Kathy Cashman is a geology professor who specializes in volcanoes. William Rossi is a literature professor who specializes in Thoreau and literary history. This unlikely pair will co-teach a class next year entitled "Reading, Writing and Rocks" that will examine scientific writing, particularly in the earth sciences.
This intriguing title is the name of a new course that, like "Reading, Writing and Rocks," is the brainchild of two professors who cross the boundaries between science and humanities.
When Harry Davis and John P. Harris opened the first Nickelodeon in downtown Pittsburgh in 1905, little did they know that they were starting a trend. Soon hundreds of these theaters, where admission cost just a nickel, sprang up in city neighborhoods.
As if the price weren't enticing enough, theater owners often used all manner of stunts to attract patrons, even live chicken give-aways. Audiences responded en masse: Going to the movies became a popular form of entertainment and leisure.
Along with all the scene changes taking place on the Robinson Theatre stage this season, there's also been a major external change in scenery.
While in Paris last September, Associate Professor Fabienne Moore toured the exhibition of American artist Jeff Koons' work on display in the famous palace of Versailles. This sculpture, titled "Balloon Flower," is one of many that provoked controversy throughout France due to the subject matter and agenda of the artist.