UVM College of Arts and Sciences - Fall 2008 - eNews
LETTER FROM THE DEAN: THE FINE ARTS AT UVM

It is my firm belief that exposure to, and appreciation of, the fine arts are an important part of a liberal arts education. I also am of the opinion that one obligation of the College of Arts and Sciences is to produce both practitioners of the fine arts, professional and otherwise, and an audience for them. The importance of this goal was emphasized this summer when I attended a memorial service for former theatre faculty member Ed Feidner and a reunion of students who had been involved in theatre that was scheduled for the same weekend. The memorial for Ed was terrific: the alumni decided that the best way to honor him was to perform. continued


CAS HOMECOMING

In just a few weeks, many alumni and family members will be coming to UVM to celebrate Homecoming and Family Weekend. This year the college is sponsoring a panel discussion, "From Soundbites to Substance: Presidential Campaign Rhetoric," on Friday, October 3. The panel participants will be Professor Alfred "Tuna" Snider, the Edwin W. Lawrence Professor of Forensics in the Theatre Dept., Professor Garrison Nelson from the Political Science Dept., and Assoc. Prof. Thomas Streeter from the Sociology Dept. Please plan to attend from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Livak Ballroom at the Dudley H. Davis Center.

On Saturday October 4, beginning at 10:30 a.m., be sure to stop by 438 College Street to visit with Dean Eleanor M. Miller, Arts and Sciences faculty, and members of the Dean's Office staff. We'll also be featuring a salute to our fine arts departments, including selections of award-winning student artwork and costumes and set designs from Theatre. more info


NEW CAS FACULTY


Please join us in welcoming 20 new scholar-teachers to the College of Arts and Sciences. Ranging from several eminent scholars of the Holocaust to a leading Latin jazz trumpeter, this diverse array of academic intellectuals promises to provide our students with a learned, dedicated, creative, and compassionate group of mentors.
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THEATER DEPARTMENT REUNION A GREAT SUCCESS

The June 13-15 UVM Theatre reunion was a wonderful and memory-filled weekend that showcased the many talents of UVM's proud Theatre Alumni. About 100 people from around the country assembled to fondly remember the significant impact Professors Feidner, Schenk, and Bryan had on the lives of many students over the span of their lengthy and illustrious careers. continued



DANCE PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW

Dancer and choreographer Clare Byrne has joined the Dance Program at UVM and will be teaching and developing courses including Modern Dance technique, Improvisation, and World Dance. Relocating from New York City where she choreographed and danced for fifteen years and was the artistic director of Clare Byrne Dance, she will be assisting with establishing the new Dance Minor, and choreographing for the annual dance performances. continued


FORMER UVM PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR PHILIP KITCHER TO DELIVERY JOHN DEWEY LECTURE

Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will be delivering the annual John Dewey Lecture on October 23, 2008. Professor Kitcher's lecture is titled "The Significance of Dewey for Philosophy (and for much else besides)" and will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman. continued


NEW BA IN ENGINEERING PROPOSED

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) are proposing a new degree that will be jointly offered by both units. CAS's role in this degree program is mainly curricular, to provide a liberal arts structure within which the engineering major can fit and to ensure that there are sufficient course offerings in the liberal arts to provide students pursuing this degree an educational experience equivalent to that of those pursuing the BA in the major areas offered in CAS. continued


BRITISH HOUSE OF COMMONS INTERNSHIP MOVES TO CAS
By Steve Zdatny

The College of Arts and Sciences has agreed to provide money to support a student intern to the British House of Commons, continuing a program that Steve Zdatny, the new chair of the History Department, brought with him from West Virginia University. The intern will work in the office of Mrs. Christine Russell, Labour member from Chester. continued



CAS ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • History professor Denise Youngblood's book Russian War Films: On the Cinema Front, 1914-2005 was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. continued
  • Dr. Amani Whitfield, Associate Professor, History Department, will be the Interim Director of ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies for the academic year 2008-09. continued
  • On September 26, 2008, the College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring a guest lecture by nationally renowned researcher Dr. Patrick L. Mason, entitled "Driving While Black: Do Police Pass the Test?" continued


CAS HONORS CEREMONY - MAY 16, 2008
Following the remarks of guest speaker and poet David Huddle, Professor of English, a large audience of family and friends watched as 72 students were recognized for College Honors, and 78 students received departmental awards. After the ceremony, faculty, students, and their guests celebrated together in the Apse and Fireplace Lounge at Billings. The 2009 ceremony will be on Friday, May 15th at 3:00 p.m. at Ira Allen Chapel with a reception immediately following in Billings.


IN THIS ISSUE
» Dean's Letter: Fine Arts
» CAS Homecoming
» New CAS Faculty
» Theater Department Reunion
A Great Success
» Dance Program
Continues to Grow
» Philip Kitcher to Deliver
John Dewey Lecture
» New BA in Engineering Proposed
» British House of Commons Internship Moves to CAS
» CAS Announcements
» CAS Honors Ceremony
» Fine Arts in Action Events
» Center for Holocaust Studies Gets New Director & Faculty
» Fall Semester Lecture Season
» Staff Appreciation Luncheon
»

In Memoriam: Steven Candiotti

   
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Holocaust Studies
By Jay Goyette
The Carolyn and Leonard Miller Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Vermont will have a new director and additional faculty this year, made possible in part by a $5 million gift from alumnus Leonard Miller, UVM class of 1951, and his late wife Carolyn. continued

   
Each semester brings a wealth of lectures to the UVM community and this fall departments in the College of Arts and Sciences will host a wide variety of exceptional academic speakers to the campus community.
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Staff Appreciation Luncheon
On Wednesday, June 25th, over 70 members of the College of Arts and Sciences administrative staff gathered at the Burlington Community Boathouse for lunch. It was a perfect day to be down on the lake enjoying good conversation and delicious food. continued

   
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Steven Candiotti, lecturer in the English Department, died peacefully in Fletcher Allen Health Care on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2008, after a courageous battle with a long illness, surrounded by family and friends. continued

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