Welcome To

Summer 2022 Course redesign Workshop

application deadline is May 17 by 5pm CT

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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The Workshop

The Great Questions Foundation will host two course redesign workshops for up to 20 Community College faculty members in Summer 2022, focused on incorporating the discussion-based study of texts from our list in general education courses at community colleges. In each of these two workshops, 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.

$600 Stipend

Participants will receive a $600 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.

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 17 by 5pm CT. 
 
Notifications and full program syllabus will be sent to selected participants by Tuesday, May 24. 

Deadlines

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 17 by 5pm CT. 

 
Notifications and full program syllabus will be sent to selected participants by Tuesday, May 24. 

Join Our Workshop

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

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

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

Join Our Workshop

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