The Associate Dean of Faculty and the RISD Global office are delighted to announce the recipients of the pilot Global Engagement for Curricular Development fund:
-Mairead Byrne (Professor, Literary Arts & Studies) will visit Seoul, South Korea to develop curriculum towards a course addressing the challenges of undergraduate students returning to RISD after life experiences, such as military service.
-Henry Ferreira (Associate Professor, Printmaking) will travel to Cuba to research printmaking traditions and contemporary practices in Cuba with an intention towards engaging RISD students in that culture of making in the future.
-Daniel Peltz (Associate Professor, Film/Animation/Video) will spend time in Mexico researching the organization SOMA as a potential partner, and pedagogical model, for RISD.
-Brian Shure will visit Beijing, China to research a potential global internship opportunity at Rongbaozhai Print Workshop and to develop curriculum towards more cross-cultural exchange among Western and Chinese printing traditions to benefit RISD students and visitors.
– Esther Thyssen (Lecturer, History of Art & Visual Culture) will go to the Gelderland region of the Netherlands to research the role of women in the arts, with specific attention to the artist Joyce Bloem’s project on flood plain conservation in the Netherlands.
In its first year (January 2015 through August 2015), the Fund will support successful applicants to incorporate global engagement and travel to research and develop curriculum for on- or off-campus programs and courses.