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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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On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Myhana Kerr shares her perspectives on navigating college with President Brian Rosenberg. Kerr, from the Class of 2018, reflects on learning within an international community, language and the term “people of color.”Support the show
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Rev. Kelly Stone, Macalester’s Chaplain and the Associate Dean of the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, speaks with President Brian Roseneberg about the college’s past, meeting students’ needs, and thinking of campus as a laboratory for exploring differences.Support the show
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Blair Cha '20 talks with President Brian Rosenberg about what it takes to be a leader: at Macalester, in the community, and as a woman. Blair is the president of Macalester College Student Government and is a mathematics and applied statistics major.Support the show
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, alumni Fred Swaniker talks with President Brian Rosenberg about the history of Africans -- like Kofi Annan -- in shaping the world, and the potential for global leadership among youth across the continent. Swaniker is a native of Ghana, and a co-founder of the African Leadership Academy.Support the show
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, author Tim O'Brien from the Class of 1968 speaks with President Brian Rosenberg. In their discussion they talk about the complexities of the world, embracing uncertainty, and avoiding absolutism. The talk was recorded in October 2017 when O’Brien was on campus to interview fellow author Marlon James. Tim O'Brien is the author of several works including Going After Cacciato, The Things They Carried, and If I Die in a Combat Zone. He has an upcoming memoir scheduled for release in October titled Dad's Maybe Book.Support the show
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, we share a conversation President Brian Rosenberg had with Kofi Annan on May 8, 2018. Annan was on campus for the renaming of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship in recognition of Annan’s global leadership and dedication to peace. Kofi Annan was founding chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation, the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, a 2001 Nobel Peace Prize winner, and a 1961 graduate of Macalester College. Annan passed away on August 18, 2018.Support the show
On this episode of Macalester Big Questions, Donna Lee, Vice President for Student Affairs, talks about building an inclusive community out of a diverse group of students with President Brian Rosenberg. In this conversation, Lee talks about building an inclusive community out of a diverse group of students. She reminds us that this work is a process and takes a concerted effort across campus.Support the show
Author Marlon James,  a professor and writer in residence at Macalester, talks with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode. Their conversation covers novels as political statements, and reflections by Marlon, a Man Booker Prize-winning writer, about his status as a U.S. resident and how deportation factors into his work.Support the show
Professor Kristi Curry Rogers reflects on what we can learn from fossils with President Brian Rosenberg. The conversation moves from prehistory to the present as Rogers, a paleontologist, shares what role humans can play in the future of our planet.Support the show
Professor Andrew Latham discusses conservative political thought with President Brian Rosenberg in this episode. Latham shares how the classes he created for Macalester shape a liberal arts experience at a school with a progressive reputation. Support the show
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