Poster for Dr. Diane Paige's Faculty Lecture “The Power of Play:

Hartwick’s Paige to Present Next Faculty Lecture

February 19, 2018

Hartwick College Professor and Department Chair for Music Dr. Diane Paige will present “The Power of Play: Reinvigorating Teaching and Enabling Deep-Learning,” the next installment of the 2017-18 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place Wednesday, February 21 at 12:20 p.m. in the Makerspace, Stevens-German Library, Yager Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Problem-Based Learning and Reacting to the Past are powerful pedagogies that achieve deep learning while allowing us to incorporate the element of play into our classrooms. We often associate the world of adult play with escapism, rather than as a means to develop the intellectual and social skills characteristic of a liberally educated person. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Play teaches us to honor the process as much as the product; that is, earnest play is rarely just about the win. When engaged in play as children, we did not expect to win each time, but rather hoped to refine our skills as strategists so that we could win at some point. The game of Monopoly was exciting because of the possibilities it brought. Imagine if our classrooms were to become such spaces.

Paige received her B.M. in Music Education from Colorado State University, where she minored in Slavic Studies. Her master’s degree in Musicology was awarded by Iowa State University where she wrote a master’s thesis entitled Dvorak in Spillville. She received her Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation, The Women of Leoš Janáček’s Operas, explored the archetypes and female roles of the Czech composer’s mature operas. She has published in The Musical Quarterly, with Princeton and Cambridge Presses, and is currently at work on a book about music and war from the American Revolution to present. She has presented her research at a wide variety of venues including BBC Radio 3, Lincoln Center for the Arts, and the Bard Music Festival.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. The next faculty lecture will take place Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 12:20 p.m., presented by Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Goltz.

For more information on the Faculty Lecture Series, contact Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Amy Forster Rothbart at 607-431-4865 or