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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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Museum Mondays: Exploring outdated ethics

October 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Between 1898 and 1900, University of Chicago Professor of Anthropology Frederick Starr traveled among the indigenous people of southern Mexico. He measured the people, took photos of them and their surroundings, and made plaster casts of men from each culture group.

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Starr was a man of his times; he believed Western Europeans and European-Americans represented the pinnacle of human social evolution. Scientific racism dominated anthropology and related fields in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Charles Darwin's ideas about human biological evolution inspired evolutionary models to explain and justify the economic, social, and cultural dominance of the United States and the European colonial powers over poor and “backward” non-white people in other parts of the world. From their perspective it was a clear case of “survival of the fittest.”

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The exhibition Promptly and Easily: Frederick Starr and the Indians of Southern Mexico, which runs through the semester at the Logan Museum of Anthropology, explores Starr’s life and legacy. The Logan curates 23 plaster life casts and several photos that Starr made during his travels, which were supported in part by Chicago socialite Josephine Hancock Logan, wife of the Logan Museum’s namesake Frank Logan.

The exhibit uses casts, photos, and quotes from Starr’s publications to raise questions about ethics in scientific research and the value of data collected under theoretical models that have since been discredited. Promptly and Easily is intended to complement this year’s FYI common reading, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which raises questions about ethics, race, and class in medical research.

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On Monday, Nov. 12, North Central College Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Field Museum Research Associate Donald McVicker will present a public talk about Starr in the Logan Museum’s Shaw Gallery at 7:30 p.m. Professor McVicker’s book Frederick Starr: Popularizer of Anthropology, Public Intellectual, and Genuine Eccentric will be published later this month.