Class Descriptions

  • Monday, August 5 8–9:30 a.m.  How to Live a Successful...

Class Descriptions

Summer Chautauqua 2013: Class/Event Descriptions

August 5 | August 6 | August 7 | August 8 | Girls' Leadership Track

registerbutton_default.jpeg

Early Bird Rate: $17 per class before July 1
Regular Rate: $20 per class

Monday, August 5

How to Live a Successful, Balanced Life: An Inspirational Talk
Marcia Malzahn
8–9:30 a.m.
This discussion will inspire attendees to achieve balance in every area of their lives. As a mother, author and career woman, our presenter has learned firsthand how to achieve some balance among home, work and personal pursuits. We will discuss balancing, juggling and integrating our work into our daily lives and examine the consequences — positive and negative — of each action.

Dynamic Decision-Making: The Rewards of Integrating Mind, Body and Spirit
Jeanne Bailey M’66 and Miriam Vaughn-Lee
8–9:30 a.m.
In today’s busy and hectic world, the quality of our personal decision making can suffer, keeping us from making choices that bring real meaning to our lives. Distractions consume our time, and information overload can send us on needless detours. This conversation will focus on how to integrate the dimensions of mind, body and spirit when seeking to make a decision.

Storying Adoption: Representations of Korean Adoption in Children’s Literature
Sarah Park Dahlen
8–9:30 a.m.
Since the 1950s, more than 110,000 Korean children were adopted into the United States, with the highest concentration in Minnesota. Representations of adopted Koreans have appeared in over 50 children’s books since 1955. What kinds of stories do they tell? How are we to evaluate these books? What do Korean adoptees think of them? Dr. Dahlen will share her analyses of the content and context of this literature and suggest how it may continue to grow and improve.

Mental Health Awareness: Mental Health and the Movies
Hilary Novacek Bundt ’08, STAR Services
10–11:30 a.m.
One in four adults, or 57.7 million Americans, will experience a mental health disorder in a given year. We will explore the topic of mental illness diagnoses through the use of cinema to gain a deeper understanding of mental health and the ways it affects individuals and their families in their daily lives. Movies are a powerful tool to illustrate our perceptions of and reactions toward mental illness as a society. We will watch and discuss clips from a variety of new and classic movies, including A Beautiful Mind, Gone with the Wind, The Hours and Rachel Getting Married.

FREE Documentary: MAKERS: Women Who Make America (Free)
Anita Cline-Cole
10–11:30 a.m.
Over the past 50 years, women have asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. This documentary tells the remarkable story of the most sweeping social revolution in American history. It's a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, in courts and Congress, in the boardroom and the bedroom, changing not only what the world expects from women, but what women expect from themselves. MAKERS features poignant, compelling interviews with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Gloria Steinem, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Linda Alvarado and other trailblazers who led the fight, opposed it and benefited from its success. The film captures with music, humor and the voices of first-person participants in these turbulent times the joy, frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down. After viewing, Anita Cline-Cole will lead a discussion.

Writing the Right Personal Essay
Gail Rosenblum
10–11:30 a.m.
Each of us is a walking collection of stories — the funny and the sorrowful, the embarrassing and the brave. Most personal experiences are best shared with friends or guarded for posterity in a personal journal. But some of our personal stories deserve to breathe, to be shared by a larger audience. How do we know the difference? And where do we begin? In this seminar, we’ll work together to understand why less is more in personal essay writing; why universal is the best form of personal; and why, although it takes great courage to share the most vulnerable parts of ourselves, it is one of life’s most invigorating experiences.

We're More Than Just Our Brains!: Research on the Integration of Mind, Body and Feelings
Alvina Brueggemann
1:30–3 p.m.
This class will explore the research on mind-body (MB) interactions. Recent research has shown that our thoughts and feelings can affect our physical bodies, and vice versa. We will explore these newer frontiers of research through an innovative combination of discussion, sharing and movement practices (which anyone can perform). This combination allows you to experience mind-body interactions in a new way: integrating mind, body and feelings.

What it Means to be a Catholic
Amata Miller, IHM and Tina Wagner
1:30–3 p.m.
Discuss attitudes about Catholicism, how it makes a difference in society and the debates that are shaping the Church today.

LinkedIn for Beginners
Andrew Calkins MAOL'12
3:30–5 p.m.
This session will highlight the networking and community-building aspects of LinkedIn in a hands-on, computer lab environment. The lab session will use dialogue and “trial and error” to highlight LinkedIn features and best practices. Participants will also learn how LinkedIn differs from Facebook and other social media channels. Participants should have a LinkedIn account or find a partner in the session who does.

Gal Pals - Investing in the MVP's of Your Life!
Christy Eichers '91
3:30–5 p.m.
Discussion on the power of friendships and their importance to a fulfilling life.

 

^ Back to top

 

Tuesday, August 6

Leadership and Balance: Can Women Really Have It All?
Heidi Anderson-Isaacson , director of residence life, St. Catherine University
8–9:30 a.m.
Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In has been a topic of discussion in the news, at work and at home. Can women really have it all? If so, why are so few women in major leadership positions? Have women really made progress over the past 50 years or does it just appear as though women have more rights, choices and opportunities for leadership? Come engage in a lively discussion with women at various stages of life about women’s history trying to balance “home” and “work,” and our hopes for the future. Joining Heidi for a panel discussion will be women at different ages and stages of life: Michelle Olson, home care services coordinator at an assisted living community run by Presbyterian Homes and Services, and Ruth Halvorson, founder and former director of the ARC Retreat Center near Cambridge, Minn.

Expanding the Way We Approach Fiction, Why We Read and How to be a Better Reader
Jack Galloway
8–9:30 a.m.
T.S.Eliot wrote that “the greatest enjoyment of literary art is never easy.” In this seminar we will think and talk about some of the traditional approaches to understanding literature. We will attempt to expand the way we think about literature by discussing the nature and methods of literary criticism. But how difficult does it really need to be? And what is the relationship (if any) between mass popularity and literary merit? Reading well requires, most importantly, an open mind and heart — but a little critical discipline doesn’t hurt either. So, come prepared to talk about what passes through your mind and what you feel when you read your favorite book.

FREE Documentary: Impunity: Men and Gender Violence
Michael Paymar
10–11:30 a.m.
Beliefs about manhood that allow men to exploit and use violence against women are ingrained in our culture. With Impunity engages the thinking of leading historians, sociologists and practitioners to examine our past, our cultural realities and options for ending gender-based violence. After viewing, the director will lead a discussion around men and gender violence.

Safe International and Domestic Travel
Deb Pierce and Patti Weber, Pierce-Weber, LLC
10–11:30 a.m.
Learn how to travel safely both internationally and domestically: what to pack, what to leave home, what to watch out for en route and at your hotel. Who should know where you are and the logistics of your travel? What homework should you do before you leave? How would you handle a crisis while traveling overseas? Which countries want the information off your phone and computer and why? Lessons learned from two world travelers who are now retired from government service.

The Gifts of Living in Uncertain Times
Kaia Svien, MS, Open Hearted Resiliency
1:30–3 p.m.
A willingness to recognize that we are living in uncertain, often tumultuous times is, indeed, a gift that can lead us forward in new ways, grounded in the sacredness of Earth and our mutual belonging. We will look at five gifts of these times from the perspective of Joanna Macy, a Buddhist and deep ecologist, address common emotions that arise with the recognition of uncertainty and explore in small groups what resources are here for us.

Sherlock Holmes and the Life of the Mind
Tim Johnson, associate librarian/curator of Special Collections and Rare Books; E. W. McDiarmid Curator of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries
1:30–3 p.m.
An examination of thought, reason, justice, being and other elements of Victorian English society as expressed through the literary character Sherlock Holmes and his associated adventures, as well as through the life and times of Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The New Dating Scene: How Online Dating is Influencing Friendships and Romance
Dawn Graham, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, Deal Mixxer, LLC
3:30–5 p.m.
Technology has changed the way we do just about everything: finding employment, communicating and finding a significant other. Today, 20 percent of relationships begin through an online dating forum. We will review some of the current statistics and themes related to online dating and discuss attitudes and perspectives regarding the present-day trends.

 

^ Back to top

Wednesday, August 7

How to Launch a Successful Business
Katy Burke
8–9:30 a.m.
This 90-minute course provides a realistic view of business ownership and navigates some common pitfalls that new (and sometimes seasoned) business owners make. After attending this course, participants will understand the entrepreneurial skills necessary to launch a business, which legal entity is appropriate for their business, and how to understand and manage cash flow.

Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part one of two): Essential Conversations around Living Well
Anne Elizabeth Denny, William McDonough, Margaret Pharris and Mary Wotzka Lagaard
8–9:30 a.m.
This two-part workshop will provide practical support for adults who are caring for their aging parents. Presenters from the Graduate College at St. Catherine University — from nursing, organizational leadership and theology — will provide participants with information about how to engage in essential conversations and effectively support both living well and dying well as caregivers and parents prepare for the challenges and opportunities at the end of life. The workshops will utilize a set of practices around patience, compassion and hope.

FREE Documentary: Minnesota Nice?
Alec Fischer
10–11:30 a.m.
The workshop will include a screening of the documentary Minnesota Nice?, followed by a presentation and discussion about bullying in Minnesota Schools with director Alec Fischer, a college student who has won several awards for his advocacy on this emerging issue.

Being Present to Aging Loved Ones (part two of two): Essential Conversations around Dying Well
Anne Elizabeth Denny, William McDonough, Margaret Pharris and Mary Wotzka Lagaard
10–11:30 a.m.
This two-part workshop will provide practical support for adults who are caring for their aging parents. Presenters from the Graduate College at St. Catherine University — from nursing, organizational leadership and theology — will provide participants with information about how to engage in essential conversations and effectively support both living well and dying well as caregivers and parents prepare for the challenges and opportunities at the end of life. The workshops will utilize a set of practices around patience, compassion and hope.

Women in Theater: Playwrights
Stacey Poirier
1:30–3 p.m.
Women have been innovators and influencers in theater worldwide, but their names and stories are seldom mentioned in history books. Nor are their works often produced on the stage. Explore the history of women playwrights while you read and discuss excerpts from plays ranging from the 10th century to the present.

Girls' Leadership Track: What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?
Kristi Hemmer
1:30–3 p.m.
If you weren’t afraid, would you . . . write a book? Start your own business? Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Be yourself? Hang out with penguins in Antarctica? Stand up for others? Design a school to inspire and challenge girls of all ages to activate the SUPERgirl powers in them? Coach Kristi has done all of this and more. This fun, energizing and powerful workshop will challenge you to identify and practice using your SUPERgirl powers, break away from your fears and connect with your SUPERgirl team (a champion and other girls) to make this school year the best one yet.Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

The Heart of the Leader: Total Wellness of Body, Soul and Spirit
Adepero Okulaja, MD
1:30–3 p.m.
Wellness is a state of balance of the mind, body and spirit. Careful nurturing of each aspect of our humanness to a state of harmoniously effective wholeness is essential to achieving true success as a leader and to realizing personal satisfaction. Her workshop will focus on creating an awareness of these areas of wellness — intellectual, physical, spiritual — in order to avoid “dis-ease.” Participants will explore the role of rest, family ties, laughter, self-acceptance, good nutrition, exercise, brainstorming, meditative contemplation and faith.

Ask Your Mechanic: What You Need to Know About Your Car
Mike Maas
3:30–5 p.m.
Ever wonder why your mechanic shows you the air filter during your oil change? Or why you might want to pay more for those new brakes? Join a Master Certified ASE Technician to discuss why your mechanic may recommend something for your vehicle — and when you should say no. Bring your questions, too! If you have a specific question about your car, please email to leadership@stkate.edu. If time allows, our presenter may address your car directly!

Girls Leadership Track: Believe In Yourself, Believe In Your Dreams
Kristi Hemmer
3:30–5 p.m.
SUPERgirl powers unite. Find out how to use your SUPERgirl powers to create opportunities, lead yourself and others, and take risks that not only change the world but make you more powerful, confident and authentic. Meet some remarkable young women (including Irene Fernando and Solome Tibebu) who have effected social change by creating their own businesses. You will be inspired to figure out how to bring your ideas to reality. Through discussions and small-group work, you will learn how to transform your words into actions. In the process, you will start to find your voice, passion and authentic self. Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

Empowering Police Officers Around the World
Laura Goodman, MAOL’11, director of public safety, St. Catherine University
3:30–5 p.m.
Goodman will share her experiences working with police culture in the United Arab Emirates, Bangladesh, Trinidad/Tobago and Moldova and the speaker’s experiences in these countries.

 

^ Back to top

Thursday, August 8

Writing to Figure Out What You're Writing About: Discovering the Book Within You
Jack Galloway, writer and editor, Tremelo Books, LLC
8–9:30 a.m.
“Writing is the hardest thing I know of to do well,” says author James Lee Burke. “It’s also the most pleasurable.” A 90-minute seminar won’t make you a writer, and certainly talent can’t be taught. But you can take part in a conversation about the “writing life” that may relieve the stress and anxiety that any writing process seems to entail. Writing involves a lot of paradoxes. It’s intellectual but relies on stamina and emotion. It is a solitary process but a social act. It involves planning but must surprise the reader if she or he is to remain engaged. We’ll talk about the craft and some of the tools, but, more importantly, we’ll consider the sense of discovery involved in the creative process.

Change Your Body, Change Your Life: How to Select a Fitness Facility and Personal Trainer
Kelli Steinfeldt '12, Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
8–9:30 a.m.
How do you select a fitness facility? Once you do so, how do you find the personal trainer who is right for you? Learn the secrets to finding a great gym and an individual who can help you meet your fitness goals.

FREE Documentary: Miss Representation
Philomena Satre MAOL'08
10–11:30 a.m.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Miss Representation challenges the media’s often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Finding your Family: Genealogy Basics
Shirleen Hoffman
10–11:30 a.m.
Learn how to start your genealogy research: where to search, what records are easily available and what information they are likely to contain. You will learn how to document, organize and record the information.

PEACE: It's an Inside Job!
Joan Steffend, Julianne Druzback and Katherine Guettler '84 from the nonprofit organization "peace begins with me"
10–11:30 a.m.
Quite often, we ask others to supply us with our sense of peace and well-being. This is an opportunity to make your own become your own peace project. Peace starts within in the smallest of ways — being kinder to yourself and others. Then, consider that we are all connected, and you have discovered the path to world peace.

Girls' Leadership Track: Grace and Movement: Enhancing Body Image and Self-Esteem
Yvette Trotman
1:30–3 p.m.
Through dance, participants will be invited to connect to the very essence of their being by freeing their spirits and feeling the freedom of their body and soul as they affirm aliveness in their breath and movements. Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

Israel and Palestine: Parallel Experiences and Narratives
Florence Steichen '50, CSJ from Middle East Peace Now
1:30–3 p.m.
Israel’s War of Independence was experienced by the Palestinian population as The Nakba (Catastrophe). A short film will introduce the topic. This session will contrast the experiences of Israelis and Palestinians. Because the Israeli narrative is dominant in United States media, the emphasis will be on the Palestinian experience. Topics will include the role of the United States, nonviolent resistance, groups worldwide working for a just resolution of the conflict and scenarios for the future.

Something Wonderful is Going to Happen: Energizing Happiness in Unexpected Ways
Robin L. Silverman
1:30–3 p.m.
When was the last time you were joyfully surprised by life?  Have you ever wondered how to make your life easier and a lot more fun?  This session will help you discover new dimensions of energy that will stir your creative juices and connect you to resources you never knew you had. Be prepared for an inspiring, engaging and interactive session.

Girls' Leadership Track: You Count! Creating Your Circle of Influence!
Nancy Stephan
3:30–5 p.m.
Imagine what you could do if you believed that you count. What if you engaged your peers in a “circle of influence” that supported and challenged you to live your dreams? Would you swim with the dolphins, skipper a sailboat, give speeches, sing in contests, go white-water rafting in the Grand Canyon, travel to an exotic land such as Egypt or Greece, act in a play, create your own clothing line or build two successful businesses? This powerful session will help you learn to gain your power by having a proactive focus rather than a reactive focus. You’ll discover how to identify and create your circle of influence, give and receive feedback, and create your Roadmap to Success. Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

Confidence Compounds: The Power of Seizing Bold Opportunities
Jill Johnson
3:30–5 p.m.
One of the most significant leadership skills, confidence allows you to have impact far beyond your title or level within your organization. Jill Johnson has risen from humble beginnings to earn wide acclaim. She has personally influenced nearly $3 billion worth of business decisions and advises CEOs, C-Suite executives and government officials at the highest levels of power in both state and federal government. Jill’s disciplined focus on seeking bold opportunities has built her confidence to reach for these high rungs of impact. This dynamic presentation will offer strategies to help you identify, enhance and believe in your own leadership abilities. You will understand how doable, bold actions can morph into amazing opportunities with the potential to transform your future. 

^ Back to top

 

Girls' Leadership Track

Wednesday, August 7

FREE Documentary: Minnesota Nice?
Alec Fischer
10–11:30 a.m.
The workshop will include a screening of the documentary Minnesota Nice?, followed by a presentation and discussion about bullying in Minnesota Schools with director Alec Fischer, a college student who has won several awards for his advocacy on this emerging issue.

What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?
Kristi Hemmer
1:30–3 p.m.
If you weren’t afraid, would you . . . write a book? Start your own business? Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? Be yourself? Hang out with penguins in Antarctica? Stand up for others? Design a school to inspire and challenge girls of all ages to activate the SUPERgirl powers in them? Coach Kristi has done all of this and more. This fun, energizing and powerful workshop will challenge you to identify and practice using your SUPERgirl powers, break away from your fears and connect with your SUPERgirl team (a champion and other girls) to make this school year the best one yet.Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

Believe In Yourself, Believe In Your Dreams
Kristi Hemmer
3:30–5 p.m.
SUPERgirl powers unite. Find out how to use your SUPERgirl powers to create opportunities, lead yourself and others, and take risks that not only change the world but make you more powerful, confident and authentic. Meet some remarkable young women (including Irene Fernando and Solome Tibebu) who have effected social change by creating their own businesses. You will be inspired to figure out how to bring your ideas to reality. Through discussions and small-group work, you will learn how to transform your words into actions. In the process, you will start to find your voice, passion and authentic self. Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

Thursday, August 7

FREE Documentary: Miss Representation
Philomena Satre MAOL'08
10–11:30 a.m.
Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. Miss Representation challenges the media’s often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.

Grace and Movement: Enhancing Body Image and Self-Esteem
Yvette Trotman
1:30–3 p.m.
Through dance, participants will be invited to connect to the very essence of their being by freeing their spirits and feeling the freedom of their body and soul as they affirm aliveness in their breath and movements. Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

You Count! Creating Your Circle of Influence!
Nancy Stephan
3:30–5 p.m.
Imagine what you could do if you believed that you count. What if you engaged your peers in a “circle of influence” that supported and challenged you to live your dreams? Would you swim with the dolphins, skipper a sailboat, give speeches, sing in contests, go white-water rafting in the Grand Canyon, travel to an exotic land such as Egypt or Greece, act in a play, create your own clothing line or build two successful businesses? This powerful session will help you learn to gain your power by having a proactive focus rather than a reactive focus. You’ll discover how to identify and create your circle of influence, give and receive feedback, and create your Roadmap to Success. Girls Leadership Track classes are geared toward 6th - 8th grade girls and their adult champion. Cost is $40 per couple per class, or $150 per couple for all classes.

^ Back to top

 

registerbutton_default.jpeg

Early Bird Rate: $17 per class before July 1
Regular Rate: $20 per class