On Friday, March 25, 2016, East Georgia State College will hold their 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 anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Proposals are being accepted until Friday, March 4, and must recognize technology as a “rascal,” a “braggart vile,” a “finical rogue,” and as a “base, proud, shallow, beggarly, worsted-stocking knave.” The conferences welcome presentations about experiences where technology has posed a problem and has therefore created the need for critical thinking. Proposals are also welcome on any other topics that deal with critical thinking in an educational setting. Those interested in presenting are asked to provide proposal summaries through EGSC’s electronic Proposal Submission Form at https://myegsc.ega.edu/web/pages/6. Proposals should be no more than 250 words. Final presentations should be no more than 20 minutes’ reading time in length (approximately 10 typed, double-spaced pages.)
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.”