New Steinbrucker Faculty Workshop Series to Explore ‘Journeying Towards Freedom’

December 6, 2021 Daniel DiPrinzio

“Journeying Towards Freedom” is the theme of Arcadia University’s inaugural Steinbrucker faculty workshop series, which launched Nov. 12 and continues through spring 2023. Professor and Director of International Studies Dr. Jennifer Riggan, the Frank and Evelyn Steinbrucker '42 Endowed Chair for 2021-23, will collaborate with Alex Otieno, Associate Dean of CAS and Director of the Humanities Research Lab, to launch the workshops.
The workshops allow Arcadia faculty to develop theme-based projects and conversations. Each month, one participant will present a related work in progress. The 2021-22 fellows, who are working in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, are:

  • December: Dr. Hilary Parsons Dick, associate professor of International Studies, Historical and Political Studies and the previous Steinbrucker Endowed Chair, will present her historically grounded discourse analysis of the construction of "membership in a particular social group" within international and U.S. asylum law. Her project explores how the U.S. asylum regime contributes to a highly gendered process of racialization that devalues Black and Brown lives as they seek freedom from persecution.
  • January: Dr. Ian M. Sullivan, assistant professor of Philosophy, Historical and Political Studies, will share their Daoist approach to the study of contemporary queer and trans philosophical issues. 
  • February: Dr. Michelle Reale, Library professor, will share her use of poetic inquiry to explore the lives of refugees in Sicily.
  • March: Monica Day of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentorship (CTLM) will explain how she merges creative and academic work to explore the transformative effects of somatic approaches to peacebuilding.

Dr. Kate Bonin, associate professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, will round out the year by presenting on her analysis of representations of fluid gender and sexual identities in the works of French screenwriter and director Celine Sciamma with a focus on the ways Sciamma challenges heteronormative social structures through the lens of play.  

These scholars were selected not only because their work engages with the workshop theme, but because each of them is engaged in a journey to liberate their areas of scholarly and creative work from disciplinary and other constraints. 

The workshops are open to fellows and invited guests only; however, beginning in the spring of 2023, there will be opportunities for the University community to interact with the workshop participants around this topic. Additionally, the Steinbrucker Endowed Chair will sponsor a public speaker series that will begin in spring 2022 and continue through spring 2023. The selection process for the 2022-23 Steinbrucker fellows will begin in summer 2022. All teaching faculty are welcome to apply. 

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