Faculty in celebration | University of Wittenberg
To launch the first Cynthia Behrman dinners celebrating extraordinary academic and professional achievement, several Wittenberg faculty members were selected to discuss their work. Among them, Shelley Chan, professor of Chinese language and cultural studies; Kristin Cline, John W. Barker Chair in Chemistry; and Lauren Crane, associate professor of psychology.
Named after one of the first female professors at Wittenberg, Cynthia Behrman, professor emeritus of history, the new program sponsors a dinner for up to 12 fellow academics to discuss the work of selected faculty members. Each selected faculty member was nominated by their respective department chair based on their outstanding achievement in their field. Wittenberg’s Faculty Development Committee then reviews all nominations and selects between one and five faculty members to host this dinner each year.
Award recipients choose the dinner location, Wittenberg guest list, and dinner date and time. Faculty Development subsidizes the dinner based on available funds. These dinners allow for lively conversations among faculty and staff over a shared meal and in an atmosphere of collegiality in honor of Behrman’s accomplishments as a teacher, scholar, and model of wellness.
“Cynthia Behrman told her students ‘that the meaning of life was to work well and to love well’. For many of her students, she has become the epitome of living well and working well,” said Cynthia Richards, Richard P. Veler Endowed Chair in English and Director of the Faculty Development Council. . “One student recalls, ‘She was such a pioneer as a woman in a men’s department, and at the same time had such a vibrant social life, with her family and friends, alongside her work and professional accomplishments. ‘ Colleagues felt the same way, especially those who won a coveted invitation to his dinner parties. Professor Emeritus of English Mimi Dixon fondly recalls: “All the lovely meals, the long conversations in that dining room surrounded by reference books – to check our facts – and the bottles of wine on the shelf above books. The motets we sang, as I struggled to keep up with sight-reading. Visits to his vegetable garden to see what’s new, or to his belvedere, to contemplate the lake. The rich cooking smells, Cynthia’s warm smile as she walks out the door to greet us. Professor Behrman illustrated what these dinners are meant to promote. These dinners are an opportunity to share research and celebrate achievements in a dynamic social setting. »
Chan and Cline are celebrated for a long history of achievement in their respective fields, and Crane for his work on a Global Religion Research Initiative International Collaboration Grant, funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and administered by the University of Notre Dame. Everyone will be rewarded with an informal dinner. Requests for future appointments will be sent out at the beginning of each semester. The Faculty Development Council plans to select at least two more recipients in the next semester.
Chan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s degree from Hong Kong Baptist University. She is the author of A Subversive Voice in China: The Fictional World of Mo Yan (New York: Cambria Press, 2011) and editor of Mo Yan – Year 2000 Series: Close Readings on China (Hong Kong: Ming Po Press). , 1999). His articles, translations, and book/film reviews on Chinese literature and culture have been published in the United States, France, Germany, Australia, Sweden, China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Specializing in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture, language pedagogy, and gender studies, she taught at Stanford University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Beloit College, and Kalamazoo College before moving to joined the faculty of Wittenberg in 2004.
His dinner took place on the evening of December 3 at Stella Bleu in Springfield. Among the participants were current members of the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Wittenberg. The group spent the evening chatting with Chan about his research on author Yan Lianke, among other things.
Cline, earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1993, and both a BS in Mathematics and a BA in Secondary Education from Texas Lutheran University in 1988. His research interests include the design and characterization of electrode surfaces and solid extraction phases for analytical applications and the detection and characterization of microplastics in environmental water samples. His most recent publication was on electroanalysis in 2018 and most recent presentations were in 2020 on the study of the attachment of nitroaniline to grafted and ungrafted glassy carbon electrodes and the preliminary investigation of the microplastics in surface waters of Springfield, Ohio.
His dinner also took place at Stella Bleu, but on the evening of December 14. Members of his chemistry department, Cline’s family, and others had a great chat, including about his recent nomination for the first John W. Barker Chair in Chemistry. .
Crane, also director of Wittenberg’s interdisciplinary East Asian Studies program, is a cultural psychologist who focuses on the question of how cross-cultural differences emerge and are maintained over time. She and her research students study the socializing effects of language use and religious engagement in the United States, Japan, and India. His courses focus on how culture and language reflect and support human psychological functioning, including psychology and culture, psychology of language, and cultural research in psychology. Off-campus, it offers cross-cultural training seminars to American business leaders and US Air Force personnel. Crane has lectured at Kenyon College, Williams College, Stanford University, and Nagasaki Junior College in Japan, and has taught at Banaras Hindu University in India. Additionally, she has done social science research and development work in a corporate setting at Sociometrics Corporation. She received her BA from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Crane’s dinner will be scheduled when he returns from Wittenberg’s semi-annual trip to Costa Rica in May.