How and when does language shape the way we think? Evidence from cognitive science.

Language is often regarded as a window into the way we think. Yet the world’s languages differ dramatically in their grammars and lexicons, suggesting that speakers of different languages may think differently.

After decades of controversy, this hotly debated proposal is now supported by a growing body of empirical evidence from cognitive science. In this talk, I will present some such evidence from research that my students and I have conducted over the past several years. Our findings provide insight into the mechanisms by which language shapes thinking, the conditions that give rise to cognitive differences across language groups, and the psychological benefits of learning more than one language.

Doors open at 11:45
Talk begins at 12:15
Talk concludes about 1:15

Click here to register: tinyurl.com/Faculty-Lunch-4

Posted by jhartmann@coloradocollege.edu for the November 17, 2017 digest.

Staff are invited to attend this discussion of the common reading book “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankin. Part I will be held Wednesday, November 29 from 9:30-11:30am in Worner 2nd floor, Lennox Lounge (just outside the Butler Center offices). Part 2 will be held Thursday, December 7 from 10:00-12:00pm in Worner 2nd floor, Lennox Lounge (by the Butler Center). Attend by RSVP.

The first 25 RSVPs will receive a complimentary copy of “Citizen: An American Lyric” by Claudia Rankin. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP to butlercenter@coloradocollege.edu.

Posted by mstallings@coloradocollege.edu for the November 17, 2017 digest.

Holiday Trees & Wreaths!
Should your department be interested in a Holiday tree or wreaths, please submit your request in writing via e-mail to Mike Starr, MStarr@ColoradoCollege.edu -along with your departmental charge code by Monday, December 4th.
Costs are as follows (these are approximations):
5¡ä-7¡ä Tree ¨C $70.00 / 7¡ä-9¡ä Tree ¨C $80.00 / Wreaths ¨C $30.00

Posted by lrovella@coloradocollege.edu for the November 17, 2017 digest.

What Would a Great CC Classroom for All look like? The Crown Faculty Center, The Butler Center, and the NEH Professorship invite interested staff members to apply to a Spring 2018 Teaching & Learning Circle: “Good to Great in the CC Classroom.” Inspiration for this Circle comes from The Butler Center’s Good to Great programs, collaborative learning communities elsewhere, and feedback that faculty and students would like support to move from awareness of classroom issues to actively addressing these classroom issues.

We propose that a group of faculty, staff, and students study this question over the spring of 2018, determining whether and how to move forward, and if in agreement, establishing the curriculum for the inaugural “Good to Great in the CC Classroom” program to deeply explore the classroom teaching environment, on the Block Plan.

To that end, we seek about 16 faculty, staff, and students to commit to this Teaching & Learning Circle. Participants would agree to attend all (or most) of the following events: MLK Jr Day programming on January 15, 2018; extended discussion and goal-setting, January 16, 2018; blockly working group of ~2 hours each block, at time set by participants; the Early Summer Faculty Retreat (May 23-25, 2018).

If you would like to participate in this Teaching & Learning Circle, please complete a short application here: tiny.cc/GtGCCC While we may be unable to invite all interested campus members into the first Circle, there will be many opportunities to participate this year and in the future.

Posted by jmurphy@coloradocollege.edu for the November 16, 2017 digest.

Join Staff Council for a complimentary lunch today, Thursday, November 16! We can talk about issues on your mind, or just enjoy the company. We’ll be ordering in food, so if you plan to attend, please RSVP at: staff-council-lunches-1718.eventbrite.com NO LATER THAN 10:30AM THIS MORNING, and then plan to meet us at the Worner Desk at 11:30am.

Posted by lkosiewiczdoran@coloradocollege.edu for the November 16, 2017 digest.

To help accommodate students who will be staying on campus, Rastall Café will be open Thursday November 16th and Friday November 17th from 12-1pm for lunch service only. On these days staff club plans and department coupon books will not be accepted. We will be accepting cash or debit/credit card only. Rastall Café will be closed Saturday November 18th through Saturday November 25th. Re-opening for dinner service at 5 pm on Sunday November 26th.
Thank you!

Posted by austin.kumm@coloradocollege.edu for the November 16, 2017 digest.

Join Staff Council for a complimentary lunch this Thursday, November 16! We can talk about issues on your mind, or just enjoy the company. We’ll be ordering in food, so if you plan to attend, please RSVP at: staff-council-lunches-1718.eventbrite.com no later than 10:30am this Thursday morning, and then plan to meet us at the Worner Desk at 11:30am on Thursday.

Posted by lkosiewiczdoran@coloradocollege.edu for the November 15, 2017 digest.

Come join other retired faculty and staff for our next get-together which will take place in the Spencer Center Board Room on Wednesday, November 15th, at 12:30. As usual, we will have refreshments before the presentation. Our own David Lord, former business manager of the college, will speak to us about future plans for downtown businesses. Sarah Hunderman, VP of Business Development for Downtown Partnership, will be his guest. David and Sarah will provide an update on the “Experience Downtown” plan and the renaissance of our downtown. David is a member of the Downtown Partnership Board and former Chair of the Downtown Development Authority.

Posted by dtrevithick@coloradocollege.edu for the November 15, 2017 digest.

Join colleagues at the Block 3 In the Loop all-staff meeting Thursday, Nov. 16, in Bemis Great Hall. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 8:30 a.m., with the meeting directly following. Have you submitted your kudos, good news, and questions? Do so in advance, so they may be announced and addressed during the question and answer period:
www.coloradocollege.edu/other/staffcouncil/intheloop/.

Posted by swurtz@coloradocollege.edu for the November 15, 2017 digest.