The Forum provides opportunities for CSB/SJU community members to offer public presentations on their scholarly and other interests. The Forum meets on most Thursday afternoons during the academic year, from 4:15-5:15. Presentations are informal, generally lasting about 40 minutes, and are followed by a question and discussion period to end the hour. Upcoming Forum presentations can be found on the Forum page.


Submissions from 2020


Why Darwin remains a problem for theism, John Houston

Wild minds: integrating nature into daily life, Hannah P. Windschitl

Infected kin: orphan care and AIDS in Lesotho, Ellen Block and Will McGrath


A visit to the present: potential benefits of inclusion of mindfulness in study abroad programs, Kevin Clancy, Ana Conboy, Henry V. Jakubowski, and Dani Jakubowski

Submissions from 2019


The philosophy of Michael Polanyi: from the discoveries of science to the contemplation of God, Vincent M. Smiles

Original voices of CSB women; creating their own production, Kaarin S. Johnston

Carbonation and sweetness in beverages impact perceived satiety and biomarkers in healthy weight adults, Emily Heying, Alexa L. Evenson, Alec M. Janning, Annaliese R. Widmer, and Joleen A. Barnett


Understanding intercultural learning in CSB/SJU Study Abroad programs: 2010 to today, Allison J. Spenader and Joy Ruis


The new CSB/SJU Honors Program, Emily Esch, William Lamberts, and Elisabeth Wengler

Is there a book exhibit in this class? : experiential learning at the library, Matthew Z. Heintzelman, Emily Kuffner, and Yvette Piggush


“Thus seyden sadde folk” : Chaucer’s Oxford Clerk on theological controversy in the 14th century, Molly K. Kluever

Climate for change, Henry V. Jakubowski

Exploring research in the Fine Arts, Amelia Cheever, Betsy Johnson-Miller, Rachel Melis, and Susan Vollbrecht


The TalkAbroad case: addressing intercultural communicative competency in FREN311, Ana Conboy


Creating a molecular map of the pediatric lung, Quinlen F. Marshall

Marvel Comics' Benedictine superhero?: on the unknowable X-Men, Kurt Hollender

An ecological model for building multiculturalism and social justice in institutions of higher education, Richard M. Wielkiewicz, Amanda M. Jantzer, and Stephen P. Stelzner

Surviving Anatomy and Physiology: can metacognitive training help?, Jennifer Schaefer

More than a caged bird: Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samoruai as ethical criticism, Reid A. Lemker

Kichwa substrate in Ecuadorean Spanish, Patricia Bolanos

Industry effects in the dividend initiation decision, Wei Huang

Collegebound: assessing the CSB/SJU outdoor orientation program, Kyle Rauch

Food insecurity and barriers for CSB/SJU students, Emily Heying and Jonathan Nash


The legacy of natural species and substantial form for Thomistic evolution, James R. Hofmann

SNCC Digital Gateway: learn from the past, organize the future, make democracy work, Karlyn Forner

Babysan's Burden: an analysis of the American Occupation of Japan through cartoons, Elisheva Perelman


Lessons in productivity: what I learned by writing for 30 minutes a day, Mary Stenson

Submissions from 2018

ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program: providing a gateway to collaborations in China and India, Deborah Pembleton


Rock and roll’s first decade - - a history and a claim, Thomas Woodward

Kaleidoscopic allusions: James and Wharton on modernity through art, convention, and the kaleidoscope, Madeline A. Krumel

Saint John’s maple syrup: the world’s best maple syrup, Stephen G. Saupe

Cahuilla Nation activism and the tribal casino movement, Theodor P. (Ted) Gordon

Cover crops: a sustainable practice in a corn-wheat cropping system, Abigail E. Borgmeier

Musical performance as cultural theory, Michael Opitz

How a culture of philanthropy impacts all of us, Maggie Webber Utsch and Raj Chaphalkar

Students’ usage of and attitudes toward social media, Lisa M. Lindgren


The election and impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first woman president, Pedro A. G. dos Santos

Interdisciplinary collaboration during student health fair volunteer experiences, Mary Stenson, Mark Glen, Nicole Lang, and Julie Strelow

Songs of courage and compassion: missionaries in occupied China during WWII, Zhihui Sophia Geng

Interdependence of vascular and neural stem cells: relationship to neurological disorders, Valerie N. Doze

Dis/robing for the Divine: Virtue as a Means and an ‘End’ to Union with God, Chris Conway

Glocal Gotland: A Case Study in Self-Reliance & Submission in the 21st Century, John Hasselberg

The legacy of the Emperor Akihito at the twilight of his reign, Jeffrey DuBois

New Poems by Larry Schug, Lawrence Schug


How to Speak to God: A Fictional Exploration of Nuclear Testing in the American West, Rachel Marston

The Effects of Tutoring on Self-Efficacy and Identity as a Scientist, Kate J. Graham, Annette Raigoza, and Catherine Bohn-Gettler


The Drunkard's Search: Student Evaluation in Assessing Teaching Effectiveness, Christi Siver and G. Claire Haeg

Women's Lives in Sixteenth-Century Spain: Narratives of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Emily Kuffner

Arithmetic as `pure' and `applied', Sunil Chetty

Submissions from 2017

Impact of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership on Dietary Habits and Food Waste in Central Minnesota CSA Programs, Emily Heying


Working One-on-One with Students who have Learning Differences, Maria Frie and Stanton A. Charlton

What We Share: Storytelling in Psychology and Theater, Sean Dooley and Amanda M. Jantzer


Civic Engagement in the Trump Era: Increasing Political Understanding through the Washington DC Internship Program, G. Claire Haeg

CSB/SJU Sexual Violence Campus Climate Survey Results, Lori Klapperich, Jody Terhaar, and Mike Ewing

How are new technologies being used to study children’s heart disease?, Riley J. Leonard

Presence Matters: Performing Arts at Nonviolent Activism, Matthew Cobb


First-Generation Bennies and Johnnies: Who they are, what they need, how CSB/SJU is supporting them, and what you can do in your position, Hannah A. Salto


Text Analytics in R: is Donald Different?, Thomas W. Kirkman

The meditation on (and the making of) art, Betsy Johnson-Miller

The Roman settlement at Omrit: New discoveries made by the CSB/SJU archaeological field school in Northern Israel, Jason M. Schlude

Bilingualism and the brain: The benefits of learning another language, Ana Conboy, Christina M. Hennessy, Tania Gomez, and Allison J. Spenader


Sustainable polymers: plastics from plants, Chris Schaller

Using 3D printing to enhance student learning in content areas, Diana Fenton and Adam Konczewski


Integrative pedagogy and foreign language learning, Adam Konczewski, Patricia Bolanos-Fabres, and Ana Conboy

Examining moral courage in perioperative nurses in different regions of the United States, Georgia Hogenson


Demographics and food waste trends of Common Ground Garden CSA members in Central Minnesota, Kendra M. Butkowski

Speaking boldly, looking intently: models of monastic and scriptural friendship, Aidan J. Putnam OSB

Student Affairs professionals: student success stewards on the college campus, Rebecca Brown-Medvec, Jody Terhaar, Dan McAvey, Brittni Sweeney, and Patricia Klug


Arithmetic: math as 'pure' and 'applied', Sunil Chetty


How long does savings last when retirees need more money (or less) than conventional wisdom suggests?, Steven J. Welch

Submissions from 2016

Libraries in the age of Google, Kathleen Parker

Conscience and command: ethical voluntarism in John Duns Scotus, William of Ockham, and Karl Barth, J. Andrew Edwards


What are "Inclusive Pedagogies"? What must faculty do differently to teach inclusively?, Jean Keller, Kyhl Lyndgaard, Jeffrey DuBois, Kelly A. Berg, and Charles W. Wright

New Poems, Lawrence Schug


Personality and Leadership Profiles of 2016 Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, Aubrey Immelman

Women in a Church of Mercy, Karen M. Kiefer


Why 1517 matters: on the relevance of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Benjamin Durheim

Interfaith dialogue: bridge building, Edward P. Huff


Experiential learning through a real and live case study model, Kingshuk Mukherjee

A practical guide on how to achieve a better work--life balance, Bret J. Benesh

Stretch your creative powers, Kaarin S. Johnston


Climate change in Alaskan Native communities: lessons learned in adaptation and resilience, Sarah M. McLarnan


Sustainable global medical mission work: the CSB/SJU Global Medical Brigade, Tyler J. Bruinsma

Invisible marks: representations of baptism and death in 17th-century Parisian hagiographic dramaturgy, 1630-1650, Ana Conboy

Antibiotic resistant bacteria in Minnesota lakes, Katee Meckeler

Coding, cognition, and cultivating learning: building rich internet applications for effective teaching, Benjamin Faber


Developing policies for gender non-conforming students, Mary Geller and Doug Mullin OSB

We are many: engaging diversity in the classroom, Jason M. Schlude and Rachel Marston


Collegebound: history, outcomes and the future of outdoor orientation at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, Tyler Thompson

The politics of framing age in King Lear, Matthew Harkins

From stress to calm: the overstimulated college student, Julie Lynch and Patricia Klug

Know your heritage, Obbasa Ain Gallit: We Continue, Diana K. Elhard, Anna M. Cron, and Megan M. Towle

Quantifying sustainability: Ranking CSB among our peers, aspirants, and MIAC schools, Alexandra Miller

Data visualization in introductory courses, Bennett Frensko, Louis D. Johnston, and Adam Konczewski

Global leadership, cultural competence and the gospel music legacy of Sr. Thea Bowman, Deborah Pembleton

Not knowing where to begin? An approach for incorporating the Catholic/Benedictine mission into social science courses, Rodger Narloch

Submissions from 2015

Learning to be present to another: insights for Christians from Buddhism, Becky Van Ness

Old bottles but new wines: a theoretical comparison of working ethics in small Chinese firms and small Indian companies, Qiang Yan and Kingshuk Mukherjee

Exploring the literature of energy, Kyhl Lyndgaard

AIDS is a kinship disease: caring for AIDS orphans in Lesotho, Africa, Ellen Block