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April 10, 2006



From the Office of the Registrar

The Preliminary Unsatisfactory Grade Report was distributed on Friday, April 7, 2006 and will be due in the Office of the Registrar on Monday, April 17, 2006.


From Tredway Library

The Week Seven Seminar is an informal discussion group by and for faculty. The reading for this term's seminar is "On the Uses of a Liberal Education as Lite Entertainment for Bored College Students" by Mark Edmundson; the article first appeared in Harper's in 1997. Edmundson, who teaches English at the University of Virginia, has incorporated much of the substance of this article into his 2004 book Why Read? (Bloomsbury). This is an easy-to-read, provocative piece about the challenges of teaching today's college students. The article is on electronic reserve through the library's web page. This term's Seminar takes place Friday, April 21, in the library at 3:30 (discussion begins at 4:00). Refreshments served.



CIC and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) are delighted to have the opportunity once again to offer a seminar on Teaching About Islam and Middle Eastern Culture, made possible through support from the U.S. Department of State, which is renewing its focus on these critical areas of study. This seminar, like CIC’s highly successful 2004 and 2005 seminars, will take place at the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) in Amman, Jordan, and will run from December 28, 2006 through January 18, 2007. Information on the seminar, including the guidelines and nomination form, is in the attached PDF and on CIC’s website at


The seminar is designed specifically for independent college and university professors who are not experts in Islam or Middle Eastern culture and who are developing courses, or adapting existing courses, in order to give more attention to these fields.


There are 12 places in the seminar, which is open to CIC faculty members in all fields, of all faiths, and from institutions associated with any religious denomination or none at all. Participation expenses—including travel to and from the U.S.—will be covered by the U.S. Department of State. Seminar participants, it should be noted, must be U.S. citizens. Although the seminar’s December 2006 through January 2007 timeframe is admittedly tricky in terms of the schedule of the academic year, this program is potentially so important to our colleges that we hope you will encourage a faculty colleague to take advantage of this unique opportunity and that you will nominate him or her using the attached form.


ACOR is a distinguished institution dedicated to promoting research and publication in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, history, languages, Biblical studies, Arabic, Islamic studies, and other aspects of Middle Eastern culture. Founded in 1968, ACOR provides advice, coordination, research facilities, and living and meeting space for scholars, and serves as a liaison between Jordanian institutions and international scholars interested in working in the Arab world. It is an ideal location for this seminar.


We encourage you to promote this opportunity among appropriate members of your faculty, and look forward to receiving your nomination by May 31, 2006.


Sincerely yours,

Richard Ekman
Council of Independent Colleges


Mary Ellen Lane
Executive Director
Council of American Overseas Research Centers