Faculty Liberal Arts and Sciences Colloquium

FLASC is a semester-long workshop series where Faculty from across the disciplines engage with texts and concepts related to a chosen theme. Recent colloquia topics have included "What is a Good Life?", "What Does it Mean to be Human?", "Science Fiction and the Human Condition", and "Horror!". Led by Rich Bodek (History), FLASC discussions give faculty a chance to engage in conversations on diverse topics and work with colleagues from other departments for interdisciplinary interpretation of texts and course development.  For more information contact Rich Bodek (bodekr@cofc.edu) or Sarah Owens (owenss@cofc.edu)

Upcoming FLASC themes:

  • Spring 2020 - Murder and Mayhem
  • Fall 2019 - Heroes and Anti-Heroes

How does FLASC benefit faculty?

Read the full version of the 2016 FLASC Report

  • "FLASC functions in many senses like a graduate school seminar and, in this regard, gives faculty the time to explore new perspectives in a focused reading and discussion environment. Crucially, this happens with faculty from outside our disciplinary homes. Thus, FLASC broadens my teaching by suggesting avenues from English literature, history, biology, etc. through which to engage key debates and texts."
  • "I teach some of the texts we covered on a regular basis, and the questions raised by colleagues in different disciplines have definitely broadened my perspectives on those texts, the sort of questions that they generate, and various ways to interest students in them."
  • "It is always helpful to explore a topic of interest with an interdisciplinary group of colleagues. I was able to try out some texts that I would like to teach and to ask questions that will prove helpful to my teaching. It is incredibly beneficial to be able to sit down with colleagues and discuss teaching plans, as you get to learn from each other and think seriously about the most effective teaching strategies for the chosen material. I am very happy to have had this experience and I hope that the FLASC program continues to thrive."
  • "It reminded me that in-depth discussion is the gold standard of teaching practice in the humanities. I also have created more "thematic" assignments in my classes as a result of participating in FLASC. Reading based on examining a theme helped me reposition several texts that I teach in more overtly thematic ways. Reading with a theme in mind can work to bring out aspects of the text that are not immediately apparent."