Humanities Institute

"Stop Talking: Ancient Pedagogies for a Sustainable Future" Presentation and Workshop May 28

Mon, May 12, 2014

The Humanities Institute welcomes Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff, Aleut leader and Director of the Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways and Libby Roderick, Associate Director, Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence and Director, Difficult Dialogues at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Join the co-authors of Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education for a presentation and workshop that bring new voices about best practices and transformational learning into classrooms and institutions.

This session will introduce participants to a faculty development program based on traditional Alaska Native ways of teaching and learning, pedagogies that focus heavily on reflection, silence, visual learning, storytelling, honoring relationships, and Elder- and earth-based learning. Through a series of exercises based on indigenous approaches, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their current teaching practices and the possibilities for broadening them to include these ancient approaches. Together we will explore how pedagogies from indigenous cultures can enliven our teaching practices and help prepare students for the daunting challenges of the 21st century. 

The presentation is free, open to the public, and appropriate for educators at the secondary, college, and postgraduate levels. A limited number of seats are available for the lunch and workshop following the presentation. To reserve a place in the workshop, or for more information, please contact Melissa Biggs, Humanities Institute Program Coordinator,

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Sponsored by the Humanities Institute’s Difficult Dialogues Program, with support from the Barron Ulmer Kidd Centennial Lectureship in the Liberal Arts, and the School of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


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