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Raising Adoption Awareness

In Event, Students on November 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

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By Suzanne Hudd, Professor and Chair of Sociology

It’s an issue that affects six million people directly – 1.6 million of them under the age of eighteen. And yet for many, it remains invisible. November is National Adoption awareness month, and this past week in the Carl Hansen Student Center, Quinnipiac’s Sociology and Social Services students hosted an adoption information table with the goal of raising awareness about the facts surrounding adoption.

There are roughly half a million children in the foster care system and about 20-25% of these children are available to be adopted. The National Adoption Attitudes survey reports that 63% of Americans hold positive attitudes toward adoption and 78% of Americans think that we could do more to increase the number of adoptions and raise awareness. Surveys reveal that nearly 40% of American adults have considered adopting. So how to reduce the waiting list and increase the number of adoptions annually?

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Friedrich Nietzsche Society

In Faculty, Research on November 14, 2013 at 5:23 pm

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By Rebecca Bamford, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

On September 20th, 2013, a group of 60 international philosophers, students, and members of the public, gathered at University College Cork, Ireland, for the 19th International Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society (FNS). This scholarly society was founded in 1990 in the United Kingdom, and aims to promote the study of the life, work, and influence of the nineteenth century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. As a historian of philosophy and a specialist in Nietzsche studies, I currently serve on the FNS Executive Committee as Secretary and Website Manager. This role includes working with other committee members to develop and maintain the FNS website and to plan the society’s conference, which provides a space in which students, scholars, and members of the public meet to exchange ideas.

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Thinking ‘Seminarly’

In Faculty, Teaching on November 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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By Renée Tursi, Associate Professor of English

This time the context was Emily Dickinson’s poem “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant–” during a 200-level literature course. In the middle of our discussion about what comes of “indirection,” a student burst out with “Oh, that’s just like Plato’s cave!” And there it was again. A student had made a connection back to her QU101 seminar from the year before. Others started to nod and join in, and I switched streams on the spot, pulling up the excerpt from the famous allegory that I hadn’t planned to weave in until the next class.

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