Kendall Center Newsletter

April 1, 2017

Reading in Common Book Giveaway

The first year reading in common book has been announced: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. To enable all faculty members to participate in the campus conversation, the Kendall Center is happy to announce that we will be offering a free book for any faculty member who would like one. Please email your request to the Kendall Center's administrative assistant, Cathy Blaukat ( and a copy will be placed in campus mail for you.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, April 13 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Liberal arts and our Lutheran tradition. Introducing the mission of Gustavus and our unique place in higher education. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

New faculty mentor/mentee social (tenure-track only)

All new tenure-track faculty and mentors please join us on Wednesday, April 19 for a wine and cheese social from 4:30 pm to 6 pm in the St Peter Room. This is a social for new tenure-track faculty and their mentors. New faculty (and their mentors) from the past two years are also invited.

Faculty Shop Talk

Jeff La Frenierre (Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies ) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, April 21. His talk entitled, "Papa Chimborazo Is Not Like He Was Before: A Story of Climate Change Writ Local" will be presented at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed at

Teachers Talking

This fall's Reading in Common selection is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Written by 20-year-old Shelley in 1817 (exactly 200 years ago), the novel attests to the timeless significance of the question framing this year’s Nobel Conference: How far do we go when it comes to reproductive technology? Join us for lunch on Thursday, May 4 at 11:30 or 12:30 in the Heritage Room to discuss the book and brainstorm ways of incorporating Frankenstein into your fall FTS and other courses. As always, free lunch in the Three Crowns buffet.

Final Friday Faculty Social

All faculty are invited to the Final Friday Faculty Social on Friday, May 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Refreshments provided. Hosted by the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Office of the Provost.