“Cornbelt Catholicism” with Dr. Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Professor at University of Iowa
Thursday, October 3rd, 7:00pm, Lake Huron Room, MSU Union
The MSU Museum’s new “Science On a Sphere” gallery offers exciting opportunities for innovative teaching, research, and artistic creation. Developed by scientists in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Science On a Sphere allows for the animated visualization of complex datasets in three dimensions, projected on a globe that simulates a planetary body rotating in space. Through integrated data streams–drawn from NOAA and NASA remote sensing platforms and research programs the world over–users can globally envision a vast range of geophysical, environmental, public health, and socioeconomic phenomena.
This workshop explores the Sphere’s pedagogic possibilities for inquiry-based learning, including integrating hands- on observation of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts, student re-interpretation of big data, faculty-studentcollaborative authoring of original immersive visualizations for projection on the sphere, and the development
of game-style simulations of environmental, economic, and historical dynamics. We will also explore potential affordances of the Sphere in promoting scholarly inquiry in evolutionary theory and climate modeling, as well as the system’s possible uses as a digital canvas for new works of art, performance, and story-telling.
Mystical Phenomena in Modern Catholicism: An Illustrated Talk
with Prof. Paula Kane, Endowed Chair of Contemporary Catholic Studies
Thursday, October 8th, 7:30pm
Among the more unusual elements of Catholic mysticism is the tradition of stigmata, chosen persons who are marked supernaturally with the wounds of the crucified Christ. The lecture will address the case of an American stigmatic of the early twentieth century and the political uses made of such events for a Catholic population trying to adapt to American society.
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