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Chit and Chatting, Mix and Matching – Interdisciplinary Curriculum Design, how and why?


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:
Date : 25 Oct 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Presenter : Prof. James Cohn, Quest University Canada
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

An interdisciplinary curriculum is not an end in itself. Rather, it is an open approach that hopes to give better, more comprehensive answers to pressing questions, answers that no single discipline, and no single method, by itself could answer. Our deceptively simple inquiry, then, will be to explore what questions we want answered. What do we risk, and what do we gain, when we ask questions that take us beyond our familiar horizon?
In this informal chat setting, we will discuss how and why of an interdisciplinary curriculum.

About the Speaker
James Cohn is a founding faculty member of Quest University Canada, a new and innovative undergraduate institution located north of Vancouver, BC. He has served there as Coordinator of the Arts and Humanities, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Vice President. He received his BA in French and German from Dartmouth College, and after graduation won a Fulbright award for the study of literature and society in post-war Germany. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, studying in the interdisciplinary Committee on Social Thought under the direction of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow. His PhD takes up the problem of the influence of the Duc de St.-Simon’s Memoirs on Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. He was a tenured “tutor” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, before emigrating to Canada to help design and run the fledgling Quest. His guiding question is, “What are the liberal arts?”

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​