Lyceum Lectures

Richard Beckwitt, Spring Lyceum Speaker

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Are all the deer on Nantucket really descended from just three deer?

Residents of Nantucket tell a story that all deer now on the island are descended from one male and two female deer brought to the island in the 1920’s. If this story is true, it presents a unique situation with clear genetic consequences. Although preliminary results do support the hypothesis that many deer on Nantucket are descendants of the two original female deer, there is also evidence that other females have contributed to the population. 

Lissa Bollettino, Fall Lyceum Speaker

Monday, October 23, 2017

“A Vassal to His Majesty”: Loyalty, Betrayal, and Slaves’ Pursuit of Freedom in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Jamaica

In keeping with their desire to honor enslaved people’s agency, scholars have often focused on those who rebelled. In this lecture, Dr. Bollettino will instead shed light on the choices of those often marginalized as “collaborators.” She will analyze and explore the significance of the petitions of two enslaved men who won their freedom through alliance with the colonial order in Jamaica, considering the ambiguous consequences of their service to the  British empire, both for their individual lives and for the institution of slavery in the British Atlantic. This lecture will provide insight into how historians work. Dr. Bollettino will share how she found these unique petitions in Britain’s National Archives and the progress she has made in reconstructing the petitioners’ lives.

Lyceum Lecture Proposals

In an effort to highlight sabbatical activities, faculty research, and teaching interests, CELTSS is proud to sponsor the Lyceum Lecture series. The FSU Lyceum continues a distinguished tradition:

  • In 1862 Josiah Holbrook, an educational reformer, established the first American Lyceum in Millbury, MA, named after the Lyceum of Aristotle in ancient Greece.  Holbrook invited local people to organize a society to prepare papers on “useful” subjects such as science, history and literature, and lecture to friends and neighbors on a weekly basis during the winter months.
  • The basic goals of the Lyceum remain intact: to impart scientific and humanistic knowledge deemed vital to the moral and intellectual improvement of the individual and the community.

In AY 2017-2018, CELTSS held two evening lectures, one held in Fall semester and the second in Spring semester. 

In AY 2018-2019, two separate speakers will be chosen for these events. Each speaker will be presented with a stipend of $500 and a commemorative bowl.

Lyceum speakers provide dynamic, engaging presentations of their work and research interests at a level suitable for a general audience that may include Board of Trustee and Foundation Board members.  Lyceum events inform our trustees about the value of sabbaticals and funding for research and teaching innovation.  

We invite applications from faculty members who have completed sabbatical activities, received CELTSS funding, and/or participated in ongoing CELTSS workshops that have promoted their professional development.  Preference will be given to speakers with recent sabbaticals and/or major scholarly developments.

If you are interested in applying for consideration, please submit your Lyceum Application no later than Thursday, April 12, 2018.  Items included in Lyceum application:

1. A brief autobiographical sketch and c.v.
2. A 500 word abstract of your work and proposed lecture, which includes:
  a. Description of your project
  b. Description of how the sabbatical experience enabled you to complete this work, if applicable
  c. Description of the benefit of this experience to your academic career and/or institution

The committee will notify all applicants after the selection process is completed.

  • Lyceum Lecture Series

    Fall 2009
    Tell Me What You Eat and I’ll Tell You What You Are
    Janet Schwartz

    Spring 2010
    Leslie Starobin
    What Can I Tell a Five Year Old

    Fall 2010
    Ira Silver
    How Much Good am I Doing? Bittersweet Charity and America’s Poor

    Spring 2011
    Robert Alter
    Round the World Ticket: A Photographers’ Journey

    Fall 2011
    Vandana Singh
    Beyond the Ordinary: Science Through the Lens of Story

    Spring 2012
    Lisa Eck
    “I am the Other’s Other”, Cross Cultural Literacy in India and China

    Spring 2013
    The Quakes of Christchurch, Natural and Social
    Elaine Hartwick

    Fall 2013
    Can’t You Put on a Little Lipstick
    Laura Osterweis

    Spring 2014
    Minorities in China
    Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester

    Fall 2014
    Raising Spirits: Victorian Ghost Stories
    Lynn Parker

    Spring 2015
    Food Agriculture and Water Rights: Report from the West Bank, Palestine
    Susan Massad

    Fall 2015
    Families As They Really Are
    Virginia Rutter

    Spring 2016
    A Poetry Reading from Johnny & Maggie
    Evelyn Perry

    Fall 2016
    How Radio Made Brian Friel a Playwright
    Kelly Matthews

    Spring 2017
    In Search of Vincent Van Gogh: An Art Historian’s Pilgrimage to the Netherlands and France
    Erika Schneider