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Previous Micro-grant Winners

2014-15

Mrea Cosbra, History
Project: Travel funding to present a paper entitled A Bird in the Ear (and Tail) of a Stag: Re-assessment of Heraldic Steppe Imagery from Budapest to Beijing--a Century Later
As an art historian, I research ancient art of migratory herders, broadly characterized as Scythians, that migrated out of the Central Asian steppes up the Danube and other rivers into continental Europe in late prehistory. My work contributes to the larger documentation of an intriguing paradigm of symbiotic exchange between the mobile Scyths and their powerful neighbors, the well-settled Greeks. Termed the "steppe and the sown," this paradigm offers lessons from ancient times consistent with the Spiritan mission which, as I understand it, values intellectual, artistic, and spiritual self-awareness while seeking respectful engagement and interaction for mutual benefit with the "Other."

Ryan Patrick McLaughlin, Theology
Project: Travel funding to present a paper entitled Cosmic Fallenness, Evolution and Nonhuman Death
Duquesne University has taken a strong stance in emphasizing and practicing environmental sustainability. Sustainability is a matter of justice as well as a recognition of the sacramentality and integrity of creation. My work reflects and contributes to Catholic intellectual tradition because it draws heavily on the natural sciences, in this case the evolutionary emergence of the cosmos and its life. This dialogical combination of faith claims and science in an effort to facilitate a more reverent attitude toward nonhuman creation strongly reflects both a core of Duquesne's identity and themes of Catholic intellectual tradition.

Dorit Sasson, ESL
Porject: Professional development support for Cultural Narratives for UCOR Students in the ESL Program
With regard to Spiritan identity and mission, my faculty development project responds to issues of peace and justice through themes of tolerance and greater understanding of the immigrant experience. This issue also has special relevance to the Spiritan mission in terms of building global understanding and mutual respect in the pursuit of academic excellence. These outcomes are acquired and sustained when students learn about other cultures through the experience of reading.

Ed Schroth, Environmental Studies
Project: Curricular support for Science at the Service of Society
Science at the Service of Society is a teaching method used by the Bayer School to help our science students bring classroom theory to community practice while also strengthening Duquesne University's relationship with the Greater Pittsburgh community. Our efforts are driven by values and practices that are informed by the institutional mission of our founders, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit: collaboration, sustainable relationships, and responsible action.

Patricia Sheahan, Education
Project: Curricular support for Guest Speaker Series for Social Justice in Educational Settings Course
My course uses the arts to foster theoretical and conceptual understanding of the issues, meanings, and problems of social justice, as well as critical analysis aimed at transforming social, political, economic, and educational systems. It is important to me that my students engage with people who share the mission of Duquesne University. The guest speakers I want to invite to my classroom exemplify a profound concern for moral and spiritual values in environments that are open to diversity. Through their art they openly express and live these values. Their work and experiences enrich student understanding beyond textbook approaches to social justice.