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Published 11/04/16

Café Chats: Interdisciplinary opportunities to explore ideas with Arts and Sciences faculty

Under way this fall: Café Chats, a series of student-faculty discussions sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences that focuses on the broader significance and real world applications of what goes on in its disciplines.

The series, held in the Academic Innovation Center's cafe, kicked off with “Science Literacy is for Everyone," hosted by Professor of Science and Technology Brian Blais, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Modern Languages Anthony Houston, Ph.D. They and the students touched on such topics as the accuracy of science in recent movies, do our genes determine our destiny, and the mathematical modeling of the pace of technological development.

While sparking "interesting, fun, and thoughtful conversation," Café Chats build "communitiy and identity for our Arts and Sciences students," says Wendy Samter, Ph.D, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other Café Chats topics include:

  •  “Will American Democracy Survive the 2016 Election Revisited?” with Professor of History and Social Sciences Bradford Martin, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences Richard Holtzman, Ph.D.
  • "Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Administration" with Professor of History and Social Sciences John Dietrich and attorney Clay Pell
  • “Women and Statistics" with Professors of Mathematics Kristin Kennedy, Ph.D., and Phyllis Schumacher, Ph.D.
  • “Let’s Play! Professors’ Arguments for Play" with Professor of Applied Psychology Nanci Weinberger, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of History and Social Sciences Sandra Enos, Ph.D.