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Faculty News: Accomplishments and Accolades

English Faculty members Sarette Albin, Megan Griffin, and Kate Schenk attended a workshop at Bard College. The workshop was titled “The Institute for Writing and Thinking." and was an intensive week-long experience during which participants lived on campus at Bard and attended sessions all day with "homework" each evening.  

"The workshop taught me how valuable it is to make time for writing and sharing in class," Ms. Albin said. "Writing daily enables students to spend time with their thoughts and to feel comfortable writing them down." 

Professional Learning Coordinator and English Teacher Corby Baxter and Dean of Academics Elizabeth Smith presented at the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) Conference at the Westside School in Pasadeno over the summer.

Their presentation was in conjunction with Ann Phillips, Middle School Principal at Ursuline Delaware, and their presentation was entitled "Growing Dreamers: How Two Schools built Professional Growth Programs for Faculty that Hold Innovation as Central Components."

Social Studies Department Chair Dr. David Beyreis has a new book hot off the presses! His book, Blood in the Borderlands: Conflict, Kinship, and the Bent Family, 1821-1920, discusses one of the most famous families in the history of the American West, The Bents. Learn more.  

Visual Arts Department chair Jocelyn Holmes continued her PhD work with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts as she participated in her third residency over the summer. The residency offered a topological studies approach which engaged students with philosophical readings and lectures while immersing them in the art and architecture of Berlin, Venice, and Athens. 

As part of the residency, Ms. Holmes presented a research paper entitled A Feminine Phenomenology of Time. In it, she argues for the value of the female artistic voice in contributing to an understanding of a feminine phenomenology of time as exemplified in Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document (1973-1979). 

Ms. Holmes was also able to visit the Parthenon on Acropolis Hill in Athens and attend the 58th annual Venice Art Biennale featuring international art exhibitions from around the world. 

Theology Faculty member Kathy Sherman attended a course held by the Theology of the Body Institute of Philadelphia on Theology and Beauty, Theology of the Body & Art: The Way of Beauty. 

The week-long course looked at Theological history and experience of the profound encounter of God that we can experience through beauty. The course additionally inspired her to develop a series of several experiential mini-projects for her Theology students with the focus of encounter.