Upcoming Events: Special Events

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Special Collections Library Rm 277

We are enduring an era of unprecedented climate change in the world, but so too is the ecosystem of ideas and knowledge under constant threat. In the ecosystem of ideas, and particularly the niche of higher education, books are a keystone species. What are the functional traits of books and other forms of long-form communication that we can leverage to ensure the resilience and sustainability of this ecosystem? And how can the lifecycle of ideas adapt at each stage, from research to teaching to review to publication? Director of Princeton University Press, and longtime scholarly publisher, Christie Henry, invites faculty and students to tour this ecosystem, looking at the evolution of ideas to book proposals and manuscripts, new species of books, and how the book is enduring in new landscapes. Details

Event Type: New Faculty Workshops, Pedagogy & Practice Workshops, Speaker Series, Special Events, TA Services and Programs

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Special Collections Library Rm 277

The digital landscape has provided an amazing array of new niches for communication, and yet a preponderance of fake news and shortened attention spans are the equivalent of invasive species in ecosystems. How can teaching, writing, and publishing adapt in a way that ensures the vitality of the ecosystem of knowledge, and provide a sustainable flow of nutrients to continue to animate the power of ideas and communication? This talk will look at the lifecycle of scholarly authors, and how the publishing world illuminates opportunities for the ongoing evolution of writing. Participants will then consider what these opportunities mean for writing in the higher education curriculum and academic careers. Details

Event Type: New Faculty Workshops, Pedagogy & Practice Workshops, Speaker Series, Special Events, TA Services and Programs

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MLC 372

Charismatic megafauna have long been used by conservation and wildlife agencies to engage the general public—polar bears and pandas just two examples. There are species of charismatic books that can be equally vital to conservation, and to conversation: books for general readers. These books, often described as trade books, engage the public in ways that enlighten, educate, and endure. And in an era of severe climatic threats to knowledge, these books can help fortify the scholarly endeavor by cultivating new species of readers. This workshop is intended for faculty contemplating writing for general readers, and will focus on the importance of public communication of ideas, the necessity of author platforms, the potential of agents, and the taxonomy of trade publishers. Details

Event Type: New Faculty Workshops, Pedagogy & Practice Workshops, Speaker Series, Special Events, TA Services and Programs

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MLC 348

What would higher education look like if we were designing it now? In today’s learning ecosystem, we’re facing new cognitive models, the expanding population of students, the global digital community, and many more challenges. Randy Bass will examine the new undergraduate teaching and learning ecosystem, where we enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to design course-based learning environments that address the whole person, bridge liberal and professional education, and help students to become agents of positive change. Details

Event Type: New Faculty Workshops, Pedagogy & Practice Workshops, SoTL Workshops, Speaker Series, Special Events, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, TA Services and Programs

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MLC Reading Room

In this workshop, Dr. Bass explores how faculty can employ the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) to focus classroom inquiry within their specific cultural, social, and educational context. SoTL practices, even when narrowly focused within particular disciplines such as STEM fields or the humanities, can illuminate crucial questions across multiple fields of inquiry. By engaging in SoTL, we may be able to surface the commonalities we all share as we prepare students for a world of complex challenges and continuous change. Details

Event Type: New Faculty Workshops, Pedagogy & Practice Workshops, SoTL Workshops, Speaker Series, Special Events, Student Learning Outcomes Assessment, TA Services and Programs