News & Announcements

CLA to host Prof. Deborah Parker’s Dante workshop for teachers in June 22-July 10, 2015

Center for the Liberal Arts receives third grant from Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

The Center for the Liberal Arts is delighted to announce that it has, for the third time, received funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The new three-year grant will allow CLA to refine the one-day and one-credit professional development programs it has offered for many years, targeting subjects that particularly require fresh professional development for teachers in Virginia; it will also give CLA opportunities for disseminating its model to other institutions, by inviting visiting faculty to participate in CLA programs at UVa and sending CLA faculty Project Directors to assist in the replication of these programs at the visiting faculty members’ home institutions. Workshops and courses under the new grant will be offered beginning in Spring 2016.

English Courses for Virginia Beach Teachers

  • July 27-28 Prof. Lisa Woolfork Introduction to African-American Literature
  • August 10-12 Prof. Patricia Sullivan Introduction to Rhetoric
  • October 2-3 & 23-24 Prof. Gustavo Pellon New Voices in Literature

CLA, Biology prof. Barry Condron, awarded grant by College of Arts and Sciences.

UVa’s College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has awarded a grant to the Center for the Liberal Arts to work with Professor Barry Condron of the Department of Biology and adapt his popular “Survival Biology” course for K-12 teachers. The project is being supervised by CLA Project Director for the Sciences Edward Murphy, with the assistant of Professor Frackson Mumba of the Curry School of Education. The College’s internal funding internal funding for science public outreach projects is supervised by Michelle Prysby, Director of Science Education and Public Outreach.

Dante workshop director’s new book is Inferno Revealed.

Prof. Deborah Parker, whose CLA workshop on Dante teachers will remember from 2009, has published Inferno Revealed: From Dane to Dan Brown (Palgrave Macmillan) with Professor Mark Parker of James Madison University. UVa Professor Jerome McGann says this about the Parkers’ new book: “In a prose that is arresting because it is so lucid and direct, Deborah and Mark Parker have written a book that explains the magic of Dante’s famous Inferno. Their discussions of Beetlejuice, Seven, and Sandow Birk’s illustrated Inferno are especially fine, as is their assessment of Dan Brown’s recent best seller, which climaxes their book. What they write of Dante might well be adapted and applied to their own book: ‘Part of Dante’s genius lies in his extraordinary ability to reduce a complex situation to gestures that are still understood today.'”

First ever History Specialists receive certificates

FLAVA highlights CLA Spanish workshop

The Foreign Language Association of Virginia site provides this account of the CLA 2013 Spring Spanish workshop on teaching poetry.

Congratulations to David Gies

Recipient of the first annual Distinguished Service Award by the Virginia Chapter of AATSP (American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Cine Con Clase Website

We’re delighted to report that Cine Con Clase has been selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to be part of Edsitement.

Tribute by David Gies for Marilyn Barruetta