The FHU Connections Series is a week-long program held each semester that highlights the interdisciplinary linkages impacting a topic of national importance. The goals of the program are:
- to provide students with academic activities both inside and outside of the classroom.
- to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty.
Program details Fall 2013:
Topic: "EUREKA! Seizing the Inspired Moment"
Date: October 14-19
"I have found it!" cried the inspired scholar, Archimedes, as he stepped into his bath. Flashes of insight often come at unexpected moments. However, fortune favors the prepared. EUREKA! is a partnership between serendipity and discipline. This semester's Connections Series explores the fascinating interplay of ideas, accidents, and hard work that precedes our culture's unexpected achievements.
The week will include creative activities, a film lecture, and Collision Courses. In conjunction with the series is the opening of the Red Grooms exhibit in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery.
Monday, October 14
"T-Shirt Poetry Contest" -- 5:30 p.m. The Commons.
Earlier in the semester, students were given plain t-shirts and were challenged to create a poem that would fit on the back of a t-shirt. They were then to design their shirts around the poem. Come see what creative combinations the students devise, and what EUREKA! moments ensue as students, wearing these shirts, are combined to make new works. FM915 will broadcast live from the event. Hot chocolate will be served.
Tuesday, October 15
"Lorenzo's Oil: Medical Discoveries and Their Consequences" -- 6 p.m. Crews Colbert Activity Center
Alpha Chi Omega partners with the Connections Series to sponsor a showing of Lorenzo's Oil, the 1992 film starring Susan Sarandon and Nick Nolte. Based on a true story, Sarandon and Nolte play parents seeking to find a cure for their child's ALD, a progressive, fatal disease that destroys the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. The movie examines sources of inspiration for medical cures, the competing needs of parents and scientists working to find a cure, ethical concerns in drug testing, and the physical and emotional demands of caring for a terminally-ill child.
Following the showing, Dr. Rachel Stevens-Salmon, Dr. Chris White, and Dr. Rolland Pack will lead the audiences in a discussion.
Thursday, October 17
"Red Grooms: Selected Works from the Caldwell Collection" -- 5 p.m. Ayers Auditorium
A native of Nashville, Grooms lives in New York City. His interests range from installations and film arts to more traditional painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Grooms' work has been displayed in major American art museums across the nation. The Grooms Exhibit is the centerpiece of this semester's Connections Series
At 5 p.m. in Ayers, Bill Hickerson, curator of the West Tennessee Regional Arts Center, and Mark Hooper, curator of exhibits for the Tennessee State Museum and former assistant to and collaborator with Grooms, will speak about Grooms' work. The lecture is followed by a reception in the Troy Plunk Art Gallery.
At 6:30 p.m. guests are invited to a special discussion of Grooms work as it relates to Connections Series themes. That discussion will take place in the Bulliner-Clayton Art Center.
Faculty from different disciplines pair up to lead a discussion or create an activity that demonstrates the connection of the topic to both disciplines. These pairings create the most dynamic component of the Connections Series week. A schedule of class offerings is linked at right.