The FHU Connections Series

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:

  1. to provide students with academic activities both inside and outside of the classroom.
  2. to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty.


Program details Fall 2014:

Topic: "What's Love Got to Do With It?"

Date: October 27-31

Romantic love – we sing about it, we make movies about it, we build businesses around it, and sometimes we even die for it.  Is it really worthy of this much attention?  This semester, the Connections Series will examine the tension between ardent believers in a “grand amour” and those who insist that the whole experience boils down to chemical reactions and biological impulses.


Collision courses, a panel discussion, an exciting "pre-event", and more make up the week’s activities. One of the week’s highlights will be a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet presented by FHU Theatre.


Scheduled Events

Thursday, Oct. 23 -- pre-conference event “Freed-Harmony release” -- 6 pm. The Black Box Theatre

Celebrate the creation of  the "premiere" match-matching service for students at Freed-Hardeman. Created as a project by students in Dr. Kenan Casey's programming class, Freed Harmony provides a tongue-in-cheek way to think about dating on the FHU campus. Desserts and Karaoke top off the evening.

Monday, Oct. 27 -- Lecture: "Arranged Marriages"-- 6 pm. Crews Student Center

Learn from a happily married couple whose marriage was arranged by their parents. What does this age-old practice suggest about romantic relationships today? 

Tuesday, Oct. 28 -- Exhibit: “Love in Film and Image” -- 6 pm. Crews Student Center.

An exhibit of art by FHU students and faculty will be on display for approximately 3 weeks. The artists discuss their work at this reception.

Thursday, Nov. 6 -- Talk-Back: “Romeo and Juliet Talkback” -- 9:30 pm
A discussion following the campus performance of Romeo and Juliet ties the plays themes into the Connections Series conversation.


Collision Courses
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.