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Art of Teaching

Reckoning with American History
by Stefan Stawnychy, History Department Chair

What is American History, and why do we need to reckon with it? Stefan will explore this central question by examining how the themes of Language, Memorialization and Agency affect the ways history is created, understood, taught and learned. Using examples from the classroom, Stefan will argue that taking this approach to understanding US History is essential in order for students to create a grounded context of national history from which to make sense of current affairs.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 7-8 PM

This is a virtual event; Zoom details TBA.

To RSVP for this event, visit: friendsseminary.org/artofteaching2021

Past Art of Teaching Speakers and Lecture Topics

  • 2019-2020: Steve Borowka, Drama through the Stages: Life Skills and Learning Opportunities for All Students
  • 2018-2019: Anna Swank Bothwell (former faculty), Nadim Bawalsa, Joseph Sills and Belal Joundeya, Commemorating 10 Years of Arabic 
  • 2017-2018: Susan Schwartz, The Intersection of Collaborative Relationships and Brain Science
  • 2016-2017: Sue Beyersdorf, Multiplying a Love for Mathematics
  • 2015-2016: John Byrne, The Accidental Educator: From Ireland to Friends
  • 2014-2015: Lauren Cohen, Elizabeth Grossi and Hassan Wilson, Education as a Journey Inward and Outward
  • 2013-2014: Christel Johnson, Domina-Virgin-Mater-Trix, Ancient Labels, Contemporary Struggles: Tracing the Feminine from Homer to Hillary
  • 2012-2013: Courtney Retzler, The Wonder of Metamorphosis: Monarch Butterflies and the Minds of Children
  • 2011-2012: Charlie Blank, The Living Constitution: Teaching Law at Friends
  • 2010-2011: Fred Schubert, The Atom: A Subtle and Fruitful Idea
  • 2009-2010: Maria Fahey, Teaching Metaphor and Shakespearean Drama
  • 2007-2008: Daphne Taylor, Quilt Drawings

The annual Art of Teaching Lecture is sponsored by the Administrative Fund for Teaching Excellence. This endowed fund was established in 2006 during the "Lift Every Voice" capital campaign to support a faculty member who best exhibits the art of teaching.
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