CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
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Release: Feb. 16, 2001
UI College of Liberal Arts funds new interdisciplinary
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College
of Liberal Arts has awarded funds to 11 faculty members to develop eight new
undergraduate interdisciplinary courses that will be offered for the first
time during the 2001-02 academic year.
Faculty members will be given $5,000 for each course
to be used for equipment, supplies, travel, or student assistance needed to
develop the new course. The UI Office of the Provost allocated funds to the
College of Liberal Arts to make these awards possible this year and next.
Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts,
said the new courses will give both students and faculty the opportunity to
study topics of the most current societal and scholarly interest outside the
boundaries of the traditional academic disciplines.
"Students in these new courses will explore all facets
of the topics and will see the connections between diverse areas of study,"
she said. "Our future strength depends on our not limiting ourselves to narrow
fields of study, but reaching across disciplinary lines to discover the connections
that create complete circles of knowledge."
These faculty members have won support to develop
the following interdisciplinary courses:
Ashley Dawson, assistant professor of English, for
"African Cinema," an intermediate lecture and discussion course that situates
African films made since the 1960s in the historical context of Africa's struggle
for independence from colonial domination and examines the impact of the continent's
subsequent turmoil on film production.
Barbara Eckstein, associate professor of English,
and Jim Throgmorton, associate professor of urban and regional planning, for
"Storytelling and Urban engagement," an intermediate discussion and fieldwork
course that will link the social role of storytelling with the professional
practice of urban planning and introduce students to the practice of fieldwork
through hands-on interaction with a significant neighborhood in Iowa City.
Patrick Paul Garlinger and Laura G. Gutierrez, both
assistant professors of Spanish and Portuguese, for "Sexualities in Hispanic
Cultures," an intermediate discussion course addressing the historical, social,
and theoretical specificities of sexuality in Spanish, Spanish-American, and
U.S. Latino/a cultures.
Craig Gibson, assistant professor of classics, and
Ellen Millender, assistant professor of history, for "Gender and Sexuality
in the Ancient World," an intermediate discussion course offering a thematic
survey of gender and sexuality issues in ancient Greece and Rome, drawing
upon ancient literature, archaeological evidence and the visual arts.
Stephen D. Hendrix, professor of biological sciences,
for "Science and Application of Conservation Principles," an advance lecture,
laboratory, and fieldwork course that examines conservation biology and gives
students practical experience in the application of conservation principles.
Kevin Kopelson, associate professor of English, for
"Queer Theory," an honor seminar in which students will discuss theorizations
of how sexualities are shaped by literature, music, dance, film, and other
Judith Pascoe, associate professor of English, for
"Collecting, History, and Literature," an introductory course in which students
will consider the appeal of the collection throughout history, the ways in
which the activity of collecting has been theorized, and examples of collecting
in literature. Noteworthy local collections, such as those found in the UI
Museum of Art, Museum of Natural History, and the Special Collections department
of the Main Library, will provide context for discussions.
Scott Schnell, associate professor of anthropology,
for "Religion and Environmental Ethics," an intermediate lecture and discussion
course examining the various ways humans conceptualize the biophysical environment
through their religious beliefs and practices.