Conversations with Colleagues

graphic_for_web.jpgConversations with Colleagues is a community of Minot State faculty and staff who come together to share their expertise, experiences, and enthusiasm for teaching, scholarship, a new or revised program, or something else about which they are passionate. It’s an opportunity to nerd out with colleagues, to learn from your peers, and to share, collaborate, and converse with others across campus. All are welcome!

2022-2023 Meeting Information:

Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at 3:30 p.m.
Bill and Dan's Excellent Adventure with AI Art and ChatGPT
Discover and discuss recent advancements in AI and speculate on how these will impact higher education with Bill Harbort and Dan Ringrose. 
Location: Student Center Conference Center
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2023
GPT? Let's Chat
Part two of the conversation about ChatGPT, Midjourney, DALL*E2, and other AI tools with Bill Harbort, Dan Ringrose, and Sarah Aleshire.
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Poster for Convos with Colleagues on 2-7-23

Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Featured presenters:
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Naxi Tribal Pictographs, Shamans, and the Deep Well of Metaphor from which we all draw to Communicate with Robert Kibler
The Naxi are one of the oldest Matriarchal cultures, and their shamans or dongbas use a pictographic script drawn from Tibeto-Burman, Indian, and Chinese languages. I am translating a manuscript related to the suicide of lovers forbidden to love in a world that overnight turned from a matriarchal to a patriarchal society with the Chinese invasion. The pictographic script does in language what all languages wish they could so--marry the sign to the signified for perfect communication. Even though that is not possible in our language, we nevertheless can see through the Naxi pictographs what we all wish for in communication, and how we all draw from the same deep well of metaphor in order to communicate with others and make sense of the world, regardless of our language. We will all be able to translate a line of pictographic Naxi at the end of 20 minutes.
Objects Tell Stories about Us: Interpreting Material Culture with Amanda Watts
Offering another approach to the humanities that focuses on material culture. Writing, art, music, and performance have methods for interpreting culture and values. I'm bringing some of the methods from archaeology to join the humanities with an additional perspective on culture that comes from the objects created, used, and discarded.
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Featured presenters:
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
The Ancient Skeptics: Learning How to Think and Live with Raman Sachdev
This presentation will introduce you to the ancient Greek philosophy of skepticism, in particular, Pyrrhonian skepticism. This tradition is named after Pyrrho of Elis, who encouraged 1. suspending judgement about claims concerning the nature of reality, 2. practicing arguing from both sides about such claims, thereby revealing 3. "equipollence," or the equality of opposing arguments. According to practitioners, thinking and living as a skeptic in these ways prompts us to continue our search for knowledge. Perhaps most importantly, doing so also brings about "ataraxia," or tranquility of the mind, which is the ultimate goal of human life. My current research in the history of philosophy addresses the influence of ancient skepticism on early modern philosophers like Descartes and Hume. This presentation will give you a sense of the foundation for that research program
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Featured presenters:
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Featured presenters:
Location: 104 Old Main
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

We want to hear from YOU! If you are interested in sharing information about your discipline at one of the sessions, please complete THIS SURVEY.

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3329

2022-2023 Meeting Information:

Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Featured presenters: Joe Collette: “Droning on about Darling, Big Piles of Sand, and a Native American Detective Story" and Daren Erisman: “Engaging Data Science at Minot State: Working together to build a Program for Certificates, a Minor and a Major in Data Science”
Poster for Gen X and earlier generations
Poster for post-Gen X generations

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Featured presenters: Ethan Valentine: "Leveling Up at Minot State: Games as Agents of Cognitive, Social, and Competitive Growth" and Dan Conn and Nathan Anderson: "CP2R: Finding Your Fit"
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Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Sharing the POWER at MSU:
POWER Center staff will share information about the TRIO grant from the US Dept
of Education, including its beginnings, history, and all the different programs under it. They will also discuss ways
in which the POWER Center benefits students and the program’s value. Minot State University’s POWER Center is
committed to providing advocacy, mentoring, and support initiatives that promote participants’ academic, personal,
social, and career success through campus engagement, community involvement,
and enriched cultural experiences.
Anatomy of a Piano Recital: Dianna Anderson will share the submerged part of the iceberg that culminates in a polished performance.
Location: 121 Old Main

Break for finals and winter vacation


2019-2020 Meeting Information:

Spring 2020:

During spring semester 2020, conversations will center around the book, Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Joseph E. Aoun. Dates, times, readings, and location of these meetings are below. Contact Celeste for a copy of the book. 

Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. or Jan. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Introduction and Chapter 1 (pp. ix-22)

Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m. or Feb. 27 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapters 2 and 3 (pp. 23-76)

Mar. 24 at 3:30 p.m. or Mar. 26 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapter 4 (pp. 77-110)

Apr. 28 at 3:30 p.m. or Apr. 30 at 12:30 p.m.
Chapter 6 and Afterward (pp. 111-150)

Location: 3rd floor of Swain Hall

Fall 2019:

During fall semester 2019, conversations will center around the book, Small Teaching:  Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. Dates, times, readings, and location of these meetings are below. Contact Celeste for a copy of the book. 

Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. or Oct. 3 at 12:30 p.m.
Introduction: Small Teaching and Part I: Knowledge (pp. 1-90)

Nov. 5 at 3:30 p.m. or Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m.
Part II: Understanding (pp. 91-166)

Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. or Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m.
Part III: Inspiration and Conclusion: Beginning (pp. 167-246)

Location: Jones Room - 3rd floor of Administration building


All are welcome!

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3310

2018-2019 Meeting Information:

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Let’s Talk Lecture –Another PowerPoint?  Sigh.
Headliners: Joseph Jastrzembski, Jean-Francois Mondon, Jennifer Sherman 
Photos and resources from Let's Talk Lecture

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - Student Motivation – How to help students DO before it is DUE.
Headliners: Christina Paxman, Tracey Mays, Tawnya Bernsdorf 
Photos and resources from Student Motivation

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - The First Day of Class – What I experience is what I expect.
Headliners: Erik Anderson, Mary Huston, Kristi Berg
Photos and resources from First Day of Class

Break for finals and winter vacation

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - Discussion – Even introverts can be included.
Headliners: Dan Ringrose, Joe Collette, Sarah Aleshire
Photos and resources from Discussion

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - Collaboration and Groups – Learn to help others play nice in the sandbox.
Headliners: Dan Conn, Jessica Smestad, Nicole Thom-Arens 
Photos and resources from Collaboration and Groups

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Student Feedback – It’s more than a grade. The power of criticism and critique.
Headliners: Bill Harbort, Scott Kast, Jan Repnow
Photos and resources from Student Feedback

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Reflection & Change
“We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience.” - John Dewey
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” - John Dewey
Headliners: Lisa Borden-King, Holly Pedersen, Sandra Groth, Leisa Harmon
Photos and resources from Reflection and Change

Location: Northwest Arts Center (south side of the GBO Library)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Snacks and prizes: Provided!

All are welcome!

For more information:
Laurie Geller, VP for Academic Affairs
Phone: (701) 858-3310