The Chesapeake Writers’ Conference, located on the campus of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is in its sixth year. Each summer, we host writers at all levels of experience for a week of lectures, craft talks, readings, and panel discussions (including an entire day with publishing professionals), as well as daily workshops in the genre each participant has applied in–fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. These workshops, as well as the other events, are led by exemplary faculty, including National Book Award finalist, Patricia Henley, and PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay finalist, Angela Pelster. We also offer course credit for those enrolled in a degree program. This year, we have added a new offering designed for high school-aged youth, a multi-genre course in which participants try their hand at a range of writing genres and styles.
The Alice Fleury Zamanakos and Arthur S. Zamanakos Noon Concert Series presents Pianist Brian Ganz for his popular “PianoTalk.”
José Cueto, SMCM faculty and renowned violinist, will perform a recital in Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall
The Philosophy and Religious Studies department welcomes Martha Hennessy, seventh grandchild of Dorothy Day, American journalist and social activist.
Martha will speak of the philosophy of the Catholic Worker Movement, memories of Dorothy, and the work today.
Martha Hennessy divides her time between family in Vermont and work at Maryhouse Catholic Worker. A retired occupational therapist and grandmother of seven, she has been imprisoned protesting war and nuclear power/weapons, the use of drones, and the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo. She has traveled to Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Palestine to understand the effects of war on other peoples. Martha travels and speaks on the topics of life and work in community, Catholic Social Teaching, and peacemaking efforts in the tradition of the Catholic Worker movement.
The Real Story of Fake News
In a hilarious and insightful lecture, Scott Dikkers will chronicle the early years and influence of The Onion. He will examine the mayhem that he and his ragtag band of college dropouts who founded The Onion nearly 30 years ago have wrought on current events, modern politics, and satirical news outlets such as “Saturday Night Live” and “The Daily Show.” He’ll look at the rise of fake news online through the prism of The Onion’s founding, how he helped to redefine satire in the last quarter century, leading to the 2016 presidential election and the ethical dilemmas journalists face today, when the public accepts fake news as real. With the tools of a journalist and the savvy of a comedian, Dikkers will help us make sense of the nonsense.
Scott Dikkers is the founding editor of The Onion, the satirical news website and its predecessor, the Onion newspaper. He is a number one New York Times bestselling author and editor of numerous books, among them The Onion’s “Our Dumb Century” and “Our Dumb World.” His book, “How to Write Funny,” is a step-by-step guide to his process for creating humorous content. For his work with The Onion, its website and other ancillary products, Dikkers earned the #43 spot on Time magazine’s list of the Top 50 “Cyber Elite” in 2005.
A ticket will be required to enter the event. Advanced reservations for tickets are required. Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at will call in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. the evening of the event.
All seating is first come first served, doors will open at 7:00 p.m.
Pre-sales for the Twain Lecture have closed. You may purchase tickets at the door in the Michael. P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center beginning at 6:00 p.m. this evening. General Admission $8, Arts Alliance Members $5, cash is preferred check and credit cards (Master Card or Visa Only) will be accepted. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. All seating is first come first served.
The Neurosciences program welcomes alumna Dr. Elizabeth Smith ’10, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her topic is TBA.
Liz earned a PhD in psychology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience at the University of Texas in 2015.
Co-sponsored by the Lecture & Fine Arts Committee. Counts towards Lecture Reflection Requirement in PSYC303, PSYC490, PSYC493/494
Join us for the 24th Annual World Carnival!
This year, World Carnival will include:
Festival of Lights | Friday April 7th 7:30 p.m. | St. John’s Pond
World Carnival | Saturday April 8th | 12 pm-5 pm | The Pillow
Global Brunch | Sunday April 9th | 10:30 am-1:30 pm | The Great Room
World Carnival Performers:
12:oopm | Kathak
1:30pm | Ewabo
3:30pm | Mana Polynesia
The Festival of Lights is an event where we will be floating lanterns in the pond. This event is celebrating peace and unity on our campus.
World Carnival is going to feature a multitude of cultural acts, food vendors, and a variety of games and activities (including a polar bear obstacle course inflatable)!
Global Brunch will be in the Great Room where they will serving brunch foods from a variety of countries.
We look forward to seeing you there!
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“On Pennies, McNuggets, Polynomials and How to Help the Government Save Money” by Dr. Ricardo Conceicao (Gettysburg College)
In the ’80s, McDonald’s restaurants sold boxes containing 6, 9 or 20 chicken McNuggets. It was impossible to purchase exactly four or ten nuggets. What other exact numbers of nuggets were we not able to buy? The solution to this question is related to a classical problem in the frontier of number theory and discrete mathematics, known as the Diophantine Frobenius Problem. In this talk we discuss how this famous problem connects the apparently random string of words in the title. Along the way, we will learn about some of its history, applications and generalizations. As an example, we show that it can be used to help the American government not only to save $52.9 million yearly but to also turn a modest profit.
The Natural Science and Mathematics Colloquium is sponsored by KBRwyle.
“Sights and Sounds of Senegal” is presented by students in the Global Scholars Program of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, who traveled together to Senegal, West Africa, this past January.
Through the photographs of Maribeth Boeke Ganzell and Michael Ford as well as through the voices of the Global Scholars students, this event is their opportunity to share experiences, lessons and connections made during their two-week trip through Senegal. The visits with student groups, Imams, schools, entrepreneurs, Muslim leaders, scientists and farmers helped to break down their assumptions of life in West Africa. This gathering is the chance to help others see the students’ view of this world. The focus of the student discussions will involve themes of studying abroad, women in Senegal, the environment, agriculture, food, hospitality, Islam, city markets, and differences among the students.
Co-sponsored by the Boyden Gallery.
The Neurosciences program welcomes alumna Dr. Jordan Gaines Lewis ’11, a neuroscientist and award-winning science writer. Her topic:
“Jordan combines her passion for science communication and the brain on her blog Gaines, on Brains, which introduces neuroscience research to readers — minus all the heavy scientific jargon.
Check out her TED talk on “Why does Time Fly as We Get Older”
Co-sponsored by the Lecture & Fine Arts Committee.