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Dedicated Semester: Fontbonne University

A list of previous topics and winners of the Jason Sommer Award

Past Dedicated Semesters

Year Title Chair(s)
2007 Judaism and Its Cultures Jason Sommer
2008 The United Nations Millennium Goals Stephenie Paine-Saunders
2009 Immigrant Experiences Benjamin Moore
2010 Happiness: Traditions and Tensions Corinne Wohlford Taff
2011 The Disability Experience Margaret Grey & Susan Lenihan
2012 Foodology: The Culture, Economics, and Science of Food Jaimette McCulley
2013 Sustainability: Small Steps, Giant Leaps Elizabeth Rayhel
2014 Civil Rights: Then & Now Leslie Doyle & Heather Norton
2015 The Future Mark Alexander
2016 Privacy, Security, & Freedom Mary Abkemeier 
2017 We, Myself, & Why? Exploring Identity Kevin Eiler & Janelle Julian
2018 Family  Past, Present, Future Deborah Phelps & Mary Beth Ohlms
2019 Memory
2020 Vision: Image, Perception, & Ways of Seeing


The Jason Sommer Award

Winners of the Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award
(Recipients are usually announced in August or September for the previous year)

2008 Batya Abramson-Goldstein
2009 Stephenie Paine-Saunders
2010 Amir Karadzic
2011 Kevin Cloninger
2012 Kerri Morgan
2013 Education Dept., Missouri Botanical Garden
2014 Jean Ponzi
2015 Leslie Doyle
2016 tba


What IS a Dedicated Semester?

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The tradition of the Dedicated Semester began in the fall of 2007 with a campus-wide exploration of Judaism. Each fall, the Fontbonne University sponsors a different subject for the semester. With cooperation from schools, divisions, departments, and programs across the university, our campus community explores a new theme. Academic departments contribute courses that are the core curriculum of  the Dedicated Semester, which is also supported by a variety of co-curricular activities and events.

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The Dedicated Semester

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