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Innovative teaching is recognized

March 29, 2017

Congratulations to Learning Lab faculty partner Elena Kramer on receiving the 2016 Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching. Over the past two years, Kramer worked with Bok Center Media, Literacy, and Visualization Fellows Morgan Furze and Claire Meaders to develop creative assignments for her course.

Elena Kramer, chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Read more about Innovative teaching is recognized

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Bok Center's Pamela Pollock Wins 2017 FAS Dean's Distinction Award

February 23, 2017

Congratulations to Pamela Pollock for her outstanding contributtion to the Bok Center and Harvard community!

The Dean's Distinction Award is given to eligible FAS and SEAS staff members who are nominated by faculty and staff members based on their exceptional service and who act with the highest integrity and serve as role models among FAS and SEAS staff.… Read more about Bok Center's Pamela Pollock Wins 2017 FAS Dean's Distinction Award

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Poetry unbound

February 16, 2017

For Elisa New, teaching poetry to the uninitiated has been as gratifying as teaching English concentrators and confirmed poetry lovers.

Her Gen Ed course, “Poetry in America,”  attracts students from across disciplines. Now the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature wants to reach an even broader audience in a new course called “Poetry in America for Teachers: The City from Whitman to Hip Hop.” The online offering — created, in part, with a new faculty fellowship from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning — aims to give secondary school instructors rich content and… Read more about Poetry unbound

Harvard Horizons

Announcing the 2017 Harvard Horizons Scholars

December 8, 2016

GSAS recently announced the 2017 Horizons Scholars, eight PhD students whose ideas, innovations, and insights have the potential to reshape their disciplines. These students have been selected by the Harvard Horizons Faculty Fellows as representatives of the high aspirations and the extraordinary achievements of Harvard University’s PhD programs. They form the fifth class of the Society of Horizons Scholars, a fellowship cohort that will offer opportunities for long-lasting… Read more about Announcing the 2017 Harvard Horizons Scholars

To Bring Shakespeare To Life, Teachers Learn To Act More Like Actors

To Bring Shakespeare To Life, Teachers Learn To Act More Like Actors

October 21, 2016

 

By Louise Kennedy for WBUR

The actors in the Actors' Shakespeare Project (ASP) know what students think of Shakespeare. They hear it all the time when they visit schools.

"We ask them at the beginning," says Mara Sidmore, who runs the Boston-based troupe’s education programs. “We say, ‘When I say Shakespeare, you say …?' And we turn it into a kind of a call-and-response thing, and we hear things like ‘Dead!’ ‘White guy!' You know. ‘Who… Read more about To Bring Shakespeare To Life, Teachers Learn To Act More Like Actors

Confronting campus issues from the stage

Confronting campus issues from the stage

September 21, 2016

When Professor Douglas asked students in his course “The Emergence of an Early American Identity” to examine a piece of Revolutionary War-era art, the first response came from Oliver, who described the image as “one Indian sitting on a box by himself.”

His classmate Kia rolled her eyes. “I think it’s weird that we’re calling Native Americans Indians,” she said.

The encounter — and the class — were imagined, a theatrical sketch created by the Bok Center… Read more about Confronting campus issues from the stage

Bok Center celebrates 40 years

Bok Center celebrates 40 years

May 6, 2016

was a celebration worthy of two Harvard presidents.

President Drew Faust and President Emeritus Derek Bok kicked off celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning on Thursday with a dynamic conversation at the Harvard Art Museums in which Faust praised the center for having been “transformational for higher education and certainly for this institution.”

“There has been a culture change in higher education in the years… Read more about Bok Center celebrates 40 years

Food for Thought

Food for Thought

May 1, 2016

Zach Nowak, a Bok Center Departmental Teaching Fellow, brought the canned meat product Spam to the first day of section for a course on American food history.

Zach Nowak brought the canned meat product Spam to the first day of section for a course on American food history.

Spam, first created in the United States in the late 1930s and used to fuel troops during the Second World War, has since fallen out of favor, going the way of ersatz coffee as a food most people would probably rather avoid if given the choice. Today, Spam often conjures up associations of… Read more about Food for Thought