Interdisciplinary Conversations on Teaching

CTL is pleased to announce our first collaborative endeavor with BU Arts Initiative – an interdisciplinary conversation about integrating the arts into the curriculum. We hope there will be more such conversations on teaching that include perspectives from across the disciplines!

Please click on “Read More” for details. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, March 30, for stimulating presentations and conversations with colleagues!

Spring 2021


“Arts Integration Across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practice” 

A unique interdisciplinary conversation sharing perspectives on integrating arts across disciplines 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM EST

Graphic for Arts Integration Across the Curriculum: Perspectives and Practice by Jennifer Beard, David Carballo, & Carrie Preston. This text is over a grey background and the bottom there is a row of different art installments

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Jennifer Beard (SPH) Using Fiction in Global Mental Health Curriculum

Jennifer will speak about using fiction in a global mental health class as a way to spark conversations about the importance of finding balance between the population level perspective and the raw, emotional, lived experience that fiction can evoke.

Jennifer Beard, PhD, MA, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at BU’s School of Public Health and the Associate Editor of Public Health Post.\



Headshot of David Carballo

David Carballo (CAS) Arts Integration for Engaging the Past, Present, and General Education

David will speak about arts integration for engaging the past, present, and general education, moving from how he uses ancient art and art history in his teaching to his recent collaboration with the BU Arts Initiative on Hostile Terrain 94. He will also discuss other ways that art can be integrated into the HUB Undergraduate General Education Curriculum.

David Carballo, PhD, is Assistant Provost for General Education, Associate Professor of Archaeology, and a specialist in Mesoamerican archaeology, focusing particularly on the pre-hispanic civilizations of central Mexico.




Carrie Preston (KHC) The Place of the Arts in Forced Displacement Studies

Carrie will discuss how she integrates the arts into classes that focus on forced migration as well as how she builds lessons and assignments around arts events and experiences. Approaches include sponsoring staged readings and talks with playwrights (supported by the Arts Initiative) along with visits to museums such as the ICA’s recent “When Home Won’t Let You Stay” exhibit.

Carrie Preston, PhD, is the Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor and Director of Kilachand Honors College, a Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and the founding Co-Director, with Muhammad Zaman, of the Initiative on Forced Displacement at Boston University.