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Medieval (Second) LifeWhat could technology possibly have in common with medieval literature? The answer is Literature 361, a Chaucer class taught by Martha Driver, PhD, distinguished professor of English. Driver's students adopt a Canterbury pilgrim to be their avatar in a simulated, medieval environment on the Second Life website (a 3D virtual world where users can socialize and connect). In addition to jousting, fencing, riding horses, and weaving, the students' avatars quote Chaucer and participate in a live, online performance involving avatars from all over the world."To read Chaucer in Middle English, it helps to be able to visualize the medieval mind and with Second Life that's what we are able to do," says Dyson student Mara Berkoff '12. According to Driver, the students are motivated and inspired by having an expanded, public audience in Second Life. Yet to stay true to Chaucer and their chosen pilgrim, they read the text closely.Eugenie Noel '10 works as a teacher's assistant and plans to become an elementary school teacher after attending graduate school. She hopes to repeat the Second Life experience with her own students someday. "Technology is really important for my career," she says. "You can do everything with technology!"In fall 2008, Driver began exploring the potential of Second Life to serve as a teaching tool. Her Chaucer class was first offered in spring 2010, and Martina Blackwood, PhD, Dyson's director of instructional technology, was enlisted to help orient the students. As tech-savvy as they are, typically, this class provides the students' first visit to Second Life.Fast Fact About Dyson This year our Master in Public Administration Program celebrated 30 years of preparing new leaders, policy makers, and innovators with the tools they need to succeed in the ever changing health care, government, and the nonprofit worlds.Year in Review 2010-2011 | 19

History Summit Establishes Travel Fund in Holmes' HonorBy Denis McCauley '79Dyson alumni gathered on the Pleasantville Campus on Presidents' Day weekend 2011 for the 15th Pace University History Summit. Continuing a tradition started in 1980, ten Pace graduates-all students of retired history professor James H. Holmes, PhD-met over a weekend to discuss important topics in history, based on books they had recently read. The Cold War was chosen as the 2011 Summit theme, due partly to the fact that recently opened state archives have led to a wide-scale reassessment of its origins, key events-and its end.The Summit included a special ceremony, as Nira Herrmann, PhD, Dean of Dyson College, presented Holmes with an award for "a lifetime of dedication to his students and to history." It was he who taught the seminar that gave rise to the Summit and-along with his colleagues the late professors John Buchsbaum, John Norman, and William Michaelsen-imbued countless students over the years with a passion for the study of history. A few months earlier, his former students recognized their mentor's achievements by establishing the Professor James H. Holmes International Travel Fund. The fund supports the efforts of Pace students-majoring in history, economics, or political science-to learn about and appreciate foreign societies and cultures through first-hand experience. The fund will be a lasting legacy to Holmes who passed away in June.The 2011 History Summit participants included Holmes, Laurence Bellom '81, Paul Doty '86, James Holderman '88, Kevin Killeen '86, Brian McCauley '75, Denis McCauley '79, James McCauley '73, Howard Shanker '81, and Peter Walsh '86.Alumni Give Back 20 | Dyson College of Arts and SciencesAlumni