Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

BOOK TALKS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH CAMPUS AUTHORS

CETL Book Talks are a time-honored tradition in which colleagues have got together and had profound dialogues and animated discussions, as well as shared diverse perspectives about books of interest to the University Community as a whole. 

Book Talks

If you know of a book that would be of university-wide interest, we invite you to be a Book Talk Facilitator.

FACILITATOR EXPECTATIONS:

  • Submit name of book, author, a blurb or short review and/or quotes from book or reviewer about the book, suggested date and time for talk, and possible audience—university wide and/or specialized
  • Submit proposal using the Book Talk Proposal Form
  • Book talks are generally held between 3 and 4 weeks after announcements.
  • Be prepared to submit weekly announcements through CETL with your comments and teasers on the book to all faculty and staff, and/or to the book talk participants.
  • A final reminder will be sent from CETL a 3-4 days before the book talk.
  • Further suggestions for facilitator: Post additional comments and teasers on SCSU Discuss for possible discussion.
  • At your request, CETL will create flyers or posters for your book talk.

Conversations with Campus Authors

Conversations with Campus Authors have provided a context to felicitate colleagues on their accomplishments and find out more about the path they traversed to publish their books or creative works.

If you have published a book or authored a creative work recently, send us an email.

 

2013-2014 BOOK TALKS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH CAMPUS AUTHORS

 

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The New Science of Learning

Author: Terry Doyle and Todd Zakrajsek

Facilitator: Carol Borden, Amy Hebert, and Shawn Meyer

Thursday, April 10, 2:30-4:00pm (Atwood- Voyageurs North)

Join us for the book talk and engage in a rich discussion regarding the learning strategies presented in this book. In addition, we will have hands on activities that faculty and staff can implement right away!  Faculty and staff who have first contact with students would benefit greatly from attending.

To register, please send us an email.

 

 

 

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The Way I See It

Author: Temple Grandin

Facilitator: Dr. Theresa Estrem, Dr. Rebecca Crowell and Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students

Thursday, April 17, 12:30-1:30pm (Glacier South, Atwood)

Dr. Temple Grandin, a highly successful adult who has autism and best-selling author, gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the autismspectrum face every day. Dr. Grandin offers helpful and practical strategies, all based on her “insider” perspective and the most current autism research.

The book has 9 chapters, and participants are welcome to read all of them! Of the 9 chapters, we encourage each participant to choose at least 3 chapters. We will break into small groups for more in-depth discussions of your 3 favorite chapters.

Some of the specific topics covered:

 

  • How and Why People with Autism Think Differently
  • Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work
  • How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning
  • Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors
  • Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World
  • Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
  • Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism

To register, please send us an email.

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The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and their Forgotten World War

Author: Richard Rubin

Facilitator: Karen Thoms

Friday, March 28, 12-1:30pm (Miller Center 114/115)

In 2003, 85 years after the armistice, it took Richard Rubin months to find just one living American veteran of World War I. But then, he found another. And another. Eventually he managed to find dozens, aged 101 to 113, and interview them. All are gone now. A decade-long odyssey to recover the story of a forgotten generation and their Great War led Rubin across the United States and France, through archives, private collections, and battlefields, literature, propaganda, and even music.

To register, please send us an email.

The author will be at SCSU on Tuesday, April 8, from 7-9:00pm. Register through the Foundation Office to attend the event.

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Steve's Book ClubSteve’s Book Club!

Four bi-weekly sessions to discuss the book: Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning

Authors: Dan Barbezat and Mirabai Bush

Facilitator: Steve Hoover

Thursday, March 20, 3-4:30 (Miller Center 114/115)
Thursday, April 3, 3-4:30
(Miller Center 114/115)
Thursday, April 17, 3-4:30
(Miller Center 114/115)
Thursday, May 1, 3-4:30
(Miller Center 114/115)

Each session will be devoted to discussing a section of the book and, more importantly, the sharing of ideas and strategies for how contemplative practices highlighted in the book can be used in instruction. Contemplative practices are used in just about every discipline—from physics to economics to history—and are found in every type of institution. This book presents background information and ideas for the practical application of contemplative practices across the academic curriculum from the physical sciences to the humanities and arts.

“Contemplative Practices in Higher Education represents an instant classic in a growing movement that promises to bring greater depth, resonance, and engagement to college students’ learning experience. Dan Barbezat and Mirabai Bush document a stunning array of contemplative applications, revealing a robust and innovative field of pedagogy.” -Daniel Goleman, author, Emotional Intelligence.

To register, send us an email indicating which sessions you will be attending.

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speaking to the field mice

Speaking to the Field Mice, a collection of poetry by Steve Klepetar

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM

Kiva Room (A220), Education Building

Email cetl@stcloudstate.edu to check out a book and register for the book talk

Steve Klepetar, long time faculty member in the English Department, is the author of six chapbooks and the full length collection, Speaking to the Field Mice, which clusters around stories, the act of storytelling and the power of narrative. Many poems in the collection work with memories, both real and surreal; fold tales; myth; tales invented for each day of the week; narratives about magical women and girls; even a hapless man who loses his girlfriend because he is incapable of making anything up - which turns out to be quite a story in itself.

We will be hosting this conversation with a campus author in the cozy setting pictured below. Chair seating will also be available!

Kiva Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Young & the Digital by S. Craig Watkins

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 1:00-2:30 PM

Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center

Facilitators: Wade Nelson, Plamen Miltenhoff, Keith Ewing

Email cetl@stcloudstate.edu to check out a book.

In 2006, S. Craig Watkins participated in the MacArthur Foundation’s well-funded digital media initiative alongside a select team of scholars and tech experts. The goal was simple: to understand young people’s emphatic embrace of social and mobile media. Watkins went on to build a small research team which skillfully collected over 500 surveys and conducted 350 in-depth interviews with young adults, parents, and educators while visiting the online spaces where young people gather. It was a full-scale immersion into what Watkins calls the “digital trenches,” and when he emerged, his understanding of the ways young people learn, play, bond, and communicate grew more detailed and dynamic.

It may come as no surprise that more teens are online than ever before-in fact 87% are. Consequentially, television is no longer the dominant medium it once was because young people are now spending an average of six to eight hours a day online. Watkins contends that most teens and twenty-somethings migrate online to share their lives with friends, something television simply cannot offer. As Melinda, a 21-year old student proclaimed, “What do people do without Facebook?” In other words, for young people today, if you’re not online, then you’re not really living-and the ubiquitous presence of mobile phones, laptops, and iPods position them at the center of our evolving digital landscape.

Timely and deeply relevant, The Young and the Digital covers a host of provocative issues: the influence of social sites like MySpace and Facebook, a growing appetite for “anytime, anywhere” media and “fast entertainment,” how online “digital gates” reinforce race and class divisions; how technology is transforming America’s classrooms; a fresh look at the pivotal role technology played in the historic 2008 election. Watkins also debunks popular myths surrounding cyberpredators, Internet addiction, and social isolation. The result is a fascinating portrait, both optimistic and cautious, about the coming of age of the first fully wired generation.

http://theyoungandthedigital.com/

FACILITATOR EXPECTATIONS:

  • Submit name of book, author, a blurb or short review and/or quotes from book or reviewer about the book, suggested date and time for talk, and possible audience—university wide and/or specialized
  • Submit proposal using the Book Talk Proposal Form
  • Book talks are generally held between 3 and 4 weeks after announcements.
  • Be prepared to submit weekly announcements through CETL with your comments and teasers on the book to all faculty and staff, and/or to the book talk participants.
  • A final reminder will be sent from CETL a 3-4 days before the book talk.
  • Further suggestions for facilitator: Post additional comments and teasers on SCSU Discuss for possible discussion.
  • At your request, CETL will create flyers or posters for your book talk.

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2012-2013 BOOK TALKS

Thinking Fast and Slow

 

 

Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thursday, March 21st, 2013 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Chris Jazwinski, Joe Melcher and Mary Bodvarsson

Click here for more details and registration information

 

 

Quiet Book

 

 

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Facilitators: Suzanne Stangl-Erkens & Wendy Bjorklund

Click here for images of event

 

 

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Detroit: I Do Mind Dying by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Facilitator: Luke Tripp

Details available in archives

 

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