Chesley Lecture Series

  • Brent Chesley

The Chesley Lecture Series, formerly the Aquinas Lecture Series, was renamed in 2017 in memory of Dr. Brent Chesley, who co-founded the series in 1991 along with Dr. Dan Brooks. Together they organized more than 200 presentations by Aquinas College faculty and staff for over 25 years until Brent’s death in 2017. The Chesley Lecture Series is held on Tuesdays from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. throughout the academic year in the Loutit Room. Please see the calendar below for lecture topics.

September 10, 2019

Susan Hojnacki – World Languages/Education
Report on Berlin Immigration Conference

Dr. Susan Hojnacki took part in an international conference on immigration in Berlin, Germany this past summer. She will report on her experiences with 20 other educators from around the world, and how they learned about the immigration debate from a German perspective but also with stories from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Kenya, New Zealand, and Italy among others. Her presentation will share conclusions about how Germany is helping to integrate its many immigrants into German society and also shed some light on the impressions that this multicultural group had about the immigration situation in the USA.

October 8, 2019

Shari McCarty - Mathematics
Sabbatical Report

There are exciting changes impacting all Michigan teacher preparation programs, specifically in elementary mathematics education. We will explore a brief history of the changes and how the changes will impact AQ mathematics education courses, all in the spirit of preparing future teachers to be effective mathematics educators.

October 29, 2019

Dan Brooks - English
“Journalism and The Journalist: A Sabbatical Renewal”

This presentation will provide a summary of my sabbatical, encompassing the review/revision of the Journalism Minor and leveraging writing opportunities to expand personal journalistic experience.

November 12, 2019

Sheli Rottschafer - World Languages
“La Diáspora de un Aztlán norteño: MiChicanidad as Witnessed in Bilingual Ethno-Poetry and Photography”

This presentation will detail a faculty/student/alumni collaborative effort, featuring student readings of bilingual poetry and project explanation by Dr. Rottschafer.

December 3, 2019

Jim Rasmussen - Geography

January 28, 2020

Michael Lorr - Sociology
Punk as Alt-White: Forging New Collective Identities and Boundaries?

In prior research I have argued that hardcore punk, skateboarding, and subcultures work as iterative multigenerational ‘technologies of the collective.’ Focusing on hardcore punk, skateboarding, and subcultural practices, my research contributes to the ongoing dialogue about how practice and identity matter to individuals and communities. In this paper, I will continue to develop and bring together questions of how people make social meaning by attempting to cultivate new identities and boundaries by using punk music.

February 11, 2020

Chris LaPorte - Art
Sabbatical Report

March 17, 2020

Dennis Marshall - Theology (Cancelled)
Sabbatical Report - Punk as Alt-White: Forging New Collective Identities and Boundaries?

Since Dostoevsky's novels deal with the drama of the soul's struggle between belief and unbelief, we will give the devil his due by exploring demonic themes in some of his major novels.

April 14, 2020

Deborah Steketee - Sustainable Business (Cancelled)
Sabbatical Reprot - Social Capital: Extraordinary Returns for Nature

Relying solely on market-based or regulatory approaches to deal with the climate crisis won't be enough to deal with the changes we are experiencing in the Anthropocene. What more can we do? This presentation highlights what we have learned about successful natural resources management and how those lessons apply to our collective future.

We look forward to seeing you at the next event! Please feel free to bring your lunch.

Lecture Series Co-Organizers

Dr. Daniel Wagner

Dr. Kyle Hull