Faculty Colloquium: Karen Holman

Please join us next Friday, January 26, at 3 p.m. in the Hatfield Room for our first Faculty Colloquium of this semester.

Presenter: Karen Holman, Professor of Chemistry

Title: “Hijab in the lab: Teaching STEM to girls in Saudi Arabia”

The Research Science Institute (RSI), founded over 30 years ago, is one of the most prestigious international summer research programs in the world for high school students. In 2015, RSI founded a new program for girls at the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Karen Holman Picture As part of the inaugural team of all-female college professors, I traveled to Dammam to teach chemistry in 2015 and again in 2016. I will describe my experiences: (1) in the classroom where the Saudi students embarked on a study of renewable and non-renewable fuels and determined which fuels are “best”, and (2) as a relatively ignorant Western woman seeking to learn more about Saudi culture from the perspective of females in an academic setting.

Students are welcome and coffee and treats will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Eisenberg and Bill Kelm
Faculty Colloquium Coordinators