Category: Faculty News
Jacques Pépin, cofounder with Julia Child of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, recently discussed his last scheduled cooking series (the 26-episode Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul, scheduled to air in October 2015 on KQED Public Television), and his plans for the future as he turns 80. In the News Tribune article, Pépin stresses that he does not plan to retire. “Julia never retired,” he commented. He does, however, intend to continue demonstrating his famed culinary techniques for students at MET.
Dr. Beth Bennett, adjunct lecturer of English at Metropolitan College, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach for nine months in the English Department at the University of Ghana. Bennett will teach African American literature and writing, undertake research in Accra and other sites in the country, and retrace the steps Richard Wright took on his visit to Ghana in the 1950s (a journey Bennett discusses in her essay “Shooting Slavery’s Image in Black Power: A Close Reading of Three Richard Wright Photographs,” published in 2010 by Peter Lang in Writing with Light: Words and Photographs in American Texts, edited by Mick Gidley).
In August, Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences Jay Halfond (former dean of MET) published two posts to his ongoing Huffington Post blog—“An Encore Professor” and “The Innovation Seesaw.” Professor Halfond has been blogging insights on higher education since October 2012—you can read the blog here.
BU Professor of Anthropology Merry White, who also lectures in MET’s Seminars in Food, Wine & the Arts, was quoted in the Boston Globe film review, “Clash of culinary cultures in The Hundred-Foot Journey.” White—along with another anthropologist, a French chef, a French-born university lecturer, a Francophile, and an Indian-American artist—was invited to critique the film’s depiction of the cultural and culinary clash between French and Indian restaurateurs in a French village.
Blackboard’s Catalyst Award, Director’s Choice for Courses with Distinction, was given to Associate Professor and Chair of Computer Science Anatoly Temkin and Senior Instructional Designer Dan Hillman for Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, a core course in MET’s online master’s in Computer Information Systems.
As defined by Blackboard, the Catalyst Award “honors those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences.” This is the fourth Catalyst Award BU has received from Blackboard since 2011.
Commissioner William B. Evans—who was recently appointed in that role, as well as awarded MET’s Roger Deveau Part-Time Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching—will teach Policing in a Democratic Society (MET CJ 750) over 2014 Summer Term 2 starting June 30. Evans spoke to MET Magazine for an upcoming article about the inherent issues that he raises in this criminal justice course:
…issues such as secure communities and stop-and-frisk. Stop-and-frisk, for us, is an effective tool if we use it correctly. You know, we obviously have to have reasonable suspicion to do it, but looking at it from the democratic perspective, people don’t like being stopped and frisked. Or, secure communities: should we even be involved in any type of immigration enforcement? Those are topics that we have discussed, and they’re very controversial—both of them—and it’s interesting to have that give-and-take in the classroom. I believe stop-and-frisk shouldn’t be overused, but there are some times that we might have to do it. And so, in a democratic society there are a lot of controversial topics that the police are involved with, like the right to own guns. In a democratic society, we have certain rights and sometimes people feel the police infringe on those rights. It makes for some interesting dialogue.
The course description further explains the delicate issues and gray areas involved: police agencies play a critical role in a democratic society. While seeking to maintain order, enforce the law and deliver services effectively, police agencies are held accountable to a wide-variety of values by a number of powerful stakeholders. Police leaders, managers, and other personnel must understand the complexities of their role in society as well as the political and legal constraints placed on them. By applying theory, policy, and evaluation literature to the cutting-edge practices in the field, this course provides students with an advanced understanding in the field of police leadership, management, strategy, and accountability within a democratic society.
Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Latin American Studies Program, and Initiative on Cities co-sponsored the event “Latin American Urban Experiences: Crisis, Creativity, and Renewal.” Held on April 19, 2014, and organized by Pardee Faculty Fellows Susan Eckstein and Enrique Silva—who is also assistant professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET—the event featured faculty and student panel presentations on life in Latin American cities. Using highway development in Chile as an example, Silva spoke about the ways strategic city planning impacts life in large urban areas. The event concluded with comments from former Boston mayor Thomas Menino, who now serves as co-director of BU’s Initiative on Cities.
In “POV: Memo to Boston’s Mayor on How to Fight Inequality,” two Metropolitan College faculty members examine how Mayor Marty Walsh can keep his promises to fight inequality in Boston. Enrique R. Silva, assistant professor city planning and urban affairs, and Eugene B. Benson, adjunct professor of city planning and urban affairs at MET and adjunct clinical assistant professor of environmental health at BU’s School of Public Health, examine the mayor’s policies: “There is a lot riding on Marty Walsh’s first term as mayor of Boston…As we look to him for leadership on this dark cloud hanging over an otherwise shining city, the question that needs to be asked is whether the new mayor has the power to reduce inequities in Boston.”
Read the entire article on BU Today.
On Friday, April 11, Associate Professor and Director of Arts Administration Daniel Ranalli participated in the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement series “Fridays @ HILR.” During The Art of Museum Viewing, Ranalli, Harvard Art Museums Director Thomas Lentz, and Boston Globe art critic Sebastian Smee discussed the following questions: Why do people go to museums today? What is the role of the art museum in contemporary culture?
MET’s former dean and current Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences, Jay A. Halfond, wrote an article for New England Journal of Higher Education called “From Arab Spring to Academic Blossoming? Transforming Nations after their Liberation.” The article examines notions of higher education in post-conflict societies such as Libya, and how Western models can serve as positive examples.
Read more at the New England Journal of Higher Education…