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Start: 11/09/2012 08:30

On November 9, 2012, the Graduate Advisory Board of the Institute of the Humanities & Global Cultures will coordinate a collaborative conference entitled Global GABfest. This event will be structured as a series of roundtable discussions, bringing together U.Va. faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students across the humanities to discuss the broad topic of the future of the university, with an eye toward exploring how the “global” fits into our visions of this future. Each session will be framed briefly by a few session leaders, then will break out into informal round-table discussions. These groups will convene at the end of each session to share and synthesize collective insights. For more information and to watch the conference take shape, go to the conference blog at

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Location: OpenGrounds

Breakfast & Coffee (8:30-9 AM)

Global Communities (9-10 AM)

The session “Global Communities” will explore the potential for global Humanities education within a university context. The diversity of course offerings at UVA as well as opportunities for collaborative inter-institutional research and instruction will be addressed. The panel will pose several theoretical and logistical questions on this topic, including: “How can the global Humanities community be brought to UVA in new and innovative ways?” and “What modes of communication exist to link members of this community over great distances?”

Theorizing the Global (10:30-11:30 AM)

The Theorizing the Global roundtable will feature faculty members David Summers (History of Art) and Jennifer Wicke (English) in conversation with graduate students, followed by open discussion. "Global Epistemologies and Pedagogies" asks how our relation to knowledge has changed in a globalized world, and how our teaching might both reflect and reflect upon these changes, across and through the integration of diverse disciplinary perspectives. A further goal is to compile an ongoing, open source of compelling readings on the subject and syllabi.

(Break for Lunch)

Online Learning (1-2 PM)

This panel will discuss the role that technology and the internet are having in reshaping the face of education. We will likely explore the extent to which the rapidly exploding interest in massive open online courses (MOOCs) necessitate a reassessment or reaffirmation of the needs and purpose of the university in society. Are such revolutions in access to higher education necessarily an existential threat to the idea of the university? Or, might we find a way for the two ideas to co-exist? How might they augment the traditional university experience? The panel will feature faculty Mitch Green (Philosophy) and Bethany Nowviskie (Director, Digital Research & Scholarship UVA Library; Assoc. Director, Scholarly Communications Institute).

Unnecessary and Insufficient Values: Bridging the Humanities & Sciences (2:30-3:30 PM)

Is the scientific method overstepping its bounds? Are humanities scholars overly skeptical of scientific research? In this session, we’ll discuss the potential pitfalls of applying an evidence-based methodology to questions that may be best answered using a more humanistic approach, or vice versa.Potential topics may include the benefits of organic foods, the effectiveness of online learning, and the design of hospital “healing spaces."

GABfest Wrap-Up: Bringing It Home (4-5 PM)

During our last session, we will share insights gained over the course of the day's discussions, placing them in light of recent developments at UVa. How can we apply these discussions to our day to day activities here in Charlottesville, both in and out of the classroom? And what topics would we like GABfest to explore in the future?

Post-GABfest Reception (time & location TBA)

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904

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