Faculty News

SSU Professor to Teach Global Comparative Lens Course for Semester at Sea

Rocky Rohwedder, Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning, has once again been hired by Semester at Sea to serve as a professor on an academic voyage. This summer, at sea and all over the EU, he will be teaching a Global Lens class on Sustainable Communities.

One distinctive feature of Semester at Sea is the opportunity it affords students to engage in global comparative education. On each voyage, Semester at Sea offers a set of Global Lens courses that are designed to help students deepen their understanding of specific features of life and culture in the countries we visit on a given itinerary. Each course views the countries through a distinct lens focusing on the art, music, religion, politics, environment, health, or other specific key topics. These courses are designed to take maximum advantage of the opportunity to learn to think critically about their own societies and well as others.

This will be Rohwedder's seventh voyage with Semester at Sea, allowing him to teach and conduct research in over 40 countries all around the world.

See more at: www.semesteratsea.org/voyages/summer-2014/courses/#sthash.TOcfttSP.dpuf

Jennifer L Shaw, Professor of Art History has published her new book entitled Reading Claude Cahun's Disavowals

The first monograph on a Surrealist cult classic, Reading Claude Cahun's Disavowals offers a comprehensive account of Cahun's most important published work, Aveux non avenus (Disavowals), 1930. Jennifer L. Shaw provides an encompassing interpretation of this groundbreaking work, paying careful attention to the complex interrelationship between the photomontages and writings of Aveux non avenus.

This study argues that the texts and images of Aveux non avenus not only explore Cahun's own subjectivity, they formulate a trenchant social and cultural critique. Shaw explores how Cahun's work both calls into question the dominant culture of interwar France - with its traditional gender roles, religious conservatism, and pronatalism - and takes to task the era's artistic avant-garde and in particular its models of desire. This volume cuts across the disciplinary boundaries of interwar art studies, demonstrating how one artist's personal exploration intervened in wider contemporary debates about the purpose of art, the role of women in French culture, and the status of homosexuality, in the aftermath of World War I.

To read more visit, www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=637&calcTitle=1&title_id=9813&edition_id=10122.