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Thursday, February 25, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
There are two major events to which students are invited:
1. The Public Forum on the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on global issues such as immigration, terrorism and trade.
Monday, March 7, 4-5:30 p.m., Rigas Theater. Tickets may be ordered by contacting the Quick Center Box Office 716-375-2494
2. The Tuesday Lunchtime Forum on the Northern Ireland Accords as a model for negotiating peace in the Middle East
March 8, 11;30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., University Club ($3 for those without an SBU meal plan)
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Mathew Sigelman in "Getting Past the Lazy Debate" makes some really good points, ones that students in Digital and Public history have heard. It's worth reading. He makes smart points about what employers are looking for and the relationship between liberal arts education and vocational skills.
From his essay:
From his essay:
"Or consider this: across the labor market, many of the jobs that are both fastest growing and in highest demand are those that bring together different skill sets, like marketing and data analysis, or graphic design and programming. Such positions, which have grown by 53 percent over the last four years alone, are often hard to fill because technically oriented training programs tend to be tightly focused. By contrast, these “hybrid jobs” require people who can bridge domains and synthesize ideas.
Liberal arts graduates may not have direct training in those domains, but the liberal arts live within the core framework of interdisciplinary synthesis and critical evaluation. That’s a world apart from more technically oriented programs that dispatch their graduates into the workforce with a fixed portfolio of skills that, while marketable, may be of fleeting currency. In fact, even within a given occupation, the core work activities can evolve quickly, rendering a “practical” program obsolete. In the fast-growing field of data analysis, the entire skill set has shifted over just a three-year span away from pure statistical computation to place much more emphasis on visualization and business analysis."
Friday, February 5, 2016
Chris Dalton is teaching Sorcery Scares, Witch Hunts and Exorcism in Asian History as our First Year Seminar in the Fall. The goal of the first year seminar is to offer a small class that introduces students to the discipline of history. How do historians ask questions? How do historians approach a problem? What is historical thinking? Professor Dalton's topic promises to not only be intellectually challenging but a great deal of fun.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Adam Frank in "What is the Value of an Education in the Humanities," makes interesting points about this new world we live in. Not only has the economics of higher education changed, but we've reached a point where separating the humanities from technology isn't wise. He writes:
"The point: The old barriers between the humanities and technology are falling. Historians now use big data techniques to ask their human-centered questions. Engineers use the same methods — but with an emphasis on human interfaces — to answer their own technology-oriented questions." As you read the article he lists technologies, including GIS, that every student should know how to use.