News & Announcements

Honors Class Maps Out Campus Accessibility

On May 3, an honors class of 12 students, partnering with staff from the Disability Resource Center and Information Technology & Institutional Planning, gathered to share an excel sheet file that indicated accessible recommended paths of travel for individuals with mobility impairments. 

Morocco on Display in New Huntley Gallery Exhibit

An exhibition tracing the footsteps of 14 Cal Poly Pomona community members who traveled to Morocco last summer recently opened at the Don B. Huntley Gallery.

The exhibit, “Morocco: Crossroads & Meeting Ground,” will run through Sept. 20 in the gallery located on the fourth floor of the University Library. It celebrates the country’s rich history, art and culture through photographs, objects and sound installations. The five week trip to Morocco was made possible by a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad fellowship.

Students Apply Lessons Learned in IGE at Projects Fair

From how magic works to the way immigration affects lives, student research was the focus at the annual Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) Projects Fair.

The IGE program, through the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS), offers a unique approach to completing general education requirements.  IGE students are exposed to different ways of thinking and complete their general education requirements in courses that emphasize group projects and creativity. Students in their final year of the program complete a capstone project demonstrating what they’ve learned throughout their coursework.

CEIS Professors Win Award for Encyclopedia on Women’s History

An encyclopedia highlighting the contributions of women in American history by Professors Peg Lamphier and Rosanne Welch from the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) department has been featured in the American Library Association’s 2018 Outstanding References Sources List and won the American Book Fest’s 2017 Best Book Award.

“Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection” covers a wide range of American women’s experience including women of various racial and social statuses, religious affiliations, political and ideological identifications, and sexualities.

ASI President Recalls Lessons Learned in IGE Program

For Associated Students Inc. (ASI) President Farris Hamza, a former Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) student at the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS), maintaining the status quo is not an option.

In his first year at Cal Poly Pomona, he led a successful effort to improve the quality of life for students living on campus.

Professors Give American Women Their Own Historic Focus 

There’s a proverb that says “women hold up half the sky,” a centuries-old homage to the vital role women play.

Cal Poly Pomona Professors Roseanne Welch and Peg Lamphier have compiled those historic feats in a new encyclopedia titled “Women in American History.”

“It’s women in American history and culture, so we thought about what kind of women don’t normally get into encyclopedias to ensure there was a great diversity expressed,” says Welch, who holds a doctorate in American social history of the 21st century.

Read the full story: Professors Give American Women Their Own Historic Focus.

Students Show Off Capstone Projects at Annual IGE Fair 

For Cal Poly Pomona students who completed their interdisciplinary general education capstone project, it was time to do a little boasting.

Nearly 80 colorful and detailed projects paired with a written abstract and essay were on display at the Department of Interdisciplinary General Education’s (IGE) 13th Annual Projects Fair on March 8.

Enthusiastic students stood by their projects in the Bronco Student Center’s Ursa Major suite to discuss their displays and share their experiences in the IGE program at the College of Education & Integrative Studies. Members of the IGE faculty and staff and members of the campus community helped students celebrate their achievements.

Read the full article: Students Show Off Capstone Projects at Annual IGE Fair.

Published article from Dr. Dennis Quinn

Dr. Dennis Quinn, Chair of the IGE Department, published an article this year entitled, “Genuine Pagans: A Foray into Lovecraftian Religions,” in the peer reviewed collection of essays, Lovecraftian Proceedings.

This article was based on a paper read at NecronomiCon Providence 2013, which examines some occult writers, religious leaders, and esoteric religious groups who use H. P. Lovecraft’s fiction as a sacred text and the Cthulhu Mythos (Lovecraft's fictional mythology) as the basis for their theology and rituals. This year, the Lovecraft Arts and Science Council invited Dr. Quinn to help organize and moderate this year’s conference of Lovecraft scholars, called the The Dr. Henry Armitage Memorial Scholarship Symposium at NecronomiCon Providence 2015.

Nearly forty academics from around the world participated in what was the largest gathering to date examining the works of H.P. Lovecraft, his admirers and imitators, and other authors of weird fiction. Dr. Quinn also chaired and participated in a panel on the influence of Roman literature and history on the author’s works and thought at this Symposium. This year, Dr. Quinn was asked to be editor of the second volume of Lovecraftian Proceedings. This collection of select, peer-reviewed papers from the Armitage Symposium presented at NecronomiCon 2015 is expected to be published by Hippocampus Press before the next NecronomiCon Providence 2017.

“Doctor Who Regenerated” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is back by popular demand with a new lecture on Doctor Who and Television!

This time, the Doctor will focus on a deeper look of the themes of the writers behind “Doctor Who.” Above and beyond race and gender, they include social justice and the power of childhood.

 "Doctor Who and Culture" with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch discusses Doctor Who and how the show has changed television writing. She further discusses how society looks at culture and gender roles with the use of the Doctor and his companions’ adventures.

“Natalie Lopez at the Cal Poly University Library invited me to do a presentation for National Libraries Week on Doctor Who and Culture so that’s why a group of Whovians from both CalPoly and CSUF gathered in the Special Events room on April 16th.  It was wonderful to look out over a sea of t-shirts and other Doctor paraphernalia present among the crowd as I pontificated about what makes Who great – mostly giving me a chance to present a case for the fact that writers make Doctor Who and therefore writers make culture.”

 IGE professor Dr. Rosanne Welch publishes essay "When White Boys Write Black"

If there are any Doctor Who fans among the Cal Poly Pomona community, they may want to add Doctor Who and Race: an Anthology (Intellect) to their summer reading list as it contains an essay by Dr. Rosanne Welch of the Cal Poly Pomona IGE Department. Her essay "When White Boys Write Black", discusses the different ways show runners Russell T. Davies and his successor, Steven Moffat, handle race in the writing the program. It concludes that while Davies characters of color (Mickey, Martha and Rosita) are all three-dimensional, sexualized human beings, Moffat’s (Liz Ten, Mels and Rita) tended toward more one-dimensional, Talented Tenth types. The rest of the anthology looks at the representation of other peoples of color across the 50 life of the iconic British science-fiction program.

Dr. Welch has delivered several papers on the subject of Who and its spin-off, Torchwood. On August 1st a paper co-written with Dr. Martin Griffin (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) -- "Crisis of Authority / Authoring Crisis: Decision and Power in Torchwood: Children of Earth” will be published as a chapter in Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television (I.B.Tauris). Based on a paper co-presented at the Torchwood Symposium, University of Glamorgan in Wales, UK in July 2010 it focuses on the way both personal and political authority was presented in the third season of the program.

Dr. Welch will be presenting papers based on these works at the UFVA (University Film and Video Association) Conference at Chapman University this July and the SRN (Screenwriting Research Network) International Conference at the U of Madison this August. She is currently contracted to write The Monkees: A Metatextual Menagerie of Critical Studies for McFarland Publishing.

CEIS Professors to Examine Stigmas in Society at Second TEDxCPP

Two professors from the College of Education & Integrative Studies will explore persistent stigmas in society at the second TEDxCPP.

Shayda Kafai and Roseanne Welch will be among eight speakers who will discuss topics ranging from sex to education to gender to religion on Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kellogg West. The theme of this year’s TEDxCPP is “The Ripple Effect.”

Professor Cites ‘Othering’ for Lack of Diversity in Oscar Nominations

In an industry that imitates life, the real-life issue of diversity has turned the glamour of the Academy Awards into a reflective history lesson.

Shouts that the old-boys network had struck again echoed when the Oscar nominations were announced in late January. The swirling controversy prompted calls from A-list African American celebrities for a boycott of the show but also pleas from industry veterans that the nomination process is not rife with bias.

‘Vagina Monologues’ Seeks to Empower Women and Inform Campus

Aiming to boost awareness of violence against women and eliminate abuse, the “Vagina Monologues” is coming to campus.

The annual show is produced through a collaboration between the Women’s Resource Center, The V-Team and Men Against Violence, and is performed in Spanish and English. The Spanish production was featured Feb. 11 and the English production is set for Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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Interim Associate Dean Publishes Essay

Dennis Quinn was recently published in the anthology “Suffering and Evil in Early Christian Thought,” the fourth book in the Holy Cross Studies in Patristic Theology and History series.

His essay, “The Enemies of God,” focuses on the Christian intellectual Lactantius and how his experience of the Great Persecutions formed his view of demons and God.

Dr. Dennis Quinn Receives Honorable Mention in the Golden Leaves Awards Program

Quinn, Dennis P. (Interim Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary General Education Department) Authored chapter, “The Enemies of God: Demons and the Persecuting Emperors in Lactanius” in: Suffering and Evil in Early Christian Thought.  Harrison, Nonna Verna and Hunter, David G. (editors). Ada: MI: Baker Academic Publishing. 2016.