What are some examples of the Center’s activities?
Singer: Our main focus in the Lisska Center is on mentorship. We're here to help motivated students identify and apply for funding for a wide range of exciting summer, semester, and postgraduate opportunities. In that effort, we're working closely with other campus offices, including Off-Campus Study and the Knowlton Center for Career Exploration.
We help students think about their interests and skills, explore options, and articulate the value of their liberal arts education. One of the things we spend a lot of time doing is working closely with individual students to help them craft strong application essays.
We have a lot going on each semester, including a program called Monday Musings, where we invite faculty members to give informal talks in the Gilpatrick House lounge on scholarly interests, research, or creative work. It's a chance for students to learn more about the range of faculty involvements, ask questions, and experience what scholarly work can look and sound like. Adam Davis, a professor in the history department, hosted a great one last year where he played a Bach cello suite and talked about its significance.
A few times during the semester, we have a lunchtime Chowder Hour program with food and conversation on particular topics – a recent lunch was held in the Denison Museum where guest artist Emory Douglas talked about his work on display in the gallery. Another opportunity gives students a chance to propose, present, and teach minicourses on topics not covered in the regular course catalog – it's called the Experimental College, an idea we resurrected from the 1970s. Last year, Sophia Higginbottam '17 taught a really popular course called “Tattooing Around the World.”
In addition to our offerings for interested students, faculty are also encouraged to come to the Lisska Center for support in gaining outside scholarships and funding for their work and teaching. They're welcome to attend the range of programs I've mentioned, and there's also a program called Research Tables, in which faculty members get funding to explore multidisciplinary topics, such as “Ethics in Cyberspace.”