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Huntington conference examines future of humanities education

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Apr 14, 2012 - 11:27 AM |

Huntington University is hosting a conference entitled “Teaching the Humanities: Reel Life, Education Unscripted” May 3.

The event will raise questions about the pedagogical realities of this expansive academic terrain by mapping the changes and challenges of humanities education in the face of innovations and interruptions. 

Organized by The Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence at Huntington University, the conference will bring educators, learners, practitioners and community members together for a full-day conversation on the future of teaching the humanities. 

“I look forward to an energizing dialogue and debate, which will feature thoughts from both students and scholars,” Lorraine Mercer, director of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence, said in a press release.

“The aim of the conference is to discuss quality education, in the Humanities, that includes appropriate methods and strategies.” 

“The upcoming conference demonstrates Huntington’s continued commitment to supporting humanities and offers opportunities to further enhance the quality of teaching and learning,” Kevin McCormick, president and vice-chancellor of Huntington, said. 

The conference will include a day program, held at Huntington University, and an evening program, held at Rainbow Cinemas in Downtown Sudbury. The day program will feature five workshops entitled: 

-The Analytic of “Inclusive Education” A Program for Teaching the Humanities in Post-Modern Times

-Hard Play: Community Opportunities for Humanities Students

-CAPE in the Classroom: Introducing new methods of information discovery, dissemination and evaluation.

-Liberal Arts and/or/versus Vocational Training: Does Work Integrated Learning Fit in the Humanities Curriculum?

-Sensitizing language learners to social justice issues through the display of authentic travel photos, audiofiles and videoclips synthesized in PowerPoint presentations

The evening program will feature a presentation from Taylor Mali, a poet, educator, and teacher advocate. 

Registration for the day and/or evening program is open and free of charge. 

Participants may register for the day program, which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets for the evening program, featuring Taylor Mali, must be obtained in advance of the event. The evening session will start at 7 p.m.

Deadline for registration is April 20. For more information, contact Lorraine Mercer, director of the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre of Excellence, at 705-673-4126 ext. 209 or [email protected] 

To register for the day or evening program, please visit http://www.huntingtonu.ca. 

For more information on Taylor Mali visit www.taylormali.com.

Posted by Jenny Jelen

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