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Graduate Liberal Studies Staff

GLS Staff Contact Information
Dr. Michelle Scatton-Tessier

Dr. Michelle Scatton-Tessier

Acting Director, Graduate Liberal Studies

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Associate Professor of French

601 S. College Road Wilmington, NC 28403-5673

Tel: 910.962.3963
Office: Bear Hall, Room 109


Dr. Herb Berg

Assistant Director and Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Liberal Studies

601 S. College Road

Wilmington, NC 28403-5673


 GLS Participating Faculty

Dr. Turrisi

Patricia Turrisi
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion 
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
GLS Courses: The Good Life; The Human Condition; The Culture of Objects and Object Fancy; Technology and the Quality of Life; Evil and Suffering; Happiness and Well Being;
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Christopher Laursen

Ph.D., History, University of British Columbia

M.A., History, University of Guelph

B.A., History, Carleton University

GLS Courses: Conservation and Culture; Shamanism; Contemporary Issues in Liberal Studies; Final Project in Liberal Studies ; First Contact: Encounters with the Unexplained; Animals and Culture 

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Beverley McGuire 

Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

M.Div., Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA

B.A., Stanford University, Stanford, CA

GLS Courses: The Contemplative Life; Buddhism

Jenny Yates

Jenny Yates
Distinguished Visiting Scholar

M.A.R., Yale University

Ph.D., Syracuse University (interdisciplinary humanities) and

Diploma, Institute for Analytical Psychology, Zurich, Switzerland

GLS Courses: Symbols: An Interdisciplinary Perspective; History of the Unconscious; Jungian Psychology; Memories, Dreams, Reflections ; Psychology and Religion; Dreams and Active Imagination; Psychological Types

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Julie-Ann Scott-Pollock

Ph.D. University of Maine

GLS Courses: Storytelling, Identity and Becoming Who We AreStories of Embodiment


Thom Kunz

M.F.A., Univeristy of North Carolina Wilmington

GLS Course: Land of Hopes and Dreams: Springsteen's America

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Dr. Maia L. Butler

Assistant Professor of African American Literature

Ph.D. English, University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

M.A. English, University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

B.A. English, University of Alaska, Anchorage

GLS course: Floating Homelands: Conceptions of Homeplace in Contemporary Literature and Culture

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Dr. Sravana Borkataky-Varma

Lecturer, Hindu Traditions, Harvard Divinity School

Ph.D., Religious Studies, Rice University

M.A., Religious Studies, Rice University

M.A., Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi

B.A., English Literature, University of Delhi

GLS Courses: Yoga and Philosophy

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M.F.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington
GLS Course: Memoir: Writing Your Story