Brown Bag Lectures

Faculty members at MCLA have for many years been engaged in research and special projects.  To allow campus and community members the opportunity to learn about their interests and research, the faculty instituted a "Brown Bag Lecture Series" where faculty present and discuss their scholarly activities.

The Brown Bag Lecture Series for 2016-2017 begins in September and takes place on Fridays at 3:00 pm in the Faculty Center located on the lower level of of Bowman Hall (121). 

SPRING 2017 Speakers:

Friday, February 10, 3:00 pm

Justin Golub

Friday, March 24, 3:00 pm

Liz Hartung

Friday, April 28, 3:00 pm

Karen Cardozo

FALL 2016 Speakers:

Friday, September 23, 3:00 pm

Dan Shustack: “Stay put, move out, or trade up: birds have options when choosing a nest site”

Description: Looking for a nicer neighborhood?  Is it easier to stay put?  Too risky to move? Are all the good locations taken?  Are the neighbors nice? Concerned about predators?  How far is it to a source of food?  Are there too many people around?   Birds are concerned about these and other issues when choosing a location to raise their offspring.  All bird species lay external eggs and therefore face the decision of where to place those eggs during incubation and subsequent chick-rearing. Birds have use an amazing array of ecological, social, private and public information in order to help make habitat selection decisions. In this talk,  Dr. Shustack will integrate concepts of avian habitat selection behavior with my review of nest site reuse from 700+ North American bird species.

Friday, October 14, 3:00 pm

Sharon Claffey: “Cinema and the Psyche: Development of a New Course”

Description: This presentation will cover one of the courses Dr. Claffey developed during her Spring 2016 sabbatical.  While film courses in other departments have examined the influence of Psychology on film, often the focus is on psychopathology.  However, Psychology is a broad field and covers much more than psychological disorders.  The purpose of Cinema and the Psyche is for students to learn concepts from the literature of several sub-fields of Psychology (e.g., Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, etc.) and use them to analyze and critique films presented in class.  During this presentation, Dr. Claffey will share the syllabus, samples from lectures, and the assignments that students will complete. 

Friday, November 18, 3:00 pm

Nick Stroud: “What Undergraduates Learn by Teaching Science”

Description: As part of the Teaching to Learn project, MCLA undergraduates teach science to elementary students in North Adams. With two years of the project now complete, Dr. Stroud will share some important lessons learned from, and by, MCLA undergraduates.

SPRING 2016 Speakers:

Friday, March 4, 3:00 pm

Ben Wood: Students Disclosing Mental Health Problems to Faculty


Friday, April 8, 3:00 pm

Sumi Colligan: The Forgotten Refugees: Syrians in Jordan and Turkey


FALL 2015 Speakers:

Friday, September 25, 3:00 pm

Ingrid Castro: Nominating and Mentoring MCLA Undergraduate Students for Enrichment Opportunities Sponsored by National and Regional Academic Associations


Friday, October 16, 3:00 pm

Anthony Gengarelly: Southwest Journey Continued (a follow-up to Southwest Journey)


Friday, November 13, 3:00 pm

David Johnson: Improvisational Pedagogy


SPRING 2015 Speakers:

February 20, 2015
Dale Fink- Elementary School Recess: Essential or Expendable? Insights from local teachers and students

March 6, 2015
Ely Janis- Building an Irish Village: Ireland, Irish America, and Representations of Ireland at the World’s Fair

April 3, 2015
Emily Maher- Seeing Invisible Particles: Neutrinos, Fermilab, and the MINERvA Experiment

FALL 2014 Speakers:

September 19, 2014

Frances Jones-Sneed - Deconstructing African American Autobiography: The Life of the Reverend Samuel Harrison

October 17, 2014
Jennifer Zoltanski - Undergraduate Happiness: Some Preliminary Field Notes from the Classroom

November 14, 2014
David Langston - What anthropology taught the humanities


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