Inaugural Scholarship
Lecture Series

All events Hoover 212, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Reception to follow
Sponsored by the Provost Senior Vice President
Contact: Nancy Kaufhold at or 717-361-1416
Open to the public

The Inaugural Scholarship Lecture Series commemorate the inaugural year of the College’s 14th president.

January 24, 2012

Dr. Carl Strikwerda, President

Topic – "The World at the Crossroads: From the Great War to Globalization"

Globalization is one of the most important trends of the last 25 years—but it is not new. Comparing the "first era of globalization" before World War One with today reveals how much we owe to the past, how much progress we have made despite the tragedies of the twentieth century, and how much we need to do to create a more peaceful and prosperous world.

February 21, 2012

Dr. Carmine Sarracino, Professor of English

Topic – "Life, Point Blank: War as a Metaphor for Ordinary Life"

In this presentation, Professor Sarracino will read from his collection of poems about the American Civil War, and comment on how he came to see ordinary, day-to-day life as mimicking the conditions of battle, in both extremes of experience: Like the armies of the Civil War, we suffer wounds, sometimes physical, (through accident, illness or disease) but also emotional and psychological (through fearfulness, disappointment, grief). At the other extreme, however, the virtues of the battlefield-- courage, loyalty, heroism, and most surprisingly love)-- are also part of ordinary experience.

March 27, 2012

Dr. Jane Cavender, Professor of Biology

Topic – "The T antigen Oncoprotein: Inducing Cell and Student Transformation"

Simian Virus 40 produces a protein, the large T (tumor) antigen, which is able to initiate and maintain tumors. In the laboratory we study the transformation of cells from "normal to tumorigenic" in hopes of elucidating exactly what mechanisms are disabled during the cancer progression. Currently, Dr. Cavender and her students use this model system for two broad research endeavors. One group is attempting to pinpoint how this protein blocks adult stem cell differentiation; while a second group is narrowing down the activities of the protein that are responsible for the morphological changes seen in aggressive cancers. Research and discovery are at the heart of learning and scholarship at Elizabethtown College, and in the process our students transform from inexperienced undergraduates to enlightened scientists.