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by Alicia Juarrero, Acting Coordinator, Scholarship Across the Curriculum

I have been filling in for Chris Hunt in his capacity as coordinator of the Scholarship Across the Curriculum Committee.

This semesterís lineup of speakers is terrific:

In early February, the collegeís dean of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Robert Barshay, addressed an audience of approximately 40 faculty and students on the literary devices employed in the critically acclaimed film Traffic. Those participants who had not previously seen the film had the opportunity to do so before the talk, and so the discussion was quite lively.

On March 19, Dr. Johan Bollen of the Computer Sciences Department at Old Dominion University visited the campus and lectured on "Can the Web Help us with our Collective Problem Solving Capabilities?" A member of an international group of computer scientists, biologists and psychologists, Professor Bollen explained his research on the psychology of human Web searches. He then discussed how this research might be used to improve our collective problem solving abilities.

On April 8, Professor Natalie Webb, of the collegeís Nutrition Department spoke on "Cultural Influences on Health and Nutrition." Diversity and Multiculturalism are not just buzzwords any more: Professor Webb examined the role African American, Latino, and Asian cultures play in what we eat and how it affects our health. 

On April 30, as SACís last lecturer of the semester, Professor Robert Johnson, of American Universityís Criminal Justice Department, will speak on "Poetic Justice: Reflections on the Big House, the Death House, and the American Way of Justice," the subject of his eponymous forthcoming book. Professor Johnsonís previous scholarship was about conditions of death row and about death row inmates and guards; he now writes poetry about that experience. Professor Johnsonís talk will take place at 1:00 p.m. in Chesapeake Hall, room 109.

On a related note: On April 23, Dr. Robert Artigiani, Professor and Former Chair of the History Department at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, delivered the 2003 Lyle Linville memorial lecture. Dr. Artigiani's talk titled, "Science, Hope and History," explored how the new rationality provided by the science of complexity might apply to human history and provide a revival of hope based on a realistic appreciation of past accomplishments. 


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 18, No. 3

Spring 2003