Inspired by Socrates' famous conversations with his friends in the marketplace of 5th century Athens, we engage in spirited discussions of ideas and issues. Socratic conversations range broadly and probe deeply into the basic challenges of life. They are informed by the latest literature for reference and follow up. While building a sense of community on campus, these meetings enliven the intellectual atmosphere and model dialogue and discussion as modes of inquiry.
- Creativity, Imagination & Innovation: New Ideas and Findings to Change Your Life & Inspire Your Teaching, Thursday, 4/21, 4-5pm
Previewing the upcoming Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium on April 28-29, we will discuss the most exciting new ideas and findings by experts who have written papers for that occasion.(Ron Gross will chair a panel discussion among them on 4/29 at 10:20am in the Cowin Center.)
Among the ideas and findings are
Please join us to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences about:
- "Ubiquitous Creativity" as a challenge to the stereotype of the creative Genius.
- Creativity as the new key to our personal destiny and fulfillment.
- Why creativity is often feared, suppressed, perverted, ignored, or punished.
- What teachers need to do, to champion and nurture creativity in their classrooms.
This event is part of the month's venue on creativity, comprising library events and offerings in support of the Department of Arts and Humanities Creativity, Imagination, and Innovation Symposium on April 28th and 29th.
- Where and how do you like to exercise YOUR creativity?
- What do you seek for in creativity for/by your students?
- What obstacles do you face in the current educational climate?
- Questioning Our Quest for Health, Thursday, 4/7, 4-5pm
"The idea of health has become too much of a sacred cow to challenge. We can achieve deeper, more productive, and healthier approaches if we allow the many disparate meanings of 'health' to be articulated and challenged."
--Jonathan Metzi and Anna Kirkland, Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality (NYU Press, 2010)
Concomitant with the annual Academic Festival, Saturday, April 16, focused on Health and Well-Being this Socratic conversation invites you to ponder the following questions:
- What is YOUR ideal of health, and how do you pursue it? Is it at odds with what you see in the media? Is the banner of "Health" being mis-used to sell products, push political agendas, and make moral judgements?
- Do we sometimes make ourselves sick in the pursuit of health -through over-diagnosis and over-medicating?
- Does the way we talk about health re-enforce structures of power, privilege, and wealth? Are we too focused on individual vs. communal approaches?
- Can having a "positive" attitude improve your well-being -- even save your life -or is that bunkum?
- Are we wrongly attaching moral value to healthfulness?
- What are the many meanings of "health"? Is there more to health than avoiding disease?
Why Socrates? He pursued wisdom not merely through rational discourse, but through myths, parables, metaphors, sociability, personal presence, and challenging authority. He conducted lively, important conversations, exemplifying the values of dialogue and discussion. Socrates is an iconic figure in Education - but he transcends the profession in Western intellectual history.
These highly-participatory conversations with fellow students are moderated by Ronald Gross, author of Socrates' Way
and Co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education
. They are part of a year long series of Socratic Conversations
hosted by the Gottesman Libraries. See "Pondering Big Ideas, Community-Style
," TC Today
, Winter 2010, p.65.
Where: Second Floor Salon
Next Session: Thursday, 5/12, 4-5pm, Topic: TBA
Last Updated: 5:11 am, Friday, Mar 11 , 2011