School of Architecture Dean Mark Robbins G’81 gives a tour of The Warehouse to Chancellor Nancy Cantor and the media.
Located in downtown Syracuse, The Warehouse opened for classes in January.
Our vision of Scholarship in Action includes educational collaborations with individuals and organizations in our community, city, state, nation, and the world, from Syracuse to Washington, D.C., from New York City to Los Angeles, and from London to Beijing.
Scholarship in Action also envisions partnerships with other institutions in areas of mutual strength. The museums and cultural institutions downtown will have a physical link to campus through the Connective Corridor (see story, page 32)—anchored on the west by our beautiful Warehouse, new home of the School of Architecture, the departments of Communications Design and Advertising Design in the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), and the new interdisciplinary Goldring Arts Journalism Program. The Warehouse is also full of ample public space for programs with the Everson Museum of Art, the Cultural Resources Council, and other community groups. A few blocks away, we are joining with a federation of more than 70 businesses and academic and research institutions to build a headquarters for the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems, sponsored by New York State.
Now I am pleased to say that the Mellon Foundation has announced funding for a large-scale research collaboration—led, on SU’s part, by Cathryn R. Newton, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences—to develop the Central New York Humanities Corridor with our neighbors Cornell University and the University of Rochester. Not unlike what the Research Triangle in North Carolina is to science and technology in the South, this partnership utilizes regional proximity to connect the teaching and research strengths of many distinguished scholars and graduate programs. This virtual corridor, connecting a triangle of institutions roughly an hour apart, will formalize and build on longstanding scholarly partnerships among sister departments of philosophy, religion, and the arts and humanities. On campus, the Humanities Corridor will involve faculty from across SU—in Arts and Sciences, VPA, Newhouse, Maxwell—and complement our investments in the renovation of the historic Tolley building as a home to our humanities center, opening in 2007.
The new Humanities Corridor will create clusters of scholarly excellence from the three institutions. Through such regional interaction, the whole will surely surpass the sum of its parts. Initially, we will focus on five thematic clusters: philosophy and linguistics, cultures and religions, the interface between humanities and science/technology, visual arts and cultures, and music history and musicology.
The cluster looking at the humanities, science, and technology, for example, wants—among other things—to explore humanistic perspectives on infectious disease, raising timely questions about personal liberty, the collective good, confidentiality and disclosure, and responsibilities to oneself and others. This subject—the interface between the humanities and the life sciences—has a high strategic priority for all three universities. Cornell is investing substantially in its new life sciences initiatives. Rochester’s new president has announced that life and medical sciences and engineering will be among his top priorities. And here at SU, where a major cell signaling and biomedical studies initiative ranks among my top University-wide priorities, we will break ground this spring for our new interdepartmental Life Sciences Complex.
As you can see, scholarly connectivity is crackling across Central New York, from the arts and humanities to the sciences, and beyond. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Chancellor and President