College of Liberal Arts  

CoLA Weekly

  Friday, February 10, 2017 
I was so pleased to attend the open panel discussion on the Executive Order regulating travel and immigration from seven Middle Eastern nations and hear our own Wright State experts discuss the topic to a standing room only diverse audience.  The panel was organized by December Green, Political Science, Jonathan Winkler, History, and Ava Chamberlain, Religion, Philosophy, & Classics, and was presented and led by Ed Fitzgerald and Vaughn ShannonPolitical Science Awad HalabiHistory  and Religion , Jonathan Winkler, History , and Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, UCIE, who served on the panel and helped guide an important and thoughtful discussion about this very pressing topic.  Kudos to all for illustrating exactly what the liberal arts are about!
Our third annual CoLA Research Conference is right around the corner on February 13, 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium.  Sessions will feature CoLA faculty research developed during professional development leaves in 2016, and the keynote address will be delivered by Bill Irvine, Philosophy. Afterwards there will be a reception honoring all of our researchers.  Check out the complete schedule below. We hope to see you there!
Presentation Title
1:30 PM Kristin Sobolik Welcome and Opening Remarks
1:35 PM Linda Caron Master of Ceremonies
1:40 PM Sean Wilson The Problem of Alternate Reality in Politics and How Wittgenstein Got There First
2:00 PM Carol Mejia LaPerle Racial Properties in Jacobean Drama: Ben Johnson's The Masque of Blackness
2:20 PM Deborah J. Crusan Assessment: How to Do It and Why It's Important 
2:40 PM Bruce M. Laforse A Semester at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens: An Update from Greece
3:00 PM Damaris Serrano Comics, Swing and Vaudeville: The Transatlantic Connection
3:20 PM Jennifer E. Subban Ensuring Kindergarten Readiness: The Role of Social Capital
3:40 PM Judson Murray Debating Meditation an Education in Confucian Moral Self-Cultivation
4:00 PM Donovan Miyasaki Nietzsche's Case against Political Moralism
4:20 PM Kristin Sobolik Introduction of Keynote
4:25 PM William Irvine Lucky You: What Science Tells Us about Why You're Here

Our School of Music 
proudly presented several clinics and performances at the Ohio Music
Education Conference (OMEA) last week in Cleveland.  Kudos to John Kurokawa, Chris Chaffee, and Brian Cashwell for their clinics and lectures; Brody McDonald and his direction of our Acapella group ETHOS who performed original works by students and alumni Sydneigh McConnell, Bryan Sharpe, and Brandon Riegel; and our Wind Symphony who performed under the direction of David Booth and with solos by Dan Zehringer, Jonas Thoms, Gretchen McNamara, and Thomas Lukowicz - I heard that the performance was absolutely spectacular!  Congratulations to all of our outstanding faculty, students and alumni for another successful OMEA 2017.
Modern Languages' recent Chinese Immersion Day brought over 100 high school and middle school students to campus for a fun morning of language immersion.  Students pledged to speak only Chinese throughout the day during breakout sessions featuring Chinese Knotting, Building Sentences, Catch words, and Ice Age Dancing.  A big Thank You to Chinese faculty, Haili Du and Maan Broadstock, and Modern Languages administrative staff, Mary Zurawaka and Lauren Wolfe, with student assistants Lee RaskaJulia Gomez-Cambronero, and Lee Huntsberger, and chair Marie Hertzler 
The UCIE Office is hosting the Passport to Paradise Study Abroad Fair on February 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium.  There are many exciting ambassador programs coming up this summer, most of them led by CoLA faculty.  Please encourage your students to  attend this event to learn more. UCIE offers $500 Study Abroad Scholarships, and CoLA also provides  Study Abroad Scholarships to selected recipients who apply by February 17.

This week's Dean's Student Advisory Board featured member is Thanh Dang. Thanh is a junior majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Asia. She is also minoring in English- TESOL. Thanh would like to use her skills acquired at Wright State to move overseas and teach English to elementary students in Japan or South Korea. Along with being a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Board, Thanh is also a second-year Resident Assistant, Vice President of the Asian Student Association, Treasurer for the Asian/Native American Council, and a First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor for LA 1010.  

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Kristin Sobolik

Upcoming Events
Reinstallation of Sol LeWitt wall drawing, 6 Geometric Figures,
Monday, February 6 - Friday, February 17 in the Stein Galleries, Creative Arts Center  
Residency of a Rhoden-licensed work with Wright State dance students,
Monday, February 13 - Saturday, February 18 in 170 Creative Arts Center  
CoLA Research Conference, Monday, February 13, 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Millett Hall Atrium
Understanding Islamic Law:  Sex Crimes in Doctrine and Practice,
Tuesday, February 14, 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Discovery Room (163 A/B).  Judith Tucker, professor of History at Georgetown University, will explore the diverse ways Muslim legal scholars have interpreted gender issues in the Islamic law over historical periods.  Presented by the Piediscalzi Lecture Series in the Department of Religion.  
Chamber Orchestra concert
Tuesday, February 14, 8:00 p.m. in Schuster Hall, Creative Arts Center  
Flavors of CoLA
Monday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Millett Atrium.  The Center for Liberal Arts Student Success (CLASS) will provide students with the opportunity to learn about various student organizations and programs in CoLA.