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CITL Workshop: "Reacting To The Past"

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 17, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Audience: Faculty, Students

The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will host a "Reacting To The Past" micro-workshop at Lehigh.  The workshop will take place in the CITL Classrooms and Commons in EWFM on May 17th, 2017 from 8:00 am -3:00 pm.  Faculty from the "Reacting" consortium will facilitate the workshop and walk us through a game simulation in the morning, followed by an interactive Q and A session in the afternoon.

Open to Lehigh faculty. Graduate students who are, or plan to be, in an instructional role are also welcome to attend.

Lunch will be provided. 

Additional Details:

If you are unfamiliar with Reacting To The Past (RTTP), it is a robust pedagogy developed out of Barnard College by Historian Mark Carnes.  Through subversive role play, RTTP promotes imagination, inquiry, and engagement as foundational features of teaching and learning across all disciplines in higher education.  In addition to being student-centered, the RTTP pedagogy consists of instructional undergirding that promote critical thinking, writing and presentation skills, argumentation, collaboration, and more. 

The pedagogy has been implemented at over 500 colleges and universities and is sustained by a large consortium (of which Lehigh is now a member) that develops two multiple annual conferences, administers grants, and offers consulting services.

If you have been searching for ways to enhance your teaching and your students' learning, RTTP could be a perfect fit.  

Space is limited for the workshop, so please use the link below to register ASAP.  A detailed agenda, along with some pre-workshop information will be sent out promptly.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jason Slipp at -, or 8-5343. 

Registration deadline is 5/12/17.

Research Computing: XSEDE HPC Monthly Workshop - Big Data

Date & Time: Thursday, May 18 to Friday, May 19, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Audience: Community Members, Faculty, Staff, Students

XSEDE along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is pleased to announce a two day Big Data workshop, to be held May 18-19, 2017.

This workshop will focus on topics such as Hadoop and Spark and will be presented using the Wide Area Classroom(WAC) training platform.

Thursday, May 18
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Welcome
11:25 Intro to Big Data
12:00 Hadoop
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Spark intro
5:00 Adjourn

Friday, May 19
All times given are Eastern
11:00 Machine Learning:Recommender System with Spark
1:00 Lunch break
2:00 Deep Learning with Tensorflow
5:00 Adjourn

You may attend at any of the following sites.

  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • University of Delaware
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Tufts University
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Howard University
  • Georgia State University
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Houston – Clear Lake
  • Purdue University
  • Ohio Supercomputer Center
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Michigan State University
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Old Dominion University
  • University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • University of Iowa
  • Boston University
  • University of Houston
  • Stanford University


Past Events

2017 Lehigh University Teaching & Learning Symposium

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 19 to Thursday, April 20, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Audience: Community Members, Faculty, Staff, Students

Join us for the 2017 LU Teaching & Learning Symposium! Topics, this year, will highlight new, interesting, and effective approaches to teaching and learning at Lehigh. We hope to disseminate good ideas and inspire others to try new approaches in their teaching.

  • April 19 sessions will be held in the Roemmele Global Commons in Williams Hall.
  • April 20 sessions will be held in the 5th-floor South of EWFM Library

See full schedule of events and presentations

CITL/MDHI: Knowing Your Rights: Legal Fundamentals for Documentary Filmmakers

Date & Time: Friday, April 14, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: EWFM 520

Presenters: Karen Shatzkin

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Both beginning and more experienced documentary filmmakers have misconceptions about the impact of copyright and other laws on their projects. Knowing Your Rights: Legal Fundamentals for Documentary Filmmakers is designed to enable non-lawyers to understand how various relevant areas of law—including copyright, trademark, defamation, and privacy/publicity rights—affect their projects. Karen Shatzkin has extensive experience making these complex issues comprehensible to her creative clients, including a wide array of documentary filmmakers.

This day-long seminar will enable participants to be more self-sufficient in understanding their rights and the limitations on those rights. They will learn about circumstances that really require a lawyer's involvement (and those that don't). Participants also will gain knowledge that will empower them to work with lawyers, rather than be passive recipients of legal advice. Ms. Shatzkin will discuss copyright doctrines, such as "de minimus" and fair use; the portrayal of trademarks; rules concerning film titles; privacy/publicity rights; and doctrines such as trespass and misrepresentation that often trip up filmmakers. Using important court decisions and examples from her clients' films, she will discuss how the laws apply to documentary projects and provide an understanding of what practical considerations may intervene.

Karen Shatzkin is a member of the New York law firm of Shatzkin & Mayer, P.C., Karen Shatzkin has worked on legal issues affecting documentary films for more than 30 years, primarily on behalf of independent filmmakers and independent production companies. She has vetted films pre-release; negotiated contracts with creative personnel, distributors, studios, and networks; and responded to claims against filmmakers. Her clients run the gamut from well-established, award-winning documentarians to first-time filmmakers.

Ms. Shatzkin, a graduate of Columbia Law School, has an active litigation practice in addition to her transactional work for filmmakers and other creative clients. An adjunct faculty member of Columbia Law School, she teaches a trial practice seminar.  


CITL: Blogging in Academia ( Rescheduled)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 pm

Presenters: Kate Bullard

Audience: Community Members, Faculty, Staff, Students

Join us for a workshop on blogging in academia. With Lehigh's support of WordPress, it is easier than ever to build your own space to share your research, your teaching or comment on current affairs. This workshop will touch briefly on technical issues and then focus primarily on crafting blog entries and promoting your content. Lunch Included.

CITL/MDHI: Research-based practice: Documentary as a mode of social inquiry with Brett Story

Date & Time: Thursday, March 30, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Williams 070

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

In this workshop, geographer and filmmaker Brett Story offers insights from her practice as a research-based filmmaker and media maker. Using clips and stories from her most recent film, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, produced while a doctoral student of at the University of Toronto in the Department of Geography, Brett will discuss, share techniques, and field questions about how social science research methods, documentary techniques, and aesthetic tropes can intersect to produce new forms of knowledge production. This will be a participatory workshop, with opportunities for discussion, debate, and hands-on exercises. 

CITL/MDHI: From Poetry to Podcast: Producing Sound-Rich Audio (Podcasting II)

Date & Time: Friday, March 24, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Presenters: Cory Fischer-Hoffman and Jarret Brown Along with Special Guest Rend Smith

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

This workshop is for those with some experience using audio editing software to incorporate sound, music, and narration to spoken word poetry to create sound-rich and powerful audio that will communicate with listeners.  This workshop is great for those who already work in radio, audio or sound but want to explore creative compositions and learn about additional functions in the audio editing software, Audacity. The workshop is also open to beginners who are quick learners and are enthusiastic about producing sound art, podcasts or audio documentary.

Artist Rend Smith will present on an award winning radio series and digital humanities project the “Prison Poetry Workshop” and his effort to capture, document, disseminate, and contextualize prison writings into a national canon. 


CITL: Unlocking Student Potential Through Effective Assignments: The TRAC Fellow Perspective

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 22, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Presenters: Jasmine Woodson, Education & Learning Design Librarian, and Greg Skutches, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum, will also participate.

Audience: Community Members, Faculty, Staff, Students

A team of TRAC Writing Fellows brings their perspective as students, experience as trained peer tutors, and the results of a collaborative research project on effective assignments to this interactive workshop. Bring current assignments with you to learn how to use them bring out the best in your students.

CITL/MDHI: The Ethics of Representation

Date & Time: Friday, March 3, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: EWFM 520

Presenters: Nandini Sikand

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Nandini Sikand will screen her finished short  One, if by Land (2015, 14 minutes), an experimental short film that explores the politics of undocumented immigration to the global North via land, sea and air. Inspired by three stories of real voyages made from Mexico, China and Mozambique, this film looks at the impossibility of arrival, a visual commemoration of the unknown immigrant. One, if by Land is not a film that attempts to have answers to the noisy debate around immigration policies, but through grim but evocative imagery of these journeys, it raises questions as to why this impossibility should exist in the first place. Using this film as an example she will talk about the creative process, ethical representations of vulnerable subjects from conception to research with an emphasis on ethical story-telling. Sikand will also screen a 10-minute trailer of a work in progress, Inside Outside, a feature length documentary on women and mass incarceration in the Lehigh Valley.

Nandini Sikand is an anthropologist, filmmaker and dancer. Her films have screened and won awards at over a 100 domestic and international film festivals and aired on PBS. She has been awarded grants from The Jerome Foundation, the Center for Asian American Media and is two-time awardee of New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant. Sikand is an Assistant Professor of an interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College, PA.

CITL: Media Literacy, Fake News, and Lehigh

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 28, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Presenters: Heather Simoneau and Carrie Baldwin-Sorrelle

Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Gain an understanding of Lehigh students’ media literacy capabilities, incorporate critical media analysis techniques into your curriculum, and come away with discipline-specific exercises for your classroom to improve your students’ media literacy skills.

CITL/CCE: Community-Engaged Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship

Date & Time: Monday, February 27, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Presenters: Sarah Stanlick

This workshop is intended to support faculty  in creating an engaged learning/teaching environment by integrating high-impact learning practices into the design of new or revised courses and in assessing those practices.  It will also will bring together faculty to engage in complex discussions and workshops about aspects of community engagement, service-learning, and scholarship.  Participants will leave with examples of high-quality, reciprocal, ethical community engagement, grapple with issues surrounding community-engaged teaching/learning/research, and chart a course for future engagement in their teaching and scholarship.

CITL/MDHI: Introduction to Digital Mapping

Date & Time: Friday, February 24, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: Linderman 302

Presenters: Alison Kanosky

Audience: Faculty, Staff

This entry-level workshop provides an overview of the building blocks of digital maps, and an introduction to the software available at Lehigh for creating maps including and Google Maps. This workshop is for beginners with little or no experience creating digital maps. We will create a digital map by going step-by-step through the process of creating spatial data, importing it to a map, and learning how to share it on the web.