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 Main Meeting Room of the Living Learning Commons.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Date Topic
Friday, January 17

"How can I know if I have a soul?"
Facilitated by Professor Dale Kuehne (Politics)

Friday, January 24

"What's for dinner and can and should our world keep providing it?"
Facilitated by Professor Derk Wierda (Chemistry)

Friday, January 31

"Why should everyone go on a pilgrimage?"
Facilitated by Professor Lourdes Jimenez (Modern Languages)

Friday, February 7

"How do stories help heal our suffering?"
Facilitated by Professor Ann-Maria Contarino (Academic Resource Center)

Friday, February 14

"When it comes down to it, isn't money what makes good life possible?"
Facilitated by Professor Mike Matheis (Economics & Business)

Friday, February 21

"Should Bob Dylan have won a Nobel Prize?" 
Facilitated by Professor Erik Cleven (Politics)

Friday, February 28

"Is Education really the great equalizer?
Facilitated by Professor Kelly Demers (Education)

Friday, March 13

"Did the Irish really save civilization?"
Facilitated by Professor Georgia Henley (English)

Friday, March 20

"Can we live St. Benedict's Rule outside of an abbey?"
Facilitated by Professor Kyle Hubbard (Philosophy)

Friday, March 27

"Does good art have to be beautiful?"
Facilitated by Professor Kate Bentz (Fine Arts)

Friday, April 3

"Why does The Great Gatsby matter?"
Facilitated by Professor Carrie MacLoed (Nursing)

Friday, April 17

"What should I listen for in music?"
Facilitated by Professor Andrew Haringer

Friday, April 24

"Who can we trust to protect us from artificial intelligence?"
Facilitated by Professor Adam Albina (Computer Science)

Download the Spring 2020 Come Friday Forum Schedule

 

Fall 2019 Schedule

Date Topic
Friday, September 6 "I think, but does that mean I am?"
Facilitated by Professor Janet Romaine (Economics & Business)
Friday, September 13 "Why do we love or hate country music?"
Facilitated by Professor Andy Moore (History)
Friday, September 20 "Why do we make bad decisions?"
Facilitated by Professor Kathleen Flannery (Psychology)
Friday, September 27 “Are books a thing of the past?"
Facilitated by Mr. Keith Chevalier (College Archivist)
Friday, October 4 “Do we need wilderness?"
Facilitated by Professor Brian Penney (Biology)
Friday, October 18 “Are we becoming less literate?"
Facilitated by Professor Meg Cronin (English)
Friday, October 25 “Why do we like horror movies and books?"
Facilitated by Professor Tauna Sisco (Sociology)
Friday, November 1 “Is the Pope really infallible?"
Facilitated by Br. Francis McCarty, O.S.B.
Friday, November 8 “Can anyone really forgive and forget?"
Facilitated by Professor Aubrey Scheopner Torres (Education)
Friday, November 15 “Is gender equity really possible?”
Facilitated by Professor Ann Holbrook (English)
Friday, November 22 “Does it matter whether God exists?”
Facilitated by Professor Joshua Tepley (Philosophy)
Friday, December 6 "People are living longer and longer. Is that a good thing?”
Facilitated by Professor Elizabeth Rickenbach (Psychology)

Download the 2019-20 Come Friday Forum Schedule