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Dear Members of the DLS Community: I write today with two interelated purposes in view. First to share with you an editorial by David Brooks from today's NYT. I trust you will recognize yourselves and the DLS program in what he has to say. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/06/opinion/david-brooks-the-big-university.html Second, I want to underscore that the panel discussion and open forum we held last Friday night in the context of the annual DLS Convocation demonstrated the realization of what Brooks calls for in his piece at a level of breadth and depth that I believe he would recognize as a full-bodied realization of the prescription he offers in his editorial for curing the anemia that afflicts many of the best-known and most competitive Universities in the United States. With both these facts in mind, I write with yet a third purpose: to announce the date of next year's DLS Convocation. The Convocation is an integral and indispensable part of the life of our learning community, and only the most serious of reasons should prevent you from participating in it. The attendance at this year's Convocation was down from past years, and I told those present ("fit audience, but few") that I personally guaranteed that I would do all that I could to be sure that we achieve a MINIMUM 50% attendance rate next year, and I do not intend to be foresworn. Please mark your calendars with the date and time NOW: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 9:30 am - 1 pm. What we are involved with in DLS is too important to be left to chance or to the iniative of others. I look forward to see you next September (if not before....). Best wishes, Frank Ambrosio Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 1 year, 11 months ago
Dear Students and Alumni, As many of you will recall, the subject of communication among all the members of the DLS community at Georgetown is one near and dear to my heart. One of its early manifestations during my tenure as Director was the unveiling of the DLS Hub, as .....well, a hub through which communications among us all could pass freely and efficiently. Like all things technological, it's mortal frailty is stark. Think how many generations of Iphone have gone the way of all silicon since the Hub was introduced. In short it is time for DLS Hub 2.0. My purpose in writing is to recruit two or three volunteers from among you who have the two requisite qualifications to function as the Hub advisory group and work with GU CNDLS to accomplish the update. those two qualifications are: interest, and a modest amount of time to dedicate to this worthiest of causes. Notice I did not say guru-level tech expertise. Not necessary; we have people who do that. I can assure you without hesitation that the time commitment is and will remain modest: maybe 6-8 hours to get started and then only intermittent checkins. Please help if you can, by dropping me a note to indicate your willingness. Thanks! I hope to see you at the convocation on Oct 2. Best, FA Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years ago
Dear DLS Alumni, Students and Faculty, The first day of August seemed as good a moment as any to interrupt your summer activity with a few lines about the upcoming Fall semester and sharing some news items and reminders about upcoming events and activities relevant to our program. First news item, the Georgetown DLS program continues to earn recognition for its innovative approach to educating public intellectuals in the tradition of Graduate Liberal Studies. One of our Alumnae, Kristina Wilcox, and one of our current students, Larry Creech, have both been selected to present papers they authored at the 2015 AGLSP Annual Conference to be held in San Jose, California, October 15 – 17, hosted by Stanford University. The theme for the Conference, “Place Matters” effectively engages the two key characteristic of Liberal Studies, interdisciplinarity and the challenge of reflective judgment with regard to fundamental issues of human values. The titles of Kristina and Larry’s papers suggest the reason why their papers were successful in the selection process: Kristina will speak on, "Factory Town to Virtual World: The IBM-Endicott Community’s Reaction to Change," and Larry on, "The Transcendent, Existential, and Political Meaning of Space at the University of California, Berkeley: “Bloody Thursday, May 1969.” Congratulations to both; we are proud to have them as ambassadors of GUDLS at this important conference, which it the largest and best known event dedicated to GLS education in America. Anne Ridder, John Dolan, Associate Dean for GLS, and I will attend the event. As Anne already announced last Spring, I have been chosen to receive the Annual Faculty Award at the Conference, and I am honored to represent the DLS program in this capacity. It is clear to me that in being selected for this award I am accepting it primarily in the name of the program in recognition of the pioneering leadership of many colleagues, particularly former Associate Dean Phyllis O’Callaghan, and my fellow faculty members who provided the leadership and commitment needed to inaugurate the first Doctoral degree program in Liberal Studies. That program has now entered its early maturity and must continue to demonstrate its enormous potential for educating leaders to address the most pressing concerns of contemporary society. The need is pressing, and it is not a matter of ambition or self- congratulation to seek every opportunity to make the higher education community aware of the transformative effect DLS is capable of producing in those who are drawn to it. Upcoming Events and Reminders: Save the Date: Annual DLS Fall Convocation for Students, Alumni and Faculty: Friday evening, October 2 (full program to follow). Registration for Fall Semester courses will end soon! If you have not already done so, complete your register now. Students in course work are reminded that they need the approval of the DLS Director for elective courses. First year students are reminded that they are expected to register for the specially structured, DLS Writing Boot Camp, November 7. This is not an optional or remedial exercise; the skills and techniques cover in Boot Camp are critical to success in the program. Best wishes for and enjoyable and productive finish to the summer! Frank Ambrosio Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 1 month ago
Dear DLS Alumni, Students and Faculty, The first day of August seemed as good a moment as any to interrupt your summer activity with a few lines about the upcoming Fall semester and sharing some news items and reminders about upcoming events and activities relevant to our program. First news item, the Georgetown DLS program continues to earn recognition for its innovative approach to educating public intellectuals in the tradition of Graduate Liberal Studies. One of our Alumnae, Kristina Wilcox, and one of our current students, Larry Creech, have both been selected to present papers they authored at the 2015 AGLSP Annual Conference to be held in San Jose, California, October 15 – 17, hosted by Stanford University. The theme for the Conference, “Place Matters” effectively engages the two key characteristic of Liberal Studies, interdisciplinarity and the challenge of reflective judgment with regard to fundamental issues of human values. The titles of Kristina and Larry’s papers suggest the reason why their papers were successful in the selection process: Kristina will speak on, "Factory Town to Virtual World: The IBM-Endicott Community’s Reaction to Change," and Larry on, "The Transcendent, Existential, and Political Meaning of Space at the University of California, Berkeley: “Bloody Thursday, May 1969.” Congratulations to both; we are proud to have them as ambassadors of GUDLS at this important conference, which it the largest and best known event dedicated to GLS education in America. Anne Ridder, John Dolan, Associate Dean for GLS, and I will attend the event. As Anne already announced last Spring, I have been chosen to receive the Annual Faculty Award at the Conference, and I am honored to represent the DLS program in this capacity. It is clear to me that in being selected for this award I am accepting it primarily in the name of the program in recognition of the pioneering leadership of many colleagues, particularly former Associate Dean Phyllis O’Callaghan, and my fellow faculty members who provided the leadership and commitment needed to inaugurate the first Doctoral degree program in Liberal Studies. That program has now entered its early maturity and must continue to demonstrate its enormous potential for educating leaders to address the most pressing concerns of contemporary society. The need is pressing, and it is not a matter of ambition or self- congratulation to seek every opportunity to make the higher education community aware of the transformative effect DLS is capable of producing in those who are drawn to it. Upcoming Events and Reminders: Save the Date: Annual DLS Fall Convocation for Students, Alumni and Faculty: Friday evening, October 2 (full program to follow).Registration for Fall Semester courses will end soon! If you have not already done so, complete your register now. Students in course work are reminded that they need the approval of the DLS Director for elective courses.First year students are reminded that they are expected to register for the specially structured, DLS Writing Boot Camp, November 7. This is not an optional or remedial exercise; the skills and techniques cover in Boot Camp are critical to success in the program. Best wishes for and enjoyable and productive finish to the summer! Frank Ambrosio Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 1 month ago
The Annual East Coast Graduate Liberals Studies Symposium is being held this Saturday, June 13th, at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. Joy Chambers, Keith Diener, Anne Ridder and I are attending and presenting; Keith will be moderating a panel. This really isn’t a very long drive to support Liberal Studies and the universities represented provide an opportunity to get a larger view of what is going on in the Liberal Studies world. Stockton University is the venue for this year’s conference. It is a one day event within easy driving distance of Georgetown. It’s also located in a scenic vacation area...Atlantic City....for those who might enjoy a weekend getaway. If you aren’t already committed for this weekend, consider coming up and supporting East Coast Liberal Studies. I’m sure there will be no problem with drop ins at the last minute, and for the ridiculously low price of $35 which includes lunch and a reception at the conclusion, you will get to hear graduate scholars from universities throughout the east coast as far north as Rutgers and SUNY to Duke in the south speaking on interdisciplinary topics that will be exciting to hear. You may even get ideas for your own research in talking with and listening to others.The East Coast Graduate Liberals Studies Symposium is just one of many in other regions of the country in support of graduate Liberal Studies. So if Saturday is an open day for you, consider coming and enjoying the scholarship and fellowship with others scholars who are advancing the Liberal Studies movement in our region. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 3 months ago
I warmly recommend this to your attention especially if you are already working on a thesis or thesis proproposal. FA Dear Georgetown MALS and DLS Students, Looking for support and fellowship, plus great advice, while you complete your thesis or other writing projects? If you're like most graduate students, you may spend a lot of time working alone in the library or at your laptop. Having a supportive community can make all the difference. With this in mind, we have put together a special online group for you, something we call a MAC (mentored academic community). MAC will help you work smarter, not harder while keeping your research and writing projects on track. All of our suggested activities and interventions stem from recent research in the neuroscience of learning and writing; our recommendations get right to the heart of your writing and research needs. Participating in MAC is quick, efficient and rewarding, taking no more than 5 minutes a day. By joining MAC, you become eligible for: A Mentored Academic Community (MAC) online where you’ll participate with your peers in receiving and offering support and receive mentoring from Professor Temple. Benefit from daily reporting and accountability, the advice of your peers and expert tips and suggestions. Open training calls: These will be recorded so you can review them at any time.“Stay on Track Hacks” full of writing and learning tips.Access to Trained Mentors who will analyze your situation and make sure you maintain academic success.What you use is entirely up to you: after you sign up, you may draw on as many or as few resources as you wish. And your participation is as anonymous as you want it to be. You can share your identity or not. And, please note, thanks to the support of a CNDLS ITEL grant, this semester's use of MAC is completely free, a one-time opportunity. For more information, check out our website at altstudentsuccess.com. To sign up, email Thomas Wells at trw40@georgetown.edu, putting MAC in the header of the email. The sign up deadline is Saturday, February 14th. Stay tuned for further announcements of our study skills webinars, open to all SCS students, and check out our website at altstudentsuccess.com. Best wishes for a successful semester from the MAC team, Professor Kathryn Temple,Chair and Associate Professor, Department of English AND Thomas Wells, MAC Graduate FellowDanielle Adams, MAC Graduate FellowKathryn Temple, J.D., Ph.D.Chair and Associate ProfessorDepartment of EnglishGeorgetown UniversityWashington DC 20057 202/687-6765 Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 7 months ago
Dear DLS Students. Allow to announce "Last Call" for the Writing Boot Camp announced below. Similar programs for Ph.D students offered commercially cost large amounts. You have this tried and true opportunity offered without charge. I recommend that no student go through their course work with doing it once, and of those who have a number repeat when preparing to write the thesis. This invite went out earlier, but there is still time to sign up. DLS SpringWriting Boot Camp conducted by Dr. Kathryn Templeand Library Research Librarians Saturday, January 31, 201510 AM - 3:00 PMThe Lauinger LibraryDubin AV classroom, 1st Floor Use the elevator and go down to the 1st Fl.and follow signs to the classroom The Boot Camp agenda includes a “working lunch.”Bring a “sack lunch.” Beverages are available at thecoffee bar or at vending machines in the Library. Save your space soon: riddera@georgetown.edu Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 7 months ago
Dear DLS Students, My warm good wishes for the New Year! With the beginning of the new semester comes the need for my usual reminder at this time: If, for any reason, you are neither registered for coursework or Program activity for this semester, nor on an official leave of absence, it is very important that you contact me immediately. Failure to register without an approved leave results in a Registrar’s office administrative action withdrawing you from the program, an eventuality that we can neither prevent nor easily reverse. Please avoid finally yourself among the ranks of the disenfranchised. Please be sure that you are checking your Georgetown email account regularly or having it forwarded to the account that you normally use. The DLS Hub is the official administrative channel of communication with students and you are responsible for being aware of its contents. Equally important, however, is its function as a channel for informal communication among students, alumni and faculty by means of which to share matters of intellectual, professional and personal interests within our community. Allow me to encourage you to use it actively and productively. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the upcoming DLS Alumni Circle event on Jan. 31 to which you have already received an invitation, but in the meantime, let me remind you that, as always, you are welcome to contact me or make an appointment to see me for any reason. I look forward to the opportunity to stay in ongoing close contact with your progress in the Program. Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable semester. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 8 months ago
Dear DLS Community members I wanted to remind you once more of the Convocation upcoming on this Saturday, 9:30 - noon. Details were included in the invitation you received earlier, but I wanted to emphasize the important function that the annual Convocation serves as an opportunity for me to share with you ongoing developments in the life of the program and, equally important for all of you to communicate your experience in the program individually and as a group. I look forward to seeing you Saturday. Best wishes, Frank Ambrosio Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 2 years, 11 months ago
Dear DLS Students and Alumni, It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new academic year. For those of us who have been connected with the Program since its inception, it is remarkable to realize that we already starting our second decade as a groundbreaking academic program. Last May, six Program graduates joined the swelling ranks of our alumni, bringing the total number to 26. Eight new members of the Program began classes recently as the 2014 cohort. As we look back on a year of challenges and achievements, and ahead to another year of maturation and development for the Program, there are a number of things which I would like to bring to your attention. First, I am delighted to welcome our new Dean, Doctor Kelly Otter, who took over leadership of the School of Continuing Studies, including the graduate Liberal Studies Program, on July 1 of this year. Dean Otter met with members of the Program leadership shortly after her arrival and expressed her enthusiastic support for and admiration of Georgetown’s long history of excellence in the field of Liberal Studies education. We welcome her enthusiasm and look forward eagerly to working with her. We will certainly find early occasion to invite her to address and meet the DLS community. As many of you are already aware, last academic year was marked by extended discussion of a proposal to move the Graduate Liberal Studies Program from the School of Continuing Studies to Georgetown College. The opening of 640 Massachusetts Ave as the new campus for the School of Continuing Studies, together with other administrative considerations, provided the occasion for reflection and discussion of the Program’s future development. In the end, the decision to remain part of SCS, while still located on the Main Campus, seemed to offer the best combination of stable operational support and opportunities for continued growth and innovation. As we begin our second decade I am confident that we are poised to remain strong and dynamic as a Program and to strengthen our reputation as an authentic leader in the field of adult education. I am also very happy to welcome professor JoAnne Moran Cruz to the Core Faculty and executive committee of the DLS Program. Professor Moran Cruz will teach the second foundational course beginning in the spring semester. She is well known at Georgetown for her long record of outstanding teaching, exemplary scholarship and program leadership as the founding director of the interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Program in Georgetown College.With great pleasure, I am pleased to bring to your attention what I believe is a major enhancement for our Program: the opening of the Healey Family Student Center on the lower level of the New South building. There are two reasons for my enthusiasm about this. The first is that the Center offers a spacious, smartly designed and very welcoming venue for all university students, including DLS, to gather for conversation, quiet work, refreshments and light meals, as well as offering program space for a variety of student activities. Allow me to urge you to make a visit to the Center a high priority on your campus to do list, so as not to miss out on the opportunities and options it can afford you. The second reason is that a key leadership role in the realization of this project over the last several years belongs to DLS Program student, Erika Cohen-Derr, who is Assistant Dean for Student Engagement at Georgetown. I was delighted to attend the opening ceremony for the student Center last Friday and can freely testify to the extent of the debt that the University owes to Erika’s leadership, along with a number of other Georgetown colleagues, in realizing this goal. You have all already received “Save the Date” announcements of the DLS Fall Convocation, to be held on Saturday, October 25, from nine until noon. The program for the Convocation will be distributed later this month. In addition, I want to call your attention to the next meeting of The Graduate Circle, the official DLS alumni organization, which will take place on September 20, and will feature Father Joseph Lingan, Rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community, as its featured speaker. Current students and their guests are warmly invited to attend the event along with the alumni, who sponsor The Circle events to sustain the DLS Program’s goal of ongoing, lifelong learning. And finally what would a “welcome to the new academic year” letter from the Director be, without the inevitable housekeeping reminders. If, for any reason, you are neither registered for coursework or Program activity for this semester, nor on an official leave of absence, it is very important that you contact me immediately. Please be sure that you are checking your Georgetown email account regularly or having it forwarded to the account that you normally use. The DLS Hub is the official administrative channel of communication with students and you are responsible for being aware of its contents. Equally important, however, is its function as a channel for informal communication among students, alumni and faculty by means of which to share matters of intellectual, professional and personal interests within our community. Allow me to encourage you to use it actively and productively. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Circle and Convocation, but in the meantime, let me remind you that, as always, you are welcome to contact me or make an appointment to see me for any reason. I look forward to the opportunity to stay in ongoing close contact with your progress in the Program. Best wishes for a productive and enjoyable semester. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 3 years ago
Dear DLS Students and Alumni,It is my pleasure to welcome you to the new academic year. For those of us who have been connected with the Program since its inception, it is remarkable to realize that we already starting our second decade as a groundbreaking academic program. Last May, six Program graduates joined the swelling ranks of our alumni, bringing the total number to 26. Eight new members of the Program began classes recently as the 2014 cohort. As we look back on a year of challenges and achievements, and ahead to another year of maturation and development for the Program, there are a number of things which I would like to bring to your attention.First, I am delighted to welcome our new Dean, Doctor Kelly Otter, who took over leadership of the School of Continuing Studies, including the graduate Liberal Studies Program, on July 1 of this year. Dean Otter met with members of the Program leadership shortly after her arrival and expressed her enthusiastic support for and admiration of Georgetown’s long history of excellence in the field of Liberal Studies education. We welcome her enthusiasm and look forward eagerly to working with her. We will certainly find early occasion to invite her to address and meet the DLS community.As many of you are already aware, last academic year was marked by extended discussion of a proposal to move the Graduate Liberal Studies Program from the School of Continuing Studies to Georgetown College. The opening of 640 Massachusetts Ave as the new campus for the School of Continuing Studies, together with other administrative considerations, provided the occasion for reflection and discussion of the Program’s future development. In the end, the decision to remain part of SCS, while still located on the Main Campus, seemed to offer the best combination of stable operational support and opportunities for continued growth and innovation. As we begin our second decade I am confident that we are poised to remain strong and dynamic as a Program and to strengthen our reputation as an authentic leader in the field of adult education.I am also very happy to welcome professor JoAnne Moran Cruz to the Core Faculty and executive committee of the DLS Program. Professor Moran Cruz will teach the second foundational course beginning in the spring semester. She is well known at Georgetown for her long record of outstanding teaching, exemplary scholarship and program leadership as the founding director of the interdisciplinary Medieval Studies Program in Georgetown College.With great pleasure, I am pleased to bring to your attention what I believe is a major enhancement for our Program: the opening of the Healey Family Student Center on the lower level of the New South building. There are two reasons for my enthusiasm about this. The first is that the Center offers a spacious, smartly designed and very welcoming venue for all university students, including DLS, to gather for conversation, quiet work, refreshments and light meals, as well as offering program space for a variety of student activities. Allow me to urge you to make a visit to the Center a high priority on your campus to do list, so as not to miss out on the opportunities and options it can afford you. The second reason is that a key leadership role in the realization of this project over the last several years belongs to DLS Program student, Erika Cohen-Derr, who is Assistant Dean for Student Engagement at Georgetown. I was delighted to attend the opening ceremony for the student Center last Friday and can freely testify to the extent of the debt that the University owes to Erika’s leadership, along with a number of other Georgetown colleagues, in realizing this goal.You have all already received “Save the Date” announcements of the DLS Fall Convocation, to be held on Saturday, October 25, from nine until noon. The program for the Convocation will be distributed later this month. In addition, I want to call your attention to the next meeting of The Graduate Circle, the official DLS alumni organization, which will take place on September 20, and will feature Father Joseph Lingan, Rector of the Georgetown Jesuit Community, as its featured speaker. Current students and their guests are warmly invited to attend the event along with the alumni, who sponsor The Circle events to sustain the DLS Program’s goal of ongoing, lifelong learning.And finally what would a “welcome to the new academic year” letter from the Director be, without the inevitable housekeeping reminders. If, for any reason, you are neither registered for coursework or Program activity for this semester, nor on an official leave of absence, it is very important that you contact me immediately. As always please be sure that you are checking your Georgetown email account regularly or having it forwarded to the account that you normally use. The DLS Hub is the official administrative channel of communication with students and you are responsible for being aware of its contents. Equally important, however, is its function as a channel for informal communication among students, alumni and faculty by means of which to share matters of intellectual, professional and personal interests within our community. Allow me to encourage you to use it actively and productively.I look forward to seeing it has many of you as possible at the Circle and Convocation, but in the meantime, let me remind you that as always you are welcome to contact me or make an appointment to see me for any reason and I welcome the opportunity to stay in ongoing close contact with your progress in the Program. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 3 years ago
Call For Papers/PanelsThe Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs 2014 Conference October 9-11, 2014Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaThe University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University The 2014 AGLSP Conference will explore the theme of REVOLUTIONS. The conference will be held in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. The university Franklin founded is also the home of ENIAC- the first computer that revolutionized the face of modern technology. Papers are welcome from multiple disciplines. Special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes are welcome. Consideration will also be given to complete panels. Please send a 1-2 page abstract to the conference organizers Marylu Hill (marylu.hill@villanova.edu) and Chris Pastore (cpastore@sas.upenn.edy) by June 1, 2014. Additional information about the conference and registration can be found at www.aglsp.org Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 3 years, 4 months ago
SAVE THE DATE ANNUAL EAST COAST GRADUATE LIBERAL STUDIES CONFERENCE SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014 ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND WATCH FOR MORE INFORMATION IN THE COMING WEEKS Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 3 years, 7 months ago
DLS Graduate Circle MeetingJanuary 31, 2014 On January 31, 2014, twenty-six DLS Graduate Circle members, spouses, and guests gathered at Georgetown University’s Alumni House, 3604 O Street, NW, to hear a presentation by DLS Professor John Voll entitled, “The New Importance of Religion in the 21st Century.” Following a brief (self-catered) reception, Karen Wilhelm called the gathering to order at 8 PM, welcomed all attendees, and introduced Dr. Voll, Professor of Islamic History and Past Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Professor Voll came to Georgetown in 1995 after teaching thirty years at the University of New Hampshire and will retire from Georgetown later this year. He is an expert in Middle Eastern, Islamic, and world history, with a PhD from Harvard in History and Middle Eastern Studies, and is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and books, including his most recent book, The World of the 18th Century (Oxford University Press, 2012). Karen thanked Professor Voll for his staunch support of GLS, especially the DLS program, and for his generous mentoring of numerous DLS candidates. Professor Voll’s Remarks Fifty years ago most sociologists like Peter L. Berger predicted that the modern secularized world would lead to a decline of religion. Now, the same sociologists recognize that their predictions were wrong as “both old and new religious beliefs and practices have nevertheless continued in the lives of individuals, sometimes taking new institutional forms and sometimes leading to great explosions in religious fervor,” to quote Berger. After World War I, with the creation of new nation states throughout Europe, nationalism seemed like a wave of the future, especially after the violent national conflicts during World War II. Instead, today globalization has transcended national boundaries, as evidenced by the formation of the European Union, and religion rather than nationalism has become the new universal. Conflicts, heretofore of national or tribal origin, have become basically religious conflicts. Sunnis are fighting Shiites across national borders in the Middle East, and conflicts in Nigeria that were previously tribal and now are Muslims versus Christians. Religion has become the source of primary identity and has mobilized people into politically prominent and often violent action across the globe. The “secularizing theory” of the 1950s and 1960s, however, was right in predicting that modernization would lead to development of specialized “religious” sects, as the term is broadly defined, huddled together to protect themselves and to resist opposing political influences. Creationists, for example, are a vocal product of modernity intent on opposing the political influence of secular culture. These fundamentalist Christians are an outgrowth of modern universal literacy and are convinced, among other things, of biblical inerrancy based on the doctrinal fundamentals established in the early twentieth century by Princeton theologians. At the other “religious” extreme are the equally committed and outspoken atheists, who place their faith in science and in the absence of God and who resist the political influence of the more traditional religions. In effect, modernity has fostered new, conservative, and self-protective religious sects and has spawned political discord and religious strife across national borders and cultures. The solution to the global sectarian religious antagonism, says Professor Voll, is a “theology of pluralism,” in which these exclusive and militant religious sects accept the inevitability and value of diversity. The Koran, for example, emphasizes that God created everyone different and, therefore, that difference is divinely ordained and necessarily a good development. Such theological pluralism will promote contact without hatred, engagement without bitterness, and reciprocal understanding without physical strife among the growing, committed, and diverse religious sects throughout the globe. Professor Voll accepted questions during and following his remarks and the discussion was lively and engaging. Final Comments Karen thanked Professor Voll for his remarks and presented him with a crystal candy dish engraved with the Georgetown logo. Karen announced that the Circle will hold a combined annual business meeting and presentation/discussion similar to this evening’s in May. Finally, she welcomed the latest DLS graduate, Pamela Carter-Birken, in absentia, to the Circle. The meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM. Respectfully Submitted, Charles A. O'Connor IIISecretary, DLS Graduate Circle Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 3 years, 7 months ago
For DLS students taking courses in Spring '14: If you plan to register during preregistration for a credit course for the spring semester other than one of the four foundational courses, please make an appointment to meet with me for routine advising and approval of your course selection prior to doing so. This meeting is obligatory for those in their first semester in the program, and is strongly encouraged for all others. If you are in the latter category and have selected a course which you feel is clearly necessary for your overall research project and are confident that it is the best investment of your time at this point, then you may substitute a brief explanatory email for the in-person visit, though I may ask you for further elaboration. You realize, I am sure, that the reason for my insistence on consultation with you in the process of course selection is that it is of critical importance that your coursework progressively form a coherent body of knowledge and expertise in the areas that will form the basis of your thesis project in the future. Naturally, it goes without saying that you are encouraged to consult widely with other faculty members in the program and in your specific area of interest as well as with the Director. If you have any questions or concerns at all do not hesitate to be in touch with me. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 3 years, 10 months ago
Dear Members of the DLS Community, Earlier this week you received an invitation to attend the Inaugural event of the Georgetown DLS Graduate Circle, the official alumni organization for our program. It is an auspicious occasion, and I personally was delighted that the leadership of the Circle chose to invite not only alumni, but also all current students, as well as spouses and partners. This makes it a wonderful opportunity for social interaction, to catch up with colleagues whom you have not seen recently, to meet students who have just entered the program, and to participate in stimulating intellectual conversation. The choice of Dr. Christopher Nelson, president of St. John’s College, Annapolis, as the keynote speaker ensures that this will be an important opportunity for us all to continue to reflect on the growing role of interdisciplinary and values oriented education in own lives and that of our society. Let me urge to plan on attending if at all possible. I look forward to seeing you there. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years ago
Dear members of the DLS Community, Welcome to the 2013-2014 academic year. I hope you had a summer that was productive, enjoyable and relaxing. As we begin the new academic year I would like to update you on new as well as ongoing developments regarding the program. • In the number one spot for good news are congratulations to our newest members of the Doctor of Liberal Studies alumni: Bill Costanza, Elizabeth Griffith, Johanna Gross, Casey Husband, Pablo Molina, and Chuck O’Connor, all of whom graced the front ranks of the SCS Commencement procession in May. • A close second in terms of good news is a welcome to the talented and numerous members of the 2013 cohort, newly arrived in the program. We were fortunate to have had our largest number of applicants in the history of the program last year, which allowed us to take 15 well-qualified new students without any relaxation of our admission standards and still keeping our selectivity ratio of under 25%. • Completing the trifecta, I am delighted to pass along the news that John Bushman (DLS 2012), currently Dean of Libraries at Seton Hall University, has been awarded a position as Visiting Scholar at the University of Western Ontario during the Spring 2014 semester. Here is an excerpt from the announcement made by University President, Nicholas Witheford: I am delighted to announce that the Jean-Tague Sutcliffe Visiting Scholar for 2013-104 is Dr. John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries, Seton Hall University Library. Dr. Buschman is a leading figure in critical studies of contemporary libraries and librarianship. He is author of Libraries, Classrooms, and the Interests of Democracy: Marking the Limits of Neoliberalism, Lanham, MD: Scarecrow/Rowman & Littlefield, 2012) and Dismantling the Public Sphere: Situating and Sustaining Librarianship in the Age of the New Public Philosophy (Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited/Greenwood, 2003), as well as of numerous articles on information literacy, rights and politics, and also an editor of several important anthologies. Dr. Buschman will be visiting FIMS from March 5, 2014 to March 18, 2014. During that time he will be giving two lectures, the first, “How I/We Got Here: The Path to Neoliberalism in Democratic-Educative Institutions” at noon on Wednesday, March 12, the second, “The Operation and Consequences of Neoliberalism’s Effects on Democratic-Educative Institutions” on the afternoon of Friday, March 14). • As the newly established alumni organization for the DLS program, the Graduate Circle is planning its inaugural event for the Fall semester. You should have already received a save the date message from alumna Karen Wilhelm, President of the Circle, asking you to plan on attending the event on Saturday evening October 12 to be held on campus. As Karen indicated, a formal invitation, complete with a full description of the program, will be arriving shortly, and I guarantee you that you will find it substantive and enticing, both intellectually and socially. I particularly appreciate the decision of the Circle officers to invite current students as well as alumni to attend, signaling their commitment to concern the Circle and its activities with the development and enrichment of the program as a whole. Let me add my encouragement to theirs to mark your calendar and make a real effort to attend. • As we begin the new semester, please let me take this opportunity to remind all students, but especially those still in coursework, that regular, thoughtful advising is one of the most important elements in guaranteeing steady and successful progression through the program. All students in the first and second year need to meet with the Director each semester at least once at the time of preregistration to discuss course selection and the development of their research project. • Beginning this semester, there is a change to Program academic policy which I wish to bring to your attention, especially for those who have not as yet taken the Qualifying Exam or who are registering for thesis proposal writing for the first time this semester. After careful consultation with members of the faculty, the Program Executive Committee has decided to institute a Thesis Proposal Defense as an additional requirement for the process of gaining approval for a thesis topic. There follows here a statement of that policy as it will appear in the next edition of the Program Handbook: Thesis Proposal DefenseEvery doctoral thesis proposal must be defended before an examining board whose members consist of the student’s committee and a person appointed by the Director of Doctoral Studies. This appointee must not be a member of the committee. The chair of the student’s committee must approve the proposal as “ready to defend,” and then arranges the time and the place for the defense. The student is responsible for providing a copy of the proposal approved by the Committee chair at least one week prior to the date scheduled for the defense. Normally, the defense is to be held within six months of the qualifying examination. The purpose of this defense is to maintain the standard common to doctoral programs at Georgetown and to reduce the chance of a lost investment of time and money by the student. The burden is on the student to give adequate answers to reasonable questions and to show by these answers that the topic has the depth and importance to merit a doctoral degree and that he or she has the strategic control and erudition to bring the project to a successful conclusion. The members of the committee are to provide the Director with a written report on and evaluation of the defense as soon as possible. The person appointed by the Director is to provide a separate report and evaluation. The Director, having taken the reports into consideration, is then to make a decision either to let the project go forward without a condition, or let it go forward subject to a condition, or reject it. If the Director rejects the project, the student is guaranteed a second defense within but not beyond the end of the following semester. Rejection of the project at this defense automatically terminates the student’s admission to the DLS program. One final reminder: please be a frequent visitor on the DLS HUB and use it to share news, projects, achievements and intellectual fare with all of us. All good wishes for a rewarding semester. I hope to see many of you on October 12 Frank AmbrosioDirector Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years ago
Of Potential Interest to Members of the DLS Community: The following information on teaching positions in Interdisciplinary Studies at UDC: I am the Director of General Education at UDC. As you may know, we recently redesigned our general education program and we may need to open additional sections of our Ethics and Values, Discovery Diversity, and Discovery Civics courses. These are interdisciplinary, theme/problem/question driven courses and it occurs to me that graduates of your MLS and DLS programs, as well as current students in your DLS program might be outstanding candidates for teaching these courses. I am not yet sure exactly what we will need, but it would be helpful if you could send me the names and contact information of people you think might be interested and make the opportunity known to them. I can be reached at this email anthony.mansueto@udc.edu Feel free to share this contact information with interested faculty and students or any one else who might be helpful. Anthony MansuetoDirector, General EducationAssociate Professor of Global StudiesUniversity of the District of Columbia Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 1 month ago
To the DLS Community, As you are aware, the proposed Bylaws for a DLS alumni organization to be known as “The DLS Graduate Circle,” have been duly and enthusiastically ratified. I want to thank the committee that drafted that document for their careful work and thoughtful deliberation on behalf of the Program. The committee members were: Karen Wilhelm, DLS ‘12, Stephen Burr, DLS ‘12, and Professor John Reuscher. The first step in implementing the bylaws was the election of an executive committee according to the procedure prescribed therein. I am happy to announce the results of the balloting: President – Karen Wilhelm, DLS ‘12Vice President – Steve Burr, DLS ‘12Secretary – Charles O’Connor, DLS ‘13 Please join me in congratulating them and thanking them and all the candidates who stood for election for their generous willingness to serve. The establishment of the DLS Graduate Circle marks another forward step in the growth and maturation of the Program and, as such, offers an occasion to reflect with satisfaction on the exciting initiative it represents and to renew our dedication to furthering its goals of educational excellence and service to society through intellectual and cultural leadership. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 4 months ago
To all DLS graduates –A reminder that the ballot for election of officers to the executive committee of our new DLS alumnae/i organization is open for voting at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/25NN7GH. If you haven’t already voted, please do so over the weekend. The voting site will be available through close of business Mon, 22 Apr.Thanks for your support –The DLS Circle Organizing Committee Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 5 months ago
Important Notice The Balloting for election of DLS Graduate Circle executive committee members is limited to DLS alumni only. Current students are not eligible to vote. If you have not already graduated or successfully defended you thesis, but have already voted in error please notify me by email, so an adjustment can be made. Thanks for your understanding. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 5 months ago
DLS Graduates –The proposed by-laws for the DLS Graduate Circle passed overwhelmingly, with only one negative vote. The ballot for election of the executive committee is now available for voting at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/25NN7GH. Please take a moment to vote as soon as you can. There is a brief statement from each candidate on the ballot. Reminder, only DLS graduates (including those who are confirmed for graduation this May) are eligible to vote. The ballot will remain available through the close of business Mon, 22 April. Thanks for your participation –The Members of the DLS Graduate Circle Organizing Committee Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 5 months ago
Proposed By-Laws Pt. 2 V. Election of Committee Members The members of the executive committee shall be elected for a term of three years, with the exception of the first slate of officers. a. To ensure continuity of operations and prevent turnover of the entire committee every three years, one member of the first slate shall be elected for a two-year term. Additionally, at the end of the three-year term for the other two committee members, the president shall have the option of recommending to the membership that one of them be extended for a fourth year in office. b. Elections shall take place in May, with the most recent graduates included as voting members (regardless of whether the election date precedes the actual graduation ceremony). All graduate members are eligible to vote and run for office. Newly elected committee members shall assume their positions on the first day of July following the election, thus ensuring a transition period and continuity in operations. c. Nominations for the executive committee may be submitted by any graduate member of the DLS circle. Members may, and are encouraged to, volunteer by nominating themselves. Members of the executive committee may run for and serve consecutive terms of office. d. The executive committee shall establish the willingness of the nominees to serve, assemble and publicize the slate of candidates, and arrange the details of the voting process such that the membership has time to assess the candidates and submit their votes by the specified election date. If there is more than one vacancy to be filled, members will vote for as many candidates as there are vacancies. The individual receiving the most votes will assume office, then the individual with the second-most votes, and so on, until all vacancies have been filled. e. In the event of a mid-term vacancy in any office, the president (or other presiding officer if the presidency is vacant) shall solicit volunteers and appoint someone to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term. VI. Business Meetings a. The DLS Circle shall hold a business meeting of all graduate members once a year. The purpose of this meeting will be to inform the members of the accomplishments and activities of the Circle and the executive committee over the previous year, the financial status of the Circle (if necessary), and the plan for organizational activities for the coming year, and discuss any other topics deemed necessary by the executive committee or the members. Agenda items will be solicited from the members prior to the meeting. b. By collective decision of the executive committee, the president may call special business meetings with at least one month’s notice to the membership. Upon written request of at least one-fourth of the graduate members, the president will call a special business meeting, with at least one month’s notice to the membership. In either case, the objectives and reasons for the special meeting will be publicized in advance of the meeting. VII. Committees By collective decision of the executive committee, the president may solicit volunteers for and appoint members and chairpersons of such committees as are deemed necessary to conduct the activities of the DLS Circle. These committees may be established as standing or ad hoc entities. VIII. Ratification, Review, and Amendment of These By-Laws a. The initial version of the by-laws shall be ratified by simple majority vote of the DLS graduates and students enrolled on the date specified for completion of the voting process. b. The executive committee shall conduct a general review of the by-laws at a minimum of every five years if no amendments have been offered and approved during that time. This review will be announced as an agenda item for the annual meeting, with ample lead time so that proposed amendments can be submitted per item c. below. c. These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the graduate members. Proposed amendments shall be filed with the secretary in writing. A written resolution proposing such amendments shall be introduced at the annual business meeting. The terms and details of the proposed amendments will be publicized, with appropriate time for study and questions before the voting period commences. Within one month of the end of voting, the results will be announced and, if approved, the amended version of the by-laws will be submitted to the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies for signature. IX. Affiliation with the Graduate Liberal Studies Program of Georgetown University The DLS Circle is authorized by the Dean of the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies as an association of the graduates of the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program. As such, the executive committee and the members at large shall cooperate with the Dean, the Director of Doctoral Studies, and the appointed faculty liaison officer in upholding the values and supporting the purposes of Georgetown University, in general, and the Liberal Studies program, in particular. Neither the DLS Circle as a group nor any individual acting as a member of the Circle may make any public statement on any matter beyond the purview of or stated reasons for the existence of the organization. The DLS Circle is not affiliated with the Georgetown University Alumni Association.? ON BEHALF OF THE MEMBERSHIP, APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE DLS GRADUATE CIRCLE OF GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY ON _____________________________. Signed: _________________________________ _________________________Name Position _________________________________ _________________________Name Position _________________________________ _________________________Name Position APPROVED AND DECLARED TO BE OPERATIVE BY THE DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF CONTINUING STUDIES, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY. _________________________________ _________________________Name Date Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 5 months ago
Proposed By-Laws Pt. 1 By-LawsThe DLS Graduate Circle of Georgetown University I. Name This organization shall be known as the DLS Graduate Circle of Georgetown University, hereafter referred to as the DLS Circle or the Circle. II. Purpose and Objectives We celebrate and honor the Doctorate in Liberal Studies through dedication to the intellectual spirit that engendered the program and led us to pursue the degree, thus becoming a part of the DLS community. Therefore, the purpose of the DLS Graduate Circle is to perpetuate the goals and values of liberal studies, by fostering the pursuit of interdisciplinary knowledge and dialogue and continuing the development of a community committed to understanding human values and improving the human condition. The objectives of the DLS Circle are as follows. a. Foremost, to facilitate alumnae/i initiatives and activities. b. To provide an avenue for continued intellectual exchange and engagement within the graduate membership and with current students and faculty. c. To perpetuate and strengthen the friendships and academic and professional bonds among DLS graduates, students, and faculty. d. To support and encourage students currently enrolled in the Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program. e. To support and publicize the Georgetown University Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program. III. Membership a. Members: Any individual who has graduated from the Georgetown University Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program is automatically a member of the DLS Circle and is eligible to vote on matters before the members and hold office in the organization. b. Students: Any individual enrolled in the Georgetown University Doctor of Liberal Studies degree program is welcome to participate in all activities of the Circle, except for voting and holding office and the occasional event limited to graduate members only. c. Faculty: Any faculty member who teaches regularly in the Graduate Liberal Studies program of Georgetown University is welcome to participate in all activities of the Circle, except for voting and holding office and the occasional event limited to graduate members only. d. Honorary Members: Graduate members may nominate to the Circle’s executive committee an individual for honorary membership in the DLS Circle. Upon unanimous approval by the committee, the individual will be appropriately notified and welcomed as an honorary member. Honorary members are welcome to participate in all activities of the Circle, except for voting and holding office and the occasional event limited to graduate members only. e. Termination of Membership: Any member may resign his or her membership by notifying any member of the executive committee in writing. ? Any member may be suspended from membership by unanimous vote of the executive committee for substantial violation of the by-laws or any other duly established rules of the organization upon appropriate notice to the individual and after an opportunity to respond. IV. Leadership The leadership of the DLS Circle will rest with an executive committee of three elected graduate members. a. The executive committee shall comprise a president, vice-president, and secretary. b. The executive committee shall communicate and meet in a manner and at times convenient to the committee members and sufficient to efficiently and effectively conduct the business of the Circle. Electronic meetings in lieu of in-person meetings are acceptable. c. The Director of Doctoral Studies shall appoint a faculty member to serve as liaison and advisor to the executive committee. d. Duties and Responsibilities: 1. The members of the executive committee shall determine among themselves who will serve as president, vice-president, and secretary. With rare exception, they shall hold these offices through the entirety of their elected terms. In the event they determine a change in responsibilities is necessary, they shall immediately notify the membership of the circumstances and reasons and make clear who is filling which office. 2. The president shall preside over meetings of the members, chair the executive committee, in consultation with the other members of the executive committee appoint such standing or ad hoc committees as may be necessary, and shall have such further duties as ordinarily pertain to the office. 3. The vice-president shall assume the duties of the president in his or her absence. In the event that it becomes necessary to collect funds from the membership for an event or other agreed-upon purpose, the vice-president shall act as treasurer. He or she shall keep the books and accounts and have custody of the funds collected, keeping careful records of the financial position of the DLS Circle, paying all bills and obligations, and having such further duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of treasurer. The vice-president/treasurer shall ensure the faculty liaison officer is informed of all proposals and plans for collecting and spending funds from the membership. If funds are collected for a specific event, every effort will be made to collect and expend the exact amount necessary, with as little accumulation of surplus funds as possible. Under no circumstances will funds collected for the purposes of the DLS Circle be deposited in a private bank account of any member of the executive committee or any other member. If it becomes necessary to collect or hold funds over an extended period, consideration will be given to establishing a bank account in the name of the Circle. The accounts and financial records of the DLS Circle shall be open to all members, the faculty liaison officer, the Director of Doctoral Studies, and the Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. The vice-president/treasurer shall prepare an annual financial report to be included in the annual report of the DLS Circle. The fiscal year shall commence on 1 July and end on 30 June. 3. The secretary shall keep an electronic and a paper record of all discussions and meetings of the Circle and the executive committee, including both electronic and in-person discussions and meetings. He or she shall also maintain a current roster of members, shall be custodian of the organization’s records, with the assistance of the other members of the executive committee shall prepare and submit an annual report, and shall have such further duties as ordinarily pertain to the office of secretary. 4. The faculty liaison officer shall advise the executive committee in all its functions and work with the committee to maintain a productive, collegial, and mutually beneficial affiliation between the DLS Circle and the Graduate Liberal Studies program. e. The decisions of the executive committee may be overruled by a two-thirds majority vote of the graduate members. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 5 months ago
Urgent DLS Business: If you are either a current student or an alumna\us and did not receive an email with the draft constitution for the DLS Alumni organization with the last week, Please contact me via email at ambrosif@georgetown.edu as soon as possible. If you are an alumna\us or have successfully defended your thesis this academic year, and have not received a call for nomination of alumni officers in the same time frame, please let me know that as well. Thanks, FA Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 5 months ago
Dear DLS Students, Today you will have received a communication from Associate Dean Tambasco outlining a number of programmatic changes and new options for the MALS students - only. None of the program changes or options discussed in his letter apply DLS. Our program requirements and structure remain unchanged. The reason you were included on the mailing was so that you could receive his observations about the recent discussions generated by the article he mentioned in Washingtonian Magazine. Apologies if any of you were mislead or unsettled by the lack of clarity. best wishes, FA Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 6 months ago
Of Interest Communicating about Climate Change: Opportunities and Challenges - A panel Wednesday, March 13, 201311:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Copley Formal Lounge, Copley HallGeorgetown University As part of the Environmental Initiative Program, a panel will convene to discuss the challenges of communicating about climate change.Public health and art activism are offered as two approaches to disseminating climate change messages.Students will present illustrative art projects as part of the program.Lunch will be served, and RSVPs are required. To RSVP and for Questions: Contact Dr. Caroline Wellbery at wellberc@georgetown.edu or 202-687-8647. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 6 months ago
Paper Published Our colleague, Keith Diener, informs me of the publication of his article, "A Nietzschean Justification of Legal Realism," in The Open Ethics Journal, 2013, 7, 1-8 (http://www.benthamscience.com/open/toj/articles/V007/1TOJ.pdf). Keith's article is a revised version of the term paper he wrote for LSHV-604, "The Challenge of Postmodernism." Congratulations, Keith! Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 6 months ago
Last Call !!! Today is the final day for responding to the survey regarding the formation a DLS Alumni organization. Results will be compiled first thing tomorrow, so if you have not done so already please don't go to bed without giving us the benefit of your thoughts. Then you will sleep the sleep of the just -- unless there is something else important that you been procrastinating..... http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7V6LLHC Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 6 months ago
Of potential interest....... Colleagues, On March 15, the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics will hold its spring research symposium at the Georgetown Law Center on "Reducing Corporate Criminality: Evaluating Department of Justice Policy on the Prosecution of Business Organizations and Options for Reform." The purpose of the symposium is to bring the most sophisticated understanding of the science of human behavior to bear on federal law enforcement policy. To do so, the Institute has invited the country's leading organizational behavior scholars to comment on what most effectively reduces wrongdoing within organizations and to examine how well current Department of Justice policy serves this end. The symposium runs from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm in the Hart Auditorium in the Law Center. The conference agenda is available at: http://www.americancriminallawreview.com/Drupal/page/aclr-symposium-2013-formal-invitation. All are welcome. John HasnasDirector, Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 6 months ago
Reminder! Many of you have already responded to the online survey about the development of the DLS Alumni organization that was announced last week. If you have not already done so, please do not delay. It need not take you more than a few thoughtful minutes. The deadline for participating is next Monday March 4. To complete the survey go to : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7V6LLHC Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 6 months ago
Alumni Organization Survey Now Open I am very happy to announce that, thanks to the hard work and planning of DLS Alumni Karen Wilhelm and Steve Burr, and the guidance of Prof. Jay Reuscher, the next stage in the formation of a distinctively DLS Alumni organization is ready to begin. Please follow the link below to fill out a short survey form designed to allow you to contribute your ideas and participate actively in shaping this endeavor. The survey is focused and need not take more than a few minutes to complete. Naturally, all of you, present alumni and future (otherwise known as current students), are warmly invited to express your ideas at whatever length you might choose. Please make this a priority! The sooner you get it off your TO DO the better, but we need your input no later than Monday March 4. We plan for the organization to be up and running by late Spring. You can complete the survey at : http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7V6LLHC Thanks for your thoughtful contributions. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 7 months ago
Major Resource for Interdisciplinary Inquiry in the field of Ecology\Environment I recommend enthusiastically that those of your working in these areas take advantage of this Georgetown resource. Dear colleagues, I am tremendously excited to announce the launch of a new web resource on environmental issues that Madison Powers has created. Dubbed the "FEW Project," http://www.fewresources.org/ , it looks at the interconnecting challenges of Food, Energy, and Water. Bringing together philosophy, policy, and science, the site provides original analysis along with richly annotated links to thoughtful commentary, news, and data from around the world on these topics. The resource is truly breathtaking in its scope. The equivalent of a book in original content, it takes full advantage of web-based platforms that allow users to navigate at different levels and with different foci. We will be promoting the site to environmental organizations, scholars, and policymakers around the world. I wanted to send this more personal note to our own community to let you know of the resource. Please feel free to forward to others working on the issue or to your students. Margaret Little, PhDDirector, Kennedy Institute of EthicsAssoc. Professor, Philosophy Dept.Georgetown UniversityWashington, DC Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 7 months ago
Important: AGLSP Conference and Call for Papers. Dear DLS Students and Alumni, The Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs will hold its annual Conference October 10-12, 2013, at The Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, and has issued a call for Presentation Proposals. The topic of the conference is: Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City The Call for Papers is below. For further details go to the Association website: http://aglsp.org. Let me urge you to seriously consider submitting a proposal both to disseminate you work and to represent the DLS program nationally. Call for Papers/Presentations Cities have always been gateways to new dreams. For past and present global migrants, ethnic enclaves beckon with foods, houses of worship, and shops that provide the atmosphere of home, and buffer the transition to hybrid identity. But how does the immigration experience differ todayfrom that of the past? What factors drive immigration today, and what new forms of urban culture do they create? How do economic, political and social issues impact the urban immigrant experience? The 2013 AGLSP Conference in Chicago invites papers that explore immigrant life in cities large and small through history, the social sciences, literature and the arts. Papers may be based in particular disciplines, but special consideration will be given to papers which combine the perspectives of various disciplines, and which engage academic but non-specialist audiences. Proposals that address the integration of this theme into Liberal Studies curricula and classes arewelcome. Presentations should be 20 minutes long with an additional 5 to 10 minutes for questions. Please complete the Presentation Proposal Form found at http://aglsp.org including a 1-2 pageAbstract. Please supply all the required information, save the form to your file and attach it to an email to David Gitomer (dgitomer@depaul.edu), MALS & IDS Director at DePaul University, by June 1. Additional information about the conference can be found at aglsp.org. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 7 months ago
Important Reminder I hope all enjoyed the Holiday season, and have begun a healthy and rewarding New Year. Classes are already underway, so I wanted to send out a "last call: " ALL admitted students must either be registered for the appropriate course(s) or be on an approved leave of absence each Fall and Spring semester. Please be sure you are appropriately registered or the Registrar will withdraw you from the program, and you will have to apply to be readmitted (not fun). This is the University's rule, not ours, so we cannot grant you an exception. If you have not already met this requirement for the Spring 2013 semester, please contact either myself or Dean Ridder immediately. best wishes for the semester. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 8 months ago
Please join me in heartily congratulating the three newest DLS alumni who have successfully defended their theses this semester. We wish them well earned satisfaction in their accomplishment together with energy and commitment in pursuing the next phase of their work as public intellectuals. Dr. Johann Gross - The Ongoing Creation of Humanity: Emmanuel Levinas and the Ethical Sense of "Chosen People" Mentor: Dr. Wayne Fromann, George Mason University, and Dr. Francis J Ambrosio Dr. Pablo Garcia Molina - An Integrated Model for the Adoption of Information Technologies in US Colleges and Universities Mentor: Dr. Randall Bass Dr. Charles Aloysius O'Connor, III - The Great War and the Death of God: Postwar Breakdown of Western Culture, Retreat from Reason, and Rise of Scientific Materialism Mentor : Dr. Terrence Reynolds Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 9 months ago
Congratulations to David Maxwell, currently the leading contender for DLS Hubster of the year, on his recent publication. David, who is Associate Director of the SFS Security Studies Program, presented a paper on a strategy for dealing with North Korea and its provocations at the 27th annual conference of the Council on US-Korean Security Studies. The paper has been published in the fall edition of the Journal of International Korean Studies. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 9 months ago
Note from Anne Ridder, 11-8-12 Dear DLS Students and Alumni, You all are our best recruiters of prospective students. We are hosting a "Talk and Tour" event just for DLS prospective students on Tues., Nov. 13th. I will guide the attendees on a short campus tour at 6 PM, meeting by the middle door of the White-Gravenor Building (next to St. Ignatius statue). At 6:30 we will meet Dr. Ambrosio in room 204 White-Gravenor for the information session. Please share this information with friends/colleagues you think might be interested in the DLS Program and plan to come with them, if you wish. It will end by 8:00 PM. Thank you for sharing news of this event. Anne Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 10 months ago
Of potential interest: call for papers, Dear Dr. Ambrosio: On behalf of the Eastern Academy of Management, it is my privilege to invite submissions for our 50th Annual Meeting, May 8-11, 2013 in Baltimore, MD. This year’s conference theme is “Creativity and Innovation: Designs for the Future.” This is also the 50th annual EAM meeting. To view the Call for Papers and to find out more, please visit: http://www.eamconference.org/ Our submission deadline has been moved to January 21, 2013. This is one month later than past years, and should allow faculty and doctoral students more time during the semester break to prepare their papers.The 50th EAM meeting will feature a variety of sessions including papers, symposia, panels, cases, experiential exercises, professional development workshops, and distinguished speakers. Papers are double-blind reviewed, and accepted papers are published in a digital proceedings. Awards are given for outstanding papers, and outstanding reviewers are acknowledged in the program. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. The Sheraton is located just steps away from the Inner Harbor, Camden Yards and the Baltimore Convention Center.I hope that you will share this information with your faculty and your doctoral students. I am working on expanding the size, scope and quality of our conference, and your assistance in promoting EAM is an essential part of this effort. Yours truly,Kristin BackhausVice President for Program, Eastern Academy of Management Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 10 months ago
Pre-registration Reminders With Pre-Registration now under way, a couple of reminders to all active students (Alums please pardon the intrusion; we are working on a way to exclude you as a group from this email list for matters not immediately relevant.) 1. ALL admitted students must either be registered for the appropriate course(s) or be on an approved leave of absence each Fall and Spring semester. Please be sure you are appropriately registered or the Registrar will withdraw you from the program, and you will have to apply to be readmitted (not fun). This is the University's rule, not ours, so we cannot grant you an exception. 2. If you are a member of the 2011 or 2012 cohort you are required to have your course selections approved by the Director. That approval is automatic if you are registering only for the next foundational course in sequence. All elective registrations must be specifically approved. The reason is that appropriate advisement on a regular (semesterly) basis is indispensable to smooth and effective progress toward the degree. Approval of elective courses can, in some cases, be done by email, but must be followed by an in person visit with the Director before the end of classes. As always, do not hesitate to be in touch with me if you questions or concerns. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 10 months ago
Attention DLS Alumni and near-graduates: Full Time Faculty Position in Liberal Studies The director of the St. Norbert's MALS told me he would especially welcome applications from our Program. see announcement below: St. Norbert College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the division of Humanities and Fine Arts beginning August 2013. Terminal degree in field of specialization is required. Seeking a candidate with broad interdisciplinary interests who is committed to excellence in teaching and research. The candidate will teach courses both in the undergraduate curriculum and in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MLS) program. Specifically, the candidate will be expected to teach the Introduction to Liberal Studies course in the MLS program on a regular basis. For additional information on the undergraduate and graduate program, please see http://www.snc.edu/academics. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to teach in the classical studies and/or women and gender studies programs. Course load of three classes per semester. In addition to teaching, responsibilities of this position include a program of scholarship, student advising, service on college committees, and other typical collegial duties. St. Norbert College is a Catholic, nationally ranked Liberal Arts College that embraces the Norbertine vision of community and is committed to providing an educational environment that is intellectually, spiritually, and personally challenging. We welcome candidates from all faith traditions who can address how they will contribute to the College's mission. To learn more about our mission, please visit the College website at http://www.snc.edu/about/mission.html and http://www.snc.edu/academics/graduateprograms.html for information about how the division and MLS program specifically relate to the mission of the college. Candidates should address how they would contribute to the College’s mission in their letter of application. Applications postmarked by December 1 will receive full consideration. Send application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, names and contact information for references to: Dr. Howard Ebert, Director of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, St. Norbert College, 100 Grant St., De Pere, WI 54115-2099. Electronic submissions encouraged and may be sent to dinah.grassel@snc.edu. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. EEO. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 11 months ago
Fall 2012 DLS Convocation Highlights The DLS program held its second Annual Convocation on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Over 40 current students, alumni, GLSP faculty and honored guests attended the morning program which concluded with a luncheon. For those who were unable to attend, here are some of the highlights. • Newly appointed Provost Robert M. Groves addressed the Convocation and spoke enthusiastically about his own extensive experience initiating and participating in graduate interdisciplinary programs at the University of Michigan. He went on to warmly applaud GLSP students and faculty at Georgetown as life-long learners who are among his early picks for "heroes" whom he hopes to support through his leadership. • DLS program founder and Emeritus Associate Dean, Phyllis O'Callaghan spoke briefly in comment on her essay, "The Development of a New Doctoral Degree Program to Serve An Adult Audience: Georgetown University," published in 2011. The essay, which can be found on the DLS Hub, charts the long and sometimes laborious road from concept to implementation. A must-read for all of us connected with the program. • The Program Director introduced other honored guests in attendance including GLSP faculty members Elizabeth and Richard Duke, Joseph Smaldone, Gladys White, and Joseph Jensen, as well as Associate Dean Anthony Tambasco and Assistant Dean Anne Ridder, who received a standing ovation in acknowledgment of her receipt of the Dean's Award for Outstanding Service at the 2012 SCS Tropaia ceremony last May. • The Program Director announced a working group to carry out initial steps in the formation of a DLS Alumni Association. Prof. John Reuscher will serve as the faculty liaison to the group which includes DLS alumni Stephen Burr, DLS ‘11, and Karen Wilhelm, DLS’12. After meeting with University alumni officials, the group will actively solicit input from all DLS community members and will present a draft constitution for consideration and discussion in the spring 2013 semester.• Enhancements to the DLS Hub were the subject of a presentation that highlighted the Hub’s new status as an official channel of communication between the program's administration and students and alumni. In addition to being posted on the Hub, official announcements will be automatically communicated by e-mail (as in the case of this document). As always, it is important that each of you regularly check your Georgetown e-mail or ensure that it is being successfully forwarded to another account. The Director strongly encouraged an expanded use of the Hub in broadening our interaction as members of the DLS academic community. The user guide to the DLS Hub is available on the site under “Documents” at https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ • In the context of the concluding "Open Forum" a number of participants spoke to the importance of various aspects of the challenge to foster the vitality of our support network for students at all stages of the program and to expand opportunities for interaction, both virtual and in person, so as better to achieve our most important goal: that is, establishing, maintaining, and enriching an authentic community of learning. Among the issues discussed were the pressing need for physical space for students and faculty to meet; the valuable contribution of "support groups" for students at various stages of the program, including thesis writing and qualifying exam preparation; active initiative and involvement of students and alumni in recruitment, so as to attract the strongest possible candidates to the program. Overall, the event demonstrated the energy and commitment to the program that is so widespread among all its members. As we move into the increasingly busy work of the no-so-new-any-longer semester, it is important for each of us to remember that leadership is one of the primary qualities that the DLS seeks to inculcate in its students, and that leadership shows itself in a willingness to accept personal responsibility to enact in ourselves the changes and growth that we seek to encourage through our service to others. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 11 months ago
As of October 1, 2012, the DLS Hub will function as an official channel of communication between the Program and its students and alumni. Official program Announcements will be made via this channel and will appear on the Hub listed under the Announcement tab. When such an announcement is posted you will automatically receive an email notifying you of the posting. Please check the Hub regularly to insure that you do not miss important announcements. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 11 months ago
As of October 1, 2012, the DLS Hub will function as an official channel of communication between the Program and its students and alumni. Official program Announcements will be made via this channel and will appear on the Hub listed under the Announcement tab. When such an announcement is posted you will automatically receive an email notifying you of the posting. Please check the Hub regularly to insure that you do not miss important announcements. Visit Doctor of Liberal Studies Program: https://commons.georgetown.edu/hubs/dls/ 4 years, 11 months ago

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