Faculty Lunches

The Bok Center hosts an annual series of faculty lunch conversations on aspects of teaching and learning. Each lunch is moderated by one or more faculty colleagues, who share their experiences in the classroom and lead a broad discussion of the lessons learned and opportunities for adaptation. The Bok Center follows up with attendees to forward resources that may be of interest in light of the presentation.

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Past Faculty Lunches on Learning

2022 Mar 01

POSTPONED | Robin Hopkins, "How can Scientists be Scientists in the Classroom? An Experiment with an Undergraduate Research Experience Course"

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

TBA

EVENT POSTPONED; PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR A FUTURE DATE IN THE 2022–2023 ACADEMIC YEAR

Photo of Robin HopkinsScience is an active, hands-on discipline that involves problem solving, technical skill development, and data interpretation. Teaching science, however, is all-too-often a two-dimensional PowerPoint full of facts, equations, and diagrams to memorize. How do we transition our science education to look more like our science in practice?... Read more about POSTPONED | Robin Hopkins, "How can Scientists be Scientists in the Classroom? An Experiment with an Undergraduate Research Experience Course"

2022 Feb 01

Louis Menand, "Oh, the Humanities!"

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

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?

... Read more about Louis Menand, "Oh, the Humanities!"
2020 Feb 04

Faculty Lunch: What I Learned from Teaching 'Introduction to Graduate School' (GSAS 299): Notes on an Experiment

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

50 Church St. 3rd Floor

Robin BernsteinRobin Bernstein, Dillon Professor of American History; Professor of African and African American Studies and of Studies of Women, Gender, & Sexuality

In the fall of 2019, Robin Bernstein launched an experimental course titled "Introduction to Graduate School: Skills...

Read more about Faculty Lunch: What I Learned from Teaching 'Introduction to Graduate School' (GSAS 299): Notes on an Experiment
2019 Apr 01

Faculty Lunch: How can you develop your own effective style for visual aids in teaching?

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

50 Church St. Room 308

Rachelle GaudetRachelle Gaudet, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Teaching is, among many other things, fundamentally an act of communication. To teach effectively, an instructor must be able to anticipate her students’ prior knowledge, and figure out how to render her own expertise legible to non-experts. Images and visualizations are often crucial to this act.... Read more about Faculty Lunch: How can you develop your own effective style for visual aids in teaching?

2018 Oct 23

Faculty Lunch: How can we motivate young scientists to grapple with important, but unanswerable ethical questions?

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

50 Church St. Room 308

Steven HymanSteven Hyman, Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, and Former Provost of Harvard University

Several years ago, Steve Hyman embarked upon a pedagogical experiment aimed at taking (mostly) science concentrators—including pre-meds—out of their intellectual comfort zone.... Read more about Faculty Lunch: How can we motivate young scientists to grapple with important, but unanswerable ethical questions?

2018 Oct 01

Faculty Lunch: How to Overhaul your Curriculum and Live to Tell the Tale

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

50 Church St. Room 308

Suzannah ClarkSuzannah Clark, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music and Chair, Department of Music

As a veteran of successful curricular reforms at both Oxford and Harvard, Suzannah Clark has developed a keen sense for how to build consensus and align an undergraduate program with the intellectual priorities of its faculty.... Read more about Faculty Lunch: How to Overhaul your Curriculum and Live to Tell the Tale

2018 Apr 23

Faculty Lunch: Minding Making

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

50 Church St, Room 308

Jennifer Roberts, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities in the Department of History of Art and Architecture

If the artisanal and technical skills behind artmaking are forms of knowledge, how can (or should) that knowledge be integrated into the analytical methods of art history and of the humanities more broadly?... Read more about Faculty Lunch: Minding Making

2018 Apr 13

Faculty Lunch: Virtual Earth or field trip to Mars: Integrating visualization technology into science teaching

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

McKinstry Room, Geological Museum 204, 24 Oxford St, Cambridge

John Shaw, Harry C. Dudley Professor of Structural and Economic Geology, Harvard College Professor, and Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Science

Immersive visualization experiences are transforming the landscape of science education, bringing students beyond the classroom to experience remote field sites and other inaccessible environments, from molecular to planetary scales.... Read more about Faculty Lunch: Virtual Earth or field trip to Mars: Integrating visualization technology into science teaching

2018 Mar 20

Faculty Lunch: On Power and Ambiguity in the Student-Adviser Relation

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

50 Church St, Room 308

Mario Small, Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology

Professor Mario Small will share insights from his recent book, Someone To Talk To, which examines—based in large part on the experiences of graduate students in their first, often difficult year in their programs—how people make decisions about whom to turn to when they need support.... Read more about Faculty Lunch: On Power and Ambiguity in the Student-Adviser Relation

2017 Dec 06

Faculty Lunch: Virtual reality: Fostering cultural understanding, empathy, and critical engagement in the language classroom

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Science Center 318

Nicole Mills, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures and Coordinator of the French Language Program

The integration of emerging technologies into foreign language learning and teaching can engage, motivate, empower, and optimize the language learning experience.... Read more about Faculty Lunch: Virtual reality: Fostering cultural understanding, empathy, and critical engagement in the language classroom