From the Dean’s Desk: A&S, January 2024 - The University of Tulsa
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From the Dean’s Desk: A&S, January 2024

Photograph of Kirsten Olds
Kirsten Olds

This January, the university revived a tradition of the “minimester.” This new J-term (short for January) featured six short-term, intensive A&S courses, including Artists and Publics with visiting curator Allison Glenn (funded by a grant from George Kaiser Family Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies); Leading Ladies: The Cinema of Greta Gerwig; and two faculty-led study abroad courses, Latin American Foodways, co-taught by faculty in Spanish and anthropology, and Politics and Culture in Japan. Students also had the opportunity to take Liberal Arts and Life, a career and life preparation course, in which students connected with mentors, learned about various career paths, and developed their resumés, cover letters, and interview skills. Alumni who were at TU in the late 1970s and 1980s: Did you participate in a May intersession course? Share with us your experiences on our social media or by email!
The intellectual life and energy in the Kendall College of Arts & Sciences is back full swing. On Jan. 18, we officially launched our new minor in Historical Trauma and Transformation, an initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, that builds on our reputation and depth in trauma studies.
Three symposia this spring will bring leading scholars to Tulsa from around the world:

  • Acts of Reading: Non-Philosophy and Humanities, Feb. 23-24
  • Cultures of the Americas (with the Helmerich Center for American Research), March 1
  • In My End is My Beginning: Commemoration of the 750th Anniversary of the Death of Thomas Aquinas (with the Honors College), March 8-9

Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge students have been researching the work of artist (and former TU faculty member) Daniel Lang. The exhibition Remembering Daniel Lang, curated by students under the supervision of their TURC mentor, Associate Professor Maria Maurer, are now on view in the Alexandre Hogue Gallery, with a closing reception (with curators’ talks and catalog distribution) on March 7.
We hope you’ll join us at these events as well as others! Please check the calendar and our social media for updates.

Embrace the ampersand,

Kirsten Olds
Interim Dean
Kendall College of Arts and Sciences