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Liberal Arts School Meetings Spring 2017
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Educational Skills

Language Exchange

What: An opportunity to practice speaking your second language {Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian .... ) with a native speaker in a casual setting.

Wednesday 1, from 5-6pm
Thursday 9, from 1-2pm
Wednesday 15, from 5-6pm
Thursday 23, from 1-2pm
Wednesday 29, from 5-6pm

Contact: Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, B602
Location: David Dubinsky Center, Room A642
Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

English and Communication Studies

Tuesday 7, 5-6pm: Ocean Vuong Poetry Reading w/ Q&A and book signing

Poet OCEAN VUONG will read his work followed by a brief Q&A and Book Signing, courtesy of FIT Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Poet and essayist Ocean Vuong is the author of the best-selling, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the 2016 Whiting Award. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, he has received honors from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinkers, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Warsan Shire, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers” and has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, and The New Yorker, as well as fashion features at The Last Magazine, The Fantastic Man, and BON Magazine Sweden.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City. Click here for detailed bio, poems online, and more.

Sponsored by English & Communication Studies Department
Contact: Amy Lemmon, English & Communication Studies
Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheater

History of Art

Distinguished Speaker, Jan Bardsley at FIT

Tuesday 14, 5-6pm: Fashioning Mr. Japan: Masculinity on the Pageant Runway

JAN BARDSLEY, Professor of Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializes in Japanese Humanities and Women’s Studies. A Tar Heel since 1994, she received her PhD in 1989 (East Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA) and her BA in 1973 (Dramatic Art, UC Davis). She is the author of Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) and The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seitō, 1911-1916 (University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies, 2007), which was awarded the 2011 Hiratsuka Raichō Prize by Japan Women’s University. With Laura Miller, she has co-edited two books, Manners and Mischief: Gender, Power, and Etiquette in Japan (University of California Press, 2011) and Bad Girls of Japan (Palgrave, 2005). Bardsley was an editor of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal and former chair of the Northeast Asia Council (2007-08). She is co-producer/director with Joanne Hershfield of the documentary, Women in Japan: Memories of the Past, Dreams for the Future (2002). Bardsley has received several teaching awards at UNC-Chapel Hill including the Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Sitterson Award for Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars. Bardsley is currently working on two book projects: a cultural history of beauty contests in Japan, and a study of representations of maiko (apprentice geisha) in contemporary Japanese popular culture.

Location: Business and Liberal Arts B506, Open to the Public
(RSVP to Kyunghee Pyun, subject: Beauty Queen)

Wednesday 15, 11-12pm: Democracy’s Poster Girls: Beauty Queens and Fashion Models in Cold War Japan
Location: Pomerantz Seminar Room 9, Open to the Public

Wednesday 15, 6-8pm: When the New Woman Met the Geisha: The Politics of Pleasure in 1910s Japan
Location: Feldman 9th Floor, The Lagary Boardroom, Only for the Presidential Scholars Program


Monday 20, 4-5pm: Richard Kroehling

RICHARD KROEHLING is a two-time Emmy Award winning director who has produced over fifty hours of programming for television networks and independent films in the United States and Europe.
His film work includes dramatic fiction features, documentary, crime TV, music video, and intimate portraits of some of the world’s renowned thinkers, as well as film and video art that looks to transcend existing forms for museum installation and galleries. He will discuss his latest feature and documentary work.

Location: Pomerantz Building D-207


Wednesday 29, 6-8pm: An evening of Opera with David Serero

International baritone DAVID SERERO will be presenting an evening of Opera!
Surrounded by international soloists from the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala... they will perform the famous opera hit.
David Serero will use his entertainment qualities to make it the best evening!
Be ready to discover, sing and participate in this unique opera experience!

Location: Katie Murphy Amphitheater



Thursday 30, 1-2pm: Jenelle Eli, Refugee Challenge: Notes from the Mediterranean Sea

JENELLE ELI is the Director of International Communications at American Red Cross, Washington D.C. She found herself in the heart of this refugee crisis as she volunteered aboard the rescue ship Responder last fall. She is part of a Red Cross/Red Crescent team providing care and comfort to migrants rescued from the rough waters of the Mediterranean.

Contact: Professor Praveen K. Chaudhry
Location: Pomerantz Building D-207


Film and Media

Screening Series

Tuesday 4, 6:30-8:30pm: Teknolust by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Director in person.

In this science fiction drama Tilda Swinton plays fours parts, including Rosetta Stone, a bio-geneticist, who downloads her own DNA and combines it with a computer software to produce three Self Replicating Automatons (SRAs) who rely on sperm to survive. Unfortunately, they leave the males they seduce with a strange virus that overtakes both their bodies and their computers. Teknolust addresses cyber-identity, artificial intelligence, from a feminist perspective. Winner of the Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2002.

Tuesday 25, 6:30-8:30pm: Touch by Shelly Silver. Director in person.

A man returns, after 50 years, to his childhood home in Chinatown to care for his dying mother. Throughout the film he remains nameless. He is a librarian, a re-cataloguer, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images that he puts before us – his witnesses and collaborators. Touch (2013) is a sensual cinematic essay on loss and presence. Winner of the Prix Patrimoine de l'immatériel/The Intangible Heritage Award by the Ministry of Culture and Communication/Cinéma du Réel and Best LGBT Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival

Location: Pomerantz Building D-207

Educational Skills

Language Exchange

What: An opportunity to practice speaking your second language {Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Korean, English, Russian .... ) with a native speaker in a casual setting.

Thursday 6, from 1-2pm
Wednesday 19, from 5-6pm
Thursday 27, from 1-2pm

Contact: Charlotte Brown, Educational Skills, B602
Location: David Dubinsky Center, Room A642
Students, Faculty and Staff are welcome. Snacks will be provided.

English and Communication Studies

Communicating Climate Change

Profs. JAMES McCLINTOCK & ADAM VINES from University of Alabama-Birmingham

Tuesday 18, 1-2pm: Q&A/Feedback Session for Student Projects (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Tuesday 18, 5-6pm: Campus Presentation (Katie Murphy Amphitheater)
Wednesday 19 (time and venue TBA): Poetry and Prose reading by Vines and McClintock
Thursday 20, 1-2pm: Faculty "Meet & Greet" lunch with the speakers (Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching)
April 18-20: Class visits TBA

Project sponsored by a Sustainability Council Grant
More info and links to faculty resources will be available soon.
Contacts: Amy Lemmon (English & Communication Studies) and Artie Kopelman (Science and Math)

SPRING 2017 Liberal Arts School meetings

January 26, 2017 (Convocation, NO meetings held)
February 14, 2017
March 14, 2017
April 18, 2017
May 9, 2017

All meetings are held Tuesdays (1 – 2) in Room D207

Please try to send any curriculum items to be discussed at these meetings at least a week or two in advance for the Dean's review either via email or hard copy.

SPRING 2017 Chair's Meeting dates

February 2, 2017 (first week of School)
February 16, 2017
March 2, 2017
March 16, 2017
April 6, 2017
April 20, 2017
May 4, 2017

All meetings are held Thursdays (10.30 – 12) in Room B623