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10/06/2015

Winthrop Faculty Members Head to Portugal for International Interdisciplinary Studies Conference

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 Clara Paulino, an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, is the curator of the Oct. 6-16 conference. She also will chair the two roundtables, whose panelists will debate interdisciplinary research in cognition, and interdisciplinary integration in research and academic settings.
 Tom Stanley, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, will participate in an exhibition featuring art work by faculty and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and a performance art piece, both on the theme of complex systems.

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Clara Paulino
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Tom Stanley
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Two Winthrop University faculty members will travel to the University of Porto in Portugal during October for a conference entitled “Complexity: Interdisciplinary Conversations.”

Clara Paulino, an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, is the curator of the Oct. 6-16 conference. She also will chair the two roundtables, whose panelists will debate interdisciplinary research in cognition, and interdisciplinary integration in research and academic settings. The panelists are international faculty and professionals with a track record of interdisciplinary work in the fields of architecture, engineering, literature, neuroscience, psychology and the visual arts.

“They will be discussing what interdisciplinary studies is and why universities should embrace it and what benefits it offers,” said Paulino.

Meanwhile, Tom Stanley, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, will participate in an exhibition featuring art work by faculty and students of the Academy of Fine Arts and a performance art piece, both on the theme of complex systems. The two also will attend the final event, a concert on the topic of “Faust in Music.”

The conference keynote speaker is David Ingleby, a professor emeritus of the University of Utrecht, Holland, and leader of European Union projects on human migration and national health systems. A catalogue on the conference will be published soon by the University of Porto Press.

Stanley also plans to meet with University of Porto Vice President for International Relations and Cultural Affairs Dr. Fatima Marinho and with faculty, tour the university and community facilities, and address on-going exchanges for students and faculty. Marinho visited Winthrop in May to sign a Protocol of Cooperation between the two universities for exchange of students and faculty and joint research projects.

For more information, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or longshawj@winthrop.edu.


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