Streaming and Multimedia — The Conversations Online

The Great ConversationAmerican Conversations

Experiencing the Conversations Program

Two of St. Olaf's signature academic programs are American Conversations and the Great Conversation — learning communities that span students' first two years on campus. Over the course of this academic year we invite you to view select lectures from the programs and participate in post-lecture discussions.

In viewing these lectures you will experience exactly what our students do: not a TED talk, a polished performance, or a massive open online course (or "MOOC"), but a talk pitched to the needs of St. Olaf students on a topic of perennial interest.

To participate, simply select the "Current Lecture" at right, sign in, and listen. Use the "Participate" button on the lecture page to submit a question for the follow-up discussion.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the conversations classrooms.

Karen Cherewatuk, Director of the Great Conversation and Professor of English
Colin Wells, Director of American Conversations and Professor of English
Marci Sortor, Provost and Professor of History

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    Upcoming Lectures

  • Great Conversation Plenary Lecture
    "Rising Above the World of Men: Corruption and Epic Nobility in El Cid"
    Carlos Gallego, Associate Professor of English
    Available Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:00 AM
    Follow-up discussion available Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 8:00 AM
  • Great Conversation Plenary Lecture
    "From Every Shires Ende: Plentitude in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales"
    Karen Cherewatuk, Professor of English
    Available Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 8:00 AM
    Follow-up discussion available Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 8:00 AM
  • All times in the Central time zone