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Fall 2003--Events Schedule

Staff Development events for September and October 2003 are listed here sequentially. For a more detailed description of the Identity Series, please turn over this sheet.

Tuesday Sept 16 , noon - 1 pm, Library 107A/B Talking About Teaching on Tuesday resumes with Ron Taylor, new VP of Academic Services who will introduce himself, his background and some of his interests. Here's a chance to get to know Ron, find out what he's done before coming to Chabot and to share with him some of the things happening here.

Bring your lunch, relax with colleagues and explore some of the factors that affect students' ability to learn.

Thursday Sept 18 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Library 107A/B -- New Faculty Learning Community -- Improving Student Work Through Successful Collaboration with the Library. Find out how much help your librarians can be! Make your life easier by letting them design an orientation for your class that exactly fits your assignment.

Thursday Sept 25 noon - 1 pm, Rm.1232 Identity Series: The Social Controversy Surrounding Human Origins. Skip Evans from the National Center for Science in Education.

Tuesday Sept 30 , noon - 1 pm, Library 107A/B Talking About Teaching on Tuesday.

Dennis Chowenhill will review the results of the TGI ( Teaching Goals Inventory) we all took on Flex Day. Find out what conclusions we might draw from looking at data from a broad cross-section of the college. Bring your lunch, relax with colleagues and explore some of the factors that affect our students' ability to learn.

Thursday Oct 2 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Library 107A/B New Faculty Learning Community -- Establishing a Classroom Climate. We will begin a discussion of classroom climate issues such as attendance, plagiarism, group interaction, respectful communication and explore ways to employ classroom assessment to direct the focus of classroom work.

Tuesday Oct 7, Wed. Oct 8, Thurs. Oct 9 , noon 1 pm. Identity Series: video showing T hree-part video series, shown on successive days at noon. This series, previously shown on PBS, is now owned by Chabot Library. Oct. 7 (Rm 1232) Oct. 8 (Library 107A/B) Oct. 9 (Rm 1232)

Tuesday Oct 14 , noon --1 pm, Rm.1232---Identity Series: Discussion with Larry Adelman , Executive Producer of the video series shown the preceding week.

Tuesday Oct 21 , noon --1 pm, Rm.1232---Identity Series: Panel discussion. Your colleagues from across the campus will address issues of identity, whether in their lives outside or as part of the Chabot community. Listen to their remarks and add your own thoughts to the discussion.

Tuesday Oct 23 ASCC Diversity Day at Chabot!

We're looking for a few good projects!

Staff Development Committee has set aside a portion of its funding this year to support projects initiated by faculty and staff within the college. These projects would contribute to the discussion of or practice of excellence in education or would further the goal of a healthy college. The limited funds will unfortunately not allow for release time for faculty but could possibly provide modest stipends for adjunct faculty or presenters. Proposals should be submitted on the Staff Development Project Proposal Form - available in Bldg. 200 in the Staff Development Area .

SPECIAL SERIES OF EVENTS

IDENTITY Who Are We?

All events will be held in the Choral Room (1232) or Library (Room 107A/B)

Identity - Who are we?

The question of identity - "who we are" - is a complex one. The discussion begins with attempting to understand our origins as a species through the various categorizations that have grouped us based on constructions of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender, class, occupation, personality and so on. This series will begin to provide insights into these questions - hopefully resulting in a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexity of these issues.

Thursday Sept 25 , noon - 1 pm, Rm.1232 The Social Controversy Surrounding Human Origins . In 1859 Charles Darwin's work Origin of the Species put forward a theory of evolution for life on this planet that synthesized the thinking of many European scientists and the evidence available at the time. The controversy over this question continues today. Skip Evans from the National Center for Science Education (www.ncseweb.org) will join us to discuss the current debate over our origins.

Race - What "race" we are perceived as being is one of the most important identities we assume today. Through the recently released video series " Race: the Power of an Illusion " we will explore this construct - one which anthropologist Ashley Montagu called "Man's Most Dangerous Myth". Oct 7, 8 & 9 we will view this video series and on Oct 14 we will be joined by Larry Adelman, the Executive Producer of the Series.

The series will conclude with panels composed of members of the Chabot community who will share their insights and expertise in the questions of identity - especially as they relate to our goals at Chabot College.

Tuesday Oct 7 , " noon--1pm, Rm.1232 " The Difference Between Us" (56 min.) The first video in the series examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

Wed. Oct 8 , noon - 1 pm , Library 107A/B. " The Story We Tell" (56 min.) The second video uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

Thurs. Oct 9 , noon - 1pm, Rm.1232 " The House We Live In" (56 min.) The final video poses the question: If race is not biology, what is it? This episode examines how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture and how our social institutions "make" race by providing different groups vastly different life chances.

Thurs. Oct 14 ,Rm noon-1 pm Rm. 1232 Discussion with Larry Adelman, Executive Producer of the video series.

Tuesday Oct 21 , noon --1 pm---Identity at Chabot College Members of the Chabot community will address issues of identity, whether in their lives outside or as part of the Chabot community. Listen to their remarks and add your own thoughts to the discussion.

Online resources for the video series:

http://www.newsreel.org/films/race.htm - California Newsreel's website for the series.

http://www.pbs.org/race/000_General/000_00-Home.htm

The Companion Website with lesson plans, etc.

This video series series " Race: the Power of an Illusion " is available in the Library

Tuesday Oct 23 Diversity Day at Chabot College, an ASCC sponsored event.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Wednesday, Dec. 3 (Place TBA) Robert Sapolsky Join Dr. Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology at Stanford University Brain Research Laboratory will join us for an afternoon of exploration into "Stress and Learning" This is an opportunity not be missed.

Some of Dr. Sapolsky's popular publications include:

  • A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping
  • Junk Food Monkeys: And Other Essays on the Biology of the Human Predicament
  • Gene Therapy for the Nervous System: A Scientific American article by Dora Y. Ho, Robert M. Sapolsky (May 1, 2002)

Everyone is welcome at ALL Staff Development events.

Please extend an invitation to students to attend the "Identity" series presentations.

If you have suggestions for future events or would like to participate, please contact Staff Development.

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