Upcoming Webinars

Dante Meets Einstein at Café Paradiso: Renewing the Vows Between Humanities and Science

Dante’s narrative poem The Divine Comedy and Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity were both inspired by the octagonal mosaic ceiling of the Baptistry of Saint John in Florence, Italy. Gazing upward, both Einstein and Dante realized the same beauty in two different but unified worlds: the arts and the sciences. Over time, this union has dissolved into the arts or the sciences. Grab your seat at Café Paradiso and watch Dante and Einstein meet for the first time in this webinar! Participate in a conversation that renews the vows between beauty, art, poetry, science, and mathematics, demonstrating how the humanities and social sciences are a critical component in inspiring curiosity and creativity within the sciences.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn new strategies and methodologies that incorporate the sciences and the humanities to inspire a more creative individual.
  • Learn about The Inspirational Six (The-i6), a method we created by studying some of the greatest scientific and artistic minds, Einstein and Dante.
  • Learn how to use each of The-i6 Strategies: Animate, Originate, Rejuvenate, Stimulate, Deus Ex Machina, and to Tell the Story.

Anthony Pitucco, Physics, Mathematics, and Philosophy, Pima Community College (retired)
Anthony (Tony) Pitucco is best known as the creative educator who injected comedy and acting into his physics lectures at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Tony has been involved in higher education for more than 40 years. He was the chair of the physics and astronomy departments at Pima Community College where he also taught mathematics, philosophy, and humanities. Tony holds several awards, including The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Science Arizona Professor of the Year Award, The Dr. Wayne McGrath Outstanding Faculty Award, and the Pima Community College Outstanding Faculty Award, and was selected in 1994 by USA Today to receive the Teaching Excellence Award Top 50 Professors in the USA. Tony has authored articles that have appeared in various academic journals and NISOD’s Innovation Abstracts. He also co-authored a children’s textbook titled The Restaurant at the Beginning of the Universe. Tony holds a B.S. in Physics, a M.Ed. in Philosophy and Foundations of Education, a M.S. in Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics in the area of mathematical physics.

Stewart Barr, Philosophy, Humanities, and Linguistics, Pima Community College (retired)
Stewart Barr’s unique “Mephistophelian” style of teaching attracted hundreds of students with the desire not just to learn, but to think differently during his more than 35 years in higher education. He was the chair of the humanities, philosophy, religion, and speech departments at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. He was awarded the Best of Pima Award, Outstanding Faculty Award, and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Faculty of the Year at Pima Community College Award. In 2006 he was invited to present at the Oxford Roundtable on Religion and the State. He has also worked across curricula to develop interdisciplinary courses such as Bio-Medical Ethics in Biology, Philosophy of Law for Business, and the Philosophical Foundations of Science for Physics. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Comparative Religion, an M.A. in Oriental Studies with a minor in Linguistics, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

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Writing the World

This webinar explores how a student-managed daily writing practice, within and beyond the classroom, transforms teaching and learning in composition and literature classes. Learn how daily writing can help students write across disciplines, polish critical and creative thinking, become empowered, and live with more intention.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn the value of low-stakes writing assignments.
  • Design assignments, rubrics, and modules using daily writing practice.
  • Learn how to implement low-stakes writing as part of the foundation for high-stakes writing projects.

Resident of the multiverse and Las Vegas, Dr. Karen Laing was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She moved with her family to New York at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. She has traveled widely, studying topics ranging from the Arab-Israeli conflict in Israel and Egypt to Senegalese dance in Paris, where she also taught conversational English. During her first 15 years in higher education, she taught Interdisciplinary & Holocaust Studies in Massachusetts, served as Poet-in-Residence in the Young at Arts program of the National Endowment for the Arts, and was coordinator of a recruitment and retention program for minorities in Math and Engineering Sciences at North Shore Community College. She currently teaches Composition, Preparatory Composition, Haiku, Black, Migrant and World Literatures, and Academic and Life Success courses at the College of Southern Nevada. Several of her haiku have been published in Sandstone and Silver: An Anthology of Nevada Poets.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

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Ensuring Equity and Success in Community Colleges: Using iClicker for Active Learning

Active learning transforms classrooms, giving every student a voice and helping improve course outcomes. Join Dr. Brandon Tenn, veteran student engagement expert and instructor at Merced College, to learn how implementing active learning techniques with iClicker can change your classroom dynamics for the better. Dr. Tenn shares his unique experience teaching at a community college and the specific active learning techniques he employs to help his students succeed.

Dr. Brandon Tenn teaches Chemistry and Math at Merced College, where he has facilitated many active learning workshops for his fellow faculty. He also served as a Community Editor for FlippedChemistry.com, and was the founding coordinator for three well-attended Active Learning Conferences for central California higher education faculty (ALC2018, ALC2019 & ALC2020). He received his undergraduate degrees in Math and Chemistry from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UC Davis.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

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