Graduate Workshop: Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Monday, November 4, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CST)
It is widely accepted that "critical thinking" is an important goal of university education. But what exactly is "critical thinking" and why is it valuable? And how do we encourage it in the classroom? In this workshop, we will examine different approaches to understanding critical thinking in the humanities as well as strategies for promoting it in student work and class discussion.
Louise Edwards Neiman is a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Theatre and Drama. Her research focuses on popular historical representations of the early English actress. At Northwestern she has designed and taught courses on metatheatricality, gender and performance, and theatre history and has served as a teaching assistant for the Theatre and English departments. Louise is a past participant in the Teaching Certificate Program at the Searle Center and has served as a Workshop Leader for the New TA Conference and as a Teaching Consultant for the SGA program. She currently serves as one of the Center's graduate assistants.
Tyler Zimmer is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy, where he specializes in ethics and political philosophy. His dissertation focuses on the role of social equality in democratic societies. An engaged and committed educator, he is a recipient of the Thomas A. McCarthy Award for Teaching Excellence in Philosophy and completed the Searle Center's Teaching Certificate Program. He has extensive experience as an instructor at Northwestern where he has designed and taught courses on political philosophy. This is his second year serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow. He is especially interested in innovative teaching methods that promote critical thinking in the classroom.