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Spring 2013 Engaged Teaching Luncheon Discussion Series


The Institute for Public Engagement promotes engaged teaching that fosters critical thinking, gives each student a voice, and encourages students to engage with issues affecting the Wake Forest community and the community beyond.  

Within the broader concept of engaged teaching is the recognized pedagogy of service-learning, usually involving direct service to meet community needs. Other forms of engaged teaching may not involve such service but nevertheless engage students in the process of identifying and understanding community issues.   

The purpose of this discussion series is to afford faculty the opportunity to share their ideas, challenges, and rewards relating to engaged teaching and to be of mutual inspiration in an enjoyable, informal setting.  

The Institute is proud to announce its Spring 2013 Lunch Discussion Series to be held in Reynolda Hall Room 301 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on


Monday February 4

Topic:  Engaged Teaching relating to Systemic Social Change.

Description:  “Systemic social change delves behind immediate problems, involves new ways of applying resources to underlying causes and results in tangible and enduring benefits.”  Skoll Foundation.  Faculty will share best practices to engage students to think critically and initiate action to bring about systemic change. 

Potential Speakers:  Stephen Boyd (Religion) , Peter Gilbert (Documentary Film), Mark Wilson (Public Health/Translational Science)



Monday March 4

Topic:  Engaging Students to Think Critically

 Description:  Featured Faculty will share how they encourage students to think critically (analyze, assess, reconstruct) as part of teaching in their respective disciplines.  

 Potential Speakers:  Cindy Gendrich (Theatre), Paul Thacker (Anthropology), Gloria Muday (Biology),  Hana Brown (Sociology)


Monday April 1

Topic:   Engaging about Hunger – a Topic for Every Discipline

 Description:  Hunger can (and should) be addressed through the lens of every discipline – Forsyth County ranks as one of the highest for childhood hunger in the nation and the causes and consequences are complex. Speakers will share their ideas and best practices for engaging students to think critically about hunger and initiate action to bring about change.  

 Potential Speakers:  Grace Wetzel (English), Sara Quandt (Translational Science  food justice), Mark Jensen (Divinity),  Shelley Graves (Campus Life – Campus Kitchens)


Join us by registering for one or more sessions at .


Lunch will be served!


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