Past Events

  • 2022 Feb 15

    Discussion Group for International PhD Students

    Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue Apr 19 2022 except Tue Mar 15 2022, Tue Apr 12 2022.
    5:00pm to 6:30pm


    Science Center Room B06.20

    Are you interested in connecting with other international PhD students and practicing your English in a friendly, informal setting? Join our discussion group! International PhD students have the opportunity to connect with each other and our...

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  • 2022 Feb 11

    Bok Seminar - Designing a Syllabus

    9:00am to 10:30am



    Led by Eleanor Finnegan

    If you were offered the opportunity to design a course from scratch, what principles would you use to guide your course design? In this seminar, we will read and discuss contemporary research on teaching and learning to identify what goals we should consider “central” to our course and how students are most likely to achieve them. We will also work together to identify principles of instructional design that allow our own teaching goals to become effective learning goals for our students. Over the course of the seminar, you will develop a novel syllabus...

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  • 2022 Feb 07

    Bok Seminar - Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher

    1:30pm to 3:30pm


    125 Mt. Auburn St. Room 307

    Led by Pamela Pollock

    We may wonder or worry about how we’re doing as teachers-- but how do we know? As scholars, we are always developing our research, but how do we think about learning and growing as a teacher? In this seminar, we will use Stephen Brookfield’s lenses for reflective teaching-- 1) self, 2) students, 3) colleagues, and 4) scholarship-- as a framework to consider these questions and build our own toolkit for becoming critically reflective teacher-scholars. We will review, discuss, and model effective mechanisms for collecting feedback, making sense of it, and...

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  • 2022 Feb 03

    Online Office Hours for FAS Faculty, Students, and Staff

    Repeats every week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday until Fri Feb 04 2022 except Mon Jan 17 2022.
    10:30am to 11:30am


    Online; see Zoom link in the description

    Drop in to have representatives of Academic Technology, the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and Harvard Library answer any of your questions about Canvas, Zoom, or technology in teaching.

    Join via Zoom


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  • 2022 Feb 01

    Louis Menand, "Oh, the Humanities!"

    1:00pm to 2:00pm


    Online; please register for Zoom link

    Photo of Louis MenandIf there is one thing about which virtually all humanities professors, university administrators, and state legislators seem to agree these days, it's that the humanities are in a state of crisis, their enrollments in precipitous decline and their prestige at an ebb. Students, their parents, and policymakers still want things from our colleges; it's just that what they want, according to the current consensus, are economists, engineers, life scientists, and psychologists—not literary critics or visual artists. That, however, is where the agreement ends. When it comes to figuring out why the humanities are in crisis—and what is to be done about it—there seems to be no agreement at all. To some commentators, the humanities have gotten too impractical; our students want something more than obscurantist theories preoccupied with relativizing and "problematizing" everything. To others, however, the humanities are most in danger precisely when they get too applied; instead, they implore students to spend more time in disinterested contemplation. Which is it? Or is it possible that both critiques, and their attendant solutions, are missing the plot?

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