Bryn Athyn College Alumni Magazine Fall/Winter 2017-18 - Page 37

FACULTY running SPOTLIGHT header Dylan Roscioli (BA '16) explains how a printing press works. of students, and while there he went to lunch with the department chair and Ármann Jakobsson, who would later become his advisor. In recent years, Sean has taught full time at the College while taking trips to Iceland for his doctoral research, publishing articles, and traveling to various conferences around the world to present his papers. He successfully defended his thesis in 2016 against an impressive panel of opponents: William Ian Miller (University of Michigan Law School) and Jón Viðar Sigurðsson (University of Oslo). Fortunately, Sean has been able to stay connected to many of the scholars who played a role in his academic journey, and he con- tinues to expand his network. He regularly presents papers at con- ferences internationally and has even put together an upcoming local speaking event focused on contemporary society’s approach to the notions of peace and jus- tice. Sean has arranged for William Ian Miller to give a lecture on this topic in March at Glencairn Mu- seum, co-sponsored by the History Sean Lawing presents his research. Kirsten Cranch (BA '15) and Dara King (BA '13) spin wool. and Social Sciences department at BAC and the Cole Foundation for Renewing the Culture. Sean's students appreciate his expertise. Junior human soci- ety major Brennen Keck-McCurdy ('19), says, “I have taken several classes with Professor Lawing. I have enjoyed each one more than the other, and I plan to take more. ... My favorite memory from one of his classes was the Medieval Festi- val held at Glencairn Museum. We dressed up as medieval townsfolk and lead visitors on a pilgrimage tour through Glencairn, stop- ping to view historical artifacts throughout the museum. This ex- perience was important not just to my knowledge of history, but to the development of my public speaking ability.” Sean teaches at all levels in the College, from first year courses to senior seminar. His willingness to let students organically interact with the subject matter, each oth- er, and with him as their professor, brings something to the experience that helps students get to the heart of the matter. Brennen sums it up, “Dr. Lawing is relatable and ap- proachable, making his classroom more than just a learning environ- ment.”  This speaks to the power of the dynamic relationship between teaching and learning; the evolv- ing process that hopefully sees students off into a wide world of life-long thinking and discern- ing, feeling confident to step from classrooms into workplaces and other real-life arenas. So, while medieval European history may be violent, senior seminar might be daunting, and learning Ger- man can feel like a harrowing test of tongue-twisters and brain path- way construction, there is a thread amidst all of these endeavors that Sean helps his students uncover and eventually enjoy. He works to bring students closer to the essence of these subjects, and how that re- flects or interacts with the core of who we are as living beings, pav- ing the way for students to know themselves and their neighbors better than they did when they started. B RY N AT H Y N A LU M N I M AG A Z I N E | 37