Interdisciplinary

PBS Broadcast

April 19, 2013

Students Team with PBS to Produce Broadcast on Fracking and Influence of Technology

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As every journalist knows, there are at least two sides to every story. Students in Mark Crain’s Industry, Strategy, and Policy class have learned to appreciate that maxim as they take on the role of broadcast journalists this semester. Crain, Simon Professor of Political Economy and chair of policy studies, is teaching the class in [...]

Dressed in a white kanzu, Tahir Basil '13 overlooks Lamu town before attending evening prayers in one of Lamu's many mosques.

April 17, 2013

Kenya Becomes a Field School for 17 Students Learning about Social and Religious Dynamics

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There is a persistent notion that Africa is a benchwarmer of sorts in the game of world affairs, an untouched land where time stands still. What a group of 17 students learned during a January study-abroad course—Religion, Society and Change in East Africa—is the fact that Africa has always been a central player in the [...]

Jessica London'13 and Rebeka Ramangamihanta ’16

March 15, 2013

Coming Full Circle: Malagasy Student is First LIME Graduate to Attend U.S. Institution

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Even though this is her second semester at Lafayette, Rebeka Ramangamihanta ’16 still has a hard time believing she’s living her dream of studying in America. “Sometimes I look in the mirror and say, ‘Is it really true?’” says Ramangamihanta, the first high school student to complete the Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education (LIME) and [...]

The class at Chichen Itza

March 15, 2013

Mexico is Classroom for Students Learning How Mexican Identity Developed

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After studying in Costa Rica during the fall semester, Jiselle Peralta ’13 (Rego Park, N.Y.) was excited to continue expanding her knowledge of Latin American countries. During the January interim session, she joined nine other students on the intensive short-term study abroad course Mexico Through the Centuries. “That’s the beauty of a liberal arts college—the [...]

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February 19, 2013

IDEAL Integrates Liberal Arts and Engineering

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More engineering and liberal arts students will work together on innovative solutions to real-world problems through the Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership, known as IDEAL. The transformative initiative will support multidisciplinary learning, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. IDEAL will foster distinctive learning experiences by providing resources, curricular connections, and incentives that build and sustain a culture of creative collaboration. Combining [...]

Award-winning composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank, photo © Sabina Frank

February 12, 2013

Mellon Grant Supports Yearlong Arts Series with Composer Gabriela Lena Frank

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Continuing the College’s vision of infusing the arts throughout the curriculum, Jennifer Kelly, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, is leading a yearlong series of arts-related events and activities beginning next fall. The programming is supported in large part by a portion of the grant the College received in 2011 from The [...]

Students explore the Costa Rican coastline.

February 8, 2013

Students Explore the Language and Culture of Costa Rica

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Flashlights in hand, a group of students trekked through a Costa Rican jungle in the middle of the night. When they emerged from the dense forest, they were on a beach, watching a mother turtle burrowing in the sand to lay her eggs. As they silently witnessed this miracle of life, someone yelled out, “Snake!”—and [...]

Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall

February 8, 2013

Professor Wendy Wilson-Fall Stimulates Curiosity in the Classroom

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To say that Wendy Wilson-Fall is enthusiastic is an understatement. As Lafayette’s first professor hired specifically for the interdisciplinary Africana Studies Program, she is excited about its growth and future. She is equally enthusiastic about communicating her passion for Africana studies to her students as well as the upcoming publication of her new book. Inspired [...]

Interim Abroad in Bali

February 8, 2013

Students Encounter the Arts and Spirituality in Bali

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For the first three weeks of January, a group of Lafayette students and faculty visited the small Indonesian island of Bali, where they learned how Balinese spirituality is intimately connected to the arts. The focus of the class was Balinese theater, dance, and music. In Bali, artistry, and the performing arts in particular, are deeply [...]

CaPA Scholars

January 7, 2013

CaPA Students Contribute to Vibrancy of Campus Arts Community

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If anyone wonders whether the arts are alive and well in higher education, they need look no further than the College’s Creative and Performing Arts (CaPA) Fellowship program. This year, there are 27 students from diverse academic backgrounds pursuing projects that range from writing to studio art to theater to music. “We find an increasingly [...]