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Faculty of the Future Mini-Retreat: Interdisciplinarity, Part 1
Breaking Boundaries: Cross-disciplinary Project Development

Friday, October 12, 2012
9 am–12:30 pm
Dubinsky Student Center, 8th Floor
Continental breakfast served at 8:30 am

Please RSVP with Celia Baez in the CET, at by Thursday, October 11, 2012.

Explore the potential of interdisciplinary teaching. Hands-on activities will focus on innovative strategies to prepare students to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s workplace, one that is clearly defined by collaboration.

Featured Speakers:

Mary E. Davis, Dean, FIT School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Mary E. Davis joined FIT on July 1, 2012 as Dean of FIT’s School of Graduate Studies. Dr. Davis comes to FIT having served as Chair of the Music Department at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where she has been on the faculty since 1998. She specializes in the cross-disciplinary studies of music, fashion and culture, and has a wealth of experience as scholar, teacher, administrator and author. As Associate director of the University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, she created public programs and oversaw scholarly initiatives focused on the humanities. Dr. Davis has also served as University Liaison to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Working with colleagues there, she secured significant funding to create the Rock and Popular Music Studies Institute at Case Western Reserve.

A prolific author and editor, Dr. Davis’s most recent book is Ballets Russes Style: Diaghilev’s Dancers and Paris Fashion. Other publications include Classic Chic: Music, Fashion and Modernism, a biography on Erik Satie, and Waiting for a Train: Jimmie Rodgers’ America, which she co-edited. She has frequently lectured at scholarly conferences internationally, and organized conferences at Case Western and elsewhere on topics ranging from Pierre Boulez and French Modernism to Lead Belly, and for many years, presented pre-concert lectures for The Cleveland Orchestra.

Dr. Davis earned her PhD and AM from Harvard University in musicology. Her undergraduate degree is from St. Mary’s College and she holds two additional masters degrees–one in musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music; the other in piano from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

Paul F. Rosengard, President, Li & Fung USA Men’s Apparel Group
Paul F. Rosengard is the President of Li & Fung USA Men’s Apparel Group. Prior to Li & Fung, he was the Group President, Premium Brands at Perry Ellis International. He is consistently recognized as one of Women’s Wear Daily’s “most powerful people in menswear.” Mr. Rosengard is as an adjunct faculty member at Parsons School for Design, as well as at FIT in the Fashion Merchandising Departments, and lectures frequently at other college campuses. He serves on several boards including the FIT Fashion Merchandising Advisory Board, Board of Governors at Parsons The New School for Design, Director of the National Father’s & Mother’s Day Council, the American Heart Association’s Retail Consumer Task Force, and as a Governor and Chairman of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund–an industry association awarding scholarships to students interested in entering any field related to fashion apparel. He is also the proud father of three children.

Graduating in 1980 with a degree in Economics from Brandeis University, Mr. Rosengard worked in educational publishing at Prentice–Hall, followed by a short stint in motion picture finance at Delphi Corporation. In 1987, he began his career in the apparel industry, joining Randa Corporation, a small, independent neckwear company. While there, Mr. Rosengard rose through the ranks, eventually serving as Executive Vice President. By directing global sales, marketing, licensing and merchandising, Mr. Rosengard helped the family-owned business grow into the world’s largest men’s accessories company.

Please hold Friday, March 15, noon–3:30 pm, for Interdisciplinarity, Part 2.

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