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This past weekend, CGS had the pleasure of not only greeting the parents of its current students, but also of seeing the parents of those who graduated from CGS this past May to continue onto junior year. Friday night, students from the CGS class of 2014 gathered with their proud families in the Katzenberg Center for the Capstone Award Ceremony.
Capstone is an intensive project that challenges CGS sophomores to work in a small group to research a real-world, timely issue, and propose a comprehensive solution. It was conceived and designed as an interdisciplinary experience, as CGS’s pedagogical mission centers around the Liberal Arts, which are, by definition, interdisciplinary. After students put in countless hours of hard work- including desk research, field research, writing the 50-page paper, and preparing for and completing a group oral defense- each team of professors is challenged to select the strongest cases presented.
The 2014 theme, Think Globally, Act Locally, asked students to act as a panel of experts with the responsibility of surveying the history and scope of a particular problem in the Boston metropolitan area and proposing a policy recommendation. The projects explored targeted issues within the following “broader” topics: urban climate; urban resiliency in the face of hazards and crises; the value of urban biodiversity; transportation; urban waste; urban waterways and drainage; fisheries; human health and welfare in the city; and energy use and development in Massachusetts. With competition tough, each CGS team had to identify one winning group; the summaries of the winning projects can be found in the event program.
The Capstone project exemplifies CGS’s belief that a well-rounded education best prepares students to meet the challenges of today’s world; enabling them to think critically, understand and communicate effectively, bring together multiple perspectives to solve real-world problems. Congratulations to all!
CGS is excited to announce that it will be offering a new, interdisciplinary elective this spring: The History, Literature, Film and Science of Baseball.
Baseball occupies a special place in American society and memory. As the distinguished historian Geoffrey C. Ward once pointed out, the two hundred year-old national pastime is “an odyssey that links sons and daughters to fathers and grandfathers. And it reflects a host of age-old American tensions: between workers and owners, scandal and reform, the individual and the collective.” The History, Science, and Literature of Baseball: An Interdisciplinary Course seeks to explore these vital links while offering a comprehensive overview of the sport from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Taking advantage of our Boston location, students can expect a hands-on, experiential approach to the course material. With plans to tour Fenway Park and Nickerson Field (formerly Braves Field), the course will demonstrate what important roles these venues have played in the history and development of the game.
Cross-listed between CGS and CAS (CGS HU 500, CAS AM 502), The History, Literature, Film and Science of Baseball will be taught by Professors Andy Andres, Christopher Fahy, and Thomas Whalen.
Leavitt was honored with the Dr. Ismail Sensel Award, which funded by the Estate of Dr. Ismael Sensel and is traditionally given to a faculty member who has had a particularly outstanding year in terms of publication and teaching.
Leavitt published a book last year, The Foreign Policy of John Rawls and Amartya Sen, that applies the philosophies of Rawls and Sen to current pressing global issues involving human rights, health care, and nuclear proliferation. A recent review declares that the book offers “valuable insights into how the ideas of Rawls and Sen might make the foreign policy of democratic regimes ‘a little better.’” In addition to his book publication, Leavitt had another highly successful year as a professor, earning outstanding teaching evaluations and a Metcalf nomination from a former student. His students appreciate the clarity of his lectures, his ability to connect philosophy to contemporary issues, and the productive atmosphere he creates in the classroom.
Hallstein received the Peyton Richter Award, funded by alumnus Gary Kraut in honor of a long-serving CGS Humanities professor, Peyton Richter. Each year, the award goes to a professor who has demonstrated outstanding interdisciplinary teaching.
Hallstein’s students not only like her, they also learn from her. Students give praise Hallstein teaching them how to think more critically than they ever have before, and for strengthening their writing skills: “I have become not only a better writer, but also a better thinker. My vocabulary has improved in daily conversations and I find myself making connections between more and more things . . .” In addition to her success in the classroom, Hallstein has three books published and is working on her fourth, Bikini Ready Moms: Contemporary Motherhood, Celebrity Mom Profiles, and the Maternal Body.
Check out BUToday’s feature on Dean Natalie McKnight: New Dean Chosen for college of General Studies
On September 19, CGS faculty and alumni gathered to recognize Peter Shankman (CGS ’92, COM ’94) in the Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony. Each year, the College recognizes an alumni for his or her outstanding professional success and continued involvement at CGS. Shankman not only meets, but exceeds, both criteria.
A marketing and customer service futurist, Shankman has been a leader in the marketing and public relations field. He started his career at America Online, and then founded two companies (both of which were acquired): a public relations and marketing firm called The Geek Factory, and resource for journalists looking for sources called Help a Reporter Out. Most recently, Shankman writes, speaks and consults for clients in a variety of industries, often being quoted by top-tier outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Associated Press. Additionally, Shankman has four books published and regularly contributes to his blog- all witty, engaging, and insightful.
Amidst all of this success, Shankman leads a robust personal life, spending time with his family and pursuing hobbies such as skydiving and Ironman Triathalons. The College is especially grateful for Shankman’s time and dedication to further the work of CGS, specifically with his contributions as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board and his continued generous financial support.
Shankman was very honored and humbled Friday afternoon. Upon receiving the award, Shankman shared that his academic career was indeed a journey- he was different; and while he quickly found success in the business world, it was a much more enduring process to find success as a college student. The size, structure, and nature of CGS offered Shankman strong relationships with professors and the encouragement to continue pursuing his goals. Drawing parallels between his personal journey and the College, Shankman encouraged the audience: “Be different. The world needs different. You remember different. I recall being a student at BU, but I remember being a student at CGS.”
You can read more about Peter Shankman here: http://shankman.com/
On Thursday, September 18, the Institute for the Study of Irish Culture welcomed documentary director Maurice Fitzpatrick to campus for a viewing and discussion of his 2013 BBC documentary, “Translations Revisited.”
As the title suggests, Fitzpatrick’s documentary revisits Brian Friel’s 1980 play “Translations,” which explores the beauty and borders of language, the diversity of cultures, and how people transcend differences. The play was performed amid the strife of Derry, Northern Ireland in 1980, and staged once again in 2013 in the same city, which had been transformed by fifteen years of ‘peace.’ Given this unique parallel occurrence, Fitzpatrick looks at the significance of “Translations” and asks whether its message has stood the test of time.
Fitzpatrick provided the context for the making of the film. He and his crew filmed the rehearsals for its 2013 production. He interviewed actors, directors, theater scholars and Derry locals. He was interested in discerning in what ways a performance in 2013 would be different from one in 1980. Although the political situation was far less fraught than in 1980, the play’s themes — a society riven by differences in language and outlook — still resonate. The documentary added another layer of translation, serving as a means to carry across the meaning and import of this play written in the late 1970s.
The event concluded with Fitzpatrick fielding excellent questions from the audience, including one about the percentage of Irish versus English spoken in the film. Fitzpatrick estimates a 70-30 breakdown between Irish and English spoken in films sponsored by RTE/BBC. (Intriguingly, the Irish language doesn’t include terms or modes of address that make it easy to identify the socio-economic class of the speaker.)
A scholar and filmmaker, Fitzpatrick also authored a book titled “The Boys from St. Columb’s,” which he also made into a documentary.
Chimaerid (K-EYE-MI-RID) – The chimaerids are a group of fish, named after Greek mythological beast the chimaera, a monster put together from the parts of many animals. Our magazine also is put together from many parts and includes the talents of many types of artists – poets, photographers, filmmakers, painters, prose artists, etc. We’re that kind of fish.
The Literary Magazine of the College of General Studies
5 Roman Ilnicki “I hear BU Singing”
6 Rachel Hopkins “Boston” (An Imitation of Blake’s “London”)
7 Rachel Hopkins “Passion” (An Imitation of Bronte)
9 Casey Nulph untitled image
10 Marc Orlandella “I hear BU Singing”
11 Liz Dimant untitled image
12 Jeremey Lowe “Boston”
13 Tony Pham untitled image
14 Brittany Szabo “Whenever you”
15 Brittany Szabo “Closest Thing”
16 Brittany Szabo “Rainy Day”
17 Savanah Walsh untitled image
18 Shershah Atif: “Complications of the Heart”
19 Colin O’Neill untitled image
20 Sara Shilling “Window Box”
23 Isabella Spence untitled image
24 Isabella Spence “To Loss”
25 Isabella Spence “Winter is Love to Me”
26 Isabella Spence “Summer is Overrated”
28 Melissa Papalcure: “All Mine”
29 Ben Goodman “Chair”
30 Brandon Wood “Nightmare of the Conscious”
32 Sean Maria Nelson “Sleepless Thought”
37 Shershah Atif untitled image
38 Jonathan Heilman “One Day”
39 Mathis Baucher untitled image
40 Roman Ilnicki “Great Expectations”
The Chimaerid is dedicated to the memory of our long time supporter and adviser, Dean Bob Emery, “… a true friend and a good writer.”
Photo: Naomi Lomba-Gomes
Student Editors: Simon Mendes, Casey Nulph, Colin O’Neill
Cover Image: Tom Kokoska
Contributors: Sher Shah Atif, Mathis Bauchner, Liz Dimant, Ben Goodman, Jonathan Heilman, Rachel Hopkins, Roman Ilnicki, Jeremy Lowe, Sean Marria-Nelson, Casey Nulph, Marc Orlandella, Melissa Papalcure, Tony Pham, Sara Shilling, Isabel Spence, Brittany Szabo, Savanna Walsh, Brandon Wood
Technical advisors and gods: Matt Dursin, Matt Hallgren, Dean Robert Oresick
Faculty Advisors: Professor Meg Tyler and Professor Regina Hansen
Many many thanks to: Dean Wells, Professor Natalie McKnight and all associated with the CGS Student Film Festival (especially Pat Mullane), the professors in the Rhetoric and Humanities Divisions who encouraged their students to submit to the magazine. Naomi Lomba-Gomes and Dean Robert Oresick for promoting the magazine.