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 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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