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University News

2017

April

Clockwise from top left: Susan M. Collins, Jane (Breckenridge) Eisner, Caroline Welsh and Richard Guarasci
St. Lawrence University's Commencement will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, on Creasy Commencement Common, or in Appleton Arena in the event of inclement weather.
A photo of the Kings Falls dam from where SLU gets its renewable hydropower.
St. Lawrence University has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership for its use of renewable, zero-emissions electricity.
Retirees: Front, left to right: Sandy Demarest, Patty Ashlaw. Back, left to right: James Wallace, Michael Greenwald, Sid Sonderg
St. Lawrence University recognized retirements and celebrated employee anniversaries at a ceremony held Wednesday, April 19, in Sykes Common Room. President William L. Fox ’75 and Lynn Smith Fox recognized those retiring and employees celebrating 25 years of service.
Clark Chilson
In the spirit of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, Matthew Stanley will blend religion and science at the 2015 Niles Lecture on Religion and Science at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, in the Sykes Common Room. This event is free and open to the public. With support from the Harold N. Niles Memorial Fund, St. Lawrence University will host Clark Chilson as guest speaker for the Niles Lecture on Religion and Science at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Sykes Common Room. The event is free and open to the public. His lecture, “Medicinal Meditation in Japan: How the Buddhist-Inspired Practice of Naikan Became a Psychiatric Intervention,” will discuss how Japanese families went to Buddhist monks to seek healing for their mentally ill relatives. These monks would treat those who were suffering from mental anguish by performing exorcism, reciting mantras, or by having them stand underwater falls or sit in hot springs. In the early 1900s, bio-medically trained psychiatrists replaced Buddhist monks as experts on “mental hygiene,” as it was then called. In the 1960s, at a loss for how to cure alcoholics and patients with psychosomatic disorders, some Japanese psychiatrists began to experiment with a Buddhist-inspired meditation called Naikan, which involved silent self-reflection. Surprised by the positive results, they formulated scientific theories for why Naikan worked. Those theories show how psychiatrists in Japan first came to medicalize meditation in ways distinct from how mindfulness would later start to be understood in North America as a medical intervention.  Chilson is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches on religion in Asia and the relationship between Buddhism and psychology. He is the author of Secrecy’s Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contradictions of Concealment (2014) and the co-editor of two books: Nanzan Guide to Japanese Religions (with Paul Swanson), and Shamans in Asia (with Peter Knecht). He has done four intensive Naikan retreats in Tokyo, a 10-day vipassana course in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and recently did fieldwork at mental hospitals in Japan that use Naikan.   Organized by the Spiritual and Religious Life Committee the Niles lecture series is supported by the Harold N. Niles Memorial Fund, which was established in 1971 by family and friends of Dr. Harold Niles, class of 1915, retired Universalist minister and former University chaplain.For more information, contact Laura Rediehs or visit the Chaplain's Office at 315-229-5256. St. Lawrence University will host Clark Chilson as guest speaker for the Niles Lecture on Religion and Science at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Sykes Common Room
A student performs in the Spring 2016 Dance Concert. (SLU Photo/Tara Freeman)
St. Lawrence University’s Department of Performance and Communication Arts will feature its spring Dance Concert at 8 p.m. from April 27 to 29 in Gulick Theatre.
Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history
The Project on Middle East Democracy, POMED, published a report by Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and nonresident senior fellow with POMED, titled “Erdogan As Autocrat: A Very Turkish Tragedy.”
Christian Hosmer and the String Orchestra
St. Lawrence University's Department of Music will fill the spring season with familiar sounds from several music ensembles.
Angela Davis
St. Lawrence University’s Kathryn Fraser Mackay Memorial fund will sponsor distinguished professor of philosophy and noted civil rights activist Angela Davis from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25, in Gulick Theatre.
Madeleine Wong, associate professor and chair of the Department of Global Studies
A faculty-student team has been awarded funding to travel to and conduct research in Ghana this summer.
Andrew Lindner, assistant professor of sociology at Skidmore College
St. Lawrence University's Department of Sociology will host guest lecturer Andrew Lindner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in Griffiths Arts Center, room 123.
Samuel D. Gruber
Samuel D. Gruber will deliver the 2017 Rabbi Seymour Siegel Memorial Lecture on April 18 and discuss how several European capital cities dealt with the Holocaust.
St. Lawrence University’s final Noon in the Chapel of the 2016-17 academic year will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, April 14, in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
Mark Doty
St. Lawrence University’s Writers Series will conclude its 2016-17 season with author Mark Doty at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in the Sykes Common Room.

March

Paul Graham, associate professor of English
Paul Graham, associate professor of English, will deliver the Frank P. Piskor Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 in the Sykes Common Room.
Jonathan Hendricks
Jonathan Hendricks, director of publications at the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, will deliver the annual Susan Caroline Ferguson Memorial Lecture in Geology on April 13.
"MARK IT" flier
St. Lawrence University Students enrolled in the Drawing II course will present their work this semester from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at Otto’s Abode in Wanakena.
SoundsSandBox will showcase “Dung Duk Kung!” a performance of traditional Korean artistic sounds on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Launders Underground.
Alumni of St. Lawrence University conduct mock interviews with students. (SLU Photo/Tara Freeman)
St. Lawrence University has been named seventh Best Alumni Network in The Princeton Review’s "Colleges That Pay You Back" and was included on College Rank's Top 25 Best College Alumni Networks.
Estey Pipe Organ, Gunisson Memorial Chapel
St. Lawrence University’s Chaplain’s Office will present its eighth-annual Bach Marathon from 1:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, in Gunnison Memorial Chapel.
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The Arts Collaborative will present a three-day workshop “The Art of Code” from March 30 to April 1 in the Newell Center for Arts Technology.
Emily Casey-Wagemaker '19, Heather Thompson '19, Estela Lucas '18, andHalley Choy '17.
Four St. Lawrence University students opted to use their Mid-Winter vacation to visit several graduate schools in New York State.
St. Lawrence Univesity's Laurentian Singers
St. Lawrence University’s Laurentian Singers will wind up their Spring Break tour with a Home Concert beginning at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in Gunnsion Memorial Chapel.
Mainstage Productions will present a contemporary adaptation of “Everyman,” a medieval morality tale
St Lawrence University’s Mainstage Productions will present a contemporary adaptation of “Everyman,” a medieval morality tale, starting at 8 p.m. April 5 to 8 in the Edson R. Miles Black Box Theater
George Lakey
St. Lawrence University will host George Lakey for its Peace Studies Lecture, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Hepburn Hall room 218.
"Paper Bullets" poster
Richard F. Brush Art Gallery will host David Sommerstein, a.k.a. DJ Tapatío from North Country Public Radio’s The Beat Authority, for “Beats in the Gallery: It Ain’t No Joke” from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 1.