Common Hour Workshops, Spring 2015
Thursday, January 29 Common Hour
Representing the Garífuna People: An Afro-Caribbean Diaspora *Part of Black History Month*
Panelists Pablo Delano, Studio Arts; Milla Riggio, English
Special Guests Lucy Blanco & members of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble
Moderator Dario Euraque, History
Tuesday, February 10 Common Hour
Education: Emancipation, Enlightenment, Efficiency
Panelists Chris Hager, English; Isaac Kamola, Political Science
Special Guest Jen Sandler, Director of the UMass Alliance for Community Transformation and Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Moderator Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies
Thursday, March 5 Common Hour
The Art of Creation: Improvisation and Gender in Music and Dance
Panelists Gail Woldu and Jennifer Allen, Music; Lesley Farlow, Theater and Dance
Special Guest Lisa Coons, Composer
Moderator Dan Román, Music
Thursday, April 16 Common Hour
Animal Consciousness: Perspectives from the Humanities & Sciences
Panelists Shane Ewegen, Philosophy & Classics; Kent Dunlap, Biology; Dan Lloyd, Philosophy
Moderator Michelle Kovarik, Chemistry
Common Hour Workshops, Fall 2014
Thursday, September 18 Common Hour
Herencias: Contemporary classical Puerto Rican music and culture
Join us for a conversation regarding the culture, politics, and history of contemporary Puerto Rico in anticipation of guitarist Yovianna García's concert Herencias, at 7:30 PM in Goodwin Hall.
Edgardo Díaz and Peter Manuel (2009). "Puerto Rico: the rise and fall of the danza as national music." In Peter Manuel. Creolizing Contradance in the Caribbean
. Temple University Press, 113-122.
Panelists Dan Roman and Eric Galm, Music; Luis Figueroa, History; Yovianna García, guitarist
Moderator Anne Lambright, Language and Culture Studies/Hispanic Studies
Thursday, October 9 Common Hour
Beauty, Culture, Freedom: Western norms and women's bodies
Who decides what "progress" and "empowerment" mean for women's bodies? Join feminist scholars in examining the politics of globalizing dominant Western beauty ideals and the resulting constructions and controls of women's bodies, including veiling, female genital cutting and body weight.
Panelists Tamsin Jones, Religion; Tanetta Andersson, Sociology; Afshan Jafar, Sociology, Connecticut College
Moderator Janet Bauer, International Studies
Thursday, November 20th Common Hour
Canon, Curriculum, Cultural Authority: Shaping the "educated person"
Why does a society form a "canon"—the body of art and literature deemed "important" or "great" by cultural authorities? What is the ideal or practical relationship between canon and curriculum? How has the changing notion of the "educated individual" challenged the traditional Western canon?
Panelists Seth Sanders, Religion; Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Educational Studies; Bill Mace, Psychology
Moderator Meredith Safran, Classics