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Visual Thinking in the Classroom – Workshop with Nick Sousanis, December 4th

Posted by on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in Events.

by Derek Bruff, CFT Director

Unflattening (detail)I’m excited to share that the Center for Teaching is co-sponsoring a workshop on visual thinking in the classroom next Friday, December 4th, led by Nick Sousanis.

Visual Thinking in the Classroom

Facilitator: Nick Sousanis, University of Calgary
Friday, December 4th, 2:10-3:00pm
Buttrick 202

In Nick Sousanis’ book Unflattening, written and drawn entirely in comic book form, he argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning.  In this workshop, we will explore ways to use visual tools like comics and sketchnotes in the classroom as tools for thinking and learning.  The workshop is open to all members of the Vanderbilt teaching community—prior drawing experience is not required!

Registration requested, but not required.

Dr. Sousanis is on campus as a guest of the Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. He has received a fair amount of attention for his doctoral dissertation, which was written and drawn entirely in comic book form. He will speak on that work, now available as the book Unflattening from Harvard University Press, at 11:30 on December 4th at the Warren Center in a talk titled “Unflattening: Reimagining Scholarship through Comics.” Where the lunchtime talk will focus on comics as a form of scholarship, the afternoon workshop will focus in visual thinking in teaching.

If you have any interest in visual thinking in the classroom (see, for instance, the CFT’s teaching guide on the subject or my collection of resources), please join us Friday, December 4th, at 2:10 for what will be an engaging and interesting workshop.

Thanks to professors Jennifer Fay (Cinema & Media Arts) and Helen Shin (English), as well as staff at the Warren Center, for making this workshop possible!


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