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Message from the Dean - April 2017

4/12/2017

The Power of Ideas

Dean Carole Haber, Professor of History
Dean Carole Haber, Professor of History

Universities fulfill many functions in today’s world. Without question, however, one of the most important roles they play is in the creation and dissemination of new ideas. Faculty pursue scholarship that questions assumptions and explores new paths. Students, whether through courses, outside-of-class lectures, or their own research, learn the power of such knowledge as they shape their own futures and, in turn, the communities in which they live.

In the School of Liberal Arts, we celebrate the power of ideas and are committed to supporting and sharing this knowledge, whether it leads to immediate solutions for contemporary problems or opens up new ways of thinking and seeing the world. As is clear in this month’s newsletter, faculty research, creative work, and publications provide key insights to understand our past and present; lectures address issues ranging from the environment, experimental poetry and race to practical advice on financial matters. And within the classroom, the encouragement and inspiration of a faculty member can lead to life-changing experiences.

What links all these varied activities together is the power of ideas; they instruct, they challenge, and, in fact, they often change lives. They speak to our purpose in the School of Liberal Arts and lie at the heart of what we do best.

In This Issue:

  • Soil Not Oil: A Public Lecture by Dr. Vandana Shiva
  • Dayton Literary Peace Prize Recipients Discuss Race
  • Guggenheim Fellow Talks Experimental Poetry at Tulane
  • Alum Lends Financial Expertise to SLAMM Students
  • French Travel Fund Established by Alum in honor of Professor Elizabeth Poe
  • Providing Movie Industry Opportunities for Undergrads
  • News From the Field: The The Representation of Enslaved Mixed-Race Women in British Art
  • Peruvian Archaeology Brings Scholars to Japan