3 March 2017

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor visiting scholar and educator at Centre for the Humanities and School Liberal Arts

Until the end of 2017, Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor PhD will be both a visiting scholar and a visiting educator at the Centre for the Humanities and School of Liberal Arts. She will contribute to projects in this School focusing on crucial elements in designing and delivering broad bachelor programmes such as Taal- en cultuurstudies and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor PhD
Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor PhD

Research

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor is a scholar of Dutch literature. Her current research asks how recent (literary) texts participate in ongoing discussions about changes in cultural values, in identity, and in the role that memory plays in human societies. This involves an investigation of identity as it interacts thematically with notions of family and society in the context of cultural and societal change; it inquires how various forms of narration serve to foreground such questions as we trace the context of our history and present circumstances.

This work recognizes the contributions of the humanities to civil society as they investigate the ways in which we imagine our lives, hold spaces in which to reflect, create knowledge about life, and allow us to interact critically with the changing landscape of the cultural dimensions in which we inscribe our life together.

Liberal arts education

Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor also has substantial and wide-ranging experience with the Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She chaired the College of Letters and Science Curriculum Committee as it re-evaluated and newly articulated the College’s degree requirements. She chaired the University Curriculum Committee as it was first established and serves on the university-wide General Education Committee. She has been actively involved in projects at the university and in the state to foreground the advantages of a liberal arts education, as well as the 'inclusive excellence approach to diversity and Honours in undergraduate programmes.

She is also, with Prof. Wiljan van den Akker, the founder of the international student exchange programme of Utrecht University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, collaborating on providing NT2 internship experiences in Madison. As a visiting educator at the School of Liberal Arts, Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor will contribute to projects in this School focusing on crucial elements in designing and delivering broad bachelor programmes such as Taal- en cultuurstudies and Liberal Arts and Sciences: reflection and student advising, curriculum design, internships & community service, 21st-century skills, interdisciplinary competencies and inclusive diversity.

Contact

Students working on related topics, and students and faculty interested in her work are cordially invited to contact Jolanda Vanderwal Taylor at j.j.vanderwal-taylor@uu.nl.