Knowledge and Power: Pitzer’s New Educational Objectives in a Changing World
Thursday, March 23, 2017
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Faculty panel moderated by Melinda Herrold-Menzies, associate dean of faculty & professor of environmental analysis
Michelle L. Berenfeld, associate professor of classics
Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo, associate dean of study abroad and international programs
Colin Robins, assistant professor of environmental science
Ruti Talmor, assistant professor of media studies
Michelle Berenfeld is the John A. McCarthy Associate Professor of Classics at Pitzer, where she teaches courses in Greek and Roman archaeology and international cultural heritage. Her research focuses on domestic architecture and urbanism in the eastern Roman Empire and North Africa. She has carried out fieldwork in Egypt, Turkey, Jordan and Greece. She earned her PhD in classical art and archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.
Kebokile Dengu-Zvobgo is the associate dean of study abroad and international programs at Pitzer College where she is responsible for exchange programs. Her scholarly interests include human rights, women and the law in Southern Africa. Dengu-Zvobgo teaches classes in gender and feminist studies. She holds an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Melinda Herrold-Menzies is a professor of environmental analysis and an associate dean of faculty. She teaches courses on conflicts over natural resources, gender and the environment, and conservation and development. Her research focuses on conservation in rural China. Herrold-Menzies completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in environmental science, policy and management.
Colin Robins is an assistant professor of environmental science. He teaches courses in earth and environmental sciences, including soil science, natural hazards and physical geography. His research includes models of desert soil evolution and the pursuit of new methods to date soils and land forms. Robins holds an MS in soil science from Oregon State University and a PhD in geoscience from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Ruti Talmor is an assistant professor of media studies at Pitzer, where she teaches courses on photography, documentaries, video production and the anthropology of media. Her research interests include art, photography and other media. Her geographic focus is Ghana within a broader frame of continental Africa. In addition to her teaching and research, Talmor works as a curator. She earned her PhD in cultural anthropology from New York University.