MUSINGS FROM THE DEAN ON WHETHER OR NOT
THE HUMANITIES NEED DEFENDING


I have had more than one occasion recently to feel that I needed to defend the humanities.

First, there were the recent blogs posted by Florida International University's Davidson-Kahn Distinguished University Professor, Stanley Fish. Fish has had a distinguished career as a professor of English; he is Dean Emeritus of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago; has taught at Berkeley, Johns Hopkins and Duke; and is the author of a new book entitled Save the World On Your Own Time. Professor Fish is not questioning the value of humanistic texts; the question he poses is this: "....does the academic analysis of works of literature, philosophy and history have instrumental value?" continued


GREEN & GOLD PROFESSORS
by Jay Goyette

The College of Arts and Sciences received major gifts in recent months that have enabled it to establish two new endowed Green & Gold Professor positions, funding for which supports the teaching, service, research, salary, benefits and other general purposes associated with an endowed faculty position.

The Segal & Davis Family Foundation has made a $250,000 commitment to establish the Robert B. Lawson Green & Gold Professor of Psychology in honor of Robert B. Lawson (pictured), Professor of Psychology, who has announced that he will retire in May of 2010 after having served 44 years on the faculty in the Department of Psychology. 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.

Erin Anastasia-Murphy is from Gloucester, Massachusetts and is pursuing a major in history with a minor in English. Erin returned to campus this fall after studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain for the spring 2008 semester. continued


DON'T MISS THE LATEST CAS ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • CAS Faculty Research Support Awards
  • Asian Studies Program Prospers with Success of Asian Languages and Literatures Department
  • Full Professor Lecture Series Podcasts
  • Professor Awarded Grants To Research
    Oil Wealth and Politics
  • "Music-inspired" Chairs
  • Alumnus Wins IDEA award
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HOMECOMING AND FAMILY WEEKEND 2008

During this year's Homecoming and Family Weekend, the College of Arts and Sciences highlighted the departments of Art, Theatre, and Music at our annual open house. Around the office was award-winning art work created by three senior art majors: Kirsten Hurley, Steven Shattuck, and Jacqueline Ryan. From Theatre we had the set models and costume designs for Eurydice and Cabaret. The Music Department arranged for three first-year students—Rebekah Gordon on violin, Abbey Kruger on viola, and Ashley Jones on cello—to fill the house with classical music. view larger photos


CLASSICS PROFESSOR JOHN FRANKLIN REFLECTS ON
HIS TWO-YEAR JOURNEY TO THE SMITHSONIAN


by John Franklin, Classics Department
This is a story of how one thing leads to another. In 2006 I had emailed Gregory Sifakis, a distinguished professor of Classics at NYU who is also strongly involved in the ethnomusicology of Greece. I had some vague questions about the possibility of doing field work there. This led to a friendly correspondence and exchange of publications, including my vanity-pressed CD The Cyprosyrian Girl: Hits of the Ancient Hellenes. This is a motley collection of electronic realizations of ancient Greek music fragments, and renditions of Greek folk music in various ancient styles — most with a somewhat poppy, techno flavor. continued


NEW MINOR OFFERED IN LINGUISTICS

Although linguists have been teaching and doing research across UVM's campus for years, there has never been a course of study in Linguistics—until now. Four core linguistics faculty from Communication Sciences and Anthropology are joined by other linguists throughout the college to introduce a new minor in Linguistics. The minor offers students a wide range of classes in the field including Syntax, Structure of the English Language, Sociolinguistics, African American English, and Language and Gender. Many graduate programs welcome students with training in Linguistics, including programs in law, medicine, speech-language pathology, education, anthropology, and business. Linguistics is also excellent preparation for careers in speech recognition, artificial intelligence, educational software, technical writing, and translation, as well as academic careers in Linguistics itself. For further information about linguistics and the minor at UVM, please see the link on the Communication Sciences webpage or contact Julie Roberts, Communication Sciences
(656-0209, Julie.Roberts@uvm.edu).


DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION MAINTAINS CLOSE CONNECTION WITH INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION
FOR THE HISTORY OF RELIGIONS

by Professor Luther Martin

Members of the Department of Religion have long participated in meetings of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). Founded in Europe in 1950, the IAHR, which maintains a close relationship with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) through the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, is the preeminent scholarly organization of scholars and scientists whose research has a bearing on the academic study of religion. continued

IN THIS ISSUE
» Musings from the Dean
» Green & Gold Professors
» Spotlight on Scholarship Recipients
» CAS Announcements
» Homecoming and
Family Weekend 2008
» Classics Professor Reflects on Journey to the Smithsonian
» New Minor in Linguistics
» Environmental Program Welcomes New Director
» Department of Religion Maintains Close Connection with IAHR
» Fine Arts in Action Events
» Emeriti News
» Geography Awareness Week
» Lecture Series
   
Department Newsletters

» Anthropology
» Asian Languages & Literatures
» Communication Sciences
» Debate
» Fleming Museum
» Geography
» Political Science

   
Fine Arts In Action
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Professor Emeritus Mark
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CAS Emeriti Luncheon
On October 21, Emeriti faculty for the College of Arts and Sciences gathered for a luncheon hosted by Dean Miller at the Davis Center. continued

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by Rachael Beddoe

Professor Stephanie Kaza has recently accepted the position of Director of the Environmental Program. continued
   
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