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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”


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Keepin’ it Real? class travels to Medieval Times (pics)

March 27, 2013 at 11:11 pm


On a recent Friday, a class of Beloiters and four professors took a field trip to Medieval Times, a theme restaurant in northern Illinois known for serving a whole dinner without utensils, during which patrons are treated to jousting tournaments and horseback stunts. Intrigued?

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The excursion was part of a class called Keepin' it Real?: The Pursuit, Defense and Deconstruction of Authenticity, taught this semester by professors Daniel Barolsky (music) and Jennifer Esperanza (anthropology). Funded by a Mellon Foundation Labs Grant, this course explores the concept of authenticity from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences.

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Says Esperanza: “Offered at the 200-level , it is also listed as an Enduring Questions course that prompts students to deconstruct their preconceived notions of fake vs. real, authentic vs. inauthentic, the perceived "genius" of individual authors/artists and how authenticity as a general concept came into being and has been used as a measure of determining cultural, social, and economic value. Over the past semester, we have been investigating the history of the concept and various pursuits of authenticity in the arts and cultural production over time.”

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“This month, the class has been reading about and discussing tourism and historical reenactments, especially within the context of modern capitalism and nation-building,” Esperanza says. “In regards to our class discussions on historical reenactments, students are asked to consider the purpose of recreating particular moments in time, how reenactments select particular geographic locales in addition to time periods, and who is the intended audience.”

During the trip, students focused on how the restaurant presents itself, what constitutes authenticity, and to what extent restaurant employees stayed in character.

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