Inspiration Nation is a series of programs designed to encourage learning for learnings sake, thinking about possibility and gaining inspiration from new experiences and concepts. The Third Annual Inspiration Nation programs are scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6. Classes are suspended on Tuesday, April 4 in order to allow for the entire community to engage throughout the day and at all the events! Contact Vice President for Student Affairs, Laura De Veau at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on any of the scheduled programs!
TUES | APRIL 4, 2017
Inaugural Event: Student Centered Showcase
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Wingate Event Center
Students show us their best research, writing and creative works! This event will feature a broad offering of students from disciplines across the institution. Show Up and Show Support! Event is ongoing & open to all!
Contact: Prof. Alex Walsh
Experience Learning: Be a News Consumer!
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wingate Event Center
What is News? What is Opinion? What is Bias? Participants will dig into the most important stories of the front page, the editorial section and the sports page, and by the end, you will be savvy news consumer. Event is ongoing & open to all!
Contact: Dean Sharon McKechnie
3rd Annual Community Engagement Workshop
Sponsored by CCE
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Campus Center Theatre
This year’s topic is “Civic and Political Engagement in the Classroom” and will feature Professor Christy Lyons Graham from Bridgewater State University. Professor Graham will be discussing a successful civic engagement program at Bridgewater that includes “Teach Ins” as a means to discuss social and political topics across disciplines over one specified week on campus. The faculty at Bridgewater have engaged students in a variety of disciplines on such topics as Black Lives Matter, the Presidential Election and an upcoming session on Immigration in America. This event is sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement. RSVP Required Contact Prof. Heather Gilmour with questions.
Kim Barker is a reporter on the Metro desk at The New York Times who specializes in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Before joining The Times in mid-2014, Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica. Barker will be speaking on the topic of “Finding your political voice and the future of our democracy.”
In late 2009 and early 2010, Barker was the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where she focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan and United States policy. She was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009 and was based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan“, a dark comedic take on her time in South Asia, was published in March 2011. The book was later adapted into the film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and released in 2016.
Before joining The Tribune in 2001, Barker worked for The Seattle Times, The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., and The Times in northwest Indiana. She has won investigative-reporting awards from organizations such as Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, and Best of the West with work appearing in Foreign Affairs, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. This event begins promptly at 1:00 & open to all!
Inaugural Event: Your Best 10!
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
It’s the Mount Ida College version of TED Talks! Students, Faculty and Staff, armed only with a microphone and a passion will be on stage giving us their Best 10 minutes on topics that they care deeply about. Art, Politics, Sports, People … topics as varied as our community! Because when you see people at their best, they will inspire you to give your best! This event begins promptly at 2:30 with an intermission at 3:15 & open to all!
Visiting Chef Series
4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Bold exceptional food, where prime flavor meets the perfect taste! Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House arrives at Mount Ida College for one night only! Our own executive Chef Jeremy Tavares is working hand in hand with the Executive Chef of Del Frisco’s Chestnut Hill to create a truly special dinner inspired by Del Frisco’s menu. Vegetarian options will be served as well! Open to all, meal plans, declining balance points and cash accepted! This event will offer raffle prizes and gift card giveaways to Del Frisco’s!
WED | APRIL 5, 2017
With the new presidential administration the landscape of higher education has and will continue to change. Federal aid programs, Title IX, accreditation and other matters are all on the table. Dr. Kevin Kruger is the President of NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) and has amassed nearly 40 years of experience in Higher Education leadership at institutions and at NASPA. Dr. Kruger has testified on matters related to higher education policy in front of Congress and the Department of Education. He has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education and other publications and national media. This event is open to faculty and staff, and students with specific interest in a career in Education.
THUR | APRIL 6, 2017
“If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?” Dear World, an interactive, award-winning portrait project is coming to Mount Ida College to photograph our community. Take a few minutes out of your day and become a part of the Mount Ida College collective story. Storytellers from Dear World and campus volunteers will be on hand to help guide you through the process – it’s easy, and your life will forever be changed! Open to all members of the Mount Ida College community.
The Dear World team has taken over 50,000 portraits from around the world, and these portraits have brought the world closer together. Join us for the Mount Ida College Story Telling and Photo Reveal, where we will unveil the hundreds of photos from our community and hear some of our most poignant stories. This event serves as the finale of Inspiration Nation programming – Don’t Miss It! This event will begin promptly at 8:00 & is open to all!