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Book Group on “The Heart of Higher Education”

Posted on January 24, 2019 | Filed under General News

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Director of Faculty Development is seeking faculty and staff for participation in a five-week book group during Spring 2019. The group will meet on Mondays (February 4 and 18; March 4; April 1 and 15) from noon to 1:30 p.m. to discuss “The Heart of Higher Education” by Parker Palmer, a writer, teacher and activist with a PhD in sociology, best known for his book “The Courage to Teach,” and Arthur Zajonc, professor of physics at Amherst College and author of “The New Physics and Cosmology Dialogs” with the Dalai Lama. A copy of the book and lunch will be provided.

“The Heart of Higher Education” demands “an education that embraces every dimension of what it means to be human, that honors the varieties of human experience, looks at us and our world through a variety of cultural lenses, and educates our young people in ways that enable them to face the challenges of our time.” We will strive to heed the authors’ advice to “sit down with at least one or two other people who have stakes in higher education and create the conditions in which you can express authentic feelings, think creative thoughts, and speak your truth to each other’s minds and hearts.“

There are seats for 10 participants. Catharina Coenen and Lydia Eckstein are the organizers. Interested educators are asked to contact Catharina Coenen by Monday, January 28.