On Friday, March 25, 2016, East Georgia State College will hold its fourth annual Critical Thinking Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Thou Dost Infect Mine Eyes: The Bane of Technology in the Classroom.” The theme was chosen in celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Presentations by faculty, students, and independent scholars will focus on experiences where technology has posed a problem and has therefore created the need for critical thinking, as well as on any other topics that deal with critical thinking in an educational setting. Some presentations may even refer to the great bard himself!
All are invited to come and learn, through a variety of presentations, how technology can both help and hinder the education process, as well as discover how various critical thinking strategies may inspire you in your own endeavors.
Register for the Critical Thinking Conference. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Building Rotunda, with the welcome and keynote address at 9 a.m.
The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Santanu Majumdar, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. He believes that 21st century students’ design proposals tend to be example-driven, and therefore students’ research is often reduced to browsing for pre-existing solutions through search engines, which creates only surface-level problem solving skills instead of skills that use more in-depth critical thinking and method-driven design solutions. Professor Majumdar has received several national and international awards and has presented papers on design education, on sustainability in design, on mentoring, and on collaborative research projects at several distinguished national and international design conferences. In line with the conference’s theme, his presentation is entitled “Balanced Critical Thinking Through ‘Infectious,’ Eye-Catching Design.”
While you are on campus, we encourage you to view the Smithsonian Exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” located in the rotunda of the Luck Flanders Gambrell Building.
Further information regarding parking, presentations, and other matters will be emailed to the registrants in the week before the conference. Please fill out the registration form and email it to Courtney Joiner at email@example.com.