Letters



Fall 2006, Vol. 15, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Warren Center Seminars

The following is a list of seminars and reading groups that will be hosted by the Warren Center in the fall semester. For more detailed information please contact the seminar coordinators or the Warren Center.

Achievement Gap. This interdisciplinary seminar is designed to help participants gain a substantive understanding and knowledge base relative to correlates of the Black-Latino-White achievement gap. Participants will acquire strategies for closing the gap in a comprehensive way within the context of their respective disciplines. Theory, research, and practice on this pervasive national and local issue guide each seminar. Seminar coordinators: Donna Y. Ford (special education) and Gilman W. Whiting (African American and Diaspora Studies and human and organizational development).

Ancient and Medieval Studies Seminar. The purpose of the group is to foster interdisciplinary study of the time periods embraced in its title, which means not only history but language and literature, chiefly, though not exclusively, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin. The main focus will be on faculty and graduate student research. Seminar coordinator: Bill Caferro (history).

Black Europe/Black European Studies Reading Group. The reading group is committed to intellectually exploring Black Europe as an emerging field of study on the European continent and in Great Britain, as well as the particularities of the Black European experience. Seminar coordinator: Tracy Sharpley-Whiting (French and African-American and Diaspora Studies).

Circum-Atlantic Studies Group. Now in its sixth year, this group meets monthly and will read and treat works-in-progress authored by participants. Participants’ scholarship should be interdisciplinary in nature, focus on at least two of the following regions—Africa, Europe, Latin and Central America, the Caribbean, and North America—and treat some aspect of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, and/or postcolonialism. Seminar coordinators: Sean Goudie (English) and Jane Landers (history).

Culture Seminar. This interdisciplinary workshop is designed to explore the dimensions of our expressive lives—including art, entertainment, and heritage. Investigating the dynamics of both new and old cultural forms and artistic movements, participants will pay particular attention to the processes by which culture is produced and consumed both within and across different contexts. Participants will attempt to take a fresh look at the artistic and creative impulses of our country with an eye to pulling out larger trends and issues to which both scholars and citizens should pay attention. Seminar coordinator: Steven Tepper (Curb Center and sociology).

Diabetes Work Group. The diabetes working group consists of scholars across the disciplines whose research involves the social aspects of diabetes. They will meet several times this semester to discuss common research interests and explore possibilities for collaborative research. Seminar coordinator: Arleen Tuchman (history).

Global Feminisms Reading Group. This reading group is designed to explore and debate issues related to the growing field of intellectual inquiry and practice known as global feminism. This field locates women’s lives and experiences within transnational and global frameworks, including processes of globalization, and it interrogates the operations of “local,” “regional,” “national,” and “global” perspectives on sex, gender, and inequality. The field is emergent, contested, and dynamic. The reading group will meet three times each semester. Seminar coordinators: Monica Casper (sociology and women’s and gender studies) and Brooke Ackerly (political science and women’s and gender studies).

Language Matters. How are language, identity, and conceptual development linked? What can child language acquisition tell us about theories of the mind? What cognitive and socio-cultural dy-namics are involved in adult second language acquisition? With participating faculty who work in psychology, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and modern foreign languages, the Language Matters group will explore issues related to language and cognition. Seminar coordinators: Susan Berk-Seligson (Spanish and Latin American Studies) and Virginia Scott (French).

Medicine, Health, and Society Seminar. This interdisciplinary seminar will meet monthly to discuss common concerns and hear talks by members and visiting speakers. Seminar coordinator: Arleen Tuchman (history).

Nineteenth Century Seminar. This group focuses upon the history, art, literature, and culture of the long nineteenth century (ca. 1760-1914). Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to attend. Seminar coordinators: Lauren Wood (English) and Brian Rejack (English).

Queer Theory/Gender Theory Graduate Student Reading Group. This graduate student seminar meets to discuss emergent issues in queer theory and gender theory and the ways in which these issues are developing across disciplinary boundaries. This year, the group will look specifically at emerging notions of queer temporality. Can there be such a thing as queer time? What implications does such a concept have for interpretive practice in literary studies and for understanding historicity in other disciplines? In what ways can concepts of queer time resist linear, teleological notions of history that have come to be seen as hegemonic?

The group meets once a month throughout the academic year. Seminar coordinators: Rebecca Chapman (English) and Donald Jellerson (English).

Vanderbilt Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies. This is an interdisciplinary forum for faculty and graduate students with an interest in literature, history, music, art, and culture from 1400-1800. The group meets monthly to discuss on-going research by a faculty member, recent publications in the field, or the work of a visiting scholar. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute. Seminar coordinator: Leah Marcus (English).

Women’s and Gender Studies Seminar. This seminar will highlight work being done on campus in the area of women’s and gender studies. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this seminar, please email Lacey Galbraith at lacey.f.galbraith@vanderbilt.edu.


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