“Free” discussion in academia often comes at a price – a handful of publishers monopolize the academic journal industry, says GMC communication studies prof. Jason Schmitt in a recent Huffington Post article. Online journals like the Center for Open Science may herald a new age in academic publishing, widening access and speeding the movement of ideas. “Most in the academic community hope that the new iteration of scholarly articles and publishing will do more good toward humankind than that of a hefty profit margin,” Jason writes. Bloomberg business columnist Justin Fox cited Jason’s piece in a widely distributed January 5 column.
Prof. Steven Fesmire’s book Dewey, published last year by Routledge Press, has been designated as an Outstanding Academic Title by the journal Choice. Every year, Choice publishes a list of outstanding titles reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice and brings with it the extraordinary recognition of the academic library community. Only about ten percent of some 7,000 works reviewed in Choice each year make the list! Steve’s book is an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers John Dewey.
In his letter published by the Chronicle of higher Education, prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) warns against the long-term dangers to society of commodifying higher education. “It would be a tragedy that trivializes all of our successes if U.S. educational politics and policy continues down a path in which colleges and universities — or industries, for that matter! — gain economic efficiency and increase productivity by frustrating human growth, imagination, and fulfillment.” Read the full text here.
Prof. Christopher Brooks (environmental studies and natural resource management) just published an article in Trends a bimonthly journal of the American Bar Association’s “Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources” section. The article is about legal protections for migratory birds titled: “Will a new approach fly? The FWS considers implementing an incidental take program under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.” Read the full article here. On November 1, Chris also delivered a presentation “Science, Law and the Future of Our Water” at the Fair Haven Inn as part of the 2015 Science Pub, a lecture series sponsored by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library.
Prof. Jacob Park (sustainable business) presented a paper “Understanding the Triple Bottom Line Market Context for Climate Resilient Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Emerging Economies” at the October 2-3, 2015 Sustainability Symposium organized by the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor (Ontario/Canada).
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies), was invited to participate in a panel on “Ecological Reflections, East and West” at the annual conference of the Western Literature Association, on October 15th in Reno, Nevada. The panel was made up of authors who have served as writers in residence at the nation’s Long-Term Ecological Reflections sites, which bring artists and writers to the same few observation posts each year to record observable changes in the environment, as well as in how people perceive these sites over a 200-year span of time. Laird was writer in residence several years ago at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, in the Oregon Cascades. One of the essays produced during that residency has already been published in Whole Terrain, while another will appear this spring in a collection of essays from the University of Washington Press.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) recently published Dewey, an exploration into the life and ideas of one of America’s foremost philosophers. The book was recently given an “essential” review from the magazine Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries. The essential designation refers to publications “of exceptional quality for academic audiences and a core title for academic libraries supporting programs in relevant disciplines.” The review reads in part: “Fesmire helpfully ends with a suggestive discussion of Dewey’s influence and legacy. This book is superb in showing the interconnectedness of Dewey’s philosophy, with each chapter building on the ideas developed in previous ones.”
Nearly 9,000 Nepalis were killed in earthquakes last spring, with over 25,000 injured. “The United Nations estimates that while 10 percent of the Nepali population—some three million residents—are in dire need of basic resources like food, shelter, and medical care, the Nepali government has made no arrangements to receive and use the $4.1 billion in donations from foreign countries and international agencies,” writes prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) in a photo essay that appeared last weekend in the New York Review of Books. Kevin has been taking photographs in Nepal since he first arrived as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1975. See the feature here.
Prof. James Cassarino (music) presented lectures on Welsh-American music traditions at the Festival of Wales held in Columbus, OH over the Labor Day weekend. The festival is an international conference of Welsh history and culture. Through his research, Cassarino has been introduced at conferences in Wales and the United States as a leading expert of Welsh-American music traditions and hymnody.
What can John Dewey teach us about today’s important educational policy questions? GMC prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) provides some guidance “One of Dewey’s basic educational ideas was that kids learn better when they organically assimilate knowledge in an active, personal, imaginative and direct way,” Steven writes. Read the full Rutland Herald op-ed here. Steven is author of Dewey (Routledge, 2015), John Dewey and Moral Imagination (Indiana University Press, 2003), and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).