Faculty Workshop with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Nov. 2, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Former Dean of Faculty and Acting President of Mount Holyoke College, and Ninth President of Spelman College (2002-2015), Dr. Tatum is widely recognized as a race relations expert and leader in higher education.  Her areas of research include racial identity development, and the role of race in the classroom. She is the author of “Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation ‘ (2007) and “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Other Conversations about Race” (1997) as well as “Assimilation Blues: Black Families in a White Community” (1987).


Nov. 17, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with David Hernandez (Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies), Lynn Morgan (Professor of Anthropology), Kirk Lange (Director of International Experiential Learning) and Alan Bloomgarden (Director of Community-Based Learning)

The Global-Local Initiative fosters student understanding of the interrelationships between the global and local- how processes are expressed and made meaningful at multiple scales and how individuals and communities are affected by and participants in global and local processes and systems. The lunch conversation will focus (a) on curricular possibilties to integrate global-local in to the classroom and (b) on scaffolding for experiences that enable our students to make sense of their curricular and co-curricular learning across different sites, domestically and abroad.

What Are Grades For?

Dec. 1, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Dwight Lounge

Talking About Teaching Lunch

with Amy Grillo

Grades are so much a part of our academic culture that we often don’t ask ourselves what purposes they serve. Are we using them to compare students’ achievements against each other, or are we using them to measure students’ progress towards specific criteria? How do grades affect student motivation and learning? What does research say about the uses and usefulness of grades? Come share your thoughts, experiences and questions about the role of grades in teaching and learning.