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Summer Enrichment Series

Thanks to all who participated in our Summer Enrichment Series. We put together a “summer enrichment” sessions specifically for PC students full of interesting topics to keep you connected to faculty and academics at PC and help you understand the news.

Past Presentations

Peter, Lenin, Marx: Monuments and Memorials in Russia and the Soviet Union

In few countries around the world is the politics of memory more fraught than in Russia. Over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, thousands of monuments and memorials have been erected, removed, and replaced. Who decides which monuments go and which ones stay? What does it mean to change a street name or replace a statue in Russia? What watershed moments inspired the toppling of old monuments and the construction of new ones? This presentation will discuss the fraught politics of memorials in Russia’s public spaces, from Stalin to his victims, and from Lenin to Orthodox Christian saints.  
Dr. Claire Roosien, History and Classics 

Covid-19 and your immune system: Implications for a vaccine

This talk will provided a background on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, its transmission and its effects on the immune system. The main focus of the talk was to discuss the latest in vaccine research and the hope to provide protection against infection for the population.
Dr. Charles Toth, Biology

From William & Mary to Meghan & Harry: the British Monarchy through the Ages

Earlier this year, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked the world when they announced that they would be stepping down from their public positions as members of the royal family. But, their departure has also raised larger questions about the nature and function of the British monarchy. What role does the monarchy play in British political life? What duties and obligations do the royals have to the British public? And, what does the future of the monarchy look like?
Dr. Osama Siddiqui, History and Classics

The Great Screen Time Debate: What Developmental Science Says About Kids Learning From Screens

Children have access to more types of technology and devices than ever before. Early advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics warned against too much “screen-time”, especially for young children. Even though that advice has been revised, it has left a lingering impression among some parents that screens are bad for children. But, are they so bad? With the pandemic making remote learning a necessity for so many, let’s take a look at what developmental science says about whether and how children learn from screens.
Dr. Jennifer Van Reet, Psychology

Should I Break Up With My Phone?

Well, no, not really, but you two really need to sit down and have a talk. This session will focus on the impacts that screen-time and devices are having on our day-to-day lives, our relationships, and our anxiety levels. We’ll explore some of the insidious sides of Big Tech and learn some strategies to use social media and technology to our advantage and well-being, instead of being used by tech companies for their profit and manipulation. If you ever felt that you spend too much time on your phone or are addicted to social media, this session will be of interest to you.
Professor Brian Lamoureux ’94, Management

Zoom Communication: How to find confidence and interview successfully on Zoom

As we continue to navigate in our new world, come learn some tips on how to communicate well via Zoom! Maybe you want to prepare for upcoming virtual interviews or class presentations, this session will offer some tips on how to engage with an audience on Zoom and how to pick up on and present the best non-verbal behavior through the camera!
Professor Erin Schmidt, Theatre, Dance, and Film

Informal Reading Inventories

Informal Reading Inventories (IRIs) can help teachers K-12 assess a student’s reading abilities to determine strengths and weaknesses. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to administer and score an IRI. We will also discuss interventions to help students achieve reading goals. 
Professor Lori Ann Dunn ’97, Elementary and Special Education

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