(April 7, 2010)--Joycelyn Moody, UTSA Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature, was one of 35 people from around the world invited to participate in the 2010 Oxford Round Table Sessions at Lincoln College, a component of Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
The Oxford Round Table Sessions promote education, art, science, religion and charity by means of academic conferences and publication of scholarly papers.
Participants were nominated by colleagues, and Moody was one of three professors of literature included in the group. Other academic disciplines represented included nursing, political science, public policy, mathematics, fine arts, business administration, women's studies, philosophy and oceanography.
Moody commented and led a discussion on a paper on applications of biblical scripture about women at a faith-based college. She is the author of the book "Sentimental Confessions: Spiritual Autobiographies by 19th Century African-American Women."
"My experience with the Oxford Round Table was truly extraordinary and invigorating," said Moody. "The university community at Oxford generated a stimulating educational environment, and I felt privileged to engage with the impressive scholars who convened to discuss a broad range of diverse and complex issues facing women in the academy. Because we represented so many different backgrounds and disciplines, we had significant ideas to share with each other. That level of intellectual and international exchange is rare and thrilling."
The Round Table Sessions provide participants with the opportunity to network on a critical topic of scholarly interest or specialization and share research across various disciplines. In addition to the discussions, participants made local and regional trips to tour the Oxford city center, university grounds and Cotswolds, the site of Britain's lush sheep-grazing lands.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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