Arkansas Governor’s School 2010
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Week 1: June 13 –
Week 1 Blurbs
Activity Committee Applications Have
creative ideas for social events? Pick up an application for the Social
Activities Committee from Susanna during lunch in the Sun Porch.
Recreation Committee Applications Do you
like to play sports? Pick up an application for the Recreation Committee from
Chris during lunch in the Sun Porch.
AGS Idol Sign-Up Sign up
in the Sun Porch in the SLTC at lunch.
Clinton Library Field Trip Sign-Up Sign up
in the Sun Porch if you are interested in going on a field trip to the Clinton
Library in Little Rock
Kickball Come to
the WAC fields to “kick off” AGS by playing the best elementary school yard
Richard Gobble: “Deconstructing
the Death Penalty” A
critical analysis of capital punishment.
Phillip Spivey: “The Art of
Celebration: An Introduction to the Jewish Holidays” Come
learn about the major holidays of the oldest Western religious tradition:
Chad Terrell: “Were Bugs Bunny, Popeye, and Superman Racist?” Not long
ago, these icons promoted racial stereotyping.
We will use them to talk about issues such as the responsibility of mass
media and censorship. Please note: the
examples to be explored do involve old, but still likely offensive,
William Chesser: “Global Change -
CO2, H2O and Heat” No one
should take a position (for or against) on Global Climate Change until they
understand how it works. This seminar will explain the mechanism of G.C.C.
Human Scavenger Hunt Meet by
the Fountain and get to know the campus and faculty by deciphering riddles and
performing various tasks!
Yoga and Meditation for Beginners Come to a
weekly session of meditation and yoga with Peggy Scranton. No previous experience needed. Bring a towel or yoga mat.
AGS Gospel Choir Sign-Up Sign up
in the Sun Porch in the SLTC at lunch.
GIANT GAMES Head over
to the Brick Pit, and challenge either your brain or your athleticism. Groups of five will compete for the king
position in GIANT four-square while other students will ponder over a GIANT
game of Sudoku. Be there, or be square.
Rick Dimond: “Drumset Jamboree
(and Masterclass)” Drumset
Players: 3 to 5 minutes of Fame. All
levels of players, beginning with the least experienced. Play any style or solo for 3 to 5 minutes,
followed by constructive comments from your peers. Drumset provided. Listeners,
friends, and bass players are welcome to attend.
Rapheal Lewis: “Politics as a
Problem-Solving Device” A
discussion on how people and groups use politics to solve problems.
Zac Harmon: “Truth: A Shopper’s
Guide” In this session, we will examine some of the most influential
philosophical accounts of the concept of “truth.” Some questions we will
consider include: What is the nature of truth? Why are some statements about
reality counted as true and others as false? Should science be considered a
privileged method of inquiry, or might there be other, equally legitimate, ways
of reaching the truth?
Amber James: “Where did that
Hamburger Come From?” An
examination of the locally grown movement and small changes/choices that
students can make in their eating habits to be healthier and eco-friendly.
Improv Games After the concert, come over to the Burrow for some Whose Line is it Anyway? style improv
games. Bring your own ideas for games,
and get ready for a barrel of laughs!
Why We Fight Is
American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in
American life? This acclaimed 2005
documentary investigates these questions and presents an original and
controversial perspective on the issues.
Dana Falconberry You don’t
want to miss this performance. Dana
Falconberry lights the senses of her listeners with desolate landscapes, tales
of heartbreak, and signs of hope set to tune with a classical guitar and earthy
T-Shirt Competition Entries Due 2010 AGS
T-shirt Competition. YOU can design the 2010 AGS t-shirt. Submit your
design ideas to the AGS Office in the SLTC by 4 pm on Wednesday,
June 16th. Remember: 1 side, 1 color, and the design must
incorporate “AGS” or “AGS 2010.” Late entries will not be considered.
Dodge Ball Tournament Get your
troops together into teams of seven and register during lunch for an epic
showdown. Word on the street is that the
faculty team is bringing the heat.
Rachel Schrag: “Using the Piano in
Bizarre Ways” Come
learn how 20th-century composer George Crumb uses the inside of the
piano to create a unique piece of music. We will discuss compositional
techniques that composers are using today to create music that is “outside the
box.” Non-musicians are welcome!
T.C. Elliott: “The Diagnosis and
Treatment of Tropical Diseases” Malaria,
African sleeping sickness, gastrointestinal worms, botfly infections…These are
but a few of the illnesses that plague some three billion people on our planet.
Join T.C. Elliott as he shares his year abroad treating tropical diseases in
South America, SE Asia, and Africa. Come
prepared with a strong stomach to learn about the pathophysiology, signs and
symptoms, and treatment of diseases in the tropics.
Lana Allen: Marx Reading Group We will
be examining a selection of Karl Marx’s early writings each week. Copies of each reading will be available in
the dorm lobbies.
Activity and Recreation Committee
Applications Due The
applications are due to Susanna and Chris by 4:30pm on Wednesday in the AGS
AGS Idol Auditions Do you
think you have what it takes to become the next AGS Idol? Sign up in the Sun Porch by lunch on the 16th
to audition for the weekly competition and try to impress the judges. These auditions will be open only to those
auditioning. Come prepared to sing a
cappella for the judges. Good luck!
Water Balloon Toss A Brick
Pit version of the traditional egg toss!
Jim Rush: “Mindfulness Experience” Introduction
to and use of stress management and meditation strategies.
Lars Seme: “The Mathematics of the
Casino” We will
look at various casino games from a mathematical perspective. We will also
consider some of the schemes that claim to beat the casino.
Karaoke Come to
Worsham to belt out your favorite song for your fellow students! Sign-ups start
at 7:15 pm, so come a little early if you want to perform.
Indoor Camp Games Head to
Worsham to get out of the heat and act the fool with new friends. Come to play games you remember from
childhood summer camp and get a chance to learn a few new ones with your favorite
Kondwani Phwandaphwanda: “Music of
Malawi, Africa” Functions
of Music in Malawi.
There will be live music.
Talleri McRae: “Social
Construction of Identity - A Peek at Disability, Race, & other ID Markers” An
interactive overview of modern understandings of disability and how it relates
to other identity markers.
Chris and Susanna Eat Weird Things It’s
exactly what it sounds like. We’ll take
suggestions in the Sun Porch during meals Wednesday and Thursday.
AGS Gospel Choir Interest Meeting If you
are a singer, a musician, or just someone who loves music, come out and get
some information about the AGS Gospel Choir.
by Godfrey Reggio. This movie is described by Leonard Maltin as a
“spellbinding, senses‑staggering, non‑narrative film” so rich in beauty and
detail that with each viewing it becomes a new and different film. It
juxtaposes natural environments and those affected by humans in a way that
suggests “life out of balance” (a translation of its Hopi title), yet without
preaching or ignoring the beauty of the man‑made world. The score by Philip
Glass is riveting and compelling. The film raises questions about the human
relationship to nature, the destructive potential of technology, and the chaos and
loneliness of the modern urban world. It also can provoke discussions of
aesthetic questions through its innovative approach to the medium of film and
its creation of a new reality through extensive visual comparisons of nature
and technology using slow motion and time‑lapse photography intertwined with a
"dialogue" of music.
Ladder Tournament Come to
the Burrow/game area to find out what a Ladder Tournament is if you are even
mildly interested in ping pong, pool, foosball, spades, chess, dominoes, or playing to get to the top!
Wesley Beal: “Space as Narrative,
or, Reading Walt Disney World” How does
spatial organization tell a story? We’ll explore spatial narrative by “reading”
Disney theme park maps for attractions like the Magic Kingdom
Gerry Gibson: “The Firebird” A film of
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird.” Performed live by the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden.
Laura Bowles: “Bugs Bunny's
Hillbilly Hare: An Ideological Analysis” We will
explore how language functions as both a vehicle for ideology and a structure
that supports ideological stances in selected cartoons and other popular
Seme: “Fractals” Fractals are mathematically generated geometric
objects. We will look at their design
and applications in the real world.
Peggy Scranton: “Walking a
Labyrinth” What's a labyrinth, and how did Hendrix College
get one? Come learn about labyrinths and labyrinth-walking in Arkansas and around the
world, and walk the Hendrix labyrinth.
Cwik: Philosophy Reading Group This is the first installment of our weekly
philosophy reading group. This week, we will read Thomas Nagel’s essay “Moral
Luck,” which explores the nature of moral responsibility. Readings will be available outside the SLTC
dining hall in the Sun Porch. (Faculty and staff are welcome to attend, but
discussion is student only.)
Faculty/Staff Talent Show Who knew
the AGS faculty had so many skillz? It’s
Student Talent Show Sign-Up Sign up
in the Sun Porch in the SLTC at lunch.
Ultimate Frisbee It’s
called “Ultimate” for a reason. Bring
your team and prepare to get your disc on.
Clinton Library Field Trip This trip
is for people who signed up to visit the Clinton Library Extreme Weather
Exhibit and Library Tour. If your name
is on the roster, you are required to attend.
Sacred Journey: Dharma River:
Journey of 1,000 Buddhas The first
in a series of film explorations of the major spiritual and sacred sites in Laos, Thailand,
and Burma. Discussion will follow the video
Throwback Mixer Let’s go
back in time and dance to timeless favorites.
The best songs never die! Dress
for your favorite decade, from the 60’s to the 90’s!
To Live Come out and see one of the most acclaimed movies by Zhang Yimou,
the director of Hero and the 2008 Olympic Ceremonies in Beijing. This film, which was banned in China
for questionably subversive themes, recounts thirty years of Chinese history
through the experiences of a formerly elite family as they struggle to
survive the events of the Chinese Revolution.
H-O-R-S-E Come play
this classic game that is fun for all ages! Bring your trick shots to the WAC
basketball courts for this leisurely game.
Spades Tournament Come play
the sweetest card game around. We will be using the results of the tournament
to make a ladder to continue throughout AGS. The tournament will be
officiated by the 2007 Spades Tournament champion.
Indoor Recreation Games Come
enjoy various small games such as bean bag toss, horseshoes, and others with
our climbing wall supervisor.
Aquatic Adventures Hmm…Sounds
like a good night to head over to the WAC pool for wild water games.
Check your green packet to refresh on the pool guidelines.
Dive-In Movie Dive into
the WAC Pool to watch “Finding Nemo”
Week 2: June 21 –
Week 2 Blurbs
Talent Show Sign-Up Do
you like the spotlight? Come audition for a spot in the student
talent show on June 23rd and 25th. Bring any
materials you may need, such as CDs or instruments. ALL types of
talent are welcome. You must sign up by dinner on the 22nd
if you want to audition. The actual show will take place on the
to the WAC Rec Gym for indoor soccer.
Gobble: “Magic Bullets, Grassy Knolls, and Smoking Guns” A
critical analysis of the Warren Commission and the subsequent
investigations into the death of JFK.
Roenfeldt: “Urban Zen: Walking a Path of Balance” An
introduction to Urban Zen – A non-religious way to follow a Zen
Buddhist’s path through life.
Idol Round One Who
will be the next AGS Idol? Come watch, listen, and vote. See which
contestants will make it to next week!
Rush: “Mindfulness Experience” Introduction
to and use of stress management and meditation strategies
Ulrey: “Math Movie Monday: Fermat’s Last Theorem” If
you’re a true math geek, you won’t want to miss this enthralling
documentary about the 350-year quest to prove Fermat’s Last
Fahey and Talleri McRae: “Urban Legends: Fact, Fiction, and
the history behind popular urban legends and share some of your own!
Mic Night Share
your writing, music, stand-up comedy or random thoughts in a
comfortable setting. The material must be appropriate - - if you are
curious about the appropriateness of your material, see Susanna in
the office ahead of time.
and Meditation for Beginners Come
to a weekly session of meditation and yoga with Peggy Scranton. No
previous experience needed. Bring a towel or yoga mat.
over to the WAC fields for a friendly game of softball.
Dimond: “Musical Improvisation Jam” An
informal jam session for any instrumentalists or singers. All levels
of performers are encouraged to attend. Based on Herbie Mann’s
“Memphis Underground” and Freddie Hubbard’s “Little
Sunflower.” Both are simple Funk tunes. Friends and listeners are
invited as well.
Terrell: “Talk Back to the Screen: What is MST3K?” We
will talk about “riffing” and the historical significance of the
“peanut gallery.” Also, we’ll view some clips of MST3K and get
a chance to riff ourselves.
Lewis: “Terrorist or Freedom Fighter: A Search for Sovereignty” A
discussion on how different people may use different terminologies to
describe a similar action.
State Brass BandThis required performance showcases the
talented Natural State Brass Band.
Grace Café Volunteer Trip Sign-Up Sign
up on Wednesday to go help a local soup kitchen serve dinner to
homeless and impoverished families of Conway. Since you will miss
dinner here, you will be able to eat the food that is served at the
Dunn: “Brown, MIT, and Yale Information Session” Admissions
officers from Brown, MIT, and Yale will be on campus to talk about
their schools and give advice on selective college admissions and
Allen: “Marx Reading Group” This
week, we will be discussing excerpts from Marx’s “On the Jewish
Question” and examining issues concerning Marx’s conception of
the market and of liberalism. Copies will be available in the dorm
Dayer: “Indie Music Discussion Hour” Come
meet fellow indie music enthusiasts; discuss albums, songs, and
artists; and make new friends who also think they’re too cool to
listen to the radio.
your troops together into teams of ten for an epic showdown. Please
wear appropriate shoes.
and Galloway will go first at 7:00pm. Please be sure to arrive 15
minutes early so that the show can begin promptly at 7pm. Couch and
Raney will go at 8:30pm. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes early
so that the show can begin promptly at 8:30pm.
sure you come in order to polish up your hoop skills for the
tournament on Saturday.
Sutterfield: “Tracing the Roots of Political Theatre: From Brecht
and Boal to Reverend Billy” What
do a German Marxist director, a Brazilian political prisoner, and an
American street performer have in common? Trace the historical roots
of political theatre from Bertolt Brecht to Reverend Billy…and
create a little of your own political theatre in the process.
Harmon: “The Mysteries of the Mind and Consciousness” Is
the mind identical to the brain or something over and above it? How
are mental states “about” things in the world? What does it mean
to attribute beliefs to oneself and others? Why do some physical
things have consciousness while others don’t? In this talk, we will
discuss those questions and more.
the AGS Knitting and Crochet club! Feel free to stop by and bring any
projects that you are currently working on. If you want to
learn how to knit, please send an email to Elle Gilmore-Szott
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will try to get some extra
Truman Show Unknown
to himself, insurance salesman Truman Burbank (Jim Carey) has been
the subject of the world’s longest-running television program since
he was born. As Truman grows restless and unhappy with his life, he
also begins to discover that his life, family, and friends are
fabrications and seeks to learn the truth about who he really is.
Frisbee Tournament In
history, the Spartans played Ultimate Frisbee. Fact.
Flanagan: “Bioethics: A History of Human Experimentation” This
discussion looks at the history of the use of human beings as
subjects in medical experiments, with particular attention paid to
human research conducted in the U.S.
Rupert: “Ask the Director” Come
ask the director anything you wish.
Seward: “Open Source” A
quick look into the open source world. How you can use it, support
it, and save money. Door prizes include CDs, DVDs, and USB drives
containing open source software.
Terrell and Elizabeth Eason: “I Just Wasn't Made for these Times:
Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds” Pet
Sounds routinely makes critics “Best of” lists for greatest
albums of all time. Come listen and learn more about the beauty,
intelligence, and passion that inspired the Beatles to make Sgt.
Cwik: “Philosophy Reading Group” This
week, we will read a short selection called “The Experience
Machine” from Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia
that explores, among other things, the importance of authenticity and
happiness in practical reasoning. Faculty and staff are welcome to
attend, but discussion is student only.
support your fellow arts students in their venture into a wide range
of traditional and experimental art in this progressive arts
happening taking place across campus. The performances begin in
front of Trieschmann. You don’t want to miss this!
on the Cliff by the Sea is a 2008 Japanese animated
film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The plot centers on a
goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke,
and wants to become a human girl.
co-educational basketball. Put your teams together beforehand, and
show up for some wild fun out of the sun.
giant spoons tournament! Think you’ve got the skill to become the
master of the official utensil of breakfast? Prove it.
you can play foosball better than those little men? Come give them a
run for their money!
team from each dorm will compete in a double elimination tournament
to determine the AGS Quiz Bowl Champions. Come join Quiz Bowl
superstar Mark Elrod of Area II fame for this trivia-filled event.
Spectator seats are available, but seats are limited, and absolute
quiet is required during play.
Earth: Journey into Sacred Nature Second
in a series of film explorations of sacred and spiritual sites in
Cambodia, Bali, and Java. Discussion to follow the video.
is Illuminated A
young American Jewish man goes on a quest to find the woman who saved
his grandfather -- in a small Ukrainian town that was wiped off the
map by the Nazi invasion. The quest starts off miserably but
turns into a surprisingly meaningful journey with an unexpected and
powerful series of life-changing revelations.
Cup Game We
are all gathering to watch the afternoon second-round World Cup game,
and it is so exciting, even though we don’t know who is playing
yet! GO USA!
got four square happening right outside of the Brick Pit (in the
shade!) so get ready to play the best playground game of your
Cross Blood Drive The
American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive which will last from
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Students 17 years of age or older who weigh at
least 110 pounds and are in good health are encouraged to donate
blood. Be sure to bring your driver’s license or state-issued ID.
If you are under 17, there is a parental consent form in your dorm
documentary follows two inner-city Chicago residents, Arthur Agee and
William Gates, as they follow their dreams of becoming basketball
superstars. Beginning at the start of their high school years and
ending almost five years later as they start college, we watch the
boys mature into men, still retaining their “Hoop Dreams.”
the Flag The
ULTIMATE version of Capture the Flag: glow in the dark flags!
This is sure to be a fun and interesting variation of this classic
Week 3: June 28 –
Week 3 Blurbs
Art SwapCome by Susanna’s desk and pick up an index card to participate in the AGS 2010 Art Swap. Each participant will design and decorate one side of their card with any medium they may choose and return the card to Susanna by this Friday. She will distribute the cards randomly to the mailboxes of everyone who participates, so that everyone who turns in a card will receive a piece of artwork to keep by one of their classmates.Giant GamesHead over to the Brick Pit and challenge either your brain or your athleticism. Compete for the king position in giant Four Square while other students ponder over a giant game of Sudoku.Trivial PursuitFrom adding machines to laptops...JFK to George W...bell-bottoms to bootlegs...beta cassettes to DVD. Come to the Burrow to prove your knowledge of it all.K. Phwandaphwanda: “Music of Africa (Malawi)”Examples of how music is used in the village to educate the young about responsibilities in their community/society.Cache Carter: “Social Justice: White Privilege”Attorney General Eric Holder was famously quoted as saying, “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” This seminar will consist of discussion and debate of what Holder may have meant and will look into the social phenomenon called “White Privilege.” Brian Fahey: “A Touch of Greatness”In an era when Dick, Jane, and discipline ruled America’s schools, Albert Cullum allowed Shakespeare, Sophocles, and Shaw to reign in his fifth grade classroom. A Touch of Greatness is an inspiring and award-winning documentary about a brilliant, unorthodox teacher and the students whose lives he influenced. College FairCollege representatives from across the region will be in Worsham from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Students are encouraged to come meet with them, ask questions, and get a headstart on the search for the right college.Wesley Beal: “Art and Propaganda (Part I)”What is art? What is propaganda? Close readings of wartime Disney shorts after some entry points to the conventions and semiotics of propaganda.Josh Ulrey: “Math Movie Monday: N is a Number”The second installment of Math Movie Monday features N is a Number, a documentary about the enigmatic Paul Erdös. Erdös was one of the most prolific mathematicians of the 20th-century, and N is a Number focuses on his life and mathematical accomplishments. Bill Higgins: “Candide, Act I”Voltaire’s absurd morality play set to the delightful music of Leonard Bernstein.Student Talent ShowAs we all discovered during the mixer our first night together, you are a class full of students with interesting talents. Your fellow students will put on a variety show that is sure to entertain.Yoga and Meditation for BeginnersCome to a weekly session of meditation and yoga with Peggy Scranton. No previous experience needed. Bring a towel or yoga mat.Starving for an AnswerA discussion about world hunger and what to expect on World Hunger Day at AGS.Outdoor FutbolThe WORLD'S favorite pastime. In honor of the World Cup, we will play a full game of 11 vs. 11 or multiple games if we have enough people.Angela Toomer, Lana Allen, and Zac Harmon: “The F-word: Feminism and Why it Matters”Learn what feminism really is, debate whether feminism is still necessary in our contemporary society, and discuss why it is controversial.Amanda Keifer: “Public Health Funding in Sub-Saharan Africa”Who pays for disease prevention and treatment in a developing country? How do they choose which diseases to treat? As the most densely populated country in sub-Saharan Africa and a major recipient of foreign aid, Rwanda serves as an interesting example of the struggle for adequate public health in developing countries. In this talk, we will explore the case of Rwanda and their fight against infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and more.Talleri McRae and Brian Fahey: “The World of Henry V”In advance of seeing Henry V , dive into Shakespeare’s world and meet the characters, explore the themes, and prepare to experience the play.Jim Rush: “The Mystery of 2012”Predictions, prophecies, and possibilities for consideration regarding December 21st, 2012.Wesley Beal: “Art and Propaganda (Part II)”Drawing on Monday’s discussion of Disney shorts, we will study contemporary films like Iron Man to examine more ambiguous domains of propaganda. Kevin Sanders: “Debunking Talent: It isn't Born. It's Grown”What really separates world-class experts from everyone else? New research shows that outstanding performance is the product of calculated practice and coaching, not of any inherited talent or skill. Find out what the greatest comedians, scientists, artists, and businessmen all have in common.AGS Idol Round TwoWho will be the next AGS Idol? Come watch, listen, and vote. See which contestants will make it to the final round! DodgeballWant another chance to win a dodgeball sticker? Get your troops together into teams and prepare for the ultimate indoor sport. Word on the street is that the faculty team might finally bring the heat.The Great Area II DebateImmigration reform – Should we raise or lower the wall?Rick Dimond: “Musical Improvisation Jam”An informal jam session for any instrumentalists or singers. All levels of performers are encouraged to attend. Based on Joe Zawinul’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” and Miles Davis’s “Mister PC.” Both are standard Jazz tunes. Friends and listeners are invited as well.Plant a Row for The HungryBehind Faulkner County Library, there is a model garden planted in hopes of promoting home gardening as a practical step towards sustainability and self-sufficiency. While most of the area has now been planted, year-round help is needed nurturing and cultivating the garden. Jim Rush: “Mindfulness Experience”Introduction to and use of stress management and meditation strategies.Corey Nesbit: “Night and Fog”This lyrical and graphic documentary--one of the first cinematic reflections on the Holocaust's horror--has deeply affected films’ treatments of the Holocaust. Documentarian Alain Resnais contrasts 1955 footage of abandoned concentration camps' quiet, empty buildings with black-and-white footage shot there in 1944. This seminar is intended to be part of a two-part series with the seminar, “‘I Had Things to Say, But Not the Words to Say Them': A Photo-Essay.” Students are encouraged to attend both seminars, though it is not required.Bill Higgins: “Candide, Act II”Voltaire’s absurd morality play set to the delightful music of Leonard Bernstein. (Conclusion)Pools of Fun Water Polo, Diving Contest, and Capture the Flag. Awesome.Touch FootballAmerica's new favorite pastime. We'll gather on the field and go head to head on the gridiron.Bryan Cwik and K. Phwandaphwanda: “What to Expect in College”A discussion with students about what professors expect in college.Spencer Sutterfield and Chad Terrell: “Death of the Music Industry”Is the music industry causing its own demise, or is it the victim? A discussion on the decline of major labels and the independent artists who succeed in spite of them!Lauren Bartshe: “‘I Had Things to Say, But Not the Words to Say Them’: A Photo-Essay”A photo-essay by Lauren Bartshe and Julie Champlin (AGS ’05) attempts to reexamine the stories of those who survived through a modern perspective, pairing personal photographs from the camps with correlating textual excerpts from survivor and witness testimonies. The presentation examines the modern landscape of concentration camps as material for commemoration and education,and explains why it is crucial to consider the camp sites themselves as living survivors of the Holocaust.Knitting CircleThe AGS Knitting and Crochet club will meet again in the Burrow! Feel free to stop by and bring any projects that you are currently working on. If you want to learn how to knit, please send an email to Elle Gilmore-Szott (email@example.com), and she will try to get some extra knitting needles.Jesus CampDocumentary focusing on the experiences of a trio of children who attend Pastor Becky Fischer's "Kids on Fire Summer Camp" where participants are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in God's Army and techniques on how to take back America for Christ. Directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, Jesus Camp paints an unflattering portrait of many Christian evangelicals’ efforts to erase the line between church and state in order to redeem America from non-Christians. Water Balloon BattleshipTwo of the greatest things in the world come together: water balloons and warfare. This will be the day of reckoning. Get ready. It’s ON.Michael Simeone: "Supercomputing, Mapping, and History: Interdisciplinary Scholarship among the Humanities and Computer Sciences"This presentation will describe the work of computer scientists and historians that seeks to solve certain problems of automated image analysis and assess the historical and climatological significance of 18th-Century maps as well as discuss the broader methods and benefits of interdisciplinary research.Rapheal Lewis: “Bob Marley: The Man and his Music”A discussion on how this performer uses his music to address social, economic, and political problems.Bryan Cwik: “Philosophy Reading Group”This week, we will do something a little different: we will read a short article from the New York Times about Watson, a computer program developed by IBM that can answer Jeopardy! questions, and John Searle’s classic article “Can Computers Think?” We will explore the questions: Can a machine ever be intelligent? What is “intelligence,” anyway? (Faculty and staff are welcome to attend, but discussion is student only, please.)Israeli-Palestinian Conflict – “Occupation 101”We will be watching a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a discussion to follow. We will be exploring pertinent questions such as: “What different positions exist on the conflict?” and “Is the U.S. media biased in favor of one side or another?”Field DayCome play the classic field day games that you grew up with. There will be a wheelbarrow race, a three-legged race, and an egg toss, so start practicing! We will also tie-dye shirts in a patriotic fashion so that you will be prepared to celebrate the Fourth tomorrow! Vajra Sky: Sacred TibetThe third in a series of film explorations into mystical Tibet. Discussion will follow this film presentation. There will be information regarding the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arkansas this coming year, 2011.Magic Show with Joey WilliamsJoey is an award-winning magician as well as an AGS alum! Check out his talent and see if you can find the mystery behind his illusions. You may end up becoming part of the show.Casino NightThink you can win big at AGS? Come try your luck with cards, craps, blackjack, and poker. The games will all be dealt by your favorite faculty and staff. Harlan Co. USAThis film documents the coal miners' strike against the Brookside Mine of the Eastover Mining Company in Harlan County, Kentucky in June, 1973.Fourth of July CelebrationIt's time for the biggest celebration of AGS 2010! An evening of music, indoor and outdoor games, and most importantly, the annual Faculty v Student softball game! Wear your most patriotic gear and compete to win for the most patriotic outfit. Get ready to celebrate Independence Day with our faculty, staff and your fellow students at the WAC!
Week 4: July 5 –
Sand VolleyballIt is, after
all, summertime! Bring your sunscreen, shorts, and sunglasses to play
a game of sand volleyball for the ages.AGS
World Cup TournamentThe AGS soccer teams go head to
head in a battle to become the World Cup winners. English Language Arts Poetry SlamBring
a poem to read for the poetry slam, or come listen to your friends.Talleri McRae and Brian Fahey: “Henry V
Talkback/Discussion with Cast Members”Come with
thoughts, questions, and comments for two of the performers in Henry
V!Richard Gobble: “Reasonable Doubt: The Case
of the West Memphis Three”Ever since their 1993
conviction for a particularly brutal murder, the so-called West
Memphis Three have staunchly maintained their innocence. This case
has gained nationwide notoriety and has become the cause de jour for
many famous personalities, while native Arkansans are left to closely
examine their notions of justice.Melinda Beith:
“It’s Within Your Grasp”Discover a pathway to your
true gifts through a non-traditional intrapersonal communication
perspective.Rapheal Lewis: “Politics in
Jamaica: A Clash of Social Classes”An examination
on how Jamaican political leaders use both Afrocentric and Eurocentric
philosophies and methodologies to govern in Jamaica.Faculty vs Student Basketball GameThe
name says it all: come out and watch (or play, if you sign-up) your
peers go against the best the faculty has to offer. Word on the
street is the faculty team is bringing the heat…really, this time.Josh Ulrey: “Math Movie Monday: Outside In/Not
Knot”The final installment of Math Movie Monday
features two short videos with an emphasis on geometry. Outside In
shows how to turn a sphere inside out without tearing the surface,
while Not Knot focuses on knot theory and hyperbolic geometry.Beatrice Vena and Fred Boosey: “Creating Living
History Performances”Learn how history in your
community can be the basis for performance of theatre.Lyle Rupert: “Pipe Organ Extravaganza!”Come hear a little Bach, Handel, and Pachelbel on the Chapel
organ. This program will be short enough to stay interesting but
long enough to show the organ’s versatility.Yoga and Meditation for BeginnersCome
to a weekly session of meditation and yoga with Peggy Scranton. No
previous experience needed. Bring a towel or yoga mat.Acting 101Whether you are an
experienced actor or just curious, come learn the basics of acting and
have fun with improv, movement, and scene work. Wear comfortable
clothes and be ready to move! *Not recommended for students
whose Area I is Drama.Jason Wiles: “Pick a
Topic”Jason Wiles will be on hand to talk about
some kind of topic. It will probably be some kind of evolution or
other biological/geological topic, possibly getting into law or
politics or even religion, but who knows? Plenty of time will be
allowed for questions, and answers may follow.Deborah Romes: “Peace Corps Volunteering”Have you ever thought about volunteering abroad? This
lecture/discussion will focus on my experience volunteering for the
U.S. Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa.Chris Rupert and Jake Hardin: “iPod Candy for your
Heart”We talk about the great music you should be
listening to.Jessica Peterson: “Visual Arts
Installation Presentations”Teachers will present
project assignments, and students will explain each group
installation.Rick Dimond: “What do those chord
Symbols Mean?”A discussion of what chord symbols
mean in Pop and Jazz music. Knowledge of major scales is required for
understanding, but all interested are welcome.Ta-Neisha Wright: “Thinking on Your Feet: Dinner-Style
Debate”A look at IPDA debate, focusing on speaking
skills matched with wit and logic. There will be audience
participation!Josh Ulrey: “Gödel's
Incompleteness Theorems and the Limitations of Mathematics”
Mathematics is often considered an infallible and
completely objective discipline, but the Incompleteness Theorems of
Kurt Gödel state otherwise. This session will provide brief sketches
of the proofs of Gödel’s theorems, as well as a discussion of the
implications of his work.Revis Edmonds: “‘Check
Yer Oil Ma’am?’: The American Gas Station as a Piece of Americana – by
a Station Owner’s Son”With the BP drilling disaster
in the Gulf and gas price spikes to near $4 a gallon, the energy
industry has had its share of bad press of late. Yet there was a time
when the independent service station owner was the positive face of
the industry, and one of the most respected small businessmen in the
community. Take a trip down memory lane as this part of the “golden
age of the automobile” comes to life with photos, vintage TV ads,
assorted memorabilia, and personal recollections.Faculty vs Student Quiz Bowl GameCome
out and watch the game as AGS faculty members take on the winning quiz
bowl team, Raney, in this head-to-head match. Gospel ChoirWe’ve been working hard,
and this is the final product. Come worship with the choir for
our last concert!VertigoA
San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the
strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming
dangerously obsessed with her. Starring James Stewart and Kim Novak,
Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller is often considered one of
the indomitable American films.Lip
SyncGet a group together, get your moves ready and
mouth the words to your favorite song! Signups will be available at
7:50 at the door.Immokalee
U.S.A.Throughout the session, documentaries
will be shown in Mills B. Feel free to stay afterward for a short
discussion! This awarding-winning independent documentary explores the
plight of migrant workers in South Florida.Ultimate FrisbeeIt’s going to be a
great game of Ultimate Frisbee, especially since it’s at night time.
DodgeballAn AGS classic! If
you can dodge a wrench and traffic, then you can dodge a ball. This
is the last dodgeball event of the summer, so make sure to call up
White Goodman, Patches O’Houlihan, and Peter La Fleur for some dodge,
duck, dip, dive, and dodge.Writing Oneself Into
Being: Interrelationality through Letter WritingFoucault's understanding of "care for the soul," via the philosophy
of the GrecoRomans and the Stoics, centers on the interrelational and
pedagogical nature of letter writing. We are going to learn about
Foucault's view of connecting to others through correspondence and
then bring this ethic to life by coming together as a group and
writing individual letters to someone in our lives. You are
welcome to bring paper and/or stationery, stamps and addresses with
you.T.C. Elliott: “Love and Why it's a Drug:
The Neuronal and Chemical Basis of Love”Throughout
history, artists and poets have made the greatest progress in
describing love. Romance--as it seemed--was inexplicable and, at best,
confusing. Today, however, scientists are shedding light on just what
love is. Join T.C. Elliott as he discusses why and how we fall in
love, why some humans are more monogamous than others, and why love is
a drug.Lauren Daly and Laura Claussen:
“Stepping: A History”See a short powerpoint and a
couple of videos on step history. Then learn a few steps!Sarah Forrester: “How to Prepare a Dynamic Artistic
Portfolio”Tips and techniques to help you create a
high-quality portfolio for university admission and scholarships.Alex Dayer: “Indie Music Discussion Hour”
Come meet fellow indie music enthusiasts; discuss
albums, songs, and artists; and make new friends who also think they’
re too cool to listen to the radio.Jim Rush:
“Mindfulness Experience” Introduction to and
use of stress management and meditation strategies.Lars Seme: “How Big is Infinity?”We’ll
consider the mathematical idea of infinity and what it means to be
infinite.Brandon McClinton: “Accidental
Guerilla Syndrome”An examination of David
Kilkullen’s Accidental Guerilla Syndrome: Fighting Small Wars in the
Midst of Big Ones and a discussion of community development in Iraq
and Afghanistan.Rose Smith: “What not to Wear”
Tips on what to and what not to wear while seeking
employment and internship opportunities.Music
Jam 2010Bring your instruments from home and come
out to the Brick Pit for an informal jam session with your fellow
students. Non-musicians are welcome to come listen and socialize.
Thursday and Friday, during your free period, please report to Mills A
to fill out evaluations. Attendance is required.Faculty vs Student Soccer GameThe
winners of the World Cup Tournament take on the faculty team!Zac Harmon and Cache Carter: “‘That's So Gay’: Homophobia
and Harassment in High Schools”An information
session/discussion concerning problems related to the bullying and
harassment of LGBT students in our high schools. Various strategic
measures for addressing these problems will be considered.William Chomphosy and Nick Rodriguez: “Hip Hop: An Origin
and an Evolution”An explanation of the cultural,
artistic, and musical influences that sparked this genre, and a
discussion of the evolution of this genre to its present state.Bryan Cwik: “Philosophy Reading Group”
This week, we will read a brief selection, “The
Ring of Gyges,” from Book II of Plato’s Republic, which raises a deep
problem about the nature of morality. (Faculty and staff are welcome
to attend, but discussion is student only, please.)Knitting CircleThe AGS Knitting and
Crochet club will meet again in the Burrow! Feel free to stop by and
bring any projects that you are currently working on. If you
want to learn how to knit, please send an email to Elle Gilmore-Szott
(firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will try to get some extra
knitting needles.Conway Locally Grown Volunteer
OpportunitySign up to support the Conway Locally
Grown Initiative. This program helps connect local farmers and local
residents to provide chemical-free and locally grown produce and meat
products. The Conway Locally Grown Initiative supports
responsible grazing policies, humane treatment for livestock, and
responsible use of farming land. The group also contributes on a
regular basis to St. Peter's Food Pantry. In response to the help of
AGS student volunteers, the organization is going to donate a
percentage of their products to the food pantry. Students will not
only be helping the organization carry out their mission to provide
healthy food to the residents of Conway and surrounding areas, but
they will also be aiding in providing food to those in need. The Guiding HandA short documentary
film that paints a less-than-flattering portrait of Arkansas
Governor’s School as well as former Arkansas Governor Bill’s Clinton’s
attempt to reshape Arkansas’s education system along the AGS
model. The discussion to follow will explore the factual and
logical fallacies found in the film.Talleri
McRae and Brian Fahey: “The Art and Practice of Auditioning”
This seminar will outline several nuts and bolts of
auditioning for plays, musicals, and/or college theatre programs. Come
with questions!Idol FinaleIt’s down to the final four! Come and hear your fellow students
sing their way to stardom and vote on your favorite.Final MixerSay goodbye to all of your
new friends while signing yearbooks and dancing the night away!