Master Class Series
Mary Filice, AEMM
Thursday, December 1, 3:30-5:30pm
8th Floor Faculty Center, 600 S. Michigan
According to media scholar Henry Jenkins, technology has enabled a “convergence culture” wherein content is disseminated and consumed across multiple media platforms such as film, television, and gaming. But where are the live, performing, and visual arts in this transmedia approach to storytelling? Why are they excluded?
This Master Class will explore how the stage, clubs, galleries, and museums form the missing links in the creative cycle of production, distribution, and consumption. The "artistic convergence" of these distinct genres can help reach an audience across a range of platforms. What might such a confluence of the arts and media look like? What knowledge and skills will students need to succeed in such an all-inclusive creative environment? Through discussion and a Visual Explorer activity we’ll each share our vision of this convergence and consider its impact on teaching and learning at an arts and media school like Columbia.
On Wave Functions, Cats, and Quantum Tunneling
Constantin Rasinariu, Science & Math
Quantum physics uses an advanced mathematical formalism that makes quantum ideas seem inaccessible to non-experts. In this Master Class, we will explore how to address complicated concepts using metaphors from everyday life. For example, how about modeling radioactive decay using dice? Using simple representations, we will discuss the meaning of wave functions, including some of their unusual properties, quickly touch on the famous Schrödinger’s cat experiment, and explore some fascinating consequences of the probabilistic nature of wave functions. Finally, we will reflect on what lessons we can learn about our teaching by grappling with these quantum concepts.
changing in the digital age, and how detective fiction illuminates those changes. Further, we will explore how to present these ideas in student-centered ways to encourage active investigation by students, so
they can use these ideas in their own academic and creative work.
Ways of Seeing: The Journal and Sketchbook in Creative Practice
Black Student Success in the Classroom
Shanita Akintonde will explore the extent to which black students feel cared for within higher education. Inspired by the moral lessons of her maternal great grandmother, Great Grand, Shanita will present a creative performance and interactive workshop for anyone who enters the classroom.
Brian Shaw, Theater
Peter Carpenter is an independent choreographer and Associate Professor in the Dance Department.
What We Think We Know About Haiti
Cadence Wynter, scholar
of the African Diaspora and Caribbean history, will lead this Master
Class in which we begin to separate fact from fiction, debunk some
commonsense notions about Haiti, and consider the past, present, and
future of Haiti in the history of the Americas. In doing so, we will
also talk about ways that we can help our students connect current
events with their historical antecedents in meaningful ways.
The World is Interdisciplinary
Capturing and Preserving Stories: the Foundational Oral History Interview
Asian Americans hold an intriguing place in the cultural imagery, traditionally stereotyped as perpetual foreigners, "model-minorities," or "beings-for-others." In this Master Class, we'll explore recent theoretical developments in the field of Asian American studies, consider strategies for the teaching of texts by and about Asian Americans in the curriculum, and reaffirm inclusive and well-rounded pedagogical practices.
Ames Hawkins, English
Rhetorics of Apocalypse will address what it means to develop effective and engaging courses that focus on abstract topics. More generally, we will examine how our personal interests (stuff we love to read and think about) can become curricular/pedagogical pursuits (the classes we teach), which can then become scholarly production (the stuff that the academy is “made of”).
The One-to-One Future: Matching Pedagogy to Learning Style
Sandra Allen & Mike Swidler, Marketing Communications
Today’s Millennial generation college students aren’t shy about their preference for active rather than passive learning. Their expectations have driven transformations in how we teach. In this workshop, participants will complete the VARK questionnaire on-line to model the student experience. We will then use this data to workshop instruments that can help us align the instructor’s ways of teaching with students’ preferred ways of learning. Participants will leave the session with ideas for tailoring their own course for student-learning environments.
The Media Sound Bite, Bites: Cognitive Dissonance in Media
This session introduces us to the complex world of news broadcasting, focusing on the uses and abuses of the “sound bite.” Participants will build on their knowledge of media criticism, learn the elements of public communication with the filter of the broadcast media, design a “sound bite” of their own for use in a broadcast news story, and reflect on how the world outside our classrooms can be harnessed for interactive student learning.
Women, Modernism, and Mischief
How do friendships and collaboration fuel creative work? In this master class, we will explore the idea-world shared by Leonora Carrington and Remedios Varo, surrealist painters and friends who spent several hours a day together living in Mexico City after World War II. We will also discuss our own creative projects and may even meet new contacts whose response to our ideas might enhance our creativity and lead to future collaboration.
Make Your Students Part of Your Story!
Beatrix Büdy, Science & Math
Stories are the cement that hold together a community and carry the seeds of its cultural and intellectual identity. Even the greater story of an academic discipline has to be told within a community. If we want our students to be interested in mastering the subject by connecting the facts of life with the knowledge acquired, then we have to know how to create an intellectual community in our classrooms.
Stephanie Shonekan, HHSS
Whether we like it or not, the influence of pop culture—from Stephen Colbert and Tupac to YouTube and Facebook—powerfully shapes our students’ learning and career choices. In this climate, how can we lead and succeed from our unique scholarly and creative vantage point at Columbia in impacting our students’ interactions with pop culture? How do we model ways of engaging the culture like the proactive lion, who tracks and apprehends its prey, rather than the furtive hyena, who lurks in the background and then picks through the leftovers the lions produce?
The Black Atlantic as Fact, Story, and Myth
George Bailey, English
What are the current repercussions of the Atlantic slave trade? What does scholar Paul Gilroy mean when he claims that the “Black Atlantic” provided an instance of the first multi-national endeavor in the New World? How are narratives of the slave trade taught, read about, used as texts? We will explore the temporal and spatial elements of the Black Atlantic to engage borderlands between history and memory, and provide resources for teachers to reexamine fact, story, and myth.