Eighth Annual Faculty Day, 2004

The eighth annual Faculty Day, on May 25, was a day to celebrate and recognize the achievements and research accomplishments of the Brooklyn College faculty. It opened with remarks by Vanessa Yingling, Physical Education and Exercise Science, and Provost Roberta S. Matthews, English. Yingling noted, "Faculty Day is a time to present and exchange ideas, contribute to and strengthen one another's projects, and establish new collaborations." Provost Matthews thanked Myra Kogen, director of the Learning Center and chair of the Faculty Day Committee, and characterized Faculty Day as "an inspired idea — a brilliant idea — because it gives us the opportunity for an entire day to celebrate the talents of our faculty and formally acknowledge the richness of multiple intellects, interests and accomplishments."

Morning sessions featured a variety of symposia, ranging from scholarly appraisals of Hitchcock's Rear Window (in recognition of the film's 50th anniversary), to a spirited demonstration of how to build learning communities through curriculum, to a provocative discussion of global anti-Semitism, to insights on research methodology using primary sources.

Lunchtime offered a plethora of poster exhibits on faculty scholarship and projects as well as a series of roundtables where thoughtful discussion focused on such issues as heritage languages, the impact of the New Jersey Nets' move to Brooklyn, new directions in interdisciplinary work, multiple literacies of popular culture, and the future of science at Brooklyn College. Mid-afternoon sessions piqued the artistic sensibility with music, sound, film and dramatic presentations. The day wound down with more symposia covering public health, journalism and high school reform, and concluded with an awards ceremony and reception at which faculty members were recognized for distinguis hed achievements in teaching, research, and service.