Beyond the Classroom: SCHOLA Lectures 2015

November 2, 2015

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TLU’s 7-minute SCHOLA Series – a lecture, a lesson

schola

noun | scho.la | \’skole\

an ancient Roman school

a private room in an ancient Roman residence

a lecture hall or meeting room (as of a guild or corporation)

[Late Latin, from Latin]: an ancient Roman association of persons sharing a common interest or profession

TLU faculty have lots of interests that go beyond the work they do in the classroom. Our 7-minute faculty lecture series – SCHOLA – highlights their interests and passions in short video vignettes that range in topic from zombie movies to the 1988 Olympics to exploring hot springs at the bottom of the Pacific. Join us on the scholarly adventure that is SCHOLA.

SCHOLA is part of TLU's Got Passion? campaign, which highlights faculty research and special interests. The 7-minute SCHOLA series is focused around the prompt: What interests would you pursue with a free year and unlimited resources?

We encourage you to share your favorite SCHOLA videos with your friends, students and colleagues to encourage everyone to explore their passions. The 7-minute SCHOLA lecture series is available as a playlist on the youtube.com/txlutheran channel at http://tinyurl.com/TLU-SCHOLA. Five more lectures are currently in production for release in spring 2016.

2015 SCHOLA Lectures

Alison Bray

Explorers & Exploration

Would you rather look at the moon through a telescope or walk on the moon?

Dr. Alison Bray, assistant professor of chemistry, is an explorer at heart. She asks us if we would prefer to look at the moon through a telescope or walk on the moon. For her, it’s an obvious choice. In her SCHOLA Lecture, she shares her experiences diving to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to investigate deep sea hot springs and encourages us to be explorers and find the science where it lives.

Discover why exploring the unknown in person might be the best choice. Watch Chemistry Professor Alison Bray make her case.

Philip Ruge-Jones

Experiencing Ancient Texts through Storytelling

Before radios and computers, and even before books, people shared information through storytelling.

Dr. Philip Ruge-Jones, professor and department chair of theology, takes us back to ancient storytelling days when texts were first experienced through performance, or sound, not ink on a page. In his SCHOLA video, he shares a piece of the Gospel of Mark and shows how the story, when performed, engages and surrounds its audience in a powerful way.

Watch Professor Ruge-Jones discuss the power of the spoken word.

Reza Abbasian

What Are The Odds?

From statistics to probability, math is visible in our everyday lives.

Dr. Reza Abbasian, professor and department chair of math, computer science and information systems, explores the world of probability as it relates to local elections, the 1988 Olympics and a $100 million escape. In his SCHOLA, Dr. Abbasian explains how we can use our knowledge of probability to detect some of the bizarre and inaccurate claims people make every day.

What are the odds? Watch Math Professor Reza Abbasian explain real-world examples.

Tiffiny Sia

Does Your Brain Take Holidays Without You Knowing?

Our brains process information in many different ways.

Dr. Tiffiny Sia, associate professor of psychology, puts our minds to the test – literally – to see how many mental shortcuts our brains take every day. In her SCHOLA, Dr. Sia gives us a short quiz to show how we sometimes avoid deep thinking and instead put our brains on autopilot.

How often do you use your brain? Watch Psychology Professor Tiffiny Sia detail why we tend to take mental shortcuts.

Steve Vrooman

Zombies Don’t Eat Brains

Pop culture often reveals how we feel as a society.

Dr. Steve Vrooman, professor and department chair of English and communication studies, really likes zombies. He writes books, gives lectures and studies how zombie movies can reveal our society’s deepest thoughts and fears. In his SCHOLA Lecture, Dr. Vrooman explores zombie and monster movies created over the past several decades and how they can be a true indicator of what we were thinking and feeling at the time. 

So how are zombies and monster movies an indicator of our real fears? Watch Communication Studies Professor Steve Vrooman explain.


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