Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning: Conferences

  • 2020 AEPL Virtual Symposium: Humanizing Online Teaching

    • Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    • 11:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Eastern / 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Pacific
    • via Zoom

    Symposium Description: Teachers and students have adapted to remote and online teaching in remarkable ways over the past few months. This work has involved intense personal and pedagogical traumas, as well as some moments of inspiration and perseverance. Even as we have learned how to use new teaching tools and techniques, we have also done everything we can to remain connected to our students and one another on a human level. The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning invites you to share your experiences, hopes, and challenges about online teaching during this one-day symposium. Featuring dynamic presentations from Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Fabiola Torres, Katie Linder, Doug Hesse, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, the symposium will highlight strategies for humanizing online teaching through practices of healing and interpersonal connections.

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    2021 Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning  Conference

    “The Art of Encounter in Teaching and Learning”

    Only connect.
    –E.M. Forster,
    Howards End

    All real living [and thus all real education] is meeting. 
    –Martin Buber,
    I and Thou

    I see humanity as a family that has hardly met….  The art of encounter is in its infancy.
    –Theodore Zeldin,
    An Intimate History of Humanity

    The 26th annual summer conference of the AEPL for Expanded Perspectives on Learning of the National Council of Teachers of English

    June 24-27, 2021

    YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, CO (Make a reservation)

    On the surface our times exhibit an epidemic of disconnection. Yet for many of us who teach, the art of connection has become the heart of our practice, and has opened new realms of deeper learning to our students. AEPL’s 26th annual summer conference seeks to connect, affirm, and unite those for whom deep encounter—with others, with the world, and with ourselves—lies at the heart of learning.

    We will share stories, practices, and ideas. We will come together in joyful and thoughtful community. And we will consider how together we might help make the I-Thou relationship—that AEPL founder James Moffett, in 1968, found to lie at the center of the universe of human discourse—become the warmly beating heart of the whole of human life.

    Featured Presenters

    • Mary Rose O’Reilley is emerita professor of English at the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. Two of her many books are both perennial educational classics and newly relevant to our times: The Peaceable Kingdom (“How can we teach English so people stop killing one another?”) and Radical Presence (“You can listen someone into existence.”). She has been an ACLS Contemplative Studies Fellow and consultant with the Society for Contemplative Mind in Society in its exploration of meditative disciplines in education, and works as a spiritual director, trained in the Christian and Buddhist traditions.

      O’Reilley is the author of five essay collections, most recently The Love of Impermanent Things: a Threshold Ecology and The Barn at the End of the World: the Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd. Her first book of poetry, Half Wild, won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and her debut novel, Bright Morning Stars, just won the Brighthorse Prize for Fiction. These days she is active as a musician, potter, and permaculture homesteader on a rural island in Puget Sound.

    • Jacqueline Jones Royster is professor of English in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech for nine years. Publication highlights include: Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons in Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies (co-authored), Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture (co-edited); a college textbook for writing courses, Critical Inquiries: Readings on Culture and Community; and two secondary textbook series—Writer’s Choice (consulting writer) for grades 6−8 and Reader’s Choice (co-editor) a literature series for grades 9−12, both published by McGraw-Hill.

      Royster’s leadership roles and awards include: chair of CCCC and of the executive committee of the MLA Writing Division; the CCCC Braddock and Exemplar Awards; the state of Ohio’s Pioneer in Education Award; the MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize and Andrew March Award; and Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America. 

    • Gesa Kirsch is a professor of English at Bentley University and the Thomas R. Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Louisville. She teaches and consults globally (with Andy Aylesworth), offering creativity and innovation seminars for international MBA students and corporate clients, bringing her interest in contemplation and mindfulness to this teaching.

      Kirsch has authored, coauthored, edited and co-edited nine books and numerous articles, including Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition and Literacy Studies, co-authored with Jacqueline Jones Royster, and winner of the Winifred Bruce Horner Outstanding Book Award, “From Introspection to Action: Connecting Spirituality and Civic Engagement,” CCC, and “Creating Spaces for Listening, Learning, and Sustaining the Inner Lives of Students.” She has won the Bentley Innovation in Teaching Award (twice) and the Mee Family Prize for a lifetime of distinguished research, Bentley’s highest distinction.

    More information about this conference coming soon!