In this one, she pushes against the current trend of standardization in the classroom:
This is one part of a larger, troubling trend. Many people seem to be intensely afraid of the interpersonal nature of education, as we can see with the rush to standardization, the focus on data, the prescriptive pathways to student success. Some would like to unlock the secrets to education via neat little columns and easily replicable results. But education is based on human interactions, which are messy and ill-defined and unpredictable. They vary, as will our classrooms.
Thank you all so much for your work with students and your participation in our first-ever Humanities Students’ Cherry Blossom Conference last Friday! We had well over 150 students, faculty, and administrators in attendance throughout the day, and all reports back suggest that attendees enjoyed a rich, meaningful, and engaging experience as they listened to student presenters from all three campuses and a variety of Humanities disciplines.
The students who presented have also told us they found this experience meaningful, one writing to me that she, “really enjoyed having a platform to not only present my work to my peers and professors, but to also to hear the varying and interesting viewpoints of those in attendance. It was definitely an eye opening experience that I was very grateful to have.” Another presenter pointed out the valuable perspective our Humanities courses offer her noting that “As a science major student my Global Humanities class […] really excited my outlooks […] to look at the human facets of what I intend to research.”
We are so thrilled that we have a showcase for our students’ work in the Humanities disciplines. The conference truly demonstrated how Humanities courses naturally encourage the kind of critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary connections we want our students to leave MC with.
We agree with Dean Fechter that this should be an annual event! We hope to continue working with you all to grow this conference for Spring of 2017. Keep up all of your great work, and thank you again!
Rebecca Eggenschwiler, Conference Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. of English
Please come out and support our great Montgomery College students as they share excellent work from their Humanities courses. Attached you can find the program for the event. I think you’ll see that the work our students do in these courses is incredibly rich and varied, as well as truly interdisciplinary. We hope folks from all departments will come out to hear these students and help them celebrate success.
Please feel free to bring your classes. I think this will be a fun and engaging opportunity for students to see how to approach academic thinking, writing, research, and presentation.
Everyone is welcome for all or just part of the time. We are so looking forward to seeing you there.