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Summer 2023 Course redesign Workshop

application deadline TBD

Expect great discussion with community college faculty colleagues representing a number of institutions and academic disciplines. Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Google Meet.

The Workshop

The Great Questions Foundation Summer Course Redesign Workshops focus on incorporating the discussion-based study of texts from our list in general education courses at community colleges. In each workshop, 10 community college faculty members will collaborate with two experienced faculty leaders on developing student-centered study questions, assignments and a redesigned syllabus for a general education course they teach at their home institution. Expect great discussion with community college faculty colleagues representing a number of institutions and academic disciplines. Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Google Meet.

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Focus

Each workshop will focus on a grouping of transformative texts from The Great Questions Foundation’s Transformative Text List. Workshops pair an ancient/classic text(s) with a modern or contemporary text, emphasizing the persistent human questions raised by each text across spans of time, place and culture. Each workshop will include four meetings over Zoom lasting two hours each, running for four consecutive weeks. Most texts will be read in excerpt. Upon completion of the workshop, faculty participants will each have incorporated the discussion-based study of one or more of the texts we will read into the curriculum of a general education course they teach.

Stipend

Participants will receive a TBD stipend upon successful completion of the workshop

eligibility

This opportunity is available to current community college faculty members who teach general education/core curriculum courses at accredited US institutions.

Deadlines

The application deadline for Summer 2023 is TBD

Join Our Workshop

Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Google Meet. 

Summer 2022 Course redesign Workshop

plato's republic

Workshop 1

Four Consecutive Tuesdays
June 7 – June 28
10:30am CT – 12:30pm CT

Led by:

Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr. (Austin Community College)
Emily Langston (St. John’s College) 

Organizing Questions

What is Justice? What are my obligations to others and what are their obligations towards me?
 
What is the best form of government and the proper relationship between the individual and the state?

Workshop 1 texts

Why is this text Transformative?

The questions it raises regarding the nature of justice and its relationship to the good life are important for all human beings to consider. It may be impossible to find a notable thinker in the western or Islamic world whose thought has not been shaped in some meaningful way by this text.

Plato

Why is this text Transformative?

The debates highlighted a major problem with American democracy. How can a society consider itself a democracy when a portion of it cannot be treated like human beings?

Why is this text Transformative?

It is considered to be one of the first works of feminist philosophy. The text focuses on reason and education.

Wollstonecraft

Why is this text Transformative?

King’s speech also grapples with a timeless human question: is it just to disobey an unjust law? How do you overcome and end oppression?

MLK

Workshop 1 Participants

David Liakos

Philosophy/Humanities

Houston Community College

Frank Waters

Philosophy

Los Angeles Valley College

Jacqueline Scott

English

Community College of Baltimore County

Janene Amyx Davison

Speech Communication

Galveston College

Kathryn Bockino

English

BMCC (Borough of Manhattan Community College)

Matt Della Porta

Psychology

Monroe Community College

Michael J. Lenaghan

Political Science

Miami Dade College, North and Padron Campuses

Michelle Peruche

Psychology

Tallahassee Community College

Theresa Gromek

English

Cuyahoga Community College

Andrea Oliver

American & African American History

Tallahassee Community College

Confessions

Workshop 2

Four Consecutive Wednesdays
July 13 – August 3
10am CT – 12pm CT

Led by:

Ted Hadzi-Antich Jr. (Austin Community College) Gayle Williamson (Cuyahoga Community College)

Organizing Questions

Who am I? Where am I going? And what difference does it make?
 
Is there a Supreme Being or Beings? If so, what is this Being’s nature?

Workshop 2 texts

Why is this text Transformative?

It is often called the first autobiography, and presents a remarkable exploration of interiority – questions about the nature of the self, the will, the memory, the intellect, and the soul are central to Augustine’s investigations.

Augustine

Why is this text Transformative?

As first and second-year students embark on their studies in these uncertain times, a lesson about the incendiary nature of hate will help anchor their emotions and attitudes about ideas they will encounter in their academic careers and their lives.

Baldwin

Workshop 2 Participants

Adam Rosen-Carole

Philosophy

Monroe Community College

Dionisia Morales

English/Writing

Linn-Benton Community College

Glorian Provost

Philosophy

West Los Angeles College

Isabelle Havet

Art History

Linn-Benton Community College

Jacob Shaw Mills

Philosophy

Houston Community College

Nuala Mary Lincke

Composition & Literature

West Los Angeles College

Patrick Kenny

Philosophy

Onondaga Community College

Linda Graham

History/Humanities

Houston Community College Systems

Join Our Workshop

Workshops will feature seminar discussion in a collaborative and supportive environment, conducted through Google Meet.