9:30–10:20 a.m.

The Great Migration and Chicago’s Bronzeville Neighborhood

Between 1916 and 1970 approximately six million African Americans moved from predominantly rural areas in the southern United States to urban centers in the north. This huge movement of people has come to be known as the Great Migration when African Americans were fleeing the land of Jim Crow laws and searching for civil rights that would include economic, political and social opportunities. One of the major destinations for many African Americans was the city of Chicago where their hope for success was met with unexpected and incredible obstacles. The story of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on the south side reflects the challenging hardships that these migrants needed to overcome so that their dream of equal opportunity could finally begin.

Susan Voss Pappas ’69, docent, Chicago Architecture Center and previous coordinator of CAC’s Bronzeville sites in Open House Chicago

Joseph Patterson ’69, managing general principal, Patterson Investment Properties Consulting, LLC and commercial real estate consultant
Youngchild Hall, Lecture Hall 121

Why We Must Respond to Increasing Atmospheric CO2, How We Got Here, and Ongoing Strategies to Ameliorate the Situation

In 1958 a young post doc named Charles David Keeling had two instruments built that accurately measured the CO2 concentration in the air. Using federal funds available in that International Geophysics Year and from the U.S. response to the ‘Sputnik Shock’, Keeling was able to send one instrument to Antarctica and the other to the top of Mauna Loa, Hawaii. The results alerted Keeling to an unexpected increase in atmospheric CO2 that compelled him to secure additional funding leading to the Keeling Curve documenting the gradual increase in CO2 in the air and to subsequent uninterrupted monitoring of greenhouse gas levels worldwide. Abundant data now show that human activities, beginning in the industrial age with the use of ancient biomass in the form of fossil fuels to power industries and transportation vehicles, are changing the balance of carbon and greenhouse gases and are causing climate change. This lecture will summarize the current state in greenhouse gas rise and related climate change, and the U.S. and other efforts to curtail the rise in greenhouse gas levels. The lecture will include a summary of progress from the multi-institutional DOE-funded BioEnergy Science Center and the Center for Bioenergy Innovation.

Debra Mohnen ’79, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, The University of Georgia.
Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)

The Transformational Power of Music: How Lawrence is Redefining the College Music Tour

The setup of a college music tour has always been pretty clear: get off the bus, play your concert, bow, get back on the bus, drive to your next stop, repeat. But what if you could redefine nearly everything about how a music tour works? This is exactly what we did on our Presto! tours. We created a vision that reflects who we are as a conservatory. On each tour we collaborate with local social impact organizations to create deeply meaningful relationships and experiences for everyone involved. Everything changes when you ask local organizations “How can we help you to better achieve your goals through our music?” Come hear how Presto! transforms lives!

Brian G. Pertl ’86, dean of the Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University
Warch Campus Center, Esch Hurvis Studio (Room 224)


10:40–11:30 a.m.

More Heat! More Light! A Liberal Arts Consideration of Climate Change

The last few years have seen record-breaking weather extremes, and the last three years have been the warmest years on record for the globe. “…Based on extensive evidence, it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century…” So begins the Fourth National Climate Assessment, published in 2018 by the federal government of the United States. For us, the most important question posed by this report is not whether climate change exists, but what we are doing about it. This class will explore that question by examining progress made moving to a greener economy. It will also frame the challenges that remain—principally in the United States, but also those in other parts of the world. These include challenges in energy, industry, transportation, construction, agriculture, investment and the infrastructure that supports every aspect of our lives. The class will address what it takes to make progress here and abroad and how the ability of citizens like us to assemble and evaluate complex information will not just advance the debate, but also help drive the transition to a more carbon-neutral world. We do not expect that a 45-minute Alumni College course will exhaustively address this massive global challenge. Rather, our goal is to lead participants to understand more about areas where progress is being made and to consider how they can help secure the changes that have yet to take place.

Elizabeth Benson ’69, president, Energy Associates

Shaun Donnelly ’68, former U.S. Ambassador and international negotiator
Youngchild Hall, Lecture Hall 121

Window Seat on the World

Glen Johnson offers a multimedia lecture about his experiences working for the State Department and traveling the world with Secretary of State John Kerry. They are captured in his newly released book, Window Seat on the World. Glen will answer your questions as well as speak about Middle East peace talks, the Iran nuclear negotiations, climate change and insights he gleaned as a former reporter working in the federal government. For those interested in purchasing the book, it will be available on June 1 through or after the class. The author will also sign all copies.

Glen D. Johnson ’85, author, Window Seat on the World
Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)

Read Any Good Books Lately? Summer Reads with your Friends in the Mudd*

For several years, the library has hosted a summer program at which Lawrence faculty and staff from all over campus come together to share their current favorite books. Now you can be part of the discussion!
Join your friends in the Mudd Library to share your own favorite books or just come to get some great recommendations from prolific campus readers.

Library Staff
Seeley G. Mudd Library, First Floor


1–1:50 p.m.

Alchemical Symbolism in Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series offers an interesting blend of history, legend and myth, but its portrayal of alchemy presents historians of science and magic a particularly worthy challenge. Paying close attention to the alchemical symbolism used in the books, rooted in historical depictions of the art, reveals important clues about their hero’s character, moral imperative and ultimate destiny.

Ed Kern, associate professor of history, Lawrence University
Youngchild Hall, Lecture Hall 121

Educators in Search of an Anthem: Standardization, The Star-Spangled Banner and the First World War

In 1917 several of the most prominent musicians in the United States, including the bandleader John Philip Sousa, the orchestral conductor Walter Damrosch, and the scholar Oscar Sonneck, joined together in an effort to establish a standard version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Most histories of the song note this effort, but fail to recognize that the real impetus for the standardization movement came from the music division of the National Education Association and was a product of Progressive Era desires to encourage mass singing among recent immigrants, office workers and children. This presentation examines the standardization of “The Star-Spangled Banner”in light of first world war political concerns as well as broader cultural trends. It also explains the reasons for the effort’s failure and shows how the period around the first world war set up many of the struggles that surround the national anthem even today.

Dr. Patrick R. Warfield ’94, associate director for graduate studies and strategic initiatives, and associate professor, musicology, University of Maryland.
Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)

Stories from the Archives: Discovering the Lesser-Known History of Lawrence

Lawrence University was founded in 1847, before the city of Appleton existed, when Wisconsin was still a territory, and as one of the first coeducational colleges in the country. Perhaps you already know these familiar Lawrence history facts. But more than 170 years of history contains myriad stories that are unknown that you won’t find in any book. We can discover many of these stories through research in the Lawrence University Archives. In this presentation, archivist Erin Dix will share some of her favorites—tales from the university’s past that are fascinating, frustrating, inspiring or even just plain weird.

Erin K. Dix ’08, university archivist and assistant professor, Lawrence University
Thomas A. Steitz Hall of Science, Lecture Hall 102


2:10–3 p.m.

Inequality and the Populist Surge

In modern democracies around the world, there has been a rise in populist appeals that focus on “identity politics,” with a strong voting component based on race, religion, ethnicity and/or national identity. This phenomenon influenced the election of President Donald Trump, the Brexit vote, the support for Marine Le Pen in France and the rise of right-wing parties across Europe. Why is this occurring, and what are the consequences? The course will discuss how the rise of identity-based populism can be linked to the parallel rise of economic inequality, and will discuss the implications of this link for the pathways by which democracies can address rising inequality.

John D. Huber ’84, professor of political science, Columbia University
Youngchild Hall, Lecture Hall 121

Blackmail, Privacy and Sherlock Holmes

Reputation, honor, fidelity, chastity. These were preoccupations of the middle and upper classes during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Britain and the United States. Blackmail and defamation laws reflected these concerns, as did demands for greater legal protections for privacy and other personal entitlements. We will examine laws that sought to control assaults on reputation and privacy at the turn of the century, and authors, such as Oscar Wilde, Henry James and Arthur Conan Doyle, who depicted these problems in their literary creations. In particular, we will trace the theme of blackmail in the great Sherlock Holmes tale, The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.

Dr. Robert E. Spoo ’79, Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, The University of Tulsa College of Law
Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)

Vintage: Secrets of the Grape*

Wine encompasses everything ... science, technology, art, history, religion, economics, psychology, even politics. This class considers this special treasure in a freewheeling lecture that includes the appropriate gustatory dimension.

Nick Maravolo, retired professor of biology, Lawrence University
Warch Campus Center, Esch Hurvis Studio 224

Local Craft Beer – It’s a Gas, Gas, Gas!*

THIS CLASS RUNS FROM 2:10–4:10 p.m.

Should we organize a Wisconsin or German “kegger” for your return to Lawrence? How about a proper pint of dry Irish stout, or an authentic cask ale from the cellar to remind you of your term at the London Centre? Whether you prefer carbon dioxide, nitrogen, natural carbonation or a combination, your preferences will be satisfied by a short trip down College Avenue with your fellow Lawrence alumni! We will visit two local breweries that provide American styles, authentic German lagers and traditional British and Irish ales that employ each of these styles (and gases). Jumpin’ Jack Flash, it’s a gas, gas, gas!

Kurt Krebsbach ’85, professor of computer science, Lawrence University
Meet at Wriston Turnaround (off Lawe Street) and on to Appleton Beer Factory and McFleshman’s Brewing Company

Ilan Klages-Mundt ’09,   Co-owner/Co-operator of Insight Brewing Company in Minneapolis



3:20–4:10 p.m.

The Lasting Legacy: Alumni Art Collections at Lawrence University*

There are about 6,000 unique artworks in the Lawrence University art collection, an incredible resource for a small liberal arts college in the Upper Midwest. Where did all that art come from? A significant percentage came from your fellow alumni who had a passion for visual art and donated their collections for LU students to learn from and enjoy. We’ll look at examples from the collections of George Banta 1910, Ottilia Buerger ’38 and Paul
Jackson ’49, among others. We’ll also discuss art collecting tips and the process for donating artwork to Lawrence.

Beth A. Zinsli ’02, assistant professor of art history, curator of the Wriston Art Center Galleries and Museum Studies Interdisciplinary Area Program director, Lawrence University
Wriston Art Center, Quirk Print Study Room 227

Ghana—From the “Gold Coast” to the most Democratic Country in Africa

Once known as the “Gold Coast,” today Ghana is the most democratic country in all of Africa. The first British colony in Africa to gain independence (1958), Ghana is now home to a growing economy and vibrant arts and cultural life for its nearly 30 million people. Join Professor Claudena Skran and some of her students as they share experiences gained during their “travelling classroom” last December. Topics to be discussed include the legacy of slavery; the growth of African nationalism; Accra as an entrepreneurial city; challenges for women’s health; and artistic innovations.

Claudena Skran, Edwin & Ruth West Professor of Economics and Social Science and professor of government
Thomas A. Steitz Hall of Science, Lecture Hall 102

The Beatles…Four Lads Who Shook the World

Do You Want to Know a Secret? The Beatles are still Here, There and Everywhere ... even after breaking up in 1970! The Beatles 1 album, released in 2000, is the biggest selling album of any artist in the first decade of the
21st century, and The Beatles are the only artists to sell more than a million units every year since 1990! That’s really Something! Current students at Lawrence have the opportunity to study the exciting ’60s through the sounds of The Beatles, and you can relive it too! The Word is love and All You Need Is Love to attend this exciting presentation by a true Beatleholic. It Won’t Be Long before Reunion is here; June is not such a Long, Long, Long way off. Take this Magical Mystery Tour of The Long and Winding Road paved by The Beatles. Turn off your mind ... relax ... and float downstream ... it’s just A Day in the Life. Help is on the way! The End.

Carl Rath ’75, Conservatory of Music instructor, Lawrence University
Warch Campus Center, Cinema (Level Two)


*Limited space available for these classes.

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