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Smith’s Religion Classes Adopting Interactive, Online Components

Religion is a course of study considered to be as analog-friendly as any in the humanities, but Brian Smith, professor of religion and the Charles and Joan Van Zoeren Chair in Religion, Ethics, and Values, is taking advantage of Skype and other web-based technologies to enhance his students’ classroom experience. Smith said, “In early December my class in the “History… Continue reading

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Pape to Co-direct International Debate Program

Deano Pape, assistant professor of communication and director of forensics, has been named the co-director of Harvard Debate Council’s (HDC) summer program to teach public forum debate to students from China. The HDC is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities in debate excellence to high school and college students throughout the United States. Two years ago, Pape was invited to… Continue reading

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Matzke Presents at British Studies Conference

Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department Rebecca Matzke presented a paper at the 60th annual meeting of the “Midwest Conference on British Studies in October, 2013. Her paper, “A Deliberate Choice of Deterrence: Foreign Office and Admiralty Cooperation in the Early Victorian Period,”” was part of a panel entitled: “The Formulation and Implementation of British Naval Policy in… Continue reading

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Jacobi Contributes to Debate Textbook

Adam J. Jacobi, Adjunct Instructor of Communication and Forensics Consultant for Ripon College, recently contributed to a new text book Introduction to Debate: A Public Forum Debate Handbook written in both English and Mandarin. His participation in the project resulted from his work with the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA), formerly the National Forensic League, to coordinate the, “development… Continue reading

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Reed, Sopcak Present at MMLA

Timothy Reed, associate professor of Spanish at Ripon College, and Lorna Sopcak, associate professor of German and chair of the department, recently presented at the Midwest Modern Language Association (MMLA) Annual Conference in Milwaukee on November 7-8. Reed presented “Specters of Humanism in Buero Vallejo’s Las Meninas and El sueño de la razón,” and co-chaired a panel entitled “Antonio Buero… Continue reading

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Colucci Addresses 30th Anniversary of Able Archer 83

Lamont Colucci, associate professor of politics at Ripon College, has an opinion piece on the website of U.S. News & World Report. “Failing to Plan for War Causes More War” addresses the 30th anniversary of the “Able Archer 83” exercise, a NATO exercise that determined NATO forces, even if they employed chemical weapons, would fail to blunt a conventional Soviet… Continue reading

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