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School of Humanities and Social Sciences News

Date: Mar 2017

How were books printed before typewriters or word processors? Students in Dr. Amanda Licastro's class English 256: Introduction to Digital Publishing, had the opportunity to experience this first hand by working on a letterpress with School of Design visiting artist Ursula Minervini.  Students learned about how the letterpress worked by setting type and printing their own broadsides, many of which are now on display in the Dawson Center. 

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2017 American Council on Education Conference.  Focusing on "leadership in a changing world," the conference included big-picture conversations on the intersections between higher education and issues such as economics, politics, and technology.  The plenary speakers were particularly interesting and engaging, and video of their talks is currently available on the ACE website.  They raise provocative questions about the role of higher education in our world today and how to best prepare for the future.  Check it out!

Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Conference for Teaching Writing in Psychology which will take place locally on March 31, 2017 (Friday) at the Greenspring campus of Stevenson University. This completely FREE one-day conference aims to provide an opportunity for Psychology instructors in the Baltimore area to network, learn, and exchange ideas about the best practices related to the teaching of writing in Psychology.

This event is co-sponsored by the Society for the Teaching for Psychology (APA Division 2) as well as Stevenson University. Dr. Bernard Beins, Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College, is our keynote speaker. Dr. Beins has authored or co-edited over 30 books and teaching manuals on topics such as teaching writing in Psychology and research methods. His latest work includes a book on scientific literacy and critical thinking. The topics that we will cover during this conference include (but are not limited to) teaching writing in research methods and statistics, effective grading, using creative assignments, teaching grammar and mechanics, etc. Please visit our website for more information about this conference.

Preliminary Schedule

8:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00-10:15 Keynote Address by Dr. Beins

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Breakout Session

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Networking *Free Lunch Provided*

1:00-2:15 Workshop: Teaching Writing in Research Methods and Statistics

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Open Forum and Closing

Although this event is free, we would ask you to register so that we can get an accurate head count. Please feel free to email one of us if you have questions about this conference. We look forward to seeing you there.

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