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All Major Lectures will be delivered at 7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom.

Liberal Arts Friday Forums are delivered by St. Ambrose University faculty.

Major Lectures

Susan Martin, Herzberg Professor of International Migration at Georgetown University
Wednesday, Sept. 30

Susan Martin, the Donald G. Herzberg Associate Professor of International Migration, serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. A long-time expert on immigration and refugee policy, Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Prior to joining the Commission's staff, Martin was the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington-based center for analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs. She was assistant professor at the American Studies Department of Brandeis University and lecturer for the History of American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania. Martin has authored “Refugee Women,” as well as numerous monographs and articles on immigration and refugee policy. Martin received her B.A. from Rutgers University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mary Romero, Professor, Arizona State University, School of Justice and Social Inquiry 

Tuesday, Oct. 13

Mary Romero is a member of the Affiliate Research Faculty of the North American Center for Transborder Studies. Romero served on the Law and Society Association Board of Trustees and the Council of the American Sociological Association. Her research focuses on the unequal distribution of reproductive labor as a paid commodity and its role in reproducing inequality among families within countries and between nations. Her research also includes writings on social inequalities and justice that incorporate the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and citizenship and links the parallels between domestic gendered race relations and immigration and identifies the continuum between racism against citizens and racism against non-citizens. She is a former Carnegie Scholar, Pew National Fellowship for Carnegie Scholars, Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is the 2004 recipient of the Society for the Study of Social Problems' Lee Founders Award. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Rossanne Philen of the Immigrant, Refugee and Migrant Health Branch for the Centers of Disease Control

Tuesday, April 6
Capt. Philen is board certified in occupational medicine and practiced for several years before joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1988. While at the CDC, she has investigated disease outbreaks related to toxic exposures in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Haiti, and Cuba, as well as public health problems related to hurricanes and other disasters.

Prior to joining the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine in 2007, she was the Medical Director of Epi-X, a secure communications system at CDC. In her current role with the Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch, Capt. Philen works closely with CDC Quarantine Stations and oversees the Electronic Disease Notification system. She also works in the area of U.S.-Mexico Border Health.

Capt. Philen is on the faculty at Texas A&M University School of Rural Public Health, and her work as a commissioned officer at the CDC has led to over 100 peer-reviewed articles published in medical and scientific literature.

Capt. Philen received her BA in Chemistry in 1973 and her MS in Chemistry in 1975 from Texas A&M University and her MD from Emory University School of Medicine in 1981.

Dr. Thomas Dublin, Binghamton University professor
Thursday, Nov. 12
A U.S. social historian with an interest in gender, race and ethnicity, and class in the working-class experience. His research has focused on both the industrial revolution in nineteenth-century New England and deindustrialization in the Middle Atlantic region in the twentieth century. Dublin employs quantitative evidence in his research and the Worldwide Web in his teaching and also works with middle and high-school teachers as part of the "Teaching American History" program.


Rev. Cyprian Davis, OSB
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Father Cyprian Davis has been the single most important leader in historical studies of the African-American Catholic Church in the United States. He has written numerous books and articles in the area of monastic history and the history and spirituality of African American Catholics in the United States. In 1990 he published "The History of Black Catholics in the United States" (Crossroad), which received the John Gilmary Shea Award in 1991. In the 1990s he served as a visiting professor at several abbeys and monasteries around the world. He also has lectured on the development of monastic archives in monasteries of men and women in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Togo in West Africa. Davis is a longtime scholar and monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He was professed in 1951 and ordained to the priesthood in 1956. He received a licentiate of sacred theology degree from The Catholic University of America in 1957, and a doctorate in history at the University of Louvain in Belgium in 1977.


Stephen Bloom, Professor of Journalism, University of Iowa
Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m.

Bloom's interests include long-form narrative writing, writing for the Internet, and the oral histories of journalists. He teaches narrative journalism and magazine reporting and writing at the University of Iowa. Bloom has been honored with the Iowa Author of the Year Award (2008), as well as with fellowships at the MacDowell Colony (2008) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2008).

Bloom's newest book, “Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls” (St. Martin's Press, 2009) is now in bookstores. "The Oxford Project," a collaborative book project between Bloom and Peter Feldstein, was published in September 2008 by Welcome Press and won the prestigious Alex Award in 2009 from the American Library Association. His other popular nonfiction book, “Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America,” was published by Harcourt in September 2000. He earned his B.A. in 1973 at the University of California at Berkeley.

Mick Moloney, Professor, New York University
Mick Moloney teaches at New York University in the Department of Music and the Irish Studies Program at Glucksman Ireland House. He has recorded and produced over forty albums of traditional music and acted as advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. Mick also served as the artistic director for several major arts tours including The Green Fields of America, an ensemble of Irish musicians, singers and dancers which toured across the United States on several occasions. In 1999 he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts — the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States. He has taught ethnomusicology, folklore and Irish studies courses at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown, and Villanova Universities, and currently teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania.


Liberal Arts Friday Forums

Tadd Ruetenik, Professor of Philosophy

Mara Adams, Professor of Theology

Joan Trapp, Professor of Music

Bill Campbell, Assistant Professor of Music
Campbell composes music for theater, dance, film, and the concert stage. As a pianist, he has performed in multiple new music groups including the acclaimed Sonoran Consort. Recent commissions include the score for the dance-drama "Coyolxauhqui ReMembers" with the Latina Dance Project. Current projects include a multi-disciplinary installation of art and music titled Mechanical Advantage, a work for young concert band titled Open Vistas, and solo piano pieces. Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Music at St. Ambrose University. He serves as a board member of the Iowa Composers Forum, and is also a member of ASCAP, CCLI, CMI and the American Composers Forum.

Matthew Halfhill, Professor of Biology

Amy Blair, Professor of Biology

Kathy Fox, Professor of Modern Languages

Cornelio Chaldez, Professor of Modern Languages

Bea Jacobson, Professor of English

Ryan Dye, Associate Professor of History
Dye came to St. Ambrose in July 2000, and currently serves as an associate professor and chair of the History and Geography Department. Dye also is the Director of International Education and Director of the Irish Studies program which he has helped to build by encouraging student interest in Irish culture, teaching Irish history courses, promoting the study abroad program in Carlow, Ireland, and working with the St. Patrick Society at St. Ambrose.

Randy Richards, Professor of Philosophy and Managerial Studies