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Published on November 13th, 2017 | by University Communications

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Go “Beyond the Classroom”: discussion series in Virginia

Saint Leo University’s School of Arts and Sciences is presenting “Beyond the Classroom,” a series of discussions by faculty members who teach in Virginia in the university’s English, religion, sociology, and psychology departments. The goal of the series is to demonstrate the relevance and applicability of arts and sciences coursework to various fields.

The public, as well as Saint Leo University students, alumni, faculty, and staff, are invited to this free event. All talks will be at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The first session will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 18, at the Saint Leo University Chesapeake Education Office, 1434 Crossways Blvd., Suite 175, Chesapeake, VA 23320. “You Heard What? The Strange (and Sometimes True) Folklore of Sex and Gender” will be presented by Dr. Karen Beardslee Kwasny, assistant professor of English, Saint Leo’s South Hampton Roads Education Center.

Kwasny has researched and compiled information about what adults and parents “talk about with our children when we talk about sex and gender and what they learn from each other and through institutional resources, such as school and church groups, about gender and sex/sexuality.”

Saint Leo’s Beyond the Classroom series also will allow faculty members to showcase and discuss their research. The series includes the following sessions:

  • “I’m a Psychologist and No, I Don’t Do Therapy,” presented by Dr. Robert Faux, assistant professor of psychology, Langley Air Force Base Education Office, 1 p.m., Saturday, January 27 at Saint Leo University’s Newport News Education Center, One BayPort Way, Suite 160 Newport News, VA 23606;
  • “When Theology Matters and Gets Real: Black Liberation Theology and the 1960s and Beyond,” presented by Dr. Marc Pugliese, assistant professor of religion and theology, 1 p.m., Saturday, February 24, at Saint Leo University’s Newport News Education Center, One BayPort Way, Suite 160, Newport News, VA 23606; and,
  • “If Beyonce, LeBron & Oprah Can Make It, Can’t Anyone? The Persistence of the Glass Ceiling in the Entertainment Industry,” presented by Dr. Eileen O’Brien, associate professor of sociology, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Saint Leo University’s Newport News Education Center, One BayPort Way, Suite 160, Newport News, VA 23606.

For information, contact Megan Orendorf at jennifer.orendorf@saintleo.edu.

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