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Saint Paul College Faculty Lecture Series

The Faculty Lecture Series draws from the knowledge and expertise of faculty members at Saint Paul College. The series explores the faculty’s diverse areas of interest, and allows faculty to support the college by sharing their experiences with students through these insightful campus lectures that convey their passion for education and research.

Each presentation is free and open to the public.


Karen Kraus, It’s Okay to Play
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Saint Paul College Theatre

As children, we have memories of having free time and playing. As we get older, play and creativity are the first things to go while we add school, sports, engagements, kids etc. Research is finding that play and creativity is really important in adult lives.

Play allows us to dream, de-stress and do something purely because we want to. In this lecture, we will:

  • Learn the importance of play.
  • Find our own individual ways to play
  • Find time in our schedules where we can create playtime


Justin Bonnett, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Classroom
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Saint Paul College Theatre

Relating to others is vital to building relationships and classroom communities. In this lecture, Justin will share his experiences as a hitchhiker and explain how these experiences helped shape his ability to build relationships inside the classroom. Being able to relate to others—more specifically, being able to relate to anyone—is integral to relationship building inside the classroom where, unlike in our social circles, we do not get to choose with whom we engage. Justin will give ideas for ways to relate to our students and engage even the most reluctant student. Because he is a writing instructor, Justin will also discuss the importance of engaging students through relating to them in their writing, and he will give ideas for doing so. This will be applicable to instructors across many disciplines since English instructors are obviously not the only ones who require writing.


Lori Stoltz, Gypsies are Proper Nouns: An Educated Gypsy Speaks on Stereotypes
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Saint Paul College Theatre

Like any other ethnic people like Jews, Hmong, Somali, Norwegians, etc., the word “Gypsy” is a proper noun and requires the dignity of a capital initial letter. We are real people, not myths, not the distorted images that Hollywood depicts, not the ideas that writers of the past have penned, and not defined by behavior, but we are defined genetically. One cannot become a Gypsy, but it seems many take on romanticized or reviled notions of what our people are. As an educator, it is important for me to dispel, as much as possible, the stereotypes of the Gypsy people, known more correctly as the Rom, Romany, or Romani. There are over a million Romany Americans living in the United States, and many living over all areas of the world, some rather invisibly, so they can live in peace, and some visibly targeted with violence. The lecture materials will come from my own writing and research, personal family history, and scholarly information garnered from leading "Gypsy" authorities in the United States and Europe.