Archive of RaP Colloquia in the 2015-2016 Academic Year

Faculty Panel: Research Across the Disciplines II

Wednesday, February 24 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta

Three of our new faculty members–Timothy Surrette, Amber Howard, and Sharon McMahon-Sawyer–will talk about their research and interdisciplinary connections.

Interdisciplinary Therapies

Wednesday, March 2 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta
Kati Corlew, Jen Mascaro, Ellen Taylor, and Tamara Hunt discuss diverse approaches to therapy including creative writing, pop culture analysis, art therapy, and more!

Disaster, Climate Change, Food, Ecology and Dystopia

Wednesday, March 9 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta

Kati Corlew, Sandra Haggard, Colleen Coffey, and Sarah Hentges discuss the intersections of psychology, literature, ecology, and social justice.

History, Rhetoric, and Texts

Wednesday, March 16 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta

Rob Kellerman, Tom McCord, and Elizabeth Powers talk about the interdisciplinary nature of texts, language, history, and culture.

Yoga: Theory, Practice, Application, and Expression

Wednesday, March 23 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta

Carey Clark, Nicole Caruso, Kati Corlew, and Sarah Hentges talk about their work in yoga combining nursing, holistic health care, outdoor education, community service, meditation, psychology, cultural criticism and theory, literature, teaching, and practice.

Compute This: Math, Science, Complexity and Art

Wednesday, April 6 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta

Lester French, Larry Whitsel, Rick Nelson, and Lynn Twitchell demonstrate the ways in which math and/or science and music are complementary, not competitive, academic disciplines.  A consideration of software engineering and complexity, jazz motifs and patterns, statistics and technology draws from a conversation between these diverse faculty members, extending outward to embrace considerations of community service.

Wham, Bang, Pow! Graphic Novels and Intersectionality

Wednesday, April 6 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta
Lisa Botshon, Peter Precourt, and Kati Corlew discuss the intersections of art, literature, culture, and more in the “wham, bang, pow!” world of graphic novels.

Examination of Interdisciplinary Disciplines

Wednesday, April 20 at Noon from Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor and Katz 40 in Augusta

Sarah Hentges discusses her interdisciplinary work in American studies and Women’s and Gender studies, including the ways in which these interdisciplinary fields encourage connections outside of academia, toward social justice.

Social Science Panel on Interdisciplinarity

Wednesday, February 3 at Noon

Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor, Katz 40 in Augusta

The Social Sciences are by nature inherently interdisciplinary, featuring strongly divergent models of human individual and collective behavior while retaining shared focus on those outcomes.  Social Science faculty Kati Corlew, Ken Elliot, Lorien Lake-Corral and Charles Waugh discuss interdisciplinarity within that context.  How can the different social sciences inform one another?  How can the social science provide insight to and development of insight from the natural sciences and humanities?

Faculty Panel: Research Across the Disciplines I

  • Lisa Botshon, Professor of English
  • Rosie Curtis, Lecturer in Architecture
  • James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science
  • Peter Milligan, Professor of Biology
  • Carey Clark, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Moderator

Wednesday, February 10 at Noon

Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor, Katz 40 in Augusta

Members of this faculty panel will discuss their answer to the question “What is Research?” from the vantage point of their own discipline, then present examples of their own current research projects.  Moderator Carey Clark will encourage movement from multidisciplinary presentation to interdisciplinary discussion.  Co-sponsored by AWSIM, the committee for Advocating Wicked Scholarship in Maine.

Humanities Panel on Interdisciplinarity

Wednesday, January 27 at Noon

Lewiston Hall 110 in Bangor, Katz 40 in Augusta

Humanities faculty Sarah Hentges, Jeff Sychterz, Kay Retzlaff, Rob Kellerman, and Ellen Taylor discuss interdisciplinarity within the fields of the humanities and instances in which the humanities reaches out to connect with disciplines outside its own bounds.

High and Low: Steel Sheds, Steel Towers and the Rise of Modernism

Amy Hinkley, Assistant Professor of Architecture

Eric Stark, Associate Professor of Architecture

Monday, November 16, 12 Noon

University of Maine at Augusta Katz Library

A presentation of research regarding the development of modernism in the cities of Detroit and Chicago. This research was the result of a ten day travel experience in the Summer of 2015, and subsequent analysis work by our architecture students.  Through the study of iconic as well as vernacular architecture, students discovered how the buildings they studied were representative of their larger cultural, geographic, and historic contexts, and began to draw new formulations and understandings from their primary research.

Online Education in the Year 2030: A Look Forward

James Cook, Assistant Professor of Social Science

Thursday, October 15, 12 Noon – 1 pm

University College at Rockland

The University of Maine system is experiencing a rapid shift away from in-person to online learning, yet lags behind institutions like Harvard and MIT who offer Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) via EdX and Coursera to anyone with a high-speed internet connection.  Should the University of Maine catch up by offer its own MOOCs?  In this presentation, I argue the answer is a firm no.  MOOCs are an aging transitional form of education that firmly grasp toward a past in which faculty taught in closed-off rooms, in which students resided on campuses for fixed terms, and in which learning was aggregated into forms that fit those limitations.  Instead of replicating past forms, the University of Maine should leap forward to a future unrestrained by space, time and isolation.

This colloquium invites discussion of the features of higher education that are dispensible and indispensable as we look forward to a target date of 2030 — only fifteen years away.  One prototype vision of such a future — an open, collaborative, learning structure called an OSLO — is unveiled to center this discussion.

This colloquium was recorded for broader viewing:


Assessing Information Literacy: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Jodi Williams, Associate Professor of Information & Library Services
Ben Treat, Director of Library Services
Hirosuke Honda, Director of Assessment

Wednesday, October 21, 12 Noon – 1 pm

University of Maine at Augusta Katz Library

As part of its ongoing cycle of general education assessment, UMA assessed student information literacy skills using an online instrument called Project SAILS.  Come join us for a discussion of our results and the various ways the university is “closing the loop” to use assessment results to guide action.

How Many People Are You? Shaping Your Day for Success

Steve Moro and Jon Potter, Adjunct Faculty in Communication

Tuesday, October 27, 12 Noon

University College at Rockland
In this dynamic presentation drawn from former FBI Investigator Joe Navarro’s book What Everybody is Saying, Steve Moro and Jon Potter will analyze the “micro signals” of body language that we exhibit and explain how to recognize them in ourselves and others.

Potter and Moro will demonstrate and role play 65 of these body language markers in a brisk fashion, followed by a presidential debate question and answer period.  James Cook will play the announcer with some “softball questions.”  Presidential wannabees will include Moro, Potter, and Chip Curry. As the contenders field questions from Prof. Cook and other members of the audience, they will attempt to exhibit body language “tells” in which the body may reveal the intent of the message rather than just a talking head.

An accompanying handout will include Works Cited and descriptions of body language examples, with attributions culled from  Erving Goffman (Presentation of Self), Joan Snyder (Dynamics of Acting), Arthur Lessac (Use and Training of the Human Voice), and Uta Hagen (Respect for Acting).

Housing Discrimination in Maine: Audit Studies and the Importance of Social Research to Social Justice

Jill Hunter, Pine Tree Legal Assistance

Wednesday, September 23, 12 Noon

University of Maine at Augusta Katz Library

Jill Hunter, Esq. of Pine Tree Legal Assistance will present results of fair housing audits in the state of Maine.  This research method is a variety of field experiment that helps determine whether and where discrimination on the basis of color, race, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, having children, or getting public aid occurs for Mainers who are trying to find a  place to live.  The role of social science research in identifying and rectifying social problems, and the opportunity to become a fair housing tester, will be discussed.