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On Learning Communities

In Faculty, Teaching on September 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

One Experiment in Forging Learning Communities

by Paul LoCasto, Associate Professor of Psychology

Below I describe a small pilot experiment outlining a specific, high-impact learning community appropriate to the learning paradigm conversations we have been having in the College of Arts and Sciences and at Quinnipiac University in general. It is meant as one potential answer to the question—‘What might a learning community look like at Quinnipiac University?’ Developing out of the philosophy of the College of Arts and Sciences Action Plan, the purpose of the Experimental Program is to educate students in a process of self-directed growth necessary to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. This requires students to build a sense of personal responsibility for their own lives and the world they live in. They begin to do this by considering the issues and obstacles in constructing a life—including a work-life—that will sustain meaningfulness across a lifespan; by grappling with “ideas that would make the world, and their own lives, intelligible to them” as E.F. Schumacher (1973) has put it. Through a process of deep learning, students recognize that they are the architects of their own lives and engage in self-directed, intelligent living. A student of the experimental program asks “show me how to think and how to choose”—(as quoted in DelBanco, 2012, p.15) rather than ‘tell me the answer’.

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Why Can’t We Get Along?

In Event on September 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
A Response to Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Presentation

by Gregory Garvey, Professor of Game Design

It was an exceptional moment when President Barack Obama hosted the “beer summit” in the White House Rose Garden to broker a “peace” between Harvard Professor Henry Louis ‘Skip’ Gates, Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department. Recall how Gates, when returning from a trip late at night, found himself locked out of his own home and forced his way in. A neighbor—thinking a break-in was in progress—called the police. Sargent Crowley arrived and wound up arresting Gates inside his own home on charges of disorderly conduct. President Obama, inserting himself into what quickly became a national controversy, said: “Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”

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Clint (re)Considered

In Faculty, Research on September 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Eastwood Continues to Fascinate, Thrill, (and Mystify)

by John M. Gourlie (professor of Communications) and Leonard Engel (professor of English)

Contrary to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous claim about there being no second acts in American lives, Clint Eastwood has had a terrific second act; or, more precisely, a series of amazing “second” acts, and they keep coming. He turned eighty-two in May 2012, continues to be as busy as ever, and shows few signs of slowing down. As one concession, though, after directing and starring in the highly successful Gran Torino (2008), he claims he will no longer act, but will concentrate solely on directing, producing, and composing. This concession has already been reversed, however, for he is starring in a baseball film with Justin Timberlake (it’s hard to imagine Clint and Justin Timberlake working together, but stranger things have happened—especially if one considers his recent appearance at the Republican National Convention). The film, Trouble with the Curve is due out on September 21.

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Euro-Muslim Identity

In Faculty, Research on September 11, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Immigration, Popular Culture, and the Re-routing of European Muslim Identity

In her new book, Lara Dotson-Renta studies the re-mapping of Europe as a topography of immigration. She examines the cultural production that has translated and mediated traditional Mediterranean identities, and examines the creation of new “European,” new “Moorish,” and new “European Islamic” identities. In particular, the book places an emphasis on the changing role of Spain and the transnationalization of its heritage of Al-Andalus. Central to her study is the concept of traslado, used here to trace the translation and transfer of cultural memory and national identity through a focus on immigrants who have been moving between and transcending national spaces.

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Student Teaching in Nicaragua

In Faculty, Students on September 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Teaching First Aid and CPR in Nicaragua

Debbie Clark (Biology) and Dwayne Boucaud (Biomedical Sciences) took a Community Health Delegation of nine students to Leon, Nicaragua this summer to teach first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The students worked in the spring to become certified in CPR, to write scripts for teaching first aid, and to secure donations of supplies to outfit large first aid kits (toolboxes). Emerson Franke (QU 2011) and Ivy Laplante (QU2012) served as trip leaders, CPR instructors, and overall organizers.  Yessenia Argudo (QU2013) translated the first aid scripts into Spanish. Thanks to Erin Peck (Albert Schweitzer Institute) and her father, three CPR mannequins from the Fire Department of Fairfield, CT were obtained for the trip.

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Examining River Pollution

In Research, Students on September 4, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Chemistry professor Harry Pylypiw and two CAS students Dipesh Khanal and Bigyan Raj Dahal spent their summer investigating the impact of various pollutants in the Quinnipiac river. The project, supported by grants from the New Haven Green Fund and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Quinnipiac River Fund, will continue over the next year and culminate in senior research projects for the two students.
(video after the link)

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