The intersection of globalization and American style higher education is perhaps most keenly expressed in the necessity of the English language as a connecting force. However, as the lingua franca of many ‘global’ or ‘international’ liberal arts programs, it is more than just a medium of instruction. English operates as the defacto language of globalized higher education, with the assumption that it can be dehistoricized and value-free. Yet faculty teaching in international contexts know that English medium education biases many higher education practices, including text selection, the subordination of other languages, and often an associated second class treatment of non-Western cultures.
Multicultural Literature in the Classroom Section, Midwest MLA Conference, Cincinnati, OH, November 9-12, 2017:
Women in Literature MMLA 2017—“Literatures from the Lockdown”
Thinking about this year’s MMLA theme, “Art and Activism,” led us to consider the ways in which women’s art and women’s activism have been “locked down.” Sometimes women’s art and women’s activism locks itself down; after all, Audre Lorde once proclaimed at an MLA conference, “What does it mean when the tools of a racist patriarchy are used to examine the fruits of that same patriarchy? It means that only the most narrow perimeters of change are possible and allowable.” How, then, do we escape the lockdown? How do we empower even as we resist?
Digital Technology has been promoted as a crucial element for the improvement of contemporary education, and one of the key challenges to face Higher Education all over the world. Universities are now awash with digital systems and devices, with the promise of improving the performance of students and educators by enhancing learning, boosting enrolment, retention and completion rates. Individuals everywhere increasingly engage in higher education along digital lines. In parallel, educational technology is now a multi-billion dollar industry – involving global technology corporations in local educational provision and practice. The need to ask critical questions of the relationship higher education and technology is more pressing than ever.
Higher education innovators and institutional leaders have many expectations about blended learning. To get the most out of face-to-face and virtual learning environments, these must provide learners with flexible learning environments that overcome situational barriers for learning. Additionally, they must be pedagogically rich learning settings where different learning styles can be supported. Blended learning allows for the combination of a variety of offline learning ecologies (in classrooms, at work, at home, in the field) with a wealth of online resources.
I am planning to propose a panel on humanistic perspectives on crime for the 2017 National Humanities Conference, to be held Nov. 2-5 in Boston. I am seeking presenters to discuss strategies for incorporating humanistic perspectives into community conversations about crime, policing, and incarceration. The arts, literature, philosophy, and history have the potential to bridge disparate perspectives, which is crucial in addressing such a divisive and important issue. Ideally the panel will include a mix of academic and community-oriented perspectives. Topics could include:
GRETA Journal, Revista para Profesores de Inglés (ISSN 1989-7146), is preparing the publication of its 22nd volume. GRETA Journal publishes manuscripts on English Language Teaching Methodology. The objective of the journal is to bridge the gap between the field of Applied Linguistics and class praxis. Other fundamental goals include providing updated information about the latest trends, techniques, materials, and methodologies employed in EFL teaching and to exchange experiences and publications between research teams both on a national and international level.
At its most basic, Writing Across the Curriculum is founded on the core belief summarized by Chris Anson in The WAC Casebook that “writing belongs in all courses in every discipline” (ix). While guided by this central value, WAC programs must also be inherently flexible, individually designed to best meet the needs of their specific students, faculty, programs, and institutions. This diversity of possible approaches gives us the opportunity to share ideas, techniques, and experiences to explore the flexibility and adaptability of the larger WAC pedagogy.
The Writing Across the Curriculum section welcomes all submissions. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
Call for Proposals: “Bildung Across Languages”
MLA Convention 2018
New York City
January 4-7 2018
Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2017 | DHSI Colloquium
Call for Papers | http://dhsicolloquium.org
Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, to be held in June 2017 at the University of Victoria. Open to all, the DHSI Colloquium offers an opportunity to present research and projects within an engaging, collegial atmosphere. Submissions are peer-reviewed, with participants subsequently invited to contribute to a DHSI-themed special issue in an open-access journal.