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East Wheelock Residential Cluster Enters Second Decade

Brison to succeed Luxon and Schweitzer as next faculty associate

Susan J. Brison, associate professor of philosophy, will help lead Dartmouth's East Wheelock Cluster into its second decade following her selection as the next faculty associate. Brison will succeed Professors Ivy Schweitzer and Thomas Luxon of the English department, who will return to their home in Norwich, Vt., at the conclusion of this academic year after five years as faculty associates.

Susan Brison
Susan J. Brison

The East Wheelock Residential Cluster was established 10 years ago as a residential experience that would bring students and teachers into a common community to foster intellectual discussion, social relationships, and a shared sense of purpose.  The role of faculty associate was created to provide on-site faculty guidance and mentoring, and to develop programs specifically designed to encourage intellectual discourse outside the classroom. 

In addition to the faculty associate, the cluster leadership is composed of a dean from the First Year Office and various members of the Office of Residential Life, including a resident community director. Others who have served in the faculty associate role include Dean of Residential Life Martin Redman, Professor Cleopatra Mathis, and Professors Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer.

"The dedication of Professors Schweitzer and Luxon to the students and the goals of the cluster, like that of their predecessors, has allowed the program originally envisioned by former Dean of the College M. Lee Pelton to flourish," says Redman. "The opportunities offered to residents include poetry readings, discussions facilitated by faculty and campus visitors, arts events, receptions, dinners, and informal conversations around dessert or pizza at the house.  During their tenure as faculty associates, interest in the Cluster has risen significantly."

Brison has taught in the philosophy department since 1985.  She also teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Program and is active in legal studies teaching and programming at the College. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Her areas of academic interest and specialization include philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, ethics, and trauma theory.

She has received numerous awards for her work. Her books include Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self (2003) and Speech, Harm and Conflicts of Rights, forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

Brison has also made a significant impact on students' lives outside the classroom.  She is currently a faculty advisor to the women's hockey team, a member of the Tucker Foundation Council and its Hurricane Katrina Executive Committee, faculty advisor to the Dartmouth Civil Liberties Union and Dartmouth Undergraduate Law Journal, and has been an active participant in the College's Sexual Abuse Awareness Program for more than 15 years.

Brison will be moving into the faculty associate home in the East Wheelock Cluster late this summer. She will reside there with her husband Thomas Trezise, a professor of French at Princeton University, and their eleven-year-old son Gabriel.

Redman says, "All of us associated with East Wheelock look forward to welcoming Susan and her family over the next several months as they move into their home and the life of the cluster."


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Last Updated: 12/17/08