The Conversations Online Streams

Experience 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 these programs.

In viewing these lectures, you will virtually enter a Great Conversation or American Conversations class on a day devoted to a plenary lecture (as opposed to a discussion). 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.

These lectures are taken from the first year of American Conversations and the second year of the Great Conversation.

On Demand January 21, 2015 — 8 a.m. Central

American Conversations Plenary Lecture

"Close Reading the Declaration of Independence"

Colin Wells, Associate Professor of English

Viking Theater

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On Demand January 14, 2015 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto and Cantata"

Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Associate Professor of Music

Urness Recital Hall

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On Demand January 7, 2015 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"Cervantes: Don Quixote"

Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol, Professor of Spanish

Viking Theater

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On Demand May 21, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Follow-Up Discussion

Karen Cherewatuk, Professor of Englsih
Ed Langerak, Moderator

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On Demand May 14, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"From Every Shires Ende: Plentitude in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales"

Karen Cherewatuk, Professor of English

Viking Theater

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On Demand April 30, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"Rising Above the World of Men: Corruption and Epic Nobility in El Cid"

Carlos Gallego, Associate Professor of English

Viking Theater

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On Demand April 23, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

American Conversations Follow-Up Discussion

Colin Wells, Professor of English
Judy Kutulas, Moderator

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On Demand April 16, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

American Conversations Plenary Lecture

"School of Rock: How Bob Dylan, the Beatles and Others Turned Popular Music into Serious Art"

Colin Wells, Professor of English

Viking Theater

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On Demand April 9, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Follow-Up Discussion

Jamie Schillinger, Associate Professor of Religion
Ed Langerak, Moderator

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On Demand April 2, 2014 — 8 a.m. Central

Great Conversation Plenary Lecture

"How Does the Qur'an Want to be Read?"

Jamie Schillinger, Associate Professor of Religion

Viking Theater

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