Five faculty members from Southwestern participated in the annual meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences that was held at Pace University in New York June 11-14. The theme for the conference was “Welcome to the Anthropocene: From Global Challenge to Planetary Stewardship.” Faculty members Erika Berroth, Laura Hobgood-Oster, Melissa Johnson and Emily Northrop participated in a panel titled “Collaboration in Teaching the Anthropocene Across Disciplines.” Berroth presented a paper titled “Shades of Green: Reflection on the Role of Modern Languages and Literature Programs within Environmental Humanities and the Anthropocene Studies.” Hobgood-Oster presented a paper titled “How Does the Anthropocene Fit into a Religion Classroom?” Johnson presented a paper titled “Reframing an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Course around the Anthropocene.” Northrop presented a paper titled “The Competing Goals of Economic Growth and Climate Stability in the Introductory Economics Course.” Molly Jensen, assistant professor of religion, introduced conference participants to Southwestern’s new Paideia Cluster on The Anthropocene and presented a paper at the meeting titled “Cultivating a Sense of Place in a Religious Studies Course: Teaching for Ecological Care.”
Allison R. Miller, assistant professor of art history, gave an invited lecture on January 8 at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The talk titled, “A Retreat from Naturalism: Re-thinking the Terracotta Warriors of the Han” was financed with funds from the European Social Fund and the Czech Ministry of Education.
Professor of Psychology Fay Guarraci presented at the Williamson Museum Salon monthly meeting in January 2015, “Let’s Talk about Sex.”
Kiyoshi Tamagawa, professor of music, presented a session titled “Playing Together: Chamber Music for Beginning and Intermediate-Level Pianists” at the annual convention of the Texas Music Teachers’ Association, which was held in Houston June 16-19.