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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Classes are suspended for the day and sessions are conducted to provide a valuable set of resources for students to assist and encourage them to be more thoughtful and timely in their academic and career planning.

The campus-wide Day of Dialogue for students, faculty, and staff features a series of workshops, panels and dialogues designed to introduce and expand our understanding, awareness, and skills to collaboratively address the political and social challenges of our time. Learn more about the Day of Dialogue.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Germany’s Study, Internships and Research Opportunities – GDH 303

This session will introduce students to opportunities in Germany – some of which require little to no language preparation. We will discuss our partner institution (European University of Flensburg) where Knox students have taken coursework in areas as diverse as German Culture, Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Textile and Fashion Design. We will also discuss study abroad opportunities in Berlin and Freiburg with IES as well as summer science internships and graduate opportunities abroad. Feel free to come and request information on Fulbright awards to Germany and Austria, research and internships in Germany, and more!

Presenter: Todd Heidt, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures-German

Graduate School Crash Course – SMC E117

Are you thinking that graduate school might be the next step after Knox? Not sure what it's all about or where to get started? Then this session is for you! We will talk about where to start, looking at programs, the application process, preparing for the GRE (the standardized test for graduate school entry), funding your education, and more.

Presenters: Jonathan Anderson, Director of McNair Research and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies, and Samantha Leinbach, Associate Director of McNair Program

Preparing for Medical School – Wilson House

For first years and sophomores. Get started on the right track in your academic preparation for medical school. You will also learn about the early admission program at George Washington University.

Presenters: Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology, and Tim Foster, Associate Dean of the College

Serving Peace, Creating Friendships – The Journey of a Peace Corps Volunteer – AH 302, Trustee’s Room

Join KMC, the WIU Peace Corps program director, and Peace Corps Prep colleague, as they share stories about their experiences in the Peace Corps as well as information about the application process and Coverdell Fellowship Program for Returned Volunteers. Also, hear from current Knox students who are now in advanced stages of the Peace Corps application process about how to become involved and how best to prepare for successful applications into the Peace Corps program.

Presenters:  Karen Mauldin-Curtis, Program Director of the Peace Corps Program and Coverdell Fellowship Program (WIU, RPCV Dominican Republic), Cortnie Schierman (RPCV Uganda, 2017-19), Colton Denton (Knox student) and Leah Rymer (Knox student), Director of the Global Studies Center/Peace Corps Prep Program Coordinator - Dr. Bren Tooley

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Mandatory for Ed Studies Majors Planning to Student Teach in 2020-21 – GDH 303

This session is REQUIRED for any Junior majoring in Educational Studies with Licensure and who plans to student teach during the 2020-21 academic year. Those students who are scheduled to student teach in Winter 2019 do not need to attend.

Presenters: Joel Estes, Visiting Instructor and Chair of Educational Studies, and Kristen Strom, Coordinator of Teacher Education

Mandatory for Senior Music Majors – Capstone Meeting – Jay Rehearsal Hall, CFA

Presenter: Laura Lane, Professor of Music

Asian Studies Winter Courses and Future Travel Courses in China and Japan – GDH 103

"Looking to learn about Asia? Come learn about our winter term classes and one of the best aspects of Asian Studies at Knox: travel courses! At this session, we will discuss our dynamic course offerings in general, talk a little bit about our winter courses this year, and tell you all about our exciting travel course opportunities in China and Japan!"

Presenters: Weihong Du, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Keara Crook ‘19, post-baccalaureate fellow

The Medical School Application Process – Wilson House

For juniors and seniors. Find out more about the MCAT, AMCAS and the medical school application process.

Presenter: Judy Thorn, Professor of Biology

Study Abroad: How? Where? Why? – AH 302, Trustee’s Room

Hoping to study abroad? So many opportunities! With good planning, thoughtful research, courage and creativity, you could find yourself immersed in a term, semester or year of study off-campus - in the United States or abroad. This session explores the many study abroad opportunities available at Knox.

Presenters:  Director of the Center for Global Studies - Dr. Bren Tooley and returned study-abroad students: Chihiro Kawakami, Grace White, Natasha Caudill, Leah Rymer, Aaron Kapinos and Jenna Milligan

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Day of Dialogue Keynote Address by Reverend Dr. Sam Offer

Kresge Recital Hall, CFA

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Mandatory Study Abroad 2020-2021 Application Session – AH 302, Trustee’s Room

All students planning to participate in a Knox approved or student initiated study abroad program during the 2020-21 academic year MUST ATTEND this session.  You will learn about the application procedures, the critically important deadlines in early December and on February 1, possible matches between study abroad programs and majors/minors, and the pros and cons of the many semester options and how to research and apply for supplemental funding for travel costs (through national scholarship programs and program provider financial assistance).

Presenter:  Director of the Center for Global Studies - Dr. Bren Tooley 

Mandatory for Senior Creative Writing Majors – Old Main 311

An overview of Senior Portfolio (ENG 399) and its expectations; scheduling for Milk Route (our student reading series); your questions about the future and more.

Presented by English Department Faculty

Mandatory for Senior English Literatures Majors – Old Main 309

An overview of Senior Seminar (ENG 398) and its expectations; the culminating symposium; your questions about the future and more.

Presented by English Department Faculty

Graduate School and Career Information in Art and Art History: Professional Life Beyond Knox – WAC 212

This session is an informational workshop covering advice on applying to graduate programs in Art and Art History, as well as an overview of major career tracks and job opportunities for Studio Art and Art History majors and minors.

Presenters: Greg Gilbert, Professor of Art and Art History, and Lynette Lombard, Professor of Art

Interested in a Career in Education? – GDH 303

This session is intended for those students who are interested in teaching or an education related field but who have not yet a declared major. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided!

Presented by the Educational Studies Department Faculty

Dialogue #1: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Playing the Game: The Politics of Emotions in T. Fleming  Fieldhouse

The Road Least Traveled: Engaging Sexuality and Religion in Lincoln Room/Skylight Room, Seymour Union

Dialogue #2: 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

Textbook Discrimination: Academia and the Un-learning of Oppression in T. Fleming  Fieldhouse 

Green Politics: Addressing Layers of Environmental Justice in Lincoln Room/Skylight Room, Seymour Union

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