Classics Day winners, Ridgewood High School, Photo courtesy NJ Arts News
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Institute for the Humanities Events 2017-18

Objects, Rebels, and Borders

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The Director of the Institute for the Humanities is happy to announce programming for 2017-18

In addition to the Institute’s regular annual events, this year’s slate of programs includes the return of Spanish Day as well as pedagogical workshops on theme-based teaching and object-based teaching.

Anchoring the fall programs are Classics Day and World Cultures Day. Now in its third decade, Classics Day will take place on Friday, October 2.  Designed to preview college-level classical studies to high school students, it features presentations on classical culture and a contest in Latin grammar, Mythology, and Roman Civilization.  The Institute will celebrate universality on Friday, December 1, with World Cultures Day. This year’s program is entitled "We’re All Human: Universal Voices" and will focus on this theme from multiple disciplinary angles within the humanities and social sciences. 

Among the highlights of the spring will be a workshop on object-based Teaching on Friday, February 2.  It will expand upon what education research has already shown – the wide-ranging benefits of object-based teaching for enhancing lesson comprehension and recall.  It has been proven especially successful in teaching STEM subjects.

On Friday, February 23, the Institute will hold its third Spanish Day.  Conducted entirely in Spanish, the program features presentations on facets of Spanish and Hispanic culture, plus a film contest, all designed for high school levels III and IV.  This year’s theme is "Crossing Borders."

The final program, "Writing Rebels: Breaking the Rules," on Friday, March 23, will be a workshop for middle and high school teachers examining approaches to teaching literature and film that involve and/or enact rebellion. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the Peak Performances production Leonora and Alejandro: La Maga y El Maestro, by the Double Edge Theatre. The play envisions a conversation between Leonora Carrington (1917-2011), a surrealist artist, novelist, and founding member of Mexico’s Women’s Liberation Movement and Alejandro Jodorowsky (1929-), Chilean-French filmmaker.