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Peace Corps Experiences

In Students, Teaching on October 31, 2011 at 4:51 pm


by Kelsey Ives, ’10

As a TEFL volunteer—teaching English as a foreign language—I am part of a pilot program to increase the English comprehension of students, the Costa Rican English teachers with whom I co-teach classes, and the community where I live. I spend my time working in three elementary schools. I walk to two of my schools and live right next to the third. The days are long and I often come home worn out by the rambunctious children.

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Sabbatical in Nicaragua

In Faculty, Research on October 27, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Sabbatical Journal from Nicaragua

by Seán Duffy, Associate Professor of Political Science

I was granted a sabbatical leave this fall, and have travelled to Nicaragua for two months to learn Spanish (I want to be fluent) and to follow their national elections as they unfold over the next several weeks: the election is November 6th. I have travelled here, to León, many times before – with Albert Schweitzer alternative spring break trips (2006, 7, 8, 9, 10) and with political science classes (2009, 10, 11). Nevertheless, those had always been short trips, a week or maybe a few days longer. My hope is to truly immerse myself in this place.

Following is a recent entry from my blog:

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Buddhism and Psychology

In Faculty, Research on October 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Professor Studies Concentration and Attentional Control

For twenty-five year Tom Pruzinsky’s research has focused on the psychological aspects of reconstructive plastic surgery and the suffering associated with body image adjustment to congenital and acquired disfigurement.   For many years he worked in the burn center at the University of Virginia Medical Center and witnessed the profound suffering of patients and families, as well as the staff, in that very challenging environment. He was primarily interested in how to address the suffering experienced when one’s body is damaged and will never be the same no matter how skillful the surgical intervention. Over time, his interests have turned to exploring the very deep and profound approach to psychology presented in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

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Mercy Seat

In Event, Theater on October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

Theater Program stages The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute 

Anyone happening into Buckman Theater earlier this month definitely noticed the dramatic backdrop on stage: a photographic enlargement of the “day after” 9/11, featuring chunks of the demolished World Trade Center in crooked grids jutting from a pile of rubble. This dramatic scene was used as the setting for a production of Neil LaBute’s Mercy Street. The play tells the fictional story of a quarreling couple debating how to turn the national catastrophe into salvation for their already doomed relationship. Quinnipiac’s production, directed by Robert Bresnick and designed by Tricia Thelen, both QU theater faculty, included lighting designed by Connecticut professional Karl G. Ruling. Theater majors Emily Seibert and Michael Bobenhausen played the roles of Abby and Ben, the only two characters in the piece.

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Student View: Cluster Courses

In Students, Teaching on October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm


Best Decision I Made as a Freshman

By Wells Griffin ’14

Signing up for the cluster course of History 112 and Anthropology 101 in the fall of 2010 was the best decision I made as a freshman. It allowed me to make connections in a more organic manner. I found myself relating my other studies with each other as well–pulling links together across all my courses. Coming into Quinnipiac as a History major, the cluster course gave me the opportunity to look at history through a different lens. I was able to discover the cultural relevance behind historic events and to develop a deeper understanding of them. Instead of looking at History and Anthropology as two distinct approaches, professors Prasad and Haldane (through their unorthodox cluster course) made the material come alive. They made the content of their courses connect, and demonstrated how it applied to our lives. By showing these links, it expanded my ability to comprehend and value the knowledge.

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Pine Grove Sculpture

In Art, Event on October 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Marvin and Helaine Lender Donate “Facing Couple”

The College of Arts and Sciences Pine Grove walkway has been graced this week by a sculpture by artist Itzik BenShalom. The work was previously held in the private collection of long-time Quinnipiac supporters Marvin and Helaine Lender, has been donated to the University.

The piece, a large casting in bronze, powerfully evokes the basic human need for interconnection and touch. It’s stark yet moving representation of two reclining human forms will create an interesting visual contrast with the vertical backdrop of the Grove’s tall pine trees.

“Facing Couple” has previously been on display at Grounds for Sculpture, a 42 acre outdoor sculpture park located in Hamilton, New Jersey. Other works by Itzik BenShalom are on permanent display in the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida.

Cluster Courses

In Faculty, Teaching on October 4, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Cluster Courses: Theory and Practice

By Hillary Haldane, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Nita Prasad, Assistant Professor of History

The History-Anthropology cluster course, which links Nita Prasad’s HS 112, The West and the World, with Hillary Haldane’s AN 101, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, was in many ways a product of students’ imaginations and insights. Numerous students mentioned that our course material seemed to jibe well, so we decided to formalize the interconnection between the two classes. We wanted to provide a structure that would let students explore and uncover the interrelationships and dependencies between these two classes, one that looks at world history, and the other at world cultures.

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