Each Friday, during the college common hour from 12:30-1:20 p.m., the Humanities Institute hosts an open, informal discussion led by a member of the Saint Anselm faculty, staff or monastic community. This forum invites people from all parts of campus to come together with others who are willing to open their lunch bag and their mind to a question about our humanity. So, come Friday, pack a lunch and join the human conversation in the Event Space of the Jean Student Center, unless otherwise indicated. A Zoom Link will be provided weekly for those wishing to take part remotely.


Spring 2023 Schedule

Date Topic Location

Friday, January 20

“What does it really mean to be a leader?”

Facilitated by Dr. Christine Gustafson, Politics Department

On Zoom
Friday, January 27

“What does it mean to have a strong sense of place?”

Facilitated by Prof. Beth Rickenbach, Psychology Department

Event Space
Friday, February 3

“Should this movie be canceled?”

Facilitated by Mr. Zachary Camenker, '16

Event Space
Friday, February 10

“What is equilibrium and why is it important in my life?”

Facilitated by Prof. Mary Kate Donais, Chemistry Department 

Event Space
Friday, February 17

“Does marriage still matter?”

Facilitated by Ms. Susan McKeown, '70

Event Space
Friday, February 24

“What is happening to boys and young men in this country?”

Facilitated by Prof. Kim Kersey-Ashbury, Fine Arts Department

Event Space
Friday, March 3

“Do you value justice or mercy more?”

Facilitated by Prof. Bindu Malieckal, English Department

Living Learning Commons
Friday, March 10

“Do we gain more from spending money or saving it?”

Facilitated by Prof. Michael Yellin, English/Humanities Department

Event Space
Friday, March 31

“What is truth?”

Facilitated by Prof. Marc Rugani, Theology Department

Event Space
Friday, April 14

“Is my identity really who I am?”

Facilitated by Prof. Ann Holbrook, English Department, and Prof. Kevin Staley, Philosophy Department

Event Space
Friday, April 21

“What happened to dressing up or dressing for the occasion?”

Facilitated by Ginger Munson, U.S. Army Veteran, Life Coach

Event Space
Friday, April 28

“What does it mean to think?”

Facilitated by Prof. Kelly Demers, Education Department

Event Space

Friday, May 5

“What is grace and why is it so amazing?”

Facilitated by Fr. Bernard Disco, O.S.B., Theology Department

Event Space