S.2 E.7: “Serving and Advancing the College”

Recently retired CEO of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Gustavus trustee John Hallberg, Class of ’79, recalls his undergraduate years and discusses his work and vision as a member of his alma mater’s Board. Season 2, Episode 7: “Serving and Advancing the College” Transcript: Greg Kaster: Learning for Life at Gustavus is produced by […]

S.2 E.6: From Chemistry Major to College Chaplain

Learning for Life @ Gustavus host Greg Kaster interviews Gustavus chaplain and special assistant for diversity, equity, and inclusion Siri Erickson.

S.2 E.5: From Black and Gold to Blue and Gray

Renowned Civil War historian James M. McPherson, Gustavus Class of ’58, reflects on his Gustavus education, his path from there to leading scholar of the war, his civil rights activism as a graduate student in Baltimore, and the searing conflict that preserved the Union and gave it, in Lincoln’s magnificent words, “a new birth of […]

S.2 E.4: “You Don’t Need to Show a Child an Elephant”

Paschal Kyoore, Professor of French and Director of African Studies at Gustavus, explains the meanings and functions of proverbs and folktales in his native Ghana, and the importance of foreign language study. Featuring also Spider, Guinea Fowl, and Rabbit. Season 2, Episode 4: ““You Don’t Need to Show a Child an Elephant” Transcript: Greg Kaster: […]

S.2 E.3 “We Are What We Remember Ourselves to Be”

Professor Jennifer Ackil of the Gustavus Psychological Science Department and an expert in memory talks about remembering and misremembering, memory and trauma among children and mothers, whether women remember better than men, and why studying psychology matters. Season 2, Episode 3: “We Are What We Remember Ourselves to Be” Transcript: Greg Kaster: Learning for Life […]

S.2 E.2 Sweden’s Response to Covid-19, plus an Immigrant Success Story

Distinguished historian of Scandinavia and Gustavus Professor Emeritus of History and Scandinavian Studies Byron Nordstrom on Sweden’s novel response to the novel coronavirus, the life of Swedish immigrant Swan Turnblad in Minnesota, and learning and teaching at liberal arts colleges. Season 2, Episode 2: Sweden’s Response to Covid-19, plus an Immigrant Success Story Transcript: Just […]

S.2 E.1 Little Rock 1957 / Minneapolis 2020

Dr. Misti Harper, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Gustavus, discusses the role of “respectability politics” among black women in the integration of Little Rock’s Central High School, the Minnesota context of Mr. George Floyd’s murder by police in Minneapolis 63 years later, and her undergraduate course on Prince. Season 2, Episode 1: Little Rock […]

Gusties Pitch In and Mask Up

Alumni, parents, and friends are providing funding for COVID Safety Care Packages for students and ordering Gustavus-branded masks.

Gustavus Says Goodbye To Beloved Campus Tree

Photo by CJ Siewert '11 Gustavus physical plant director Travis Jordan sent the following email to students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to inform them that the iconic tree outside of the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center would be removed. TO: The Gustavus Community FROM: Travis Jordan, Director of the Physical Plant […]

Gustavus Announces Fall Semester Calendar Change

Classes will begin one week early on September 2 and the College will transition to online course delivery after Thanksgiving.