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The End Of The Lecture?, Peter T. Struck Mar 2016

The End Of The Lecture?, Peter T. Struck

Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

This is a challenging environment for the lecture. In recent years, we have seen a welcome degree of ferment and experimentation in teaching, mostly using technology. As innovators make their cases for this or that new way, they often find it useful to push back against the old. And when something is needed to push back against, it's usually the lecture that comes into their sights. In an OpEd in the New York Times last fall, Eric Mazur, a Harvard physicist, was quoted as saying, "it's almost unethical to be lecturing." Unethical. That's pretty strong beer.


Classics: Curriculum & Profession, Peter T. Struck Jan 2016

Classics: Curriculum & Profession, Peter T. Struck

Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

The challenges currently facing classicists are not so different from those our profession has faced for the last one hundred and fifty years, and with each challenge, a discipline sometimes imagined as outsiders to be slow to embrace the new has shown itself naturally disposed to experimentation. The discipline's agility derives from the unique degree of variegation in the modes of thinking required to thrive in it: from interpretive, to quantitative, to those relying on knowledge of culture and context. As the value of education is increasingly judged in terms of workforce development, we stand our best chance to ...


A World Of Multiplicity And The Core Mission Of The Liberal Arts, Peter T. Struck Jan 2014

A World Of Multiplicity And The Core Mission Of The Liberal Arts, Peter T. Struck

Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

I thank Denis Feeney for inviting me to join this conversation. And by this conversation, I mean this conversation in particular. About the liberal arts and its future.

Public discussions these days that include humanities typically start by asking for an explanation of its decline, which is kind of like the old courtroom adage about asking when have you stopped beating your significant other.

It's a much better idea to ignore that particular question since it's based on fundamentally unfair premises.


Learning To Teach In The 21st Century, Peter T. Struck Feb 2007

Learning To Teach In The 21st Century, Peter T. Struck

Departmental Papers (Classical Studies)

No doubt all of us, with a few exceptions, face a challenge in making the material we teach relevant and compelling to a contemporary audience. I am a classicist. The following recounts my own struggle with the issue.