The Liberal Arts @ UVM: An Online Teach-In to Defend Our Students’ Educations
UVM United Against the Cuts Teach-In
Wednesday, February 3, 9-4:55 pm
9-9:25 am Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, Religion, “Why Religion? Why Liberal Arts?”
9:30-9:55 am Helen Scott and Felicia Kornbluh, English and History, “Alternative Full Professor Lectures”
10-10:25 am Charles-Louis Morand-Métivier, Romance Languages and Cultures, “Not Everybody Speaks English! The Importance of Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures in a Globalized World”
10:30-10:55 am Jacques Bailly, Classics, “Why Having a ‘Classics’ Department Matters to Something that Wants to Call Itself a University Today”
11-11:25 am Charles Briggs, History, “Some Historical Perspectives on Responding to Crisis”
11:30-11:55 am Sarah Osten, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, “Not Just ‘Narcos’: Why We Need Latin American Studies”
12 noon-12:25 pm “Budget Cuts and Budget Crisis at UVM: Myths v. Facts”
12:30-1pm Lunch break
1-1:25 pm Studiis et rebus honestis—Truth in Advertising
1:30-2:20 pm Jamie Williamson, English, “Why American Indian Literature”
2:30-2:55 pm Student and alumni panel on importance of liberal arts for majors outside CAS
3-3:25 pm Keith Klepeis and Laura Webb, Geology, “How UVM Geology Students Are Helping to Solve Vermont’s Environmental Problems”
3:30-3:45 pm UVM’s Role in Bolstering High School Latin Programs in Vermont: representatives of the Vermont Classical Languages Association
3:45-4 pm John C. Franklin, Classics, Studiis et rebus honestis—Truth in Advertising
4-4:25 pm Deborah Cafiero and Maria Woolson, “The Power of Learning Languages: Expanding Community and Creating Empathy”
4:30-4:55 pm “How UVM Admin Manufactured a Budget Crisis and What We Can Do About It”
One day before University of Vermont trustees reconvene after an announced proposal to close three departments and cancel 27 majors, minors, and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, UVM faculty, students, alums, and community supporters hosted a day-long online teach-in to educate the campus and community about the vitality of the threatened programs.
Sponsored by UVM United Against the Cuts with the UVM Union of Students and UVM United Academics, the teach-in’s mini-classes will be taught by faculty from Classics, English, French, Geology, History, Latin American Studies, and Spanish.
Also featured are workshops to clear away the smoke and mirrors of UVM’s IBB (Incentive-Based Budget model), revealing how UVM administration has manufactured a budget crisis by funneling money out of the academic mission and into executive salaries, multi-million-dollar consultant contracts, and vanity projects like the planned $95 million supersized sports arena. A liberal arts education shouldn’t be only for those who can pay the price of a private college.
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