Betty Bayer, director of the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men, presented reflections on the Fisher Center and the roles of centers in liberal arts education at the meetings of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in San Francisco on Jan. 28. Titled “Interdisciplinary Centers as the Site of Change: Is the New Academy a Feminist Academy?” the panel also included Danni Demuth, representing the Kirkland Project of Hamilton College.
The session was chaired by Susan Henking, professor of religious studies. Discussion focused on the questions: (1) what is the place of “centers” in interdisciplinary and social justice work in liberal education in the 21st century?” and (2) “How do we best institutionalize intellectual and pedagogical work for gender equity in the 21st century that is equally responsive to globalization, transnationalism, diversity and multiculturalism?”
The AAC&U is a major national forum for discussion of liberal arts education and the inclusive academy. Founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.
Bayer holds her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree from Carleton University. She joined the faculty in 1992. Henking holds a bachelor's degree from Duke University, and a master's and doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. She joined the faculty in 1988.