Stonehill Faculty Focus 2008
Different Disciplines, Different Approaches
"Since we're all from different disciplines, our narratives of the term are so different. Though we're using the same word, we're not always talking about the same thing - or at least in the same way. It's liberating to get out of our disciplinary boxes and converse with others on topics of common interest."
The inaugural Martin Fellows hold a range of hopes for their two-year tenures, drawing from their disparate fields. "I'd love to see us organize student debates on topics like 'Is globalism a force for progress?'" says Ohanyan. "I've done this on a smaller scale in my classes and am always energized by students' views."
Rosenthal has ideas for a "more hands-on, less scholarly approach," he notes. "I'd like to bring in local business owners who are either doing or outsourcing business overseas. Business is often blamed for exporting jobs, but there are larger forces at work. It would be interesting for students to talk with them first-hand."
Cohen, an expert on 20th century postcolonial literature will integrate the theme into his Global Film Series. "In selecting next year's films, I'm looking to sharpen the focus on issues specifically related to globalization," he says.
Dierksmeier hopes to use his international contacts to draw some A-list speakers to campus. "Considering a theme like this for two years is incredibly valuable," says Dierksmeier. "The mere institutionalization of the dialogue creates a consistent awareness. Repetition helps faculty members to consider including the theme in their courses and helps students to make connections outside the classroom."
In his role, Fr. Piggford envisions establishing a lecture series on Catholic Studies, "encouraging the community to engage with the Catholic intellectual tradition," he notes. "The Catholic Church is global, so the theme is a great fit. I want to get people talking about the Catholic side of globalization and what the Church has to say about the issue."
Beyond faculty initiatives, the rejuvenated Martin Institute promises fertile ground for expanding and deepening student learning.