Two University Courses Offered for Spring 2022

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) is offering TWO University Courses for Spring 2022.

These courses are open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and meet once a week for three hours.

Please see below for information on each. 


The Ethics of Museums, Ownership, and Display: Art, Artifacts, Bodies, and Memory

Conveners: Megan O’Neil, Paul Root Wolpe, Amelia Schaffner, Ruth Martin Allen, Andrea McKenzie, and Amanda Hellman

Mondays 2:30-5:30

Human beings are collectors, and millions of artifacts, from ancient relics to modern art, populate museums, research centers, and private collections. In this course we will ask ourselves: what does it mean to “own” these items, who has the right to control them, and what are the ethical challenges of how they are displayed (or not)?  This course will use the institution of the museum - its history, collections, and possible futures - as a lens to explore how cultural artifacts and their preservation fit into understandings of history, memory, and the narratives of cultures and people, including those who have been marginalized or whose stories have been appropriated by others.

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To apply to “The Ethics of Museums, Ownership, and Display: Art, Artifacts, Bodies, and Memory”: CLICK HERE



Living Through Change

Convener: Elizabeth Goodstein

Wednesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

The Covid pandemic that altered our lives with such astonishing rapidity has confronted us with new challenges both individually and collectively. Even the most fortunate have been faced with anxiety, isolation, precarity, and loss; economic devastation, mass illness, and death have dramatically exposed social, cultural, economic, and political faultlines in the US and in the entire world. These changes helped catalyze new movements for racial and economic justice and raise awareness of the need to address historic legacies of conflict, suffering, trauma, and disenfranchisement even as catastrophic weather events have underlined the urgency of addressing global climate change and its social and political consequences, including mass trauma and displacement. 

By creating an interdisciplinary dialogue about transformation, healing, and resilience, this course aims to identify and develop both individual and institutional resources for engaging actively and creatively with the ongoing processes of change, both positive and negative, that mark contemporary life. Aspiring to reimagine intellectual community for an era of massive, global change, it will bring together students and experts from multiple fields and schools to share diverse approaches to change and conflict and differing understandings of the processes of individual and social transformation and thereby support ongoing efforts to foster needed changes in our own community and institution. 

Key concerns will be: integrating historical, cultural, social, and systemic perspectives on change; the relation between individual health and wellbeing and collective goods; the importance of acknowledging and addressing pain, difficulty, historic trauma, and conflict; the role of the arts and culture in opening new perspectives on past and future, on trauma and healing; fostering strategies for making interdisciplinary dialogue fruitful and creating a more vital intellectual community.

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To apply to “Living Through Change” :CLICK HERE

Please direct any questions you have about these courses to Dr. Donna Troka:

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