announces interdisciplinary programs in media, Jewish studies
By Rebecca Arrington
Melvyn Leffler announced plans for two new interdisciplinary programs
at the Arts
& Sciences faculty meeting Feb. 14. One is in media studies,
the other in Jewish studies.
studies, directed by Robertson Professor of Media Studies Johanna
Drucker, will focus on the forms and cultural effects of radio,
film, television, photography, print and emerging digital and
electronic media. Two prerequisite courses for the program will
be offered this fall, and the full program will be offered in
The Jewish studies program, to begin in academic year 2001-2002,
will be headed by Peter Ochs, Bronfman Professor of Judaic Studies
in the religious studies department. The theme of the program
is Judaism as a civilization.
program will admit a maximum of 20 students.
also doled out some sweet remarks at the Valentine's Day meeting.
He complimented the faculty on the high caliber of internal candidates
up for tenure, and reminded departments, all of which are in the
midst of hiring, of the "opportunity for us to bring to the
University outstanding faculty."
addition, Leffler told the faculty he's presently establishing
priorities for the next four to five years to sustain the efforts
of the capital campaign. To date, Arts & Sciences has raised $120
million -- "only the beginning of the potential we have"
for advancement, he said. "We need to think not only about
professorships and scholarships, which we need, but also buildings."
Arts & Sciences "can be competitive with anybody" in
every aspect except facilities, he said.
Following Leffler's presentation, faculty heard updates on two
of the University's Virginia 2020 Commissions. Rebecca Kneedler,
chair of the public service and outreach commission, reported
that her group is examining ways to develop a strategic communications
plan. She also noted that a comprehensive web site that lists
U.Va.'s public services and outreach efforts "goes live"
Jones, chair of the science and technology commission, reported
that her area is hard at work with strategic planning and multidisciplinary
efforts to grow the most promising areas at U.Va. "to be
the best," she said.
Womack, chair of the international initiatives commission, and
Robert Chapel, chair of the arts commission, will report at the
next Arts & Sciences faculty meeting on March 24 at 3:30 p.m.
in Minor Hall auditorium.
other business, Lynn Davis, biology lecturer and assistant dean
in the College, was named faculty secretary.
A report of this and past Arts & Sciences faculty meetings is
available online at http://www.virginia.edu/artsandsciences/dean/cepc/cepc0200.htm