Study Abroad in Greece

Last year, VCU’s Department of Focused Inquiry ran its first ever study abroad program to the American College Greece in Athens. As part of President Rao’s initiative to provide opportunities for experiential education, Thad Fortney taught a section of UNIV 211 “Food for Thought” a course designed to introduce students to interdisciplinary studies. Students traveled… Continue Reading Study Abroad in Greece

Faculty Member Publishes Book

New Focused Inquiry faculty member, Dr. Incoronata “Nadia” Inserra, has published a book with the University of Ilinois Press. Global Tarantella: Reinventing Southern Italian Folk Music and Dances was supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the L. J. and Mary C. Skaggs Folklore Fund. On the publisher’s website, the book is described as… Continue Reading Faculty Member Publishes Book

FI Students Get their Hands Dirty

Check out the latest story from VCU’s Service Learning blog: Students Support New School Farm Project And talk about VCU’s Community Engagement!  This service learning class is taught by an FI Professor, the Community Food Collaborative’s board president is an FI Professor, and the Vice-Chair of the Henricopolis Soil & Water Conservation District Board is… Continue Reading FI Students Get their Hands Dirty

FI Professor’s Novel Released this Month

September marks the long-awaited release of Wirewalker, the first novel by Focused Inquiry professor Mary Lou Hall.  The story is set in a fictional city of Jackson City, Virginia, and centers on the unexpected friendship between a vulnerable boy and a Great Dane.  The publisher, Penguin Random House, describes it as “a novel about self-reliance, difficult choices, and… Continue Reading FI Professor’s Novel Released this Month

The Empathy Project: FI Professor Examines First Year Experience

“[T]he Empathy Project is a collaborative, project-based learning assignment in which students design a test of human empathy and pitch it to a hypothetical business,” explains Focused Inquiry Professor Micol Hutchison in an article in the latest issue of the peer-reviewed Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning.   In the article, “The Empathy Project: Using a Project-Based Learning Assignment… Continue Reading The Empathy Project: FI Professor Examines First Year Experience

VCU’s Own Cherry Blossom Festival

No need to visit DC to celebrate this harbinger of spring or savor traditional Japanese culture.  This Sunday, April 3, from 12:30-4:30 VCU’s Japanese Student Association is hosting its 2nd Annual VCU Cherry Blossom Festival in the Student Commons Plaza.  Entertainment will include traditional drumming by VCU taiko club, featuring FI Professor Paul Yoon.  Join us!

Faculty Symposium: “Thinking Bodies”

Thinking Bodies (in Focused Inquiry) Andrea Westcot Friday 26 February 2016 · 3:30PM, Harris 5182 How do our students learn best?  This is one of the guiding questions of the project of the Department of Focused Inquiry.  This interactive, cooperative symposium explores the ways that embodied pedagogy can be a useful, even crucial, tool in helping our students… Continue Reading Faculty Symposium: “Thinking Bodies”

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