Provost Beth Dobkin addresses members of the faculty at the Feb. 22 Scholars Reception.
Provost Beth Dobkin, speaking at a black-tie reception in Saint Albert's Library, praised the faculty for their scholarship during 2007, which included books on immigration trends, papers on Christianity and Palestine, theater performances and art gallery exhibits.

"The work on display here is a testament to the intellectual vitality of Saint Mary's College and our range of scholarly and creative achievements," Dobkin said. "You make us not just a place of learning, but a place of higher education."

Throughout the Sixth Annual Scholars Reception on Feb. 22, examples of the scholarship were displayed on a video screen in the library's lobby. The reception was hosted by Dobkin, Vice Provost Frances Sweeney and Dean for Academic Resources Tom Carter. Roy Allen, Brian Jersky, Nancy Sorenson and Steve Woolpert – deans of the schools of business, science, education and liberal arts – also hosted the event.

Dobkin noted that much of the work fell within the College's missions, including social justice and the pursuit of ending violence and poverty and scholarship on teaching in a number of fields. She added that the faculty exemplified the liberal arts tradition at Saint Mary's by integrating disciplines, including science and theology and psychology and theater.

"Our faculty scholarship asks us to rethink incarceration, understand religion and racism, critique contemporary cinema, examine white privilege, teach the Holocaust, and work with the homeless elderly," she said. "Our list of faculty scholars includes a Fulbright award recipient and international performers. We have launched innovative productions of classic plays, and performed music over the airwaves."

-- Erin Hallissy
Office of College Communications

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