Proponents of nuclear power argue that nuclear energy is economical, safe, and good for the environment. Critics maintain that fission reactors are neither safe nor clean, and cite the Fukushima Daiichi and Chernobyl power plant disasters, among others, along with problems that are associated with the disposal of nuclear waste. Some also argue that nuclear power plants that reprocess spent fuel may contribute to the proliferation of fissile material for use in weaponry ("dirty bombs") and that nuclear power plants are a public health risk, at least to people living in the vicinity of nuclear power plants and waste repositories.
In this talk, we will take a brief look at the physics of nuclear energy and then examine elements of the pro and con debate. If there is time and interest, we also will take a brief look at some next-generation nuclear energy technology such as the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) project at the Idaho National Laboratory and/or the ITER experimental fusion reactor.
Professions open to graduates of the department include theatre performance, production design, arts management, teaching at all levels, arts criticism and arts advocacy. Many of our majors pursue graduate study in the specialized fields of performance, directing, design, theatre history and literature and criticism.
What you’ll study.
Acting and directing. Dramatic theory, history, and criticism. Theatrical design and technology. You’ll learn from faculty who have extensive experience as professional actors, directors, and producers. And you’ll learn in courses that balance critical, theoretical writing and discussion with practical training and personal coaching. Majors and minors.
What you’ll do.
Get on stage or work backstage—every Albion student is invited. We put on four department productions a year, along with two student workshops of plays in the fall and spring. With experience, you can design for productions. Spend time off campus studying in New York or abroad, or work on campus through work-study. Theatre internship opportunities.
Where you’ll go.
Auditions. Connections. Experience. Whether you enter the field or continue your advanced studies, you’ll benefit from our close ties to professional theatres, festivals, and the New York Arts Program. Potential career paths.
Drawing on the knowledge and methodologies associated with a number of different disciplines, the Albion women's and gender studies prorgram examines the role of gender through five distinct areas of study: Historical Contexts, Representations, Global Perspectives, Self-Making, and Institutions or Systems of Knowledge. Each area uses cross-cultural or multicultural investigations to understand the dynamics and differences in the operation of gender.
Within specific contexts but also across differences, the program also focuses on the lives of women—on women's past and present active involvement in the making of the world. Students experience this ongoing interplay of theory and practice both in the classroom and in the field, through research as well as through off-campus opportunities, including:
Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe: This program examines international feminist issues within a context of comparative women's studies. Three months of field research in Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic or Turkey is followed by five weeks of independent study or an apprenticeship in London. Contact
, professor of women's and gender studies, or the Center for International Education and Off-Campus Programs.
The Sharon "Zo" Gates Rees Fellowship for Women in Public Office: Through the generous support of Sharon Rees, a 1953 alumnus of Albion College, this program promotes the interest of women seeking elected office and makes available to them the knowledge of how to achieve their goals. Applications are encouraged from Albion students who plan to intern in Washington, D.C. More information and applications are available through the Ford Institute.
Please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Department for more information about the experiential learning possibilities within our program.
An Albion College education. It's hands-on. It's the liberal arts. It's career readiness. It's providing you the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need to succeed in college, in your career, and in your life.