Video Now Available: How to Destroy Higher Education

April 30, 2015

President Michael S. Roth of Wesleyan University delivered the College of Liberal Arts John T. Holden Lecture on April 2, 2015, entitled “How to Destroy Higher Education.” Roth has served as president of Wesleyan University since 2007. Formerly president of California College of the Arts, Roth is an historian, curator, and author. He is a frequent commentator on higher education. His most recent book, Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters (Yale University Press, 2014), addresses the history and varied meanings of liberal education and identifies current challenges faced by institutions of higher learning.

Watch the video of President Roth’s lecture here:

Anthropology Student Receives NSF Research Funding

April 28, 2015

photo of Dylan Kelly

Dylan Kelly, a junior anthropology major, has been accepted to the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program for summer 2015. He will conduct field work and independent research at the Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) field school in eastern Hungary. The BAKOTA project examines a Bronze Age cemetery population to understand how farming, craft production, and trade were intensified in the region without corresponding increases in social inequality. The competitive program fully funds student research, including travel to Hungary. Kelly will spend 6 weeks on site.

“It is really great that one of our majors rose to the top of a very competitive application pool,” says Meghan Howey, chair and associate professor of anthropology. “It is a nice sign that the archaeology training we are doing here for undergraduates is really spot-on.”

To learn more about the BAKOTA project, visit their project website.

English Professor’s New Book Practices Nature and Narrative Cures

April 22, 2015

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Diane P. Freedman has written a new book that combines memoir, critical essays, journaling, and poetry to explore her experiences of the middle years. In Midlife with Thoreau: Poems, Essays, Journals, Freedman turns to the books of Thoreau, practicing the nature cure and the narrative cure. She writes about family, feminism, literary history, loss, divorce, dating, accidents, animals, waterways, local landscapes, and teaching environmental literature in suburban New Hampshire. She sojourns with books and domestic beasts, tramps brambles and trails, and basks in language, love, and lake-front sun. Thoreau loved a “broad margin” in his life and Whitman, another influence, “a certain free margin.” Out of these, Carl Bode maintained—and Freedman shows—poetry could grow. Taking direction also from new environmental writers such as Ian Marshall, John Elder, Janisse Ray, Sandra Steingraber, and Amy Seidl and from other hybrid or narrative and autobiographical critics, this is a book of intense observation, advocacy, lyricism, sweetness, and sadness. Midlife with Thoreau will be released by Hiraeth Press next month.

Freedman is Professor of English and Core Faculty Member in Women’s Studies. She is the author of An Alchemy of Genres: Cross-Genre Writing by American Feminist Poet-Critics; editor of Millay at 100: A Critical Reappraisal; and co-editor of The Teacher’s Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy, Autobiographical Writings across the Disciplines: A Reader, and The Intimate Critique: Autobiographical Literary Criticism. She teaches courses in poetry, memoir, nature writing, women’s literature, and the Holocaust.

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