With support from the vice president for academic affairs, a recently retired Saint Michael’s Shakespeare scholar is giving shape and substance to a new “Emeritus College.” Nick Clary’s hope is that by offering social opportunities, academic collaborations and dedicated common space in a central academic building, he can keep wise and experienced retired faculty more directly and meaningfully connected to the College and to one another, benefiting all involved.
At a Wednesday campus luncheon, four Saint Michael’s women with track records as powerful and articulate student leaders showed they will be strong guides for the campus community as it navigates through much-needed hard conversations about race and other social divides, particularly since the last national elections. These four newly named “Fellows for Positive Engagement” -- Leah Seften ’18, Lauren Stone ’19, Deirdre McPhee ’19 and Amy Garlesky ’18 are aiming to teach their peers and others at the College about productive and respectful dialogue by passing along tools they are learning in a new 20-student “pop-up class” for one credit.
Victoria Los’s mid-September speech in the United Nations Chapel about applying religious principles to local-level and global refugee-assistance efforts revealed the heart of a Saint Michael’s education. Here was evidence that Catholic liberal arts study creates for students a comfort level with religious values, international perspectives and practical service while promoting career-advancing and mind-expanding connections among all three.
Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, who teaches History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School, stimulated earnest debate among a diverse audience on the Saint Michael’s College Campus last Thursday over whose history has been displayed in this country in recent years. In emphasizing the alternate “stories” or perspectives of American history, Muhammad’s captivating presentation probed issues loaded with racial, political, and social tensions.
Jonathan Silverman, a longtime professor and present chair of the Saint Michael’s College Education Department, has been named the 2018 Vermont Art Educator of the Year – an honor more typically awarded to a K-12 art teacher. Silverman was recognized as this year’s recipient “for inspiring many Vermont art educators over his years coordinating the Arts in Education program at Saint Michael’s College and his commitment to visual literacy and the expressive power of the arts,” according to the award citation. The award was announced at the Annual Vermont Art Education Conference on Friday, September 29, at Holy Family Church in Essex Junction. Silverman will be honored at the National Art Education Conference in Seattle in March.