The Art of Interdisciplinarity - An Obermann Workshop with Prof. Richard Handler

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center
111 Church Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

A Conversation with Professor Richard Handler on Best Practices in Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Teaching.

We welcome graduate students and faculty members to join us for an informal discussion of approaches to interdisciplinary teaching and research.

About Richard Handler:

While colleges and universities encourage interdisciplinary research and teaching, we seldom discuss the nuts and bolts challenges of collaborative, interdisciplinary work.  During his visit to the University of Iowa, Professor Richard Handler, Director of the Program in Global Development Studies and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Virginia will lead a discussion based on his career as a scholar, teacher, and administrator whose work cuts across the geographical and disciplinary boundaries.

Professor Handler’s experience includes being director of an international program, former Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a sociocultural anthropologist with interests in nationalism; ethnicity and multiculturalism; museum studies; cultural criticism; and connections among anthropology, history, and literature. Even a few titles of his publications suggest the breadth of his interests: Critics Against Culture: Anthropological Observers of Mass Societies (2005), The New History in an Old Museum: Creating the Past at Colonial Williamsburg (with Eric Gable, 1997), Schneider on Schneider: The Conversion of the Jews and Other Anthropological Stories.  Interviews with David M. Schneider, transcribed, edited and with an introduction by Richard Handler (1995), and The Fiction of Culture: Jane Austen and the Narration of Social Realities (with Daniel Segal, 1990. Rpt. 1999.)  He has recently been awarded funding from the Jefferson Trust to support a two-year pre-doctoral fellowship for the Global Development Studies program.