Faculty-Staff Achievements, May 1, 2017
Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, has been selected for the Periclean Faculty Leadership Program under the aegis of the nonprofit Project Pericles. The program encourages faculty to create and teach courses that address issues of social concern, enrich curriculum, and enhance student social interest and involvement. It provides a grant of $1,500; the faculty member's institution is expected to contribute a $1,500 match. The award also comes with an administrative honorarium of $500, for a total grant award of $2,000. (Project Pericles and the Periclean Faculty Leadership Program are not related to Skidmore's Periclean Honors Forum or Periclean Scholar Awards.)
Christine Dawson, visiting assistant professor of education studies, gave the keynote address at an education seminar titled "Teacher as Writer, Advocate, & Activist: A Spring Conference for Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Teachers and the Community," April 22 at the State University of New York College at New Paltz. Her address was titled "Being Teacher-Writers: Creating, Growing, and Connecting." Dawson is a member of the leadership team for the Capital District Writing Project and author of The Teacher-Writer: Creating Writing Groups for Personal and Professional Growth. On May 2 Dawson discussed her book and answered questions at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs.
Katherine Graney, professor of political science, led a panel discussion on US-Russia relations with
members of the Saratoga Springs/Checkhov Sister City organization on April 26 at the
Saratoga Springs Public Library. The other participants were former State Department
employee Philip Diamond and former Mayor Kenneth Klotz. The three had traveled to
Chekhov, Russia, in 2001 to sign the Sister City agreement. Current Saratoga Springs
Mayor Joanne Yepsen introduced the event.
In the News
A book edited by Flagg Taylor, associate professor of political science, was included in the "Dave Eggers' Resistance Reading" list of recommended titles in Mother Jones on April 18. The book is The Great Lie: Classic and Recent Appraisals of Ideology and Totalitarianism (Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011).
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