25th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning (Fall 2019)
We are pleased to announce that the 25th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning will feature Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the author of the book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City. In her remarks, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will deliver a personal account of her research and activism to expose and mitigate the effects of the Flint water crisis. Her story, from how she used science to prove that Flint children were affected by lead to the backlash she faced after going public with her findings, inspires us to speak out against injustice. Conference participants will receive a copy of her book.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s work serves as a timely and impactful example of the application of skills and knowledge associated with a liberal education. Having heard her speak at conference last year, we were struck by the ways in which her story exemplified each of the Grand Valley Student Learning Outcomes. Related questions arose while reading her book.
How can we help our students strengthen their understanding of the connections among their course work and the “real world” and provide encouragement and motivation for students to engage in their communities in an informed, actionable way?
How can we as faculty and staff explicate the value of a liberal education and engage with our students to address the issues in our own communities and beyond?
These types of questions certainly raise additional avenues of inquiry; we hope to continue the conversation during the coming academic year and invite you to participate.
In alignment with the Conference keynote focus, this year’s program will include contributions from the Making Waves Initiative. As the details unfold, we will update this webpage.
As the Fall Conference serves to bring us together to share our own teaching and learning accomplishments, we invite faculty to consider facilitating a concurrent session. We welcome proposals related either to the conference themes or to the outcomes of a recent innovative teaching project (for example, related to a Pew FTLC–sponsored Faculty Learning Community or Teaching Innovation Grant). Session proposals (see details below) are due Friday, June 14, 2019.
Registration is now closed.
DR. MONA HANNA-ATTISHA
Fall Conference Keynote Speaker
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician, professor, and public health advocate who spearheaded efforts to reveal, publicize, and fix Flint, Michigan’s water crisis. In 2014, a change in the city’s water source resulted in astronomical amounts of lead leaching into the drinking water, causing irreversible damage to Flint’s residents. As a local pediatrician, the poisonous levels of lead in the water terrified Dr. Hanna-Attisha, and she was shocked that the government ignored complaints, protests, and reports from citizens, journalists, and experts. She knew that the only way to stop the lead poisoning would be to present undeniable proof on a national platform.
In a tremendous act of bravery, Dr. Hanna-Attisha held a press conference where she revealed her team’s findings before they were peer-reviewed, prioritizing the health of her community over the risk to her career. Dr. Hanna-Attisha faced a brutal backlash, but her persistence paid off: the city switched the water back to its original source and President Barack Obama declared a federal emergency. She has since been called to testify twice before the United States Congress, was awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America, and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
A passionate activist, Dr. Hanna-Attisha created the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a model program to mitigate the impact of the Flint water crisis. As founder and director of this organization, she combines community and clinical programs, childhood health policy and advocacy, and robust evaluation to give Flint children a better chance at future success.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s powerful book, What the Eyes Don’t See, is a dramatic first-hand account of the signature environmental disaster of our time and a riveting narrative of personal advocacy. A medical and scientific thriller, the book grapples with our country’s history of environmental injustice while telling the inspiring personal story of Dr. Hanna-Attisha—an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist—whose family roots in social justice activism helped her take on the Flint water crisis. In her popular talks, she explores the horrific reality of how misguided austerity policies and callous bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.
All Fall Conference attendees will receive a copy of the book, What the Eyes Don't See.
2019 FALL TEACHING CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2019
8 a.m.—1:15 p.m.
215 Eberhard Conference Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Keynote presentation: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of "What the Eyes Don't See"
In her remarks, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will deliver a personal account of her research and activism to expose and mitigate the effects of the Flint water crisis. Her story, from how she used science to prove that Flint children were affected by lead to the backlash she faced after going public with her findings, inspires us to speak out against injustice. Conference participants will receive a copy of her book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.
Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s work serves as a timely and impactful example of the application of skills and knowledge associated with a liberal education.
Registration is now closed.
Conference Welcome and Introductory Activity
Keynote, Q & A, Book Signing: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
Faculty-led Concurrent Sessions
August 15, 2019 UPDATE
***We have increased the registrant limit for the Fall Conference from 250 to 300, creating a few more seats for those who are still interested in attending. However, please be aware that only the first 250 registrants are guaranteed a free copy of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha's book, What the Eyes Don't See. We look forward to seeing you next week!***
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
- 9:00 a.m. — noon
- 215 EC (Eberhard Conference Center)
- Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Workshop limited to 40 participants. Lunch will be available following the workshop (at 12:15 p.m.).
Pre-Conference Workshop: Supporting First Year Students
Whether in the courses that you teach or as part of departmental initiatives and service activities, do you work with first year undergraduate students? If so, consider joining us for this interactive workshop. Faculty engaged in a number of campus projects focused on student success will share research findings, best practices, and facilitate application-based discussions. Over the past few years, these projects have coalesced around a greater awareness and utilization of existing campus-based student support resources, the cognitive science literature around studying and learning, and best practices for engaging students in the classroom. Representatives are eager to share what they have learned and have designed a workshop in which participants leave with resources and materials to be applied directly to their own work with students in the coming semester.
During this workshop, participants will:
- Develop a greater understanding of the many ways to engage traditional-age (Generation Z) students
- Gain familiarity with resources gathered by participants in the Student Success Network, First-Year Learning Community program and Strong Start Initiative to support faculty teaching and working with first year students
- Examine and discuss student-facing materials developed by the Metacognition Work Group around the topics: how to study effectively, how to read for understanding, how to get the most out of class, and how to get the most out of homework.
Limited to 40 participants. An optional lunch will be offered following the workshop (from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.)
The following books are not only wonderful resources, but will also be raffled off during the 2019 Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning and added to the Pew FTLC Library (068 JHZ).
Diane Cummings Persellin & Mary Blythe Daniels
Steven Pearlman & David Carillo
Dorothy Christian & Rita Wong
Kristin Wobbe & Elisabeth Stoddard
Small Teaching Online (2019)
Flower Darby & James Lang
Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Allison Boye, Suzanne Tapp