Faculty Reading/Discussion Groups spring 2012

The Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching hosts faculty reading groups each spring by providing meeting space, books, and light refreshments. If you are interested in participating in any of these proposed reading groups, please contact one of the listed faculty conveners.

Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship: What are they, and what are their roles at Macalester? - Monday, February 6, 3:30-4:30 pm (CST)
Convened by Libby Shoop (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) and Fritz Vandover (ITS). Please contact Fritz Vandover if you wish to participate but cannot make the 2/6 meeting. Subsequent meeting times will be determined on 2/6.

Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship generate ever-increasing attention in the academy as well as increased funds from private and governmental organizations. Is this attention warranted? Do the digital humanities represent an answer to the "crisis in the humanities" or do they exacerbate it? What does it mean to conduct and publish one's research "digitally"? What differentiates "digital" scholarship from traditional forms of scholarship? How are Macalester faculty negotiating these new frontiers in their scholarship and teaching? Will faculty threaten their tenure/promotion by embracing these new approaches?

This faculty/staff reading group will explore a wide range of web sites and digital humanities initiatives to begin answering these questions.

The Constitution Goes to College: Five Constitutional Ideas That Have Shaped the American University - Friday, February 10, 2:20-3:20 pm (CST)
Convened by Terry Boychuk (Sociology) and Patrick Schmidt (Political Science). Contact Terry Boychuk if you cannot make the 2/10 meeting but wish to participate.

Faculty interested in the foundational principles of higher education are invited to join in the conversation of a short new book by Rodney Smolla, a leading First Amendment scholar and President of Furman University. As taken from the book's blurb, "Drawing on landmark cases and conflicts played out on college campuses, Smolla demonstrates how five key constitutional ideas—the living Constitution, the division between public and private spheres, the distinction between rights and privileges, ordered liberty, and equality—are not only fiercely contested on college campuses, but also dominate the shape and identity of American university life.

Cross? Multi? Trans? Inter? Disciplinarity: On the Ground - Will not meet this semester

We will read about the various definitions of these terms and learn how they are manifested differently across our fields of work, at Macalester and elsewhere. The objective is to gain a better understanding of our theories/practices of the terms and how they inform our pedagogies and research as well as our institutional initiatives such as digital scholarship, FACT, and CDP, among others. A larger goal might be to generate models of our unique cross/multi/trans/inter-disciplinarity practices -- our form of public scholarship in the service of our communities of liberal arts college faculty and administration.

It's not too late to propose another reading group for the spring semester. Please contact Adrienne Christiansen with your ideas.