Nicoletta Pireddu Discusses Interdisciplinary Work, Bridging Students to Faculty at Red House Dinner Series
On December 6th, the Red House hosted Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature Nicoletta Pireddu at the final Red House Dinner Series event of the semester.
Professor Pireddu told the story of finding her unique position at Georgetown, where she teaches in Italian and Comparative Literature, leads a first-year Ignatius Seminar on borders and migration, and has directed the FLL Hager Scholars Program among many other roles. Praising interdisciplinary learning, Professor Pireddu discussed how wearing multiple hats on campus allows faculty and students to learn broadly and often. She advocated for teaching styles that empower students to create their own knowledge and work alongside faculty to do so.
Professor Pireddu was eager to hear from students about their learning experiences, and spoke to the importance of connecting with her students beyond traditional academic partnerships in the classroom. Students shared challenges of balancing interdisciplinary learning with the demands of their schedules, and the desire to likewise connect with faculty outside of class. Professor Pireddu ended the conversation on a note of empowerment, inviting students to use the classroom space to develop their sense of authorship in their education.
We look forward to resuming the Red House Dinner Series in the Spring! If you are a student and would like to stay up-to-date on Red House dinners and events, you can join the Red House Student Network list here or check out our Facebook page. If you are a faculty member who would like to share your work or join the conversation, you can email the Red House at firstname.lastname@example.org.