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Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series

The Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series

The Carroll Distinguished Lecture Series features Carroll faculty sharing their scholarly and creative work with the Carroll and Helena communities. There will be three lectures per year, providing opportunities for community members to learn about relevant and meaningful topics of our time.

Upcoming Lecture: Dr. Eric Daryl Meyer

Join us April 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in O'Connell Hall 107 as Assistant Professor of Theology and the Gregory Roeben and Susan Raunig Professor of Social Justice and the Human-Animal Relationship Dr. Eric Daryl Meyer presents "The Species of Salvation: Animality, Humanity, and the Breath of God." This is the third and final lecture of the 2019-2020 Carroll Distinguished Lecture Series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Christian faith holds that God created human animals. But does the redemptive work of God makes human beings more animal, or less? Many people presume that the terms "human" and "animal" are opposites, and much Christian theology begins from that presumption. This talk will argue that scripture and tradition can help us see the work of God differently—as knitting human beings more deeply into our animality rather than extracting us out of our creaturely connections. Such an ecologically-rooted faith builds compassion and responsibility in a world wounded by extinction, pollution, and climate change.

About Dr. Meyer
A member of Carroll College’s Theology Department, Eric Daryl Meyer serves as the Gregory Roeben and Susan Raunig Professor of Social Justice and the Human-Animal Relationship. His research focuses on the boundaries that the Christian theological tradition draws between human beings and nonhuman animals—and the social and ecological impact of those boundaries in practice. His book, Inner Animalities: Theology and the End of the Human, was published in 2018.  Outside of academia, he has worked in wilderness education, environmental advocacy, and outdoor recreation for two decades. 

Upcoming Lecture: Dr. Grant Hokit

On February 26, 2020, biology and ecology professor Grant Hokit Ph.D. presented "The Not-So-Innocents Abroad: The Travels of Animal-Borne Disease."

This talk highlighed Ebola, Zika and now coronavirus and how they are but a few examples of diseases that have emerged in recent years and that are spread by animals. In fact, 75% of new diseases in humans result from contact with animals. West Nile Virus is one of the most persistent examples in Montana responsible for 622 human cases and four outbreaks in the state since 2002. After reviewing ongoing West Nile Virus research in Montana, Dr. Grant Hokit described the similarities and differences with other animal-borne diseases that are emerging and spreading across the globe at increasing rates affecting humans, livestock and wildlife populations. In particular, Dr. Hokit discussed current hypotheses on the biological, geographic and anthropological factors thought to be driving recent outbreaks and the potential for pandemics. 

About Dr. Hokit
As a landscape ecologist interested in biogeography, infectious disease and animal behavior, Dr. Hokit has served Carroll College for 24 years as a Professor of Biology with some administrative assignments and more recently as a Senior Research Associate. Since 2009, he has been part of a team of scientists from Carroll and Montana State University along with colleagues at tribal colleges, county, state and federal agencies that have implemented a statewide surveillance program to detect West Nile Virus in mosquito populations. He was the 2004 recipient of Carroll's Outstanding Teaching Award, has been a Project Director for a Howard Hughes Medical Institute award received by Carroll, and has been a Principal Investigator for numerous research awards.

First Lecture: Dr. Jessica McManus

On November 12, 2019, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Psychology Jessica McManus, Ph.D. presented "Insights in Psychological Science: The Effects of Racism & Discomfort on Discriminatory Helping."

This talk highlighted Dr. Jessica McManus’ most recent publication, Aversive Affect versus Racism as Predictors of Racial Discrimination in Helping. This research examines why discrimination in helping happens, specifically the extent to which racism and discomfort lead to less help being provided to Black than White persons. This publication covers over 10 years of data collected by Dr. McManus and her colleagues, which provides the opportunity to also discuss the scientific discovery process in psychology. The full abstract for this publication can be found online.

About Dr. McManus
Dr. Jessica McManus, recipient of the Distinguished Scholar of the Year Award in 2018, is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Carroll College. She earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Her research focuses on the social and cognitive processes that lead to the discrimination of stigmatized groups (e.g., racial minorities, individuals with intellectual disabilities).