As part of the series A Known Way, A Safe Passage, assistant professor of biological sciences Renae Brodie and assistant professor of psychology and education Amber Douglas will speak about the role academic excellence has played in their life journeys on Monday, December 3, at 6:30 pm in the New York Room in Mary Woolley Hall.
For the series, the Office of Academic Development invites faculty, staff, and community leaders to deliver brief lectures, followed by Q&A sessions. The series contributes to the climate of high academic achievement through narratives that focus on the ways scholars and other professionals have practiced and valued curiosity, passion, experimentation, imagination, and the pursuit of excellence.
Douglas's research interests fall into two categories: psychological trauma, with an emphasis on dissociation, and the psychology of ethnic minorities; she also explores the intersection of the two. Brodie's scholarship focuses on behavior, development, and the ecophysiology of terrestrial crabs. She teaches courses in introductory biology and ethology.
"The series is one among several initiatives that the president and deans have developed to enhance high-level learning at Mount Holyoke," Lucas Wilson, director of academic development and associate professor of African American studies and economics, has said regarding the series that began in fall 2006. "Our hope is that by hearing school stories--good and bad--from adults who do a variety of different jobs in our community, students will realize that the scholarship of discovery can guide them through the college years, and give them the confidence that whatever life work they end up doing, they can find contentment in it."
"We also hope students will find the series to be a space on campus where they can get good answers to probing questions about the self and the possibilities open to each of us," Wilson added. "Isaiah Berlin said it best, 'Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, how they came to be where they are, where they appear to be going, whether they wish to go there, and if so, why, and if not, why not.' This kind of opportunity is, in essence, what the series offers."
Events in the series are free and open and accessible to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Office of the President at 413-538-2185.