THE DEAN DESCRIBES THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES' CURRICULAR RESPONSE TO GLOBALIZATION
We didn't think it was going to be necessary to argue at this point in history
that there is a critical need for UVM students to understand as much about the
other peoples of the earth as they can or to argue for the importance that
Asia will have in the social, economic and political lives of the informed
citizens UVM hopes it is producing.
Nor did we think it necessary to detail the value of intense study of Chinese
and Japanese or the value of an academic credential in either area. Nevertheless,
Professor John Jing-hua Yin, Professor Emeritus Peter Seybolt and I sat in the
Silver Maple Ballroom of the new Davis Center a few weeks ago nervously awaiting
the vote of UVM's Board of Trustees on the College of Arts and Sciences'
proposals to establish a new Department of Asian Languages and Literatures and
new majors in Chinese and Japanese.
ASIAN STUDIES GIVES BIRTH TO THE DEPARTMENT
OF ASIAN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
The rise of China and the globalization of the economy have led to a surge of
interest in Asian Studies, with more than 1,000 UVM students now taking courses
in 11 different disciplines, including art, economics, religion, environmental
studies, and Chinese and Japanese. More than 21 faculty members are now teaching
classes under the Asian Studies umbrella.
The driving force behind the program, supported for many years by generous
grants from the Freeman Foundation, was Professor Peter Seybolt, a historian
with a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, who is
OPEN HOUSE 2007
The College of Arts and Sciences Homecoming and Family Weekend 2007 Open House
welcomed parents, students, alumni, faculty, and staff to celebrate the
beginning of our second year in our new offices. From 10:30-12:00 guests
were treated to apple cider, pumpkin bars, and apple cider donuts on the
adjoining veranda. The College also honored its Holocaust Studies Program
and the late Emeritus Professor Dr. Raul Hilberg, by displaying several rare
items from UVM's Special Collections in the Joan Smith Conference Room.
PROFESSOR ROBERT FLYNN, DEPARTMENT OF ART
It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Robert Flynn, Assistant
Professor of Art and Art History, died unexpectedly on Sunday, September 23,
of a massive heart attack.
For additional information, please contact the Art Department at 802-656-8818
Robert Flynn, Assistant Professor of Art, received his B.F.A. from Florida
State University and his M.F.A. from Rutgers University. He came to the UVM
Art Department from Miami Beach, FL where he was an artist-in-residence at
ArtCenter South Florida.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 2007
DEAN'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STAFF SUPPORT
At the end of June, the Dean's office hosted the College of Arts and Sciences
staff luncheon at the Burlington Boat House and for the first time, awarded
the 2007 Dean's Award for Excellence to two staff members—Kathy Carolin
from the Department of History and Dale Thibault from the Department of
Kathy Carolin has been an employee of UVM for 14 years, and for the
past seven years she has been in the Department of History.
RICHARD SUGARMAN, DEPARTMENT OF RELIGION
The George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award is given annually to a UVM
faculty member nominated by alumni, students, faculty, and staff for
significant contributions to the broadening of students' academic experience
and the enrichment of campus life.
This year's recipient, Professor Richard Sugarman, has been at the University
of Vermont since 1970. His fields are phenomenology, philosophy of religion,
and Jewish philosophy, and he has directed and taught in the Integrated
PROFESSOR TONY MAGISTRALE WINS
BORDIGHERA POETRY PRIZE
Tony Magistrale, the 2007 winner of the Bordighera Poetry Prize, was born in
Buffalo, New York, the grandson of Italian immigrants from Bari, Italy. After
obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Magistrale spent a year
at the University of Milan as a Fulbright lecturer. Since then, he has returned
to Italy on multiple occasions, and these trips inspired the poems in this
collection. Magistrale is Professor of English and Associate Chair of the
Department of English at the University of Vermont. He has also taught at
the Breadloaf Young Writers Conference and as a visiting professor at the
University of Augsburg, Germany. Tony Magistrale is honored with a
reception/reading for his cash award of $1,000 and bilingual, book publication
prize at The Calandra Insitutute at The Graduate Center of the City University
of New York, 25 West 43rd St., Mid-Manhattan, on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30
PM. All are welcome to attend the wine and food reception, and reading,
following the awards ceremony. Admission is free.
Please visit the
Italian American Writer's website for complete award information.
PROFESSOR REX FOREHAND RECEIVES
2008 AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AWARD
Professor Rex Forehand has received the 2008 American Psychological
Association (APA) Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and
Training Award. This highly prestigious award recognizes the quality and
depth of commitment to the field over the course of a career. As a
recipient of the award, he will deliver an Awards address and receive
the Citation at the 2008 annual APA Convention. The next convention is in
Boston, August 14-17.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RAUL HILBERG
Monday, October 22, 2007
Ira Allen Chapel, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Reception to follow:
Billings Library, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Raul Hilberg, pioneering and preeminent historian of the Holocaust, passed
away in Williston, Vermont on August 4, 2007. Author of the seminal history
of the Holocaust, The Destruction of the European Jews, Hilberg was
Professor of Political Science at the University of Vermont from 1956 until
his retirement in 1991.
Since pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill, Assistant
Professor Rhonda Sharpe in the Department of Economics has worked closely
with William "Sandy" Darity to identify and mentor economics undergraduates
with the potential to complete doctoral studies in economics or related
disciplines. Last summer Senior Economics major Brandon Rhone participated in
the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (MURAP) at UNC-Chapel
Hill with Darity as his mentor. Sandy Darity is also a Marsh Professor-at-Large
This fall, the College of Arts and Sciences inaugurates the Full Professor
Lecture Series to honor faculty recently promoted to the rank of Professor. The
series has been designed to give these colleagues an opportunity to share with
the university community a single piece of research or overview of research
trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has
resulted in their achieving full professor rank.
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