Once again, we thoroughly enjoyed engaging with our ever-growing community of colleagues at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in January—we were excited to see so many of you at our various sessions throughout the meeting. Our annual Thursday evening reception continues to be our favorite annual event—we cherish the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and friends of BTtoP, old and new. Thank you to all that stopped by for a chat or introduction. We look forward to continuing our shared work with all of you.
As we mentioned in our last newsletter, the Engelhard Project celebrated ten years at Georgetown University in October 2015. The Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning focuses on teaching to the whole student. By incorporating health and wellness issues into the classroom, the project fosters academic learning and encourages students to reflect on their own attitudes and behaviors. This engaging video (http://engelhard.georgetown.edu/) played at the event, beautifully capturing the impact of the project on Georgetown’s students, faculty, staff, and campus culture.
BTtoP is thrilled to announce the release of a new book from Springer Publishing featuring BTtoP colleagues from the CUNY Kingsborough and CUNY Graduate Center campuses: Civic Engagement Pedagogy in the Community College: Theory and Practice. The volume, which includes reference to the BTtoP Demonstration Site Grant to the two campuses during the 2012-2014 funding period, “will help postsecondary educators to discover the joys and challenges of implementing theoretically grounded civic engagement projects on their campuses.” For more information on the book, visit: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319229447. For more information on the CUNY Kingsborough/Graduate Center grant, visit http://www.bttop.org/grants-funding/awarded-grants/brooklyns-public-scholars-civic-research-community-engaged-campus.
BTtoP Director Don Harward Returns to the University of Warsaw, Participates in Imagining America Annual Conference
BTtoP Project Director Don Harward returned to the University of Warsaw, an institution with which he serves as a visiting scholar, for a conference on the status of liberal education throughout central Europe. The conference brought together leaders and faculty from institutions that are in the midst of designing liberal education initiatives. Harward was energized to observe the positive ways their efforts borrowed from liberal education in the United States—but more importantly, he noted how US educators must learn from European colleagues as they address and resolve the core challenges to liberal education. It was inspirational to observe and support other educators championing the core of liberal education in contexts of historical repression and former non-democratic social control.
Harward also had the opportunity to participate in the October 2015 Imagining America Annual Conference, “America Will Be! The Art and Power of ‘Weaving Our We,’” hosted at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The events specifically addressed the crises and civic issues arising from the late summer events in Baltimore, MD. Particularly stimulating was the core theme focused on the ways in which higher education (particularly the voices of the arts, design, and civic learning) can—and must—address the patterns of racial injustice and a culture of repression of the “have-nots.”