As the Shalem Center introduces Israel’s first liberal arts college, Prof. Steven Pinker (Harvard), Prof. Lera Boroditsky (Stanford) and Yoram Hazony (Shalem Center Provost) speak about the importance of a Liberal Arts (Interdisciplinary) education.
Michael Staton, a liberal arts graduate and founder of the tech company Inigral, Inc. considers how Liberal Arts students need to demonstrate their knowledge and embrace technological tools for a 21st century world.
The typical defense of the status quo involves spinning the value of a liberal arts education, pitching the curriculum as promoting the ability to problem-solve, learn to learn, and thrive in a knowledge economy. If the curriculum is teaching such skills as adapting to a knowledge economy, why can’t the professors that teach such great skills to thrive in a changing world employ them with some grace and poise? How can the liberal arts, itself, adapt to a changing world?
Simply put, we need to rethink what our students do to demonstrate their understanding. I’m not suggesting that we stop teaching literature and history and economics and psychology – or that students stop majoring in these fields. But we need to ask students to create, to experiment, to be bold and possibly fail with projects and deliverables relevant in today’s world. We’re too limited by Blue Book short essays and term papers — in which success is easily measured and bell-curved. If we shift the way we ask students to demonstrate their knowledge within liberal arts fields, we can prepare students for employment by advancing the liberal arts.
Nick Sousanis from Teacher’s College, Columbia University will present his work in comic books on the “Creative & Critical Minds” theme at noon in the Oakland Room of the OC (student center) on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
Nick is a Detroiter now living in New York, co-founder of arts and culture web-mag www.thedetroiter.com, founding director for the University of Michigan Work-Detroit gallery (on Woodward Ave), and biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee.
Nick is currently writing and drawing his dissertation at Teachers College entirely in comic book form — the first of its kind. Anyone interested in the interaction of verbal and visual modes of communication — or something akin to Scott McCloud’s work in the now contemporary classic Understanding Comics — will find this presentation of interest.
Please see Nick’s comics at http://www.spinweaveandcut.blogspot.com/.
Sponsored by the CAS Theme committee and the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University.
Contact Ben-Bennett-Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org | 248 854 8340)
The AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science) has recently published this practical guide concerning Interdisciplinary Research and Education. The guide is available for free download in PDF format from their website (listed below) and includes sections on Creating Interdisciplinary Culture, Processes for Creating Interdisciplinary Programs, and Interdisciplinary Education.