Connections: A Conference of Critical Thinking

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Connections: A Conference of Critical Thinking

Connections: A Conference of Critical Thinking

“Thou Dost Infect Mine Eyes”: The Bane of Technology in the Classroom

Friday, March 25, 2016
9:30am - 4:00pm

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Join East Georgia State College for its fourth annual Critical Thinking Conference! Critical thinking is an important aspect of education across disciplines, and many institutions are working to promote and focus on integration of critical thinking exercises in their curriculum. Today it has moved beyond the traditional formal reasoning to incorporate the skills necessary to maneuver through modern information overload such as problem solving, communication, and creativity. This is arguably one of the most important skills students can learn, and it can be applied to every discipline. At East Georgia State College, promotion of critical thinking is an important component of the curriculum, and this conference was organized to allow educators to share both research and practical applications of critical thinking in the classroom.

Call for Papers

For East Georgia State College’s fourth annual Critical Thinking Conference this spring of 2016, in celebration of the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we welcome proposals that recognize technology as a “rascal,” a “braggart vile,” a “finical rogue,” and as a “base, proud, shallow, beggarly, worsted-stocking knave.” We welcome presentations about experiences where technology has posed a problem and has therefore created the need for critical thinking. We also welcome proposals on any other topics that deal with critical thinking in an educational setting, and we invite faculty, students, and independent scholars to provide proposal summaries through EGSC’s electronic Proposal Submission Form. Proposals should be no more than 250 words, and final presentations should be no more than 20 minutes reading time in length (approximately 10 typed, double-spaced pages). Please submit your proposals by Friday, March 4, 2016.

Conference Specifics

Connections will be held at the Swainsboro campus of East Georgia State College located at 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, GA  30401. The conference is free.

LUNCHEON IS INCLUDED FOR PRESENTERS (Presenters can enjoy our signature sandwiches, homemade chips, salad bar, and a variety of desserts).

VISIT THE ROTUNDA: EGSC is hosting “Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibition about how sports shape America. The exhibit consists of seven sections with panels, banners, and interactive elements—all of which focus on sports and teams in America—in order to explore sports as an integral part of culture and community in towns all over the country.


"Balancing Critical Thinking Through 'Infectious,' Eye-Catching Design" | Santanu Majumdar

Santanu Majumdar is an 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

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For more information, contact:

  • Courtney S. Joiner

    Courtney S. Joiner

    Social Sciences - Associate Professor

    Phone: 478-289-2106


    Campus: Swainsboro

  • Angelia B. Williams

    Angie Williams

    President's Office - Event Coordinator/Facilities Coordinator

    Phone: 478-289-2367


    Campus: Swainsboro

  • Dr. Valerie Czerny

    Dr. Val Czerny

    Humanities - Associate Professor

    Phone: 912-623-2437


    Campus: Statesboro