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CTE Events, Academic Year 2013-14

​​​​​​​​​​​​"A Day in th​​e Life of a Teacher"

A Conversation with​ 2012-13 Teacher of the Year Award Recipient

Dr. Susan F. Skawinski, Associate Professor of Education

October 10, 2013, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm 

Dr. Skawinski discusses her path as a teacher and shares her work educating teachers in children’s literacy. 

The Diversity Proficien​cy​​​​​

Friday, November 15, 2013, 12:30 pm - 2:​00 pm 

Facilitated by:

Jim Keating,Theology , Chair - Core Curriculum Committee

Rafael Zapata, Chief Diversity Officer,Office of Institutional Diversity

CCC Diversity Subcommittee members:

  • Nuria Alonso Garcia, Foreign Language Studies  
  • Mary Ann Sedney, Psychology
  • Keith Morton, Public and Community Service Studies

A panel discussion of faculty members teaching courses fulfilling the diversity proficiency.  In a workshop following the panel, guests are invited to discuss their own courses and how they might satisfy the diversity proficiency requirements. This is a continuation of the diversity discussions begun last year.

Infusing International Experie​​nces into the Curriculum : 

Brazil and India and the Dilemmas of Development

Wednesday, October 2, 2​013, 12:00-1:30 pm​

Dr. Nicholas Longo ​and Dr. Keith Morton, Public & Community Service Studies​

As part of the PC International Education Week, Profs. Keith Morton and Nick Longo present on their participation in faculty seminars in Brazil and India this past summer.  They discuss especially the favelas in Rio and the massive urbanization in Mumbai. The presentation also includes a faculty conversation on how to better incorporate international dimensions into the PC curriculum, using these case studies as a starting point. 

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching ​​Excellence and the Center for International Studies.

DWC Colloquium Speed Dating is Back!​​

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Thinking about proposing a DWC colloquium course?

Looking for ideas? Need a partner?

A brief overview of the colloquium teaching experience followed by opportunities to discuss ideas and connect with colleagues.  An additional session may be held next semester. 

Sponsored by DWC and the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

Fall Fling!  A Welcome Reception for New Faculty​

Friday, September 27, 2013, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm​

An "open-house" format where the newest members of our academic community will share

their teaching and research interests in an informal setting. The social networking event of the

fall semester!

Sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence.  

Technology in the Cl​​assroom: The Students’ Perspective

Friday, February 7, 2014 12:30-2:​​00 pm

During the Fall semester, the Instructional Technology Committee performed a random sampling of undergraduate, graduate and School of Continuing Education students about their experiences with technology at PC.  Members of ITeC will summarize these interesting results.  A student panel will elaborate on student experiences with technology on campus.

Another Snow Day?!  ​​​​

Friday, February 28, 2:30-3:​30 pm

Snow days wreaking havoc on your syllabus? Join us to discuss ways to engage with your students when you can’t be in the classroom.

Stereotype Threat on Campus and in the Classroom

Presenter:  Rafael Zapata, Office of Institutional Diversity

Wednesday, March 19, 12:30-2:00 pm

The fear or concern of being stereotyped changes how students perceive their classroom and campus environment, affecting their college performance.  During this workshop, participants will discuss a variety of case studies to consider how to reduce stereotype threat in the classroom and on campus.  Rafael Zapata, PC’s chief diversity officer, will moderate the case study discussion. 

IFS Guest Speaker: Dr. Rolena ​Adorno

Curiosity about Ancient New World Civilizations: the View from​​​​​ Colonial Mexico

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 4:30-5:30 pm

In the Spanish American colonies of the Americas and the Caribbean, there was great curiosity, from 1493 onward, about the flora and fauna of the New World. This is a fascinating topic in its own right, but our question will be: when did curiosity about America’s ancient civilizations take root? When did the scholarly study of the ancient Amerindian peoples, those who had left great stone monuments and evidence of sophisticated material culture, begin? My presentation will explore how curiosity in colonial Mexico about the cultures of ancient America played a significant role in the foundation of Americanist studies. 

IFS Guest Speaker: Dr. Patrick Byrne

Curiositas, Intellectual Curiosity and Tr​​anscendence

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4:00-5:00 pm   ​

Great thinkers have both encouraged and cautioned us about curiosity. Curiosity has been called the inspiration that led to the greatest ideas in science, art and philosophy. Yet we are warned that "Curiosity killed the cat." This talk will explore the heights and depths of curiosity through the eyes of St. Augustine -- who thought curiosity a vice -- and Bernard Lonergan -- who regarded intellectual curiosity as a divine gift.  

​Post-Sabbatical Faculty Lecture Series

The School of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce the Post-Sabbatical Faculty Lecture Series for 2013-2014.  

Arts & Sciences faculty members who were on sabbatical in 2012-2013 have been invited to discuss the results of their sabbatical research with a general audience of faculty peers in the informal setting of the CTE.  All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.  Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch; light refreshments will be provided.

Completed Lectures Fall Semester 2013

Imperium: Concepts of Authority in the Roman Republic

Fred K. Drogula, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

12:00-1:00 p.m.

For the past 200 years, modern historians of ancient Rome have accepted that the fundamental authority of elected magistrates in the Republic was imperium—the complete and all-encompassing power of Rome’s ancient monarchs that was transferred to the annually elected magistrates at the foundation of the Republican government in 509 BC.

Imperium, therefore, has been defined as the underlying official power that authorized elected magistrates to operate as generals, police, judges, government and legislative leaders, and even authorized them to communicate with the gods on behalf of the state. My current research challenges this sweeping definition of imperium and argues for a very different concept of authority in the Roman Republic. By examining the surviving evidence I argue that modern historians have wrongly attributed modern ideas of power and authority onto the early Romans, which has misdirected their thinking about imperium. By removing modern assumptions of how government ‘must’ work, I argue for very different definitions of imperium and magisterial authority in the Roman Republic.

The Love Song of James Arlington Wright

Chard deNiord, Professor of English Tuesday, September 24, 2013 

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

In 1973, James Wright, the eminent American poet who was instrumental in trail-blazing a new path for free verse as an innovative, internationally-inspired alternative to formal verse in the sixties and seventies, wrote the rough draft of a poem he called "Hook" that would, in his revision of this poem, become two of his most famous poems, "Hook" and "To A Blossoming Pear Tree." I will discuss his revision of this poem in conjunction with life events that influenced him not only to take a radical new turn in his work, but to change his life as well.

From Paris to Oxford: Four 19th Century Prophets of the 2nd Vatican Council

Rev. Peter M Batts, O.P., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Theology

Friday, October 25, 2013

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Henri-Dominique Lacordaire, "Je suis citoyen des temps a venir.” (I am a citizen of the future)

Themes from the writings of Henri-Dominique Lacordaire, Prosper Gueranger, Therese Martin, and John Henry Newman that anticipate the teachings of Vatican II will be discussed.