NEMLA 2020- Imagining a Future for Humanities Pedagogy

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
William Bowden/ University of Rhode Island
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In his book Twenty-One Lessons for the Twenty-First Century (2018), Yuval Noah Harari argues that in a world where Biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are merging to redesign human life (physically and socially), educators should focus on teaching the "four C's," which are, "Critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity" (266). As intelligent algorithms increasingly replace human labor, Harari argues that the job market will require workers to "reinvent yourself again and again."

Although Harari paints a picture of the current challenges the world faces as technology and science take over every sector and suggests skills that educators might focus on to best serve both current and future students, he does not create a practical model for teachers with examples of assignments or exercises that would prioritize the aforementioned skills.

This panel will respond to Harari's call by theorizing practical exercises and lessons that will help students gain these skills that will be necessary for a job market increasingly in flux.