MORE MUSING BY THE DEAN: ANALYZING THE QUEST FOR INTERDISCIPLINARITY IN THE ACADEMY

At an annual administrative retreat last year, I was asked the following question by a seemingly incredulous colleague: "Are you saying that you don't believe that interdisciplinary work is always superior to disciplinary work?" I screwed up my courage and said, "Well, my stand is a bit more complicated than your question allows, but that's exactly what I'm saying." Clearly this was regarded as a blasphemous statement, but I'm really tired of having people extol the unmitigated virtues of interdisciplinarity to me or rue the disciplinary "silos" that interfere with interdisciplinarity—all the while assuming that any thoughtful academic certainly agrees with them. continued


FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIES PROFESSOR AND PANASONIC CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Domenic Cicchetti (pictured), Education Business Development Manager of Panasonic Broadcast Television Systems, visited Assistant Professor Deb Ellis's Film and Television Studies class this past October. Panasonic is one of the major developers of new video technology, and Cicchetti spent his visit introducing students to some of the newest professional digital cameras currently developed by Panasonic. continued


SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Enjoy these candid and personal observations by CAS scholarship recipients of the importance of scholarship in realizing their academic goals.

Megan H. Luttrell is a junior from Marion, Massachusetts. A Russian major and History minor, she is a member of the UVM Old-Time Music Club and a two-year resident of the Russian House. continued


PSYCHOLOGY UNDERGRADUATE WINS "BEST ESSAY" FOR ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE STUDY OF WOMEN'S SEXUAL HEALTH

Sarah Roberts (pictured), an undergraduate student in the Psychology Department and a member of the McNair scholars program for student minorities, will be awarded the prize for Best Essay at the annual conference hosted by the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH, www.isswsh.org/). Sarah's essay is titled "Sexual assault, sexual schemas, family support, and sexual problems in adult female survivors of child sexual abuse." ISSWSH is one the most prestigious conferences in the field of sex research and Sarah's essay was picked from a pool of manuscripts submitted by psychologists who specialize in sex research. continued


"PHOTOGRAPH AS DOCUMENT" TAP CLASS CREATES CYANOTYPE PORTRAITS

When first-year students started looking at a possible TAP (Teacher-Advisor Program) course for their first semester on campus, they came across this description of Associate Professor of Art Thomas Brennan's fall 2008 class, Photograph as Document:

In 1589, Giambattista della Porta wrote of an early camera, "Hence you may, If you cannot draw a Picture of a man or anything else, draw it by this means; if you can but only fix the colors..." continued





THE LAWRENCE DEBATE UNION HEADS TO THAILAND

The Lawrence Debate Union (LDU) has been invited to Thailand. The US Embassy in Thailand and the Commissioner of Higher Education in Thailand have offered to fund three LDU debaters and a coach to come to Thailand to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of USA-Thailand diplomatic relations. The event will feature workshops for high school debaters, workshops for high school teachers, a tournament featuring Thai and US university students in a friendship format, and, finally, a Thai-USA Friendship Debate to cap off the event. continued


UVM BAND PERFORMS IN SOUTHERN ITALY

While many UVM students were finishing up their holiday break at home and preparing to return for the spring 2009 semester, Professor D. Thomas Toner, chair of the Music Department, took a group of students from the UVM Band on a concert tour of southern Italy. Visiting Rome and Naples, with side-trips to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri, the band performed concerts in Rome, at a music conservatory in Avellino (near Naples), and with the Commander Naval Forces Europe Band—a NATO group with naval officers and marines as well as members of the Greek and Italian armed forces. continued


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UVM FOUR-STOP PORTATIVE ORGAN
TRAVELS AROUND THE STATE


UVM's University Organist, Music Prof. David Neiweem, recently presented a series of duo-organ concerts in churches in Burlington, Middlebury, and Montpelier. The concerts featured the organs in each concert venue, as well as the university's four-stop portative pipe organ. Neiweem joined the organist at each of the churches, and shared a program that included performances by each organist as well as music for two organs. continued


SOCIOLOGY COURSE CREATES WEBSITE DETAILING AMERICAN EUGENICS

American eugenics refers to compulsory sterilization laws adopted by over 30 states that led to more than 60,000 sterilizations of disabled individuals. Many of these individuals were sterilized because of a disability: they were mentally disabled or ill, or belonged to socially disadvantaged groups living on the margins of society. continued

IN THIS ISSUE
» More Musing by the Dean
» Film and Television Studies Opportunities
» Spotlight on Scholarship Recipients
» Psychology Undergraduate Wins "Best Essay"
» Cyanotype Portraits
» The Lawrence Debate Union Heads to Thailand
» UVM Band Performs in Southern Italy
» CAS Updates
» Portative Organ Travels
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» Sociology Course Creates Website Detailing American Eugenics
» Fall 2008 Dean's List
» Department Newsletters
» Fine Arts in Action Events
» Department of Theatre in Kennedy Center Festival
» African Literature
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Last fall the Department of Theatre rejoined the national organization, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. continued
   
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"The Law in Nazi Germany" will be the theme of the 2009 Miller symposium held on Sunday, April 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Livak Ballroom, Davis Center.

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