Spring 2006, Vol. 14, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

Spring Semester Seminars and Reading Groups

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

American and Southern Studies Friday Lunch Bunch. Faculty with an interest in American Studies gather monthly to lunch, enjoy each other’s company, and hear a presentation on work-in-progress by a member of the group. Presentations have ranged across the spectrum of American and Southern Studies. Seminar coordinator: Dale Cockrell (Director, American and Southern Studies Program).

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 coordinators: Bill Caferro (history) and Tom McGinn (classical studies).

Black Europe/Black European Studies Reading Group. The reading group is committed to exploring intellectually 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 fifth 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).

The 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).

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 sociocultural dynamics 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 coordinator: Meg Saylor (psychology and human development).

Leadership and Citizenship. This seminar invites interested faculty to begin a conversation exploring the feasibility of establishing a 15 hour credit academic minor in Leadership and Citizenship. Given the ever-increasing interconnectedness of our world and the local, national, and international leadership opportunities available to students, this minor might serve as a link between classes exploring themes of leadership and citizenship, global religions and politics, ethics, service, health and competency in world cultures. Seminar coordinator: Mark Dalhouse (Office of Active Citizenship and Service).

Medicine, Health, and Society Workshop/Planning Group. This interdisciplinary seminar will meet monthly to discuss common concerns and hear talks by members and visiting speakers. Seminar coordinator: Matthew Ramsey (history).

Nineteenth Century Seminar. This group focuses upon the history, art, literature, and culture of the long nineteenth century (ca. 1760-1914). Meetings will occur on a more-or-less monthly basis during the academic year to consider current scholarship by group members and others. Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to attend. Seminar coordinators: Natalie Champ (English) and Lauren Wood (English).

Queer Theory/Gender Theory Graduate Student Reading Group. This seminar, for graduate students, will meet to discuss emergent issues in queer theory and gender theory. The focus of the discussions will be the ways in which current issues are developing across disciplinary boundaries. 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 ongoing 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 highlights work being done on campus in the area of women’s and gender studies. Seminar coordinator: Monica Casper (sociology and women’s and gender studies).

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