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The Arts and Humanities — Here and Now

Faculty from the core disciplines will speak about the centrality of the arts and humanities within a comprehensive public research university.

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 27, 2017) — What does it mean to be a comprehensive public research university in the 21st century, and how do the arts and humanities fit in, especially in contributing to UAlbany’s institutional mission?

At the Spring Faculty Address last April, the University began a discussion on the critical role of the arts and humanities in the public research university. At the time, a commitment was expressed to hold a campus conversation dedicated to the topic. That conversation happens today from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

This faculty-led discussion will offer an opportunity to explore all that the arts and humanities provide in rounding out the overall goals of a modern public research university — goals comporting with SUNY’s stated dual mission of excellence and broad access.

“The time is now to discuss the increasingly-important role of the arts and humanities,” said UAlbany Interim President James R. Stellar. “I’m looking forward to hearing from scholars in these core disciplines speak about the centrality of their work within the modern public research university.”

The importance of the arts and humanities to UAlbany’s academic and research enterprises will also set the table for a larger discussion about what comprehensiveness at UAlbany should embody. This in turn will help inform the University’s current strategic planning process.

Faculty panelists are: Adam Frelin, Art and Art History; Trudi Jacobson, University Libraries; Andi Lyons, Music and Theatre; Derik Smith, English; and Mathias Vuille, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences.

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