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The University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories speaker series for fall semester is set to begin on Monday, September 21st. This free lunchtime series, titled “Discover Delaware – Roots Rifts Reconciliation” features diverse topics in education involving UD faculty, staff and experts throughout the tri-state area.

The sessions will be held each Monday through November 16th, from 12:30-2 p.m. in Room 110 of the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab). Each session highlights two projects presented in a TED-style talk ending with a discussion session.

The series is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  To register or for more information, contact Kimberly Doucette at doucette@udel.edu. The first 30 attendees to register will be provided sandwiches and beverages.

The following are the speakers and topics for fall semester:

Sept. 21 — Kholood Eid, Middle Eastern/Midwestern visual storyteller (talk and photography show), “Intersecting Parallels: The Identities of Arab and Jewish Women in Haifa, Israel.”

Sept. 28 — Michelle Rodgers, associate dean and director, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, “The Roots of Our Land-Grant Mission in Cooperative Extension”; and Troy Richards, associate professor and chairperson, Department of Art and Design, “Art Thinking.”

Oct. 5 — Dan Rich, University Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Policy and Administration, “Strengthening Wilmington Schools”; and Debbie Hansen, education associate for visual and performing arts gifted programs, state of Delaware, “Creativity Across Curricular Disciplines.”

Oct. 12 — Gabrielle Foreman, Ned B. Allen Professor of English and professor of Black American Studies; Curtis Small, public services librarian, Special Collections, UD Library; and Syl Woolford, independent historian of Delaware black history, “Colored Conventions.”

Oct. 19 — Gretchen Bauer, professor of political science and international relations, “Young African Leaders Engage UD and Delaware”; and Sue McNeil, professor of civil and environmental engineering, “Educating Engineers as Stewards of our Physical Infrastructure.”

Oct. 26 — Julie McGee, curator of African American art, University Museums, and associate professor of Black American Studies, “Woodshedding and ‘ReSoundings’: Collaborating with Artists”; and Yael Haislip, program coordinator, UD ArtsBridge, “Building Bridges: Making Lasting Connections to Learning through Arts Integration.”

Nov. 2 — Sue Serra, assistant director, Office of Service Learning, “Summer in the City: Service Learning Scholars in Wilmington”; and Jennifer Ferris, social studies and music teacher, First State Military Academy, Clayton, Delaware, “Interdisciplinarity and the Arts in the Social Studies Classroom.”

Nov. 9 — Colin Miller, director of global arts, College of Arts and Sciences, “Artists in Residency: Hosting Socially Engaged International Artists on Our Campus.”

Nov. 30 — Virginia Bradley, professor of art, topic to be announced later; and closing remarks by Nancy Targett, UD acting president.

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