On Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Union 201, please join Campus Ministry for a panel discusssion about “Mary, Women and the Social Imaginary.” Panelists will discuss how images of Mary, the mother of Jesus, influence the perception and expectations of women regarding sexuality, submission and suffering. Panelists will include philosophy professor Sarah Donovan, Syrian Orthodox priest Anthony DeLuca, Catholic campus minister Christopher Oravetz and intern chaplain Steve Belo. For information, email Steve Belo.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Knubel Chapel, Kairos House, please join us for a Faculty Forum presentation by biology professor Don Stearns, “Teaching Critical Thinking and Civic Thinking in a College Freshman Course.” As part of his ongoing research into critical thinking, Stearns will discuss the results of a 4-year research project he conducted with Adam Houlihan (Randolph University) and Christopher Corbo (Wagner College) to investigate pedagogical approaches toward teaching critical thinking and civic thinking in the Reflective Tutorial portion of a freshman learning community. Assessment involved the use of critical-thinking-for-civic-thinking or (CT)2 exercises where, instead of an argument stating a particular position, exercises were open-ended and framed within a civic context, ending with a critical thinking question and a civic thinking question. The most effective pedagogical approach involved in-class argument dissections along with (CT)2 exercises, with individualized written feedback provided by the instructors instead of general feedback.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. in Spiro 2, please join the Black Student Union for a screening of the 90-minute HBO documentary film, “The Loving Story.” The movie tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a mixed-race couple who moved to Virginia where, in the late 1950s, mixed-race marriages were probibited under the state’s Racial Integrity Act. Their case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declared such laws unconstitutional. Visit the film’s website, watch the HBO trailer, or review an online study guide. Refreshments will be served.