In 1996, the Elizabeth K. Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar Lecture Series was established in memory of the late MBC alumna and trustee Elizabeth “Liddy” Kirkpatrick Doenges ’63. Each year, the program fulfills Liddy’s vision to bring distinguished artists and scholars to campus for an extended visit, which typically includes a fall public lecture and leading a course during May Term. The lecture series was made possible by the generous contributions of Liddy’s friends, family, and classmates.
2015–16 Doenges Scholar
Emily Welty, Assistant Professor and Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program
Pace University, New York City
Welty will visit classes and give a public lecture during the week of September 20, 2015, and lead a course focusing on the role of religion in peacebuilding and conflict transformation during May Term 2016. The main non-governmental organization representative of the International Peace Research Association to the United Nations, Welty has extensive experience working in cross-cultural and politically unstable contexts including Israel/Palestine, Myanmar/Burma, Sri Lanka, Northern Ireland, Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan.
Recent Doenges Scholars
A faculty member in the creative writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, Cruz has published two novels, Soledad (for which she has also written a screenplay) and Let It Rain Coffee. Her work tends to focus on the experience of Latina Americans, particularly Dominican Americans; and she has been a contributor to numerous journals, anthologies, and conferences devoted to the topics of ethnic identity and Latina American literature.
Robson’s work — which makes use of plastic debris, excess packaging, and junk mail — has been featured in Art in America, Art & Antiques, and the cover of Green Building + Design magazine. She is a recipient of the Pollock Krasner Grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in sculpture, and numerous other grants and awards. Robson has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces. Robson is an advocate for plastic pollution awareness and the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers, and architects who work with similar materials.
Read a feature on Robson in Wired magazine.
Franchelle Stewart Dorn
MBC’s first Doenges Scholar in the performing arts, Dorn’s career as the leading actress at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and a member of the Arena Stage company spanned 20 years and included numerous stage roles, such as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra, Gertrude in Hamlet, Christine in Mourning Becomes Electra, and Emilia in Othello. She is head of the acting program and the Virginia L. Murchison Regents professor in the department of theatre and dance at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter (nominated for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography), The Planets, and A More Perfect Heave. She continues to write for online and print publications, and her play “And the Sun Stood Still,” was performed by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company with grant support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2001, Sobel earned the Individual Public Service Award from the National Science Board and the Boston Museum of Science’s prestigious Bradford Washburn Award.
Read about Sobel’s recent foray into playwriting.
Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri
Professor of chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Shakhashiri describes himself as ”scientist by training, teacher and public servant by trade, advocate by conviction, optimist by nature.” Known internationally for his ability to promote excellence in science education at all levels, Shakhashiri, a native of Lebanon, is a consultant to government agencies, academic institutions, industry, and private foundations. He is also recipient of more than 35 awards, including Outstanding Lecturer of the Year in General Chemistry and the American Association for Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology.
News about Shakhashiri earning the Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science.
Sociologist and human rights activist