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“The learning process is something you can incite—literally incite—like a riot.” –Audre Lorde

This is a two day series, with a lecture on Thursday and a workshop on Friday.
Please register for this workshop series.

Thursday, October 20: Lecture
Gamble Auditorium and Virtual available.

How do we make the transition from the hierarchical, inequitable, output-driven academy we inherited from the nineteenth century to a higher education that empowers all students to be their own best selves, modeling a more democratic, flourishing, and just society? How do we make this transition in our own classrooms? In this interactive session, Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis, foremost innovators in higher education and authors of The New College Classroom (Harvard University Press, 2022), present what the latest science of learning tells us about inspiring, effective, and inclusive learning. They share teaching strategies that anyone can adapt easily and effectively in every field. Davidson and Katopodis provide case studies of the participatory syllabus, flipped classrooms, ungrading, anti-racist pedagogies, and grab-and-go activities that educators around the world are using successfully every day to ensure their students’ lifelong success--and to revitalize their own commitment to a better world.

Friday, October 21: Workshop
In-person only
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
"Inciting Learning."


In this workshop, Cathy Davidson and Christina Katopodis will orchestrate an interactive, peer-to-peer learning session. It is their hope that every participant will contribute and everyone will leave with something new that they can do in their classrooms tomorrow. Bring your syllabi!  Pencils, index cards, and spirited and inspiring ideas will be provided.

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This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

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