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Paideia Connections

Paideia Connections: Engaging Scholarly Conversations
Thursday, February 5, 4 pm Alma Thomas Theater, Southwestern University
*Reception to follow, Walzel Foyer, Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center

The Paideia Connections lecture series at Southwestern University features short talks by two faculty members from diverse fields about their recent scholarly work. Following their talks, members of the campus community and the general public are encouraged to engage in thought-provoking discussions and invited to share connections they make between the presentations. "Paideia Connections" takes its name from Southwestern's Paideia curriculum, which encourages students and faculty members to make connections between various disciplines and disparate ideas. In collaboration with Southwestern's Brown Chairholders and University Scholars, President Edward Burger initiated the series in spring 2014, and serves as the event moderator.

Eileen Cleere

Eileen Cleere, professor of English, will present her research on adolescent literature, specifically discussing Maud Hart Lovelace’s 1943 book, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, which explicitly grapples with the need for alternative literature for precocious girl readers.

Eileen Cleere: Profile

Scott McLean

Scott McLean, professor of kinesiology, will discuss his research as a kinesiologist and an exercise and sport biomechanist, specifically his work on identifying the elements of a swim start critical to maximizing performance.

Scott McLean: Profile


Preview the Paideia Connections conversation with Eileen Cleere and Scott McLean


  • The Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center is located on the Roy H. Cullen Academic Mall at Southwestern University between the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library and The Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning. Parking is accessible from Hwy 29 or visitors may walk there from visitor parking along Maple Street (1001 E University Avenue) or Southwestern Blvd.


  • On March 24, 2014 Southwestern University launched a new lecture series titled “Paideia Connections.” This lecture featured Alison Kafer, associate professor of feminist studies, and Maria Todd, associate professor of biology.

About Connections


Paideia Connections is sponsored by the Brown Chairs, University Scholars, Office of the President, and Office of the Provost at Southwestern University.

For more information contact: Dr. Ben Pierce, Professor of Biology and holder of the Lillian Nelson Pratt Chair at 512-863-1974 or