The Interdisciplinary Scholarship Series (ISS) began in fall 2009 as an opportunity for faculty to engage in collegial discussion topics and promote interdisciplinary scholarship at Rollins. The ISS was developed by Charlie Rock, professor of economics, Don Davison, associate dean of the faculty and professor of political science, and Laurie Joyner, dean of the faculty and professor of sociology. Three ISS events were organized for the fall semester and four additional programs have been scheduled for spring.
“The Interdisciplinary Scholarship Series offers faculty an opportunity to share their intellectual work with colleagues across the campus,” said Associate Dean Don Davison. “My hope is that this program continues to develop and it becomes institutionalized so that every faculty member looks forward to the first Tuesday of every month to participate in this conversation.”
On Tuesday, November 10, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Ashley Kistler, presented an ISS lecture on her field work, “Ethnohistory and Collaborative Ethnography in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala.” She became interested in participating in the ISS program because she saw it as a unique opportunity to get feedback from different disciplinary perspectives. “Programs like the ISS exemplify the value of the liberal arts environment, since scholars from very different backgrounds come together to share ideas and experiences,” said Kistler.
The last of the three ISS fall programs will be held on Tuesday, December 1 with Rick Foglesong, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Politics, speaking about his forthcoming book, Immigrant Prince: Mel Martinez and the American Dream.
All ISS programs begin at 12:30 p.m. and are held in the International House. The spring 2010 schedule includes the following faculty participants:
Tuesday, January 26
Ed Cohen, William R. Kenan Professor of English
Tuesday, February 16
Ilan Alon, George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of International Business
Tuesday, March 16
Marvin Newman, professor of legal studies and communication
Tuesday, April 13
Jonathan Miller, director of libraries
More information regarding spring series topics will be announced in early January.