Johnson Center – April and May 2018 Events
- Wednesday, April 4 – Sabbatical Series Lecture: “Teaching Machines to Learn: A mad dash towards understanding predictive analytics,” Mike Higgs, reception at 4:30 p.m. Mabee Hall, lecture at 5:00 p.m. Mabee Hall
- Thursday, April 5 – Thursday Lunch: New and Pre-Tenure Faculty: “Setting Boundaries: Protecting Your Time and Energy,” Panel Discussion WCC 245
- Thursday, April 12 – Thursday Lunch: “First Gen Student, Now Austin College Faculty,” Ryan Felix, Audrey Flemming, and Renee Countryman WCC 231
- Thursday, April 19 – Thursday Lunch: “Redefining Undergraduate Research in the Humanities: A Report from Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities Institute,” Tom Blake, Lisha Story, and Wolfgang Lueckel, WCC 231
- Thursday, April 26 – Thursday Lunch: “Dealing with Disabilities in the Classroom: Sometimes Faculty Need Accommodations Too,” Kim Snipes and Roger Platizky, WCC 231
- Thursday, May 3 – Thursday Lunch: New and Pre-Tenure Faculty: “Semester Reflection and Summer Goals,” Panel Discussion, WCC 245
- Wednesday, May 16 – Johnson Center Workshop Week Day: “Roundtables and Brunch,” Details TBA
- Monday, May 21 – Course Design Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., IC 301
- Tuesday, May 22 – Course Design Workshop, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., IC 301
Tuesday Lunches will be held in the Moseley Room, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday Lunches with speakers will be held in WCC 231 (unless noted), 11:00 a.m — 1:00 p.m, with the program beginning at 11:30 a.m.
*Please sign in at the cashier’s table, courtesy of the Johnson Center*
A J. Carlson Lecture on the Liberal Arts
Jack Carlson arrived at Austin College as a scholar of early modern European history and grew professionally under the influence of President John D. Moseley to become not only the Dean of Humanities but also one of the College’s leading voices in support of liberal arts education. Jack’s courageous defense of liberal arts education never weakened despite the many financial pressures confronting the College; on the contrary, the consistency of his voice remained a major influence at the College throughout his long and productive career.
Dr. Leslie M. Harris, Professor of History, Northwestern University
“Transforming Higher Education in the Liberal Arts: Merit, Access, Inclusion”
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Lecture at 5:00 p.m., reception at 4:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Faculty members discuss research conducted during sabbatical leaves.
Free and open to the public. All in Wright Campus Center, Mabee Hall. A 4:30 p.m. reception in the Johnson Gallery precedes each lecture. Lectures begin at 5:00 p.m.
Renee Countryman, Wednesday, September 27, 2017
“Unexpected Directions: How a personal adventure in Yoga found its way into the classroom”
Jeff Fontana, Wednesday, October 25, 2017
“Up Close and Personal: Getting to Know Some Famous Ancients and Not-So-Famous Moderns”
Patrick Duffey, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
“Recovering Latin American Women’s Writing: The Case of Rosa Arciniega, Peruvian Journalist, Novelist, and Mystical Anarchist in Madrid, 1929-1936”
Mike Higgs, Wednesday, April 4, 2018
“Teaching Machines to Learn”
Faculty Research and Pedagogy Talks
Professors talk about their research and teaching.
Free and open to the public. All talks are in WCC 231 with a carry-your-tray lunch starting at 11:00. Talks will begin at 11:30 and will be followed by a question and answer period.
Jim Hebda, Thursday, October 12, 2017
“Adventures in Scientific Teaching: Fostering peer learning in lecture, lab, and research”
Julia Shahid, Thursday, November 16, 2017
“Keeping it fresh: Using innovative ideas to impact student learning and reflection”
Brian Watkins, Thursday, February 22, 2018
“Lecture in the Age of the High-Impact Practice”
Marty Wells, Thursday, March 22, 2018
“The 2017 Huqoq Synagogue Excavations: Student Learning and Research”
The ACSC is a showcase of student presentations of research projects, intellectual scholarship activities, and creative works. In the spirit of the liberal arts, this conference allows students to experience the intellectual stimulation of an academic pursuit with the thrill of creative expression.
Co-directors: Renee Countryman and Andrea Overbay
March 23-24, 2018
For more information, contact Renee Countryman or Andrea Overbay or go to the Student Scholarship Conference website.
Faculty Learning Communities
Fall 2017 Reading Groups
The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter
by David Sax (2016)
Discussion Leader: Bob Cape
The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy
by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber (2016)
Discussion Leader: Julie Hempel, Daniel Nuckols
Early Modern Things: Objects and their Histories, 1500-1800
by Paula Findlen (2013)
Discussion Leader: Mindy Landeck
Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation
by William H. Sewell Jr. (2005)
Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Ashcroft Terry-Roisin
The Quantum Moment: How Planck, Bohr, Einstein, and Heisenberg Taught Us to Love Uncertainty
by Robert P. Crease and Alfred S. Goldhaber (2014)
Discussion Leader: Lindsay Zack
Spring 2018 Reading Groups
The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Discussion Leader: Renee Countryman
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones (2015)
Discussion Leader: Hank Gorman
Alabama in Africa: Booker T. Washington, the German Empire, and the Globalization of the New South
by Andrew Zimmerman (2012)
Discussion Leader: David Griffith
The Retreat of the Elephants: An Environmental History of China
by Mark Elvin (2006)
Discussion Leaders: Jennifer Johnson-Cooper, Larissa Pitts
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (2016)
Discussion Leader: Karla McCain
Henry David Thoreau: A Life
by Laura Dassow Walls (2017)
Discussion Leader: Randi Tanglen