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‘The Genesee Would Rebel’: the story of our attempts to tame a river and how it was saved.

‘The Genesee Would Rebel’: the story of our attempts to tame a river and how it was saved.

Dr Trevor Turpin ‘The Genesee would rebel’ was the prediction of Lyman P. Langworthy, the Rochester City Health Officer, in a note he placed in the cornerstone of the new Monroe County Court house in 1850.[1] Rochester lies at the mouth of the Genesee River as it enters Lake Ontario and had suffered serious floods since the 1780s. Finally, or so the citizens of the city thought, their improvements...

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A postcard from Geneseo

A postcard from Geneseo

The Academic Director of GALA, Professor Ian Gadd, recently visited GALA partner SUNY Geneseo in upstate New York. SUNY Geneseo is one of the US’s leading public liberal arts colleges, and it has maintained an active student exchange programme with Bath Spa for several years. Ian met with Bath Spa students currently at Geneseo, and Geneseo students due to come to Bath Spa after Christmas. He...

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A postcard from Beijing

A postcard from Beijing

This month Dr. Sarah Flavel, Lecturer in Religions, Philosophies and Ethics, travelled to Beijing to visit colleagues at our GALA partner institution, Beijing Foreign Studies University, with support from Santander. The trip included a visit to Beijing’s Confucius Temple as well as meetings with staff at the Centre for East-West Relations and the International Office at BFSU to discuss futur...

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A postcard from Moscow

A postcard from Moscow

One of the newest members of the GALA network is the Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), and particularly its Liberal Arts College. In September, GALA’s Academic Director, Ian Gadd, and Bath Spa’s new Vice-Provost for Research and Enterprise, John Strachan, visited RANEPA and met with, among others, Andrei Zorin (Academic Director of th...

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On stage: Jean Bernard Marie (piano), Arthur Boutillier

GALA partners celebrate achievements of David Malouf

GALA partners from Australia, Italy and Stockholm celebrated the lifetime achievements of David Malouf at Bath Spa University in April 2015, at a concert in honour of his work and the conferment of an Honorary Doctorate.  Nick Jose from Adelaide University, Antonella Riem from Udine University and Claudia Egerer from the University of Stockholm attended the programme which included the performance...

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AAC&U 2015 Annual Meeting Washington January 21-24, 2015

I was delighted to go to the AAC&U Centennial Annual Meeting in Washington to deliver a panel presentation with Cynthia Hammond, Becky Lewis, Carol Long and Alejandra Vilalta. The energy and enthusiasm of delegates reinforced importance of our joint endeavour. It was an honour to talk about the mission of our network and activities that engage international, interdisciplinary and inter-generat...

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Welcome to the Global Academy of Liberal Arts

As GALA heads towards its first anniversary​, we have much to report—and much to look forward to. At Bath Spa, we are bidding a fond farewell to Diana Newport-Peace who is moving on to the University of South Australia. GALA’s robust health and bright future are very much testament to Diana’s diligence and brio, and we wish her all the best in her new post. ​Diana has been succeeded by...

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A postcard from the Netherlands

A postcard from the Netherlands

Our first GALA visit as Academic Director and Assistant Academic Director took us to the Netherlands, where we met with partners at University College Roosevelt (UCR) and Utrecht University. First stop was the picturesque Middelburg in the southwest, where we met with Professor Barbara Oomen, Dean of UCR and Laelia Dard-Dascot, Project Manager. UCR offers a broad and interdisciplinary three-year b...

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What does it mean to create across borders?

What does it mean to create across borders?

Transnational creativity refers to creative formation across borders — between or within a nation — and to the production of new threshold languages, texts and ways of seeing through creative practice. What does it mean to write across borders, to create across borders? Our position stems from a constructive, rather than a deconstructive perspective, with an emphasis on emergent creativity rather ...

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Looking to connect with other research offices

Nicola Price is the International and EU Research Support Officer at Bath Spa University. She is looking to connect via the GALA network to other Gala member research offices to develop relationships with a view to identifying and responding to appropriate joint research programmes. BSU are keen to continue to develop researcher activity within Horizon 2020, MSCA and Creative Europe in addition to...

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