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The Clark College Faculty Speaker Series

The Faculty Speaker Series, established by Clark College with support from the Clark College Foundation, honors individual faculty members and celebrates academic excellence.   

The Faculty Speaker Series showcases recent experiences that have enriched both the life and teaching of a Clark faculty member.  Throughout the series, faculty members will share their developmental experiences with the college community – and members of the community at large – while addressing some of today’s most intriguing issues. 


Applications for the Faculty Speaker Series are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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The 2010-2011 Clark College Faculty Speaker Series

Spring 2011

The 2010-2011 series will conclude with "This is Your Brain on Bias...Or, The Neuroscience of Bias."  Dr. Kathy Bobula, professor of Early Childhood Education & Psychology, will speak on Tuesday, May 3 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in PUB 258 B&C.

The discussion focus:  How do we develop biased attitudes about others who are different from us?  This presentation will address how bias is acquired, both consciously and unconsciously, by looking at both the neuroscience of bias and learning theory.  After taking a look at the brain and how it works, we’ll examine how bias is processed and how bias can be reversed or removed.  What the brain can learn, the brain can re-learn in a different way.  New imaging techniques have allowed researchers to discover what is happening in the brain when we acquire biased attitudes and stereotypes.  With this understanding comes hope for change – the brain is dynamic, so let’s work with it and “take a bite out of bias”!

Clark College Faculty Speaker Series Presentations

Winter 2011
Bridging Cultural Ties and Understanding: International Education Within and from China

Economics Professor James M. Craven/Omahkohkiaaiipooyii

Fall 2010

Volcanoes and Earthquakes and Tsunamis, Oh My: Living on a (Tectonic) Edge

Geology Professor Dr. Charlene Montierth

Spring 2010
From Mourning to Memoir: One Writer's Journey into Her Story
English Professor Gail Robinson

Fall 2009
From Farout to Mainstream:  Lifecycle of the Psychedelic Rock Poster

Art Professor Dr. Sally Tomlinson

Spring 2009
Dick and Oswald's Excellent Australian Adventure

Physics Professor Dick Shamrell

Winter 2009
The Breast Cancer and Ovarian Gene -- Are You at Risk
Nursing Professor Laurie Brown

Fall 2008: 
Politics, the Press, and Polarization

Journalism Professor Christina Kopinski

Spring 2008
Birds, Bees and Biodiversity:  How Food Choices Impact the Planet
Biology Professor Kathleen Perillo

Winter 2008

Teaching in the Republic of Hungary through the Fulbright Teaching Exchange English Professor Joe Pitkin

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