Prof. Writes on Groundbreaking Humanities Course

Assistant Professor of Politics Jonathan Marks has written a column for The Weekly Standard on a book, The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor, by the late Earl Shorris “which follows the students, teachers, and organizers of the Clemente Course as it is implemented in the United States (in Illinois, Wisconsin, and South Carolina), Korea, and the Sudan, among other places. Shorris’s improbable thesis is that, even more than job training, poor people need an education that will draw from them their opinions about fundamental human questions and subject them to gentle scrutiny.”  Read the column here.

Teagle Conferences Examine ‘Gateway’ Courses

Representatives of four liberal arts colleges met last week at Ursinus College to look at the benefits and challenges of discussion-based first-year courses that are the foundation for the schools’ liberal education. Read More»

Prof. Steyaert Appointed to YWCA Board of Directors

Giovanna Steyaert

Visiting Instructor of Modern Languages Giovanna Steyaert has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the YWCA Tri-County Area. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Read More»

Ursinus Students To Study Nanotubes in MIT Lab

Imagine a needle so tiny that it could deliver a dose of medicine to a single cell.That same needle, according to Ursinus Associate Professor of Chemistry Mark Ellison, could detect intracellular substances and find diseases long before symptoms arise. Read More»

Composing an Original Symphony

David Nolan

For his Summer Fellows research, David Nolan composed an original Sonata Allegro movement of a Neo-Romantic symphony.  The piece is written for an array of instruments, he says, and features hints of atonality and non-diatonic music. Read More»

Gaining Valuable Software Development Experience

Summer Fellows working on Apps Project

Developing software systems is becoming standard fare in college computer science classes, but Ursinus College students have taken their classwork a step further: These undergraduates are working as a development, programming and entrepreneurial team to produce two new mobile phone apps. Read More»

Education Student Spotlight: Shannon Hansell 2014

Shannon spent last summer as a teacher and the Math Department Chair for Lehigh Valley Summerbridge, a rigorous six-week educational program for 7th and 8th grade inner-city students taught entirely by college students at Moravian Academy in Bethlehem, PA. Read More»

Education Student Spotlight: Brianna Kramer 2013

In the summer of 2011, Brianna participated in a 5 week, intensive TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Course in Quito, Ecuador. Through this participation, Brianna became certified in TESOL, and is now able to teach English as a second language in any foreign country. Read More»