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UNR's Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Reginald Stewart, recently gave an informative and inspiring Tedx talk emphasizing the importance of learning about cultures other than our own—one of the central objectives of the Core Humanities program and an important thread throughout the core curriculum at this university.
Congratulations to Hannah Smith, winner of the 2014 Core Humanities Essay Prize. Hannah's essay, "Woman: Both the Oppressed and the Oppressor," was written in Dr. Marc Oxoby's CH 202 class.
Crowley Distinguished Professor Charles Tshimanga-Kashama will give a public lecture titled “Shades of Blue: Examining the French National Soccer Team, Understanding Contemporary France” on Wednesday, November 5, at 4:00 pm in MS 215. The lecture is free and all faculty, students, and interested community members are welcome to attend.
A recent Washington Post article points out that the CEOs of tech companies seek graduates who are trained in a variety of disciplines, not just writing computer code. Mozilla executive Mark Surman says coding is just the "tip of the iceberg," and that below that must be a strong foundation in "participationg, critical thinking and being able to collaborate." Similarly, Tesla founder Elon Musk (whose recent decision to locate a lithium battery factory in northern Nevada may create new employment opportunities for UNR students) recommends arts and sciences courses for the thinking skills they develop in this interview.
In this article from the Boston Globe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and dean Deborah Fitzgerald explains why this STEM-focused university requires its students to take eight courses in the humanities, arts, and social sciences: "From climate change to poverty to disease, the challenges of our age are unwaveringly human in nature and scale, and engineering and science issues are always embedded in broader human realities, from deeply felt cultural traditions to building codes to political tensions,” she writes. “So our students also need an in-depth understanding of human complexities — the political, cultural, and economic realities that shape our existence — as well as fluency in the powerful forms of thinking and creativity cultivated by the humanities, arts, and social sciences.” The article also quotes doctors, engineers, and business entrepreneurs who credit their humanities courses with making them better at their jobs and enhancing their careers.