the NFL's Chief Disciplinary Officer, sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Philadelphia, PA. Their conversation looks to answer the question: Does activism belong in athletics? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:01:04:51

Andrea Kaston Tange on If the Humanities Matter - Episode 27 - Macalester Big Questions

1/29/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Andrea Kaston Tange, chair of the English Department and director of digital liberal arts, sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Portland, OR. Their discussion examines the question: Do the humanities matter? Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:51:55

Adrienne Christiansen and Minh Ta on Democracy - Episode 26 - Macalester Big Questions

1/22/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Adrienne Christiansen and alum Minh Ta from the Class of 1997 sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Washington D.C. Through their discussion they delve into the big question: Is democracy worth saving? Adrienne Christiansen is an Associate Professor for Political Science at Macalester, and alum Minh Ta is a Vice President with the Carlyle Group. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:56:19

Kate Ryan Reiling and Mindy Deardurff on Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts - Episode 25 - Macalester Big Questions

1/15/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Kate Ryan Reiling, Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Mindy Deardurff, Dean of Career Exploration, sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in San Francisco. Through their conversation Kate, a 2000 alum, and Mindy talk about the way they’ve developed their respective roles, and how their departments co-exist in a liberal arts setting. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:54:26

Duchess Harris and Who Owns the #MeToo Narrative - Episode 24 - Macalester Big Questions

1/8/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Professor Duchess Harris sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Washington, D.C. Their conversation focuses on the #MeToo movement, its intersections with race and class, and who owns the narrative. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:52:54

Marlon James and the Politics of Writing - Episode 23 - Macalester Big Questions

1/2/2020
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Marlon James, associate professor of English and writer-in-residence, sits down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in New York City. Their conversation explores if it’s possible to write a story without being political. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:31:40

Karine Moe, Felix Friedt, and Altay Israfil on Economic Nationalism - Episode 22 - Macalester Big Questions

12/18/2019
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Provost Karine Moe sits down with Felix Friedt, professor of economics, and Altay Israfil, an independent strategic advisor from the Class of 1998, in front of a live audience in London. They discuss economic nationalism through various news items, including: Brexit, the NAFTA reboot, and the US and China trade war. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:44:54

Julie Dolan and Paru Shah Talk About Election Results - Episode 21 - Macalester Big Questions

12/18/2019
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, President Brian Rosenberg sits down with Julie Dolan, professor of political science, and Paru Shah, former assistant professor of political science, in front of a live audience in Chicago. Their discussion happened the day after the November 2018 mid-term elections, and reflects on the election results. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:39:29

Bill Moseley and Julia Morgan on the Complexity of Feeding the Planet - Episode 20 - Macalester Big Questions

12/13/2019
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Bill Moseley, professor of geography, and Julia Morgan, a researcher from the Class of 2017, sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience in Seattle, WA. They discuss the complexities of feeding the planet, and how even a simple meal involves issues of economics, politics, technology, climate change, and distribution. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:45:39

Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento and Sarah Bellamy on Theater and Social Equity - Episode 19 - Macalester Big Questions

12/11/2019
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, chair and professor of theater and dance, and Sarah Bellamy, visiting assistant professor, sit down with President Brian Rosenberg in front of a live audience on Macalester's Saint Paul campus. They talk about the power of performance to enact social change, and how artists can help us reexamine the meanings of equity and inclusion in society. Support the show (https://secure.macalester.edu/giving/)

Duration:00:43:08