Monday Morning Update
February 25, 2013
Public History: An article written by Associate Professor of History Elizabeth Belanger on how Stonehill collaborated with Brockton's Cape Verdean Association to create a successful public history project has been recognized by the National Council on Public History. Her article explains how the local history initiative began and what it has accomplished for both Stonehill students and local Cape Verdeans. This initiative stemmed from a Learning Community called "Art and Civic Culture in Urban Neighborhoods," which Belanger and the late Professor of Arts History Carole Calo taught. To learn more about her award-winning article, visit here.
Embracing Science: One of Pope Benedict's underappreciated achievements has been his consistent support for science, according to Professor Karl Giberson who writes frequently on the relationship between science and religion. In a recent Huffington Post article, Giberson notes, "At a time when the gulf between science and Christianity is widening in the United States -- polls show support for young earth creationism is on the rise -- Benedict was a quiet and powerful voice calling for Christians to embrace science." To read Giberson's full article, visit here.
Change Agent: Last year, when Echoing Green identified Marquis Taylor '06 as a social problem solver, the nonprofit organization invested $70,000 in his Coaching for Change program, which gives urban youth the tools to become leaders in their communities through coaching. In assessing Taylor's ideas for change, the Echoing Green staff paid more attention to Taylor the person and social entrepreneur than they did to his business plan. In a recent Harvard Business Review blog, two of Echoing Green's top executives use Taylor's example to explain why they believe business plans are overrated and to explain what they look for in promising social entrepreneurs. To read the article, visit here.
Real Food: Although they took the Food Politics Learning Community last semester, five students from that LC continued their interest in the politics that surround the production, distribution and consumption of food by recently attending a Real Food Challenge summit at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. At the summit, they learned how to work with our purchasing office and Sodexo on how to offer more real - local, fair and sustainable - food options to diners at the College. Farmer Bridget Meigs, who taught the Food Politics LC with Sociology Professor Chris Wetzel, travelled to Baltimore with the five students and the trip was underwritten by a Green Fund Grant from the Environmental Stewardship Council. For more on real food, visit here.
Writing Tips: Alumnus Gerry O'Neill '64 is a bestselling author and a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. Currently, he is promoting his latest book "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mob Boss," which he co-wrote with Dick Lehr. Given his success as a writer, we asked him if he had tips for aspiring student journalists. To read what he has to say about pacing, pruning, craft, and slogging, visit here.
Free Whitey Book: We have three copies of O'Neill's new Whitey book. In 1973, O' Neill became the first person to win what award from Stonehill College? The first three people with the right answer will get a hardcover copy of the book. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 1070.
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