Monthly Archives: March 2009

Sneak preview: Jennifer Wells and Carolyn Merchant

From the Spring 2009 issue, arriving at mailboxes all across North America in June, an essay on the role of the humanities in an era of climate change:

There is now broad agreement among scientists that anthropogenic or human-driven inputs exacerbate climate change and that a wide range of ways to manage its effects is possible. But bringing the implications of global warming and potential resolutions to the American public requires the collaboration not only of scientists, but also of humanists. Moving beyond the sciences, we should take note of human elements of climate change and in particular study how the humanities can and should engage with this complex field.

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Capstone projects at Kent State

At the Kent State University Master of Liberal Studies web site, check out the diversity of capstone projects completed by their students in recent years. Here are a few examples:

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:  Alan Freed, Cleveland, and the Origins of Rock and Roll
  • The Problem of Family Violence:  The Battered Woman’s Experience
  • The Myth of Racial Democracy in Brazilian Race Relations
  • The John Wayne Screen Persona: An American Icon for the Cold War
  • Unionid Mussels and Substrate Stability:  Experiments in an Artificial Stream

And more…

We’re going to Disney!

To be specific, we are heading to Walt Disney World at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, for the October, 2009 AGLSP Annual Conference. Lake Buena Vista is located in Orange County, Florida, in the heart of Disney World southwest of Orlando. Orlando’s Convention and Visitors Bureau’s visitor information website lists a variety of activities for fun outside the conference—from golf or ballet to dinner at Hemingway’s. In addition, planned excursions sponsored through the conference are available to sites within Walt Disney World. For your convenience, you may purchase advanced tickets for these excursions.

Information on attending the conference is available on the AGLSP web site, including links for registration, keynote speaker Billy Collins, and paper submission guidelines.

For current events on Lake Buena Vista happenings, check out the Orlando Sentinel site, devoted to the local events and news.

James Baldwin on education

  • “The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated.”
  • “The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”

American writer James Baldwin is perhaps best known for his essays about race written during the civil rights movement, such as The Fire Next Time and Notes of a Native Son.

Confluence on EbscoHost

Academic and public libraries that subscribe to the EbscoHost Humanities International Index offer access to a searchable index of recent issues of the journal. Fuller subscriptions to the Humanities International Complete include the full text of all pieces contained in recent issues.

Confluence on Twitter

It’s true, Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies is cooler than most academic journals, judging by its shiny new Twitter page, which is fed via the wonders of RSS into the lower part of the sidebar of the blog page, too. Follow Confluence on Twitter and we’ll return the favor.

Sneak preview: Rick Halperin

From the Spring 2009 issue, Rick Halperin of Southern Methodist University links civil rights activism, research, and teaching:

It became my singular pursuit to become very active in the global human rights movement and community and to pursue my career as a human rights educator.  Since 1985, I have been actively working in the field of human rights education.  I have helped to develop appropriate curricula and programs, which foster the spread of human rights at all levels of higher learning. I am engaged in ongoing research about the Holocaust and I teach about its relationship to the modern human rights movement. As a member of the history department at Southern Methodist University, I have been able to offer graduate and undergraduate courses in human rights.  Many of my students are preparing for law school and are just now coming to grapple with ideas of law, human rights, justice, responsibility, victims and perpetrators, and, impunity and reconciliation.

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