Monday, March 10, 2014
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FROM THE COLLEGE
You can submit material for the College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter to: Jeremy Nagle
by Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. via email. Please be sure to include your department in your
Please do not re-submit information for the Newsletter.
Art History and Studio Art in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Saint
Louis University invite you to a lecture, "Interpreting Art/Taking it Personally," by
distinguished contemporary art and photography critic and theorist, Terry Barrett.
The lecture, at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, is sponsored
in part by the Kristen Peterson Endowment. Dr. Barrett is:
Author of Criticizing Art, Interpreting Art, Criticizing Photographs
Editor of Lessons for Teaching Art Criticism, an educational project of
interpreting contemporary art in The Netherlands
Former senior editor of the research journal Studies in Art Education
Dr. Barrett is Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University, where he is
the recipient of a distinguished teaching award
Currently a Professor of Art Education and Art History, University of
preceded by a reception at 6pm.
The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
We hope you will join us.
EARTH AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES EVENTS
The department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences is hosting a Brown Bag
Series this semester. The goal is to foster interdisciplinary awareness and
dialogue in a non-technical and informal setting. Talks can be given by faculty,
students, or staff from any department within Saint Louis University and the
series is open to everyone.
The meetings will be located in O'Neil Hall room 206 between 12:00 and 1:00 pm.
Feel free to bring your lunch.
Wednesday, March 19, Thomas Finan, History, Title: TBD
April 2, Kent Staley, Philosophy, Particle Physics, Statistics, and the Philosophy
Sociology and Anthropology Department Sponsored Brown Bag Presentation
Event Details: March 19, McGannon Hall, Room 211, 12:00 Noon
Erin Murphey., Senior Geospatial Analyst, at Express Scripts, will give a
talk titled, "Practical Application of GIS in Health Care "
Erin is a 2011 graduate of Saint Louis University with a MA in Sociology.
In her two years at Express Scripts, she has incorporated techniques
into their member studies that helps examine problems associated with
healthcare companies, while also protecting privacy as outlined in HIPPA's
Safe Harbor laws. These laws are a consideration that must be made by
every GIS health worker, especially when working with actual claims data
and not just public health information.
This event is open to the all faculty, staff and students.
The American Studies Department is sponsoring or co-sponsoring a pretty amazing line-up
of speakers this semester. We don't have all the information yet on times and places, but here
are the dates of the talks so you can block off the time in advance. Also note that at least one
speaker will be hosting a brown-bag lunch just for graduate students.
Monday, March 24, 4:00-5:00pm, Adorjan Hall Rm. 142
Senior Lecturer in American History, Amerika-Institut, University of Munich
"A Hot Debate over the Cold War: The Plan for a 'Cold War Center'
at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin"
Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 8, 4:30-6:00pm, Cook Hall Auditorium
Chair, Dept. of American Studies, and Associate Professor of
American Studies and International Affairs, George Washington University
"The Globalization of American Evangelicalism"
Third Annual Blixen Lecture: The Mary and John Blixen Lecture Series
Free and open to the public. A reception will follow.
Theological Studies Bioethics Lecture
Event Details: 7:00pm, March 25, 2014, Anheuser-Busch Auditorium,
John Cook School of Business.
The Department of Theological Studies will sponsor a bioethics lecture
by William Cavanaugh, Ph.D. at 7pm Tuesday, March 25, in the AB
Auditorium in the John Cook Business School. The lecture is free and
open to the public and the SLU community. The topic for the lecture
is "What would you kill for? Violence: Religious and Secular."
Cavanaugh is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the
Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at
DePaul University. His degrees are from the universities of Notre
Dame, Cambridge, and Duke. He is the author of five books, including
The Myth of Religious Violence (Oxford, 2009), and Migrations of the
Holy (Eerdmans, 2011), and he is the co-editor of the journal Modern
Theology. His books have been translated into French, Spanish, Polish,
and Norwegian. For more information, contact the Department of
Theological Studies at (314) 977-2878.
Saint Louis University Invitational Exhibition • February 14-March
McNamee Gallery, Lower Level Cupples House
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday 12:00-4:00 & Saturday
1:00-4:00 (gallery will be closed March 9-15)
For information: Rick Dunn 314.977.3105 or Denise Jones
This year's Saint Louis University Invitational Exhibition features
six artists working in a variety of media and exploring a diverse
range of themes. The exhibition includes work by Gina Alvarez,
Christopher Day, Dean Kessmann, Tom Lunt, Betsy Morris and
Ruth Ann Reese.
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program
Education: Igniting the Flames of Change
March 31 - April 4, 2014
The Fourteenth Annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program will
be held the week of March 31st - April 4th, 2014. One of the main goals
of the Atlas Program is to increase awareness of the global issues
that confront us today in an effort not only to promote discussion,
but also to inspire and inform action. It focuses on what we as global
citizens can do to contribute to a better life for all people now and in the
future. The Atlas Program is unique in that for one week of the year, it
brings together members of the University community to focus on the
global challenges that confront us in the 21st century.
The theme for the 2014 Atlas Program is "Education: Igniting the Flames
of Change". The Atlas Planning Committee is pleased to announce that
Shabana Basij-Rasikh will deliver the keynote address at the Atlas Week
Signature Symposium on Thursday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Wool Ballrooms
of the Busch Student Center. She will be visiting SLU for two days (April 2nd
and 3rd) to share her advocacy efforts and her inside views on Afghanistan.
To learn more about Shabana, please click here.
We welcome and encourage all faculty, staff, and students to participate in
the program and share their international knowledge, scholarship, and service
with the wider university community. The deadline to submit an event is February
5, 2014 . To submit an event, please click here.
Preparations Begin for Saint Louis University's
2014 Archaeological Field School
by Mary R. Vermilion, Ph. D.
The 2014 Archaeological Field School preparations
are under way. This summer marks the fifth SLU field
school to be conducted at Cahokia Mounds State Historic
Site, a World Heritage UNESCO site just minutes from
St. Louis in Collinsville, IL. Students enrolled in the field
school will receive training in various aspects of
archaeological fieldwork, including geophysical
reconnaissance, site survey and mapping, excavation,
flotation, and recording techniques, and artifact identification.
A two week archaeological lab course follows the four weeks
of excavation. The lab course emphasizes the scientific
methods and procedures used by archaeologists to investigate,
reconstruct, interpret, preserve, and learn from artifacts,
features, and ecofacts. Students learn to process, preserve,
inventory, analyze and interpret the archaeological record
within both regional and site contexts. Another important
aspect of the field school experience involves engaging the
public. Our students are always delighted to share with visitors
the importance of the work they are doing, and to talk about and
demonstrate the various archaeological techniques they have
As in past years, members of the SLU community and their families
are invitedto come and visit the field excavations from May 19 through
June 13 (except for Memorial Day) from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Visits
during the lab course (June 16through June 27) can also be arranged.
To schedule a visit, please contact Dr. Mary Vermilion by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org until May 16th. After that date, please call to
arrange a visit (573 803-8510). Visitors in the past have included
an elder hostel, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a Montessori class, members
from the Field Museum of Natural History, parents of the students,
and other professional researchers.
If you plan a visit, be sure to wear sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
You may also want to bring a pair of gardening gloves . . . we may
entice you to help us screen for artifacts!
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President's Research Fund Announces April 15 Deadline
DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 5pm
The President's Research Fund (PRF) is an internal award program
supporting promising projects that have strong potential to attract
The program fuels publications and patents, and, since 2010, it has
supported over 165 projects. It is a credit to the SLU research
community that the return on investment for the PRF has been
New awards will be distributed in fall 2014 to support sponsored
activity for standard grants of up to $25,000, as well as
Cross-School/College Collaborative grants of up to $50,000.
- Applications must be submitted through eRS.
- Guidelines and the current Application Package are available
on the ORDS Internal Awards web page.
- New for the April 2014 application cycle: The length of the
introduction for resubmission applications has been extended to
- Investigators with questions may contact Emily Beck in the Office
of Research Development & Services (ORDS), at 977-7742.
Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition:
Augustine Across the Curriculum
October 2-4, 2014
Samford University is proud to announce its inaugural conference
on "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition." Supported by
funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts,
this biennial conference is designed to provide an opportunity for
scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about
teaching Christianity's rich intellectual heritage to today's
undergraduates. The 2014 conference will focus on Augustine and
will feature plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond)
and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary).
Call for Papers
Specialists and non-specialists are invited to submit proposals;
however, proposals should be designed with the non-specialist in
mind and should directly address how to incorporate Augustine
in the classroom. Proposals that demonstrate the interdisciplinary
connections in Augustine's work are strongly encouraged.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, teaching Augustine
in the following contexts: the Freshman Core, the Interdisciplinary
Seminar, Literature and Autobiography, Antiquity, the Middle Ages,
Modernity and Post-Modernity, Free Will and Determinism, and
Intellectual History. We are also interested in any number of
approaches to teaching Augustine in the major (Psychology,
English, History, Political Science, Education, etc.), as well as
presentations that focus on single works and how they may be
employed in a variety of class settings. Presentations are limited
to twenty minutes.
Please send a 350-500 word proposal with your name,
professional title, home institution, and contact information
(including e-mail address) to TCIT@samford.edu. There is
no conference fee, and limited travel stipends are available
to graduate students and early-career faculty. Please indicate
your desire to be considered for a stipend when you submit
The deadline for proposals is May 16, 2014. Presenters
will be notified of acceptance by June 15, 2014.
For full information, go to https://www.samford.edu/coretexts/subpage.aspx?id=21474859340.
SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
Bruce O'Neill, Assistant Professor, gave a guest lecture entitled, "Bored
Stiff," at Washington University's Anthropology Department. The lecture
draws upon extensive fieldwork with homeless persons in post-Communist
Bucharest, Romania, on the cultural politics of poverty and belonging in a
consumer society. Details about the event can be found here:
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Cathleen A. Fleck, Ph.D. (Art History Program of the Fine and Performing
Arts Department) gave a presentation on "Signs of Leadership: Buildings of
Jerusalem in a Crusader Relief" in a session on Depicting the Crusades on
March 1, 2014 at the Third International Symposium on Crusades Studies
at Saint Louis University.
Dr. Elizabeth Blake, NTT Assistant Professor of Russian in the Department of
Modern and Classical Languages, had an article, "Portraits of the Siberian
Dostoevsky by Poles in the House of the Dead," reprinted in Nineteenth
Century Literary Criticism, ed. Michael Katz (Layman Poupard Publishing, 2013).
In January 2014 Dr. Blake presented "Tolstoian Economy and Dostoevskian
Expansiveness in the Engagement of the Polish Question in Anna Karenina
and Brat'ia Karamazovy," at the AATSEEL National Conference in Chicago.
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