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Getting to Know Dr. Denise Askin

Saint Anselm English Professor Denise Askin was recently featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. An excerpt of the article is included below. To read the article in its entirety, visit www.diverseeducation.com/artman/publish/article_6609.shtml

"American Indian literature classes are not plentiful at U.S. colleges and universities, to say the least. But Dr. Denise T. Askin, an English professor at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., is devoted to the subject and is trying to keep it alive in her fall semester class, Native American Voices. Although she isn't American Indian, Askin has been teaching the class for three years.

"Many of the Native American writers we study stress the importance of story to the survival of the people," she says. "The story and storyteller keep all that is sacred and meaningful alive for the people. I ask the students to think about the role of story in their own lives and culture, and to think about what is lost when the storytellers are silenced. It is a powerful lesson in the endurance of the human spirit."

December 1, 2006

Prof. Montague Brown to Give Bready Chair Lecture

Prof/ Montague BrownSaint Anselm College will mark an academic milestone November 14, 2006, with a lecture by Philosophy Professor Montague Brown, the first Richard L. Bready Chair of Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good.

This inaugural lecture, "The Role of Natural Law in a World of Religious and Political Diversity," will be delivered at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The college's first endowed chair was established by Trustee Richard Bready '65 in 2004 as part of the Campaign for Saint Anselm College. Bready's goal is to advance the scholarly work of the faculty and to uphold the college's mission in liberal arts education. Brown was appointed last year to the chair.

In this podcast, we feature a recent interview with Professor Brown about philosophy and its application in our daily lives. He also discusses his work as the first Bready Chair at the college.

Professor Brown’s published works include The One-Minute Philosopher [Sophia Institute Press 2001], Half-Truths: What's Right (And What's Wrong) With the Cliches You and I Live by [Sophia Institute Press 2003], and his most recent book, Restoration of Reason: The Eclipse and Recovery of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty [Baker Academic 2006].

Music Credit: The music that accompanies this podcast is played by the Gleason-Brown Quartet. The Saint Anselm faculty core of Ed Gleason (reeds), Montague Brown (bass), and Brad Thorp (drums) round out the group.

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1 comment November 9, 2006

The Dante Effect

Dante Scala, associate professor of politics, has been in big demand in recent weeks. Before, during and after New Hampshire's Sept. 12 primary, Scala's comments could be seen, heard and read widely.

On Aug. 30, he talked to the Boston Globe about how a critical story in Harper's magazine might affect congressman Jeb Bradley’s electoral chances. “‘I didn’t see any kind of smoking gun, so to speak.’” Scala said. On primary night itself, he offered analysis on WMUR and the next morning he appeared on New Hampshire Public Radio's The Exchange. On Sept.17, he commented on poll results for Democratic congressional candidate Paul Hodes, saying “‘that’s pretty grim’” to the Concord Monitor. And he also discussed voter turn out and candidates' prospects with the Portsmouth Herald. Scala's political wisdom has also been carried by CQPolitics.com and The Telegraph

3 comments September 22, 2006

Teresa Mendez-Faith Shares Compelling Story of Family and a Dictatorship with The Boston Globe

The Mendez Family in 1955The Boston Globe interviewed Teresa Mendez-Faith, professor of Modern Languages and Literature, upon the death of General Alfredo Stroessner, the brutal former dictator of Paraguay who forced her father and family into a lifetime of exile.

The story ran Aug. 31 and can be found on the Web site, along with a photo gallery. You can hear Mendez-Faith discuss her father, Epifanio Mendez Fleitas — a dissident considered enemy numero uno of Stroessner — and listen to music composed by him. She also discussed the topic during an interview on New England Cable News.

Professor Mendez-Faith was also featured in the spring 2005 issue of Portraits, the college's alumni magazine, in an article titled "Keeping the Faith: Professor’s Work Inspired by Father."

18 comments September 1, 2006

Grade Inflation: When is an A Really an A?

Fr. Peter Guerin, O.S.B., was quoted in a Foxnews.com article on August 24, titled Grading: Is Honesty the Best Policy? On a similar note, Portraits, the college's alumni magazine, featured an article on grade inflation in the winter 2004 issue - The Fairness Factor.

Foxnews.com quote:

Fr. Peter Guerin, a former dean of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., agreed that "there is great pressure on non-tenured faculty who rely on student evaluations to receive potential tenure."

"Many parents may view universities as a consumer market in which their in a way paying for the diploma," Guerin continued, adding that "students who attend class on a regular basis and are paying tuition feel that they should be receiving that A, even if they have not deserved it."

Some professors and administrators believe that inflating grades makes it harder for students to realize their academic strengths and weaknesses and may encourage students to take classes based on grade expectation. The practice also makes it harder for parents and students to determine whether or not the grade was earned.

One way to fight the practice of inflation is "to join the administration and faculty and mend them into a working force against grade inflation," said Guerin.

At Saint Anselm, a curriculum committee was set up in 1980 to meet with the academic dean and review the grading polices on a monthly basis.

15 comments August 29, 2006

Meg Carson's Book Spawns a Documentary on Vietnam Nurses

A forthcoming book by Meg Carson, associate professor of nursing, is the basis for a documentary on Vietnam War nurses that will premiere Aug 18 and 19 on WE TV. "Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney" will air at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Dana Delaney, who narrates the documentary, played an Army nurse on "China Beach," the ABC-TV series on Vietnam nurses.

The program is based on The Fine Art of Nursing Care: Lessons in Healing from War and Art, a book by Carson and Linda Finke that will be published in the spring by Sigma Theta Tau, the nursing honor society. Carson has long had a research interest in nurse veterans of the Vietnam War. The documentary will later be available on DVD.

August 18, 2006

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