Hales group

Pictured from left to right are faculty members: Denise Bostdorff, Heather Fitz-Gibbon, Dan Bourne, Jimmy Noriega, Debra Shostak, Shirley Huston Findley, Jennifer Hayward, Ahmet Atay.


Hales Group to Discuss Trip to Greece and the Balkans

Faculty at Large lecture to be held Oct. 4 at The College of Wooster

29 September, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — Members of the Hales Travel Group will share their observations and experiences from their trip to Greece, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the first Faculty at Large lecture of the fall semester on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at The College of Wooster. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

Ten faculty members made the journey last semester in an effort to better understand the cultural landscape and geographic space of those diverse countries, and enrich their course offerings and the campus climate as a whole. The topic guiding this year’s reading group and trip was “Performing Remains.”

The group consists of Ahmet Atay (assistant professor of communication, film studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies), Dan Bourne (professor of English), Denise Bostdorff (professor of communication), Jennifer Hayward (professor of English, film studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies), Shirley Huston-Findley (professor of theatre and dance and South Asian studies), Phil Mellizo (assistant professor of economics), Jimmy Noriega (assistant professor of theatre and dance, Latin American studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies), Jeremy Rapport (associate professor of religious studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies), Debra Shostak (professor of English and film studies), and Heather Fitz Gibbon (dean for faculty development).

The trip was made possible through the Hales Fund, which was established in honor of Emeritus President R. Stanton Hales to support innovative, interdisciplinary faculty development. Each year, it allows a group of faculty to study together through the academic year and engage in collaborative field study the following summer. Upon return, the group shares its collective experience with the campus, and each member revises an existing course or develops a new one to enrich the Wooster curriculum with the advances accomplished as a result of the project.

Additional information about the lecture series is available by phone (330-263-2576) or email.