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.... Read more about Innovative Teaching Recognized
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 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.... Read more about Announcing the 2017 Harvard Horizons Scholars
The first assignment, for the General Education course on “Primitive Navigation,” was for students to start at the John Harvard statue in the Yard, walk due west for what seemed 20 minutes with no tools or aids including a watch or phone, and see where they ended up. Probably students had an inkling this wasn’t going to end well. They would end up all over the greater Harvard Square area, knowing they were “lost.” So what?
At the May 5 kick-off event for the Bok Center’s 40th anniversary celebration, former Harvard president Derek Bok recalled his first speech to the faculty, in 1971 when his term began, which he devoted to the subject of teaching. Afterward Bok spoke to his friend the eminent physicist Gerald Holton, “and I asked him, Gerry, how did it go? And he said, well, 80 percent of the faculty have given up on you.”