The mission of Life of the Mind is to celebrate UC faculty research, scholarship and creative output and to foster the free and open exchange of ideas and discourse. The annual lecture features interdisciplinary conversations with UC faculty around a distinctive point of view. This year’s Life of the Mind is scheduled as a hybrid event with both in-person and virtual components; therefore, it is not required that the speaker present in person.
The Life of the Mind Steering Committee seeks nominations for the featured UC faculty presenter at the Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022 lecture. The faculty presenter should be an expert in their respective field with a proven record of scholarship or creation of works, as well as be an engaging speaker able to address a diverse audience. The presentation will not simply be a recitation of the faculty member’s work or research, but will promote a point of view and provoke discussion that spans broad intellectual interests from multiple perspectives.
Following the faculty presenter’s lecture, a panel will respond to and discuss the lecture and a moderator will encourage audience engagement. The Life of the Mind event will also celebrate the published or performed creative and scholarly works of UC’s artists, authors, editors & composers with an exhibit and bibliography.
Criteria for the 2022 Featured UC Faculty Presenter:
- Accomplished, distinguished UC faculty member or emeriti faculty member with a national/international reputation.
- Proven record of scholarship or creative works.
- Recognized as an expert in their field of study, research or creation of works.
- Experienced at presenting their work to an audience outside the classroom.
- Excellent and engaging speaker able to relate to a non-specialist audience.
- Provocative topic of study/research/creative work.
Complete the online form to nominate a UC faculty member as the Life of the Mind featured faculty presenter. Nomination deadline is 5pm, Friday, Nov 12. Self-nominations are welcome. Faculty members who submitted published or performed creative and scholarly works by Nov 12 for inclusion in the Artists, Authors, Editors & Composers exhibit and bibliography will automatically be considered for the featured presenter.
The Life of the Mind Steering Committee will review all nominations and select the Featured UC faculty presenter. Members of the Steering Committee are: Co-chairs Greg Loving and Xuemao Wang, Chuck Doarn, Don Jason, Rita Kumar, Heather Nester, Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh, Liz Scarpelli, and Jenny Mackiewicz and Melissa Cox Norris (ex-officio). Life of the Mind is organized by UC Libraries, Faculty Senate and the Faculty Enrichment Center and is sponsored by the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.