Millersville University, Faculty Senate
I would like to propose two themes for your committee. I do not have the
time to present you with an in-depth proposal but I would be very happy to
work with you if you want more information. If you do consider any of
these proposals I would be very happy to serve on your committee.
||Dr. Joel Piperberg
||February 24, 1996
I think that it might be of interest for Millersville Academic community
to explore the role of the arts in society. This is a theme that can be
explored by several disciplines. For example:
1. Inviting Howard Gardner, to explain his research pertaining to Multiple
Intelligence and how music and art should be conisdered one of the
intelligences. what are the implications for education? Exploring the
notion of creativity.
2. Inviting the president of the National Endowment, Jane Alexander, to
present a lecture on the role of the arts in society going into the twenty
3. Inviting a journalist such as Bernard Holland, New York Times, to begin
to discuss the future of the arts or what is art?
4. Inviting musicians, dancers and artists to discuss their work followed
by a concert or an exhibition.
5. Important discussions could focus on the role of government in
supporting the arts.
6. Censorship and the arts.
7. Inviting arts organizations from the community to begin a dialogue on
the role of the arts in the community.
Proposal for the 2000-2001 University Theme
MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR THE NEXT CENTURY:
APPLYING WHAT WE KNOW IN THE ACADEMY TO SOLVING HUMAN PROBLEMS
This theme would focus on making the knowledge we have in/from our various
disciplines available to the public in an accessible and useable way. Its
aim is to provide practical solutions to human social problems, which are
defined in the broadest sense to include issues in society (community,
conflict resolution, violence, health care, education, etc.), politics
(domestic and international), environment, and global commerce among
others that could be identified.
This theme could involve, at a minimum, the following departments:
biology, business, communication, computer science, earth sciences,
economics, foreign languages, geography, industry and technology, nursin,
political science, psychology, social work, sociology/anthropology, as
well as the various education departments.
The theme could provide information to faculty about skills necessary to
take their knowledge public and develop forums for the seminars/workshops
that faculty could offer, in addition to speakers and other types of
events focused on these issues.
Another important dimension would be a strong focus on service learning:
involving students in our "public" work through co-op experience and
volunteering. It could have a strong component of Millersville University
faculty and students working with area organizations, agencies,
businesses, and government to analyze issues and to solve problems.
Submitted by Marlene Arnold, cumberland House, x 3884
February 17, 1997
February 6, 1997
Below is a suggestion for the 2000-2001 University theme. It may not be
all that new or even that good, but it's a suggestion.
Truth With Compassion
A university education calls us first to seek and live the truth with
honesty and perseverance, no matter where the search may lead us, no
matter what stand it may ask us to take and no matter what change it may
ask us to undergo.
A university education calls us also to be people of compassion, to see
our brother or our sister in each person we encounter, to be in solidarity
with all of our brothers and sisters throughout life's journey, and to be
faithful in nurturing, protecting and defending their life, their freedom,
their growth and their dignity always and everywhere.
A true university education calls us to be people of both truth and
compassion: compassion without truth will deteriorate into sentimentality
and work against justice; truth without compassion will become harsh and
work against peace. Truth and compassion are not only essential for a
meaningful university education, but they must be integrated goals and
processes if our education is to bear good fruit that will last.
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