What's New in A&S?
The Grawemeyer Awards this fall commemorates three decades of honoring ideas that inspire humanity. As part of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, former Grawemeyer Award in Psychology and Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order winners will present short lectures, panel discussions and question-and-answer session
The Homecoming King and Queen this year are both A&S majors. Joey Schmidt, of the Fine Arts department, participated in the raiseRED Dance Marathon, is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and is on the student orientation staff. Lauren Lewis is a peer advisor, a resident advisor, Latin American & Latino Studies Club-Vice President, and a Panama Scholar from the Communication department.
Meet Geography & Geosciences Department Chair Keith Mountain. It’s not every day you get to meet an adventurer from Australian sheep country who spends half his year living on glaciers. Prof. Mountain is that person – a throwback to the explorers of the past combined with an acute scientific mind attuned to the environmental problems of the present. In this Q&A, we learn that a background in fine arts can be useful even when you’re knee-deep in snow studying climate change, and that no man is an island.
Meet 2015 A&S Alumni Fellow Joe McSweeny. Mr. McSweeny's career in international insurance brokerage may have given him a global reach, but his community spirit found a home at his alma mater. Whether he was serving aboard submarines in the U.S. Navy or working as an executive in insurance brokerage and risk management consulting, Mr. McSweeny always found time to give back, and he continues to do so.
The UofL chapter of Habitat for Humanity nailed down its most significant accomplishment to date. The first student-funded Habitat for Humanity house was built in Louisville during Raise the Roof weekend Sept. 17 through 19, 2015.
Political Science Professor David Buckley weighed in on the Pope’s visit to the United States in the Washington Post this week, and on the possibility of a “Francis Effect” on the American Catholic Church. Buckley is the Paul Weber Endowed Chair in Politics, Science & Religion in the College of Arts and Sciences at UofL.
Meet Egyptian History Prof. Jennifer Westerfeld. Prof. Westerfeld researches ancient Egyptian history, a time when Romans ruled Egypt and Christianity was flourishing. But just because she studies ancient Egypt, that doesn’t mean she’d want to live there.
A trail of 11 markers noting downtown Louisville civil rights demonstration spots was dedicated in a Sept. 21, 2015 ceremony.
Thirty years ago when Prof. Edna Ross (Psychological & Brain Sciences) was teaching in Strickler 102, the burnt orange chairs, brown carpet, and desks just big enough for a spiral notebook were not out of place. The fashions and fads of the seventies had yet to be replaced by the décor of the coming decades.
Meet Popular Music Maven Proffessor Diane Pecknold. Prof. Pecknold, a professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, focuses on popular culture of the twentieth century, with a particular emphasis on the ways that gender and race have shaped the production and reception of popular music.
Meet Liberal Studies Director John Hale. Prof. Hale, director of Liberal Studies and professor of archaeology, not only uses a textbook to instruct students about ancient times in the classroom – he shows them how to get their hands dirty in the discovery of the past at field sites in Greece and Portugal.
In July 2015, three colleagues from the University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences stood for their picture with some of the leaders of the International Association of Intercultural Communication Studies in Hong Kong.
Meet Art History Professor Christopher Fulton. Prof. Fulton joined the College of Arts & Sciences in 1999. With a background in Renaissance art, he recently began investigating Mexican art and co-curated an exhibition of works by David Alfaro Siqueiros. He is currently preparing books on Siqueiros's creative practice and on Milton Rogovin's photographs of working people.
A hair bun, a banana, and a lion are seemingly disparate objects. But in Prof. Mary Carothers’ (Fine Arts) latest public art installation, they come together to form a kind of historical landscape tracing the history of Louisville, and the Ohio River.
A University of Louisville luncheon lecture series this fall will serve up research samplings ranging from modern U.S. work-family conflict to depictions of the Italian Renaissance, Egyptian monuments and Israeli kibbutz life.
New Arts & Sciences Prof. Andreas Elpidorou’s (Philosophy) latest article for Aeon Magazine on the importance of boredom in a well-lived life.
Meet Communication (’13) Alum Christy Eubank. In Cambodia with the Peace Corps, Christy is putting the skills she learned in the College of Arts & Science’s Department of Communication to work. With a big heart and a level head, plus experience through a service learning course in Belize and great mentors in A&S, she hopes to build a lasting educational program as a Peace Corps volunteer that will enrich lives and the community.
Cardinal red, that is. Kentucky Shakespeare continues to show its University of Louisville, and College of Arts & Sciences, connections both onstage and behind the scenes.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the research hub of UofL, with faculty publishing more than 600 scholarly articles each year and raising more than $38 million for research in the past five years. As part of efforts to continually improve and add to the quality, quantity, and reputation of the scholarly activities in A&S, the college will welcome 24 new professors in the 2015-2016 academic year.