• Distinguished Visiting Scholars of 2008


This semester, the College of Arts and Sciences will host six Distinguished Visiting Scholars from a variety of disciplines. The Distinguished Visiting Scholars series provides the Suffolk University community with an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with artists, writers, activists, political leaders, and scholars of great accomplishment. The Scholars contribute to the intellectual vitality of the entire college community by teaching courses, holding workshops and roundtables, and delivering public lectures. They also have numerous informal opportunities to interact, consult, and collaborate intellectually and creatively with members of the Suffolk community during their residency here.

Frances Moore Lappé, social and environmental activist and author of several books, including the nationally acclaimed Diet for A Small Planet (1971), will be visiting on September 24 and 25.  Judy Norsigian, executive director and co-founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective and co-author of all editions of the prized health care book for women, Our Bodies, Ourselves, will visit the College from October 22-26 and will return again at the end of that month to provide mentoring to the students in the new Master’s in Women’s Health program. 

Smadar Lavie will also be visiting the College in October, from the 14th to the 18th.  As an anthropologist, professor, and author, she has specialized in Middle-Eastern politics, feminism and society and has lectured throughout the world with many social activist groups like the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition and Ahoti for Women in Israel.

In November, the College will host three scholars. Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Known World (2003), a richly imagined novel set before the Civil War in Virginia, will visit from November 12-14.  He will lecture on the many facets of African American literature and its significance in today’s political and social climate.  The Flamenco Conservatory Foundation “Casa Patas” will visit campus on November 24 and 25 to perform and teach flamenco dancing, and to lecture on its history and formation.  Casa Patas was established in 2000 to support the teaching, research and promotion of flamenco in all its art forms: song, guitar playing and dance.  Howard Zinn, author of numerous books, including A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to the Present (2006) and A Power Governments Cannot Suppress (2007), will be the final scholar of 2008 and will return again in 2009 to work with the Theatre Department on his dramatic works Emma and Daughter of Venus.

“We’re very excited to be able to offer so many different guest lectures this semester,” says Assistant Director of Communications for the College of Arts and Sciences Nicole Vadnais. “The Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program has been so instrumental in providing students with diverse perspectives from the ‘real world.’”

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