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Center for the Advancement of Teaching Announces Fall Schedule

September 30, 2013

The NYU Center for the Advancement of Teaching (formerly the Center for Teaching Excellence) is pleased to announce its faculty development programming for Fall 2013. These programs are offered at no cost to full and part-time NYU faculty as well as graduate students. Refreshments will be provided at all programs. Space is limited and registration is required; registration information is included below.

Teaching at the Tap Room
Teaching at the Tap Room offers the chance for faculty to come together to discuss pedagogical issues with experts and peers alike, while enjoying drinks and refreshments in an informal and relaxed setting.

Teaching Digital Natives and the Global Classroom
Jason King, Artistic Director and Associate Professor, The Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music
Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:00-7:00 p.m., NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

This discussion will look at the great promises and challenges of teaching "digital natives" into the second decade of the 21st century. In particular King will share his experiences teaching music making, technology and popular culture studies to NYU students in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Singapore. The informal discussion will touch on ways of addressing the post 9-11 imperative to bring issues of global citizenship and cosmopolitan ideals into the classroom, as well as effective and meaningful strategies for incorporating the latest social media and emergent technologies into the classroom.
NYU faculty members are invited to participate in this program. Refreshments will be provided. Enrollment limited. To register, visit

Insights on Teaching
NYU Distinguished Teaching Award Winners Ted Magder, Julie Malnig, and Deborah Padgett
Thursday, October 17, 2013. 12:30-2:00 p.m., Lipton Hall in D’Agostino Hall, NYU School of Law.
NYU's highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award, is given annually to faculty members who have distinguished themselves in educating students in and out of the classroom. CAT is pleased to present winners of the DTA award in a panel discussion on their experiences teaching NYU students.
NYU faculty members and graduate students are invited to participate in this program. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment limited. To register, visit

Building on “Difference” in the Classroom
Jack Tchen, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, History; Director, Asian/Pacific/American Studies
Gail Drakes, Director of Social Justice Initiatives, The New School
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Kimmel Center (location TBA)

As our classrooms become more diverse, we have tended to assume those who make it into places like NYU are uniformly socialized to "fit into" conventions of middle class learning and interaction. Gail Drakes, Director of Social Justice Initiatives at the New School, and Jack Tchen, A/P/A Institute, SCA, Gallatin & History, NYU, will discuss the complex of cross cultural and intersectional issues where old assumptions don’t quite work anymore. The open discussion will explore the challenges and possibilities of engaged, collaborative, and research driven approaches with undergraduate students.
NYU faculty members and graduate students are invited to participate in this program. Lunch will be provided. Enrollment limited. To register, visit

Teaching at the Tap Room
Putting on Our Thinking Caps: Assessing and Developing 21st Century Skills in the Undergraduate Classroom
Eleanor Sterling and Ana Luz Porzecanski, American Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 5:00-7:00 p.m., NYU Torch Club, 18 Waverly Place

Join us as we explore recent work done by the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation on undergraduate student skills development. The speakers will report on an NSF-funded study designed to investigate whether undergraduate science students can improve their data analysis, critical thinking and oral communication skills in a semester. Good news: the answer is yes! However, some aspects of the skills, such as drawing conclusions, seem to be more challenging and harder to develop than others for the students. In addition, while some changes in teaching practice helped students advance, others were not strong enough to have a significant effect. During this session, we will review the results of the study, explore implications for teaching and learning in general, and work together to design and compile ideas that can help us all develop our students' critical thinking skills.

NYU faculty members are invited to participate in this program. Refreshments will be provided.
To register, visit


Special Programs

Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College

A Symposium

Friday, October 4, 2013, Kimmel Center Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

60 Washington Square South

This one-day symposium will focus on the work of Hale Aspacio Woodruff (1900-1980), and is being held in conjunction with the Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College exhibition, currently on display at NYU’s 80WSE Galleries. Presenters will include art historians, historians, curators, and other leading scholars together exploring Hale Woodruff’s art and its significance.

Keynote speakers will include Edmund Barry Gaither, Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center for Afro-American Artists and Special Consultant at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, and Marcus Rediker, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and author of The Amistad Rebellion.

The Symposium is open to members of the NYU and NYC communities. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

To learn more and to register for the symposium, please check the weblink:


The Pivot and The Reset: Russia, the U.S., and the New Europe

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 6:30-8:00 p.m., New York University, Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street (between Broadway and Church Street), Room 430

Co-sponsored by the Faculty Resource Network at NYU, and the NYU Center for Global Affairs

The recent rise of Asia, and especially China, as rival to American interests has required U.S. cooperation with Russia and for some time lessened the frictions that had historically marked U.S. relations with Russia and the Soviet Union. Recent developments and conflicts (Syria, Iran, the Snowden affair) have complicated and threatened this evolution. How will this affect Europe, so long the major chessboard on which Washington and Moscow struggled for advantage?

Join us for a conversation about the changing nature of European relations with Russia and the U.S., and examine how this evolution is likely to affect alliances across the region. Has Europe progressed to a point where it requires a stronger commitment to Russia than allowed by current ties to the U.S.? Is the U.S. able to leverage Russian interests in Europe to elicit greater international cooperation from Moscow? And what will be the implications for U.S. strategic relations with Europe?

Moderated by Richard Levitt, adjunct assistant professor, Center for Global Affairs; former deputy director, Centre for European Security Studies, University of Groningen (The Netherlands).

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