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Nobel Conference 2022: A Preview with the Director

Back for the 58th session, the Nobel Conference brings leading researchers and thinkers to Gustavus, to explore revolutionary, transformative and pressing scientific issues and the ethical questions that arise alongside them. Nobel Conference 58 will address mental health disparities and their effects on youth, with a particular emphasis on the significance of identity, trauma and technology. Listen to this year’s Nobel Director offer a preview of the upcoming conference and what people might learn. 

Fri., Sep. 9, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217, Free

Lisa Heldke, Professor of Philosophy, Director, Nobel Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College


Voyageurs National Park: A Glance

Established in 1975, Voyageurs National Park is filled with evidence of over 10,000 years of human life and use. Signs of Native Americans, fur traders, and homesteaders, signs of logging, mining, and commercial fishing are scattered throughout the park. Learn more about Minnesota's only National Park and the mission Voyageurs Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner of Voyageurs National Park. Also hear from local National Park Teen Ambassadors and their experience at Voyageurs this summer!

Breanna Trygg, Education and Outreach Director, Voyageurs Conservancy
 Raina Roemhildt, National Park Teen Ambassador

Evan Deshayes, National Park Teen Ambassador

Tue., Sep. 20, 11 a.m., SPCC 219, Free


Understanding Bias: What Would You Do?

The Greater Mankato Diversity Council began in 2004 to provide diversity education to the community. We will watch a series of video clips and discuss reactions and feelings that the images evoke.

Missy Manderfeld and Mary Lou Kudela, Greater Mankato Diversity Council

Mon., Sep. 26, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Nobel Conference 58: Mental Health (In)Equity and Young People – Streaming at SPCC!

Prioritizing the mental health concerns of young people has become essential amid times of global pandemic, racism, sexism, ableism, social unrest, climate change, and political upheaval. These social inequities limit our ability to promote resilience in the mental health of adolescents and young adults, especially those from marginalized communities. Nobel Conference 58 will address mental health disparities and their effects on youth, with a particular emphasis on the significance of identity, trauma and technology.

Wed. & Thu., Sep. 28 & 29, Multiple times, SPCC Rm. 217, Streamed from Gustavus Adolphus College, Free

 Wed., Sep. 28, 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 
 Academic Procession and Conference Opening 

Welcome, Rebecca Bergman, President of the College
Nobel Conference 58 Introduction, Lisa Heldke, Director of Nobel Conference

Adolescents’ Daily Race-Related Experiences and Mental Health Outcomes

Lecture by Dr. Brendesha Tynes, Associate Professor of Education and Psychology,

University of Southern California

 Wed., Sep. 29, 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

It Takes a Village to Make Someone Lonely

Lecture by Dr. Manuela Barreto, Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology, University of Exeter

Radical Healing and Inclusive Change-Making: Centering Transgender and Gender Diverse Communities

Lecture by Dr. G. Nic RiderAssistant Professor, Program in Human Sexuality and Coordinator, Adult Transgender Health Services Program, University of Minnesota


Reflections of a Naturalist: Scott Kudelka 

Scott Kudelka has been a regular presenter in the Saint Peter Recreation and Leisure Services Department, teaching to both young and old patrons. Help celebrate his upcoming retirement by listening to his stories and reflections of his years in Minnesota nature. We will toast his retirement with cake! 

Scott Kudelka, MN DNR Naturalist

Fri., Oct. 14, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Understand the Issue: Ukraine Conflict

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, leaving millions of people fearing for their futures. From the early panic in Ukraine's cities to the broader context that affects the world, this is your guide to understanding the conflict in Ukraine. 

Mimi Gerstbauer, Professor, Department of Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College 

Tue., Oct. 25, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 217, Free


Understand the Issue: Roe v. Wade in 2022

On Jan. 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that continues to divide the nation. In Roe v. Wade, the court ruled that a state law that banned abortions except to save the life of the mother was unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment. The decision has proved to be one of the most controversial cases in the court’s history and landed back at the Supreme Court in 2022. 

Jill Locke, Professor, Department of Political Science, Gustavus Adolphus College

Tue., Nov. 15, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free


Travelogue: An Exploration in Slow Food, Culture and Art in Italy 

Dr. David Fienen, Emeritus Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College, participated in a tour of Italy in the spring of 2022. Listen to him describe experiences, the activities and exploring Europe in a world post-Covid! 

David Fienen, Emeritus Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College

Thu., Dec. 8, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free