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Belmont University’s January Teaching Center Symposium

Posted by on Thursday, December 30, 2010 in Events.

Our colleagues down the street at Belmont University are hosting their 5th Annual January Teaching Center Symposium on Monday, January 10th, just before classes start for Vanderbilt. The theme of the event is “Creativity and Invention in Teaching.” The Belmont Teaching Center director, Merrie King, has extended an invitation to interested Vanderbilt faculty and graduate students to participate:

“Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives. . .most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity . . .when we are involved in it, we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life. . .creativity also leaves an outcome that adds to the richness and complexity of the future.” –Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Please join us for an engaging time of teaching and learning!  There are 15 individual workshops facilitated by our outstanding faculty and staff.

The initial gathering place will be in the Massey Boardroom (4th floor). The format for the symposium will be 1 ½ hr workshops.  The schedule is:

8:00 – 8:30                Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00              Session I (Concurrent sessions)

10:00 – 10:30            Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00            Session II (Concurrent sessions)

Please RSVP to Nanci Alsup at if you plan on attending.  No need to decide on your workshop choices at this time; we just need the count for catering.

Workshop topics include the following:

  • Teaching Teamwork
  • Pine Ridge for You and/or Your Students?
  • Is Creativity Declining in America?
  • Cross Species Communication: Can Working with Horses Help with Student Learning?
  • All in the Family? Building Community Through Service-Learning
  • From Skillets to Scrapbooks: Creative Student Responses to Global Texts
  • Research Documentary Project
  • A Creative Look at Residence Life
  • A’s Begin at 80: Teaching and Learning as a Fulbright Lecturer in Uganda
  • Contemplative Practice That Informs Pedagogy
  • Creative Ways to Integrate Service into Your Curriculum
  • Using Murals to Aid Visualization of Large Literary Complexes
  • Presence & Power Intensive Workshop: Working with Patsy Rodenburg’s The Second Circle
  • Sound, Play, and Poetics in the History of English
  • Innovating Freedom: A Virtual Path

Let us know, too, if you plan on going!

Image: “Massey Business Center – Belmont University,” Paul Chenoweth, Flickr (CC)

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