2020 AAC&U Annual Meeting: BTtoP Sessions

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:30am to Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 11:30am

BTtoP is honored to be participating in the Association of American Colleges and Universities' 2020 Annual Meeting: "Shaping the Future of Higher Education: An Invitation to Lead".

BTtoP will once again be offering fishbowl sessions, featuring an inaugural circle of four or five discussants who will unpack the session's theme in conversation for twenty to thirty minutes, with the surrounding audience overhearing the dialogue. The audience members will then have the opportunity to tap into the fishbowl, replacing discussants and offering their own questions, comments, disagreements, and stories. We will also host our annual reception where we hope to see old and new friends alike! 

Redesigning College: Whole Education for the Whole Student 

Thursday, January 23, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Location TBD 

This session will bring together a group of creative educational design-thinkers and practitioners, whose commitment to the cutting-edge redesign of the undergraduate experience--including curriculum, credit-economy, and academic calendar--is grounded in their commitment to holistic learning for the whole student.

Discussants: Bryan Alexander, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS) Senior Scholar, Georgetown University; Adam Bush, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, College Unbound; Joy Connolly, President, American Council of Learned Societies; and Elaine Maimon, President, Governors State University

Listening With: A Model for Community Engagement 

Thursday, January 23, 2:15 PM-3:30 PM

Location TBD

This session will focus on the significance of "listening-with" as a practice of authentic, effective academic-community engagement. It will emphasize the importance of going beyond deficit models of community engagement, in which academic partners implicitly posit the community as a landscape of problems for which higher education can offer expert solutions. But it will also suggest the need to go beyond "listening-to" community, to embed active, sustained listening in relationships that lift up community voice. Participants will include both academic and community partners from BTtoP's PLACE Collaboratory (Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators), a network of partnerships in four regional communities seeking to develop public agendas through such "listening-with." 

Discussants: Anne Galletta, Professor and Chair of the Curriculum and Foundations Department, Cleveland State University; Yesenia Hunter, PhD Candidate, University of Southern California; David Scobey, Director of Bringing Theory to Practice; and Jack Tchen, Inaugural Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities Director, Rutgers University-Newark  

BTtoP Happy Hour

Friday, January 23, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Location: The Dignitary

Please join us for an informal happy hour at The Dignitary! We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues.