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Faculty Lecture Series

February 23, 2010

Free Lectures at Ursuline College on Marriage and Family Life, The Amish and Kate Chopin

Marriage and Family Life, The Amish and Kate Chopin are topics highlighted at Ursuline College’s 2010 Faculty Lecture Series held on February 23, March 24 and April 20, 7-8:30pm. The lectures will be held in Mullen Academic Center Little Theater (room 113), 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike. 

Marriage and Family Life in America Today is the topic of the February 23 lecture by Ursuline’s Chair of Sociology, Gary E. Polster, Ph.D. The lecture focuses on the drastic changes that have occurred to the family over the past 30 years including single parent families, non-involved fathers, unmarried cohabitation, soul-mate marriages, and the loss of child centeredness.

Polster has taught Sociology and Anthropology at Ursuline for 37 years and was the 2003 recipient of the College’s first Teaching Excellence Award. He holds a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies from Case Western Reserve University and is the author of an award winning book, Inside Looking Out, which describes orphan life in Cleveland from 1868-1924 at what is now Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau.

The March 24 lecture, The Amish - Spirituality and Folk Medicine features Ursuline's Assistant Professor of Nursing, Patricia Sharpnack, MSN, DNP, CNE. The lecture will give insight into the lives of the Old Order Amish of Geauga County - the fourth largest Amish settlement in the United States. The spiritual practices and alternative healthcare choices of this community will also be explored. 

Sharpnack is a Level Coordinator for the Breen School of Nursing and serves as Faculty Advisor for SNUC - Students Nurses of Ursuline College. She received her Ph.D. in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University and national certification as a nurse educator through the National League for Nursing (NLN). Her research interests include vulnerable populations and active learning strategies for nursing. She has lived and worked with the Amish for over 25 years and has conducted scholarly research with this community.  

On April 20, one of Ursuline’s adjunct faculty of Ursuline Studies, Alana Andrews will give a lecture entitled, Religious Allusions in the Works of Kate Chopin. This lecture examines the religious allusions in several of Chopin’s works and what Andrews believes the intended message was for her readers.  

Andrews teaches literature/women’s studies in the Ursuline Studies program as well as English composition for the College’s Academic Resources Center. She received a BA in English Writing from The University of Pittsburgh, a MA in English Literature from John Carroll University and is currently working on a Ph.D. in English Literature from The University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. Andrews has a background in public relations and technical writing and has received several awards for work in these fields. 

The lectures are free and open to the public and are followed by a reception.  For more information call 440 646 8111.

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