SNC Day is our campus-wide Saturday open house. Every year, it draws thousands of people from the surrounding community for music, food and fun. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase all that St. Norbert College has to offer!

Educational Activities

SESSION ONE: 11:15-Noon

Art Smart
The Rev. James Neilson, O.Praem., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art
Bush Art Center, Room 130
A survey of images gleaned from SNC introductory art history classes that never fail to engage and inspire our students. We’ll start with “Bird Headed Man With Bull,” note the artistic similarities between Michelangelo and Joe Montana (yes, Joe Cool himself), and finish with a look at the sublime work of performance artist Marina Abramovic. This will be a lot of fun!

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker
St. Norbert College president and author Tom Kunkel
Todd Wehr Hall, Room 206
Joseph Mitchell was a renowned writer/reporter who from the 1930’s to the 1960’s was the “voice” of New York City. His intimate sketches of the people who made the city tick – from Mohawk steelworkers to Staten Island oystermen – were cherished by readers of The New Yorker. Fifty years after his last story appeared, and almost two decades after his death, Joseph Mitchell still has legions of fans, and his story – especially the mystery of his “disappearance” – continues to fascinate. Tom Kunkel’s recent biography of Mitchell, “Man in Profile,” has garnered national and international praise. Join him for an in­depth discussion of Mitchell and the process of writing this much­anticipated book.

Just War Theory and Fighting Terrorism
David Duquette, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 218
This presentation will focus on three central aspects of just war theory: the distinction between jus ad bellum (having just cause to go to war) and jus in bello (waging war justly); the rights or prerogatives of the military and individual soldiers in fighting justly; and the principle of non­combatant immunity. Topical issues such as the use of torture, indefinite detention, targeted killings (e.g., with the use of drones), and civilian casualties will be considered in the context of just war theory.

“Whose Turn in the Ropes?: Double Dutch Delight Day”
Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D., Sociology, Anthropology at Baruch College, City University New York. 
Cassandra Voss Center
Ethnomusicologist and singer Kyra Gaunt is the author of the award-winning book The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop. In this talk, Gaunt offers a family-friendly discussion of the history of double dutch among kids and its influence on popular music, considering how race and gender influence the game and sport. Join the discussion then hop in with music and double dutch afterwards!

SESSION TWO 12:15-1 p.m.

Are We Specially Obligated to Obey the Law?
Joel Mann, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Philosophy
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 315
Are you obligated to come to a full stop at a stoplight? On the face of it, the obvious answer is “yes.” You have the safety of others, both inside the car and out, to consider, and this consideration – regardless of what else is going on – reveals an obligation. But what if the stoplight is in the middle of nowhere, late at night, with no one around? Let us suppose we can insulate the case from any untoward consequences. Do you have an obligation to stop just because it’s the law and for no other reason?

Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints: Real Wisdom From Real Married Couples 
Bridget Burke Ravizza, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, and Julie Massey, M.Div., Senior Director of Mission and Heritage
Todd Wehr Hall, Room 206
How can marriage be a workshop for holiness? Come find out. “Marriage is not for punks,” and, “For God’s sake, have a sense of humor,” are just two nuggets of wisdom from the more than 125 married couples who were part of this study in Catholic parishes, resulting in the recently released book “Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints.” This session highlights what the lived experience of these couples can teach us about the virtues, values and practices that lead to flourishing marriages and to the holiness of married partners.

How I Spent My Summer Vocation: Leadership and Calling
Corday Goddard, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Student Development
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 218
What if the study of leadership wasn’t just about acquiring a set of skills? What if leadership – at least leadership studied at a Norbertine institution – also called on us to use those leadership skills to marry our deep gladness with the world’s deep hunger? In this session we will explore leadership models that call on us to change the world, and consider how each of us might uniquely help make that happen.

SESSION THREE 1:15-2 p.m.

Communicating Across Cultures
Jim Neuliep, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 315
Did you know that making direct eye contact with someone can be thought of as starting a fight? That using your left hand to pass someone something can be extremely insulting? How do you feel when someone stands too close to you? These are just a few examples of what you might face when communicating with people from different cultures. This presentation will focus on some of the fundamental assumptions of intercultural communication and how we can go about becoming competent communicators in an increasingly diverse world.

Come and Learn About the Gap Experience
Laura Fredrickson, Ph.D., Director of Gap Experience
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 314
Interested in an alternative start to your college career? Come and learn more about this innovative program for incoming first-year students that combines adventure travel, study abroad, service-learning and college credit.

Proverbs:  Little Words, Big Ideas
Thomas Bolin, Ph.D., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 218
Proverbs played an important role in the education of scribes and in written communication in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt and Israel – the culture that produced the Hebrew Bible. This session will introduce you to a number of proverbs from each of these ancient cultures, ask you to make sense of them, and get you to think about what these old words have to offer. Delight is assured.

SESSION FOUR 3:15-4 p.m.

Facilitating Understanding of Other Perspectives Through Literature
Susan Landt, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Education
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 218
We live our lives observing the world through our own narrow perspectives. Literature has the potential of extending that view, providing us with a more complex understanding. Stories we encounter, as children or adults, share other perceptions of the world and the possibility of facilitating a more empathetic awareness of life’s complexity. 

Study Abroad at SNC
Alaina Morales, Ed.M., Study Abroad Adviser, and Student Panel
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 315
This session will focus on the study abroad experience offered by St. Norbert College. Past study abroad students will share their experience and give you an idea of how their time abroad has shaped them personally, academically and professionally.

SNC’s Foreign Students Hit the Real World: How Young International Alumni Are Impacting Increasingly Globalized Workplaces
Ms. Sarah Griffiths, J.D., Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 314
Students from around the world enroll at St. Norbert College seeking a top-notch liberal arts education paired with practical experiences that will prepare them to lead lives of meaning and fulfillment after graduation. Learn about the unique impact our international alumni are having as members of an increasingly globalized workforce and the complex immigration paths they must take to gain “real world” experience and contribute in employment settings.

SESSION FIVE  3:15-4 p.m.

Using the White House’s Website to Build a Death Star: Activism and Slacktivism Online
Mark Glantz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 315 is an online petition space that gives everyday Americans the opportunity to express their grievances to the President of the United States. Some observers have praised the site for how it uses new media to achieve democratic ends. Others claim the site encourages slacktivism, and point to petitions to build a Death Star and to give Joe Biden his own reality show as evidence of the site’s ineffectiveness.

Dante’s Divine Comedy
Steve Westergan, Ph.D., Continuing Part-Time Instructor of Humanities
Miriam B. and James J. Mulva Library, Room 218
“The Divine Comedy,” by Dante Alighieri, is one of the greatest works of literature ever written. It unfolds the author’s vision of hell, purgatory and heaven, all of which he insists he visited. We’ll look at a few of his descriptions and consider what they have to say not just about life after death, but also about our lives right now.