Date(s) - 01/31/2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Professor Kirk Belnap, Asian & Near Eastern Languages, will present for the Humanities Center’s weekly colloquium on Thursday, January 31st. The presentation will be held at 3:00 PM in room 4010 JFSB.
Title: “Reflections on a 30-Year Experiment with Experiential Learning and Cognitive Dissonance”
The aims of a liberal arts education were clearly spelled out by the fourth century: well-rounded global citizens capable of the critical thinking needed to address the challenges of the times in which they live. This outcome is foundational to our own and other general education programs. Really getting students’ attention in order to affect real change is key. The cognitive dissonance resulting from grappling with a difficult real world problem is widely acknowledged as an effective high impact practice. Following a brief sketch of the history of our section’s highs and lows in experimenting with experiential learning in eight countries, I will lead a discussion of factors that can hopefully help all of us as we seek to leverage opportunities around us at BYU and beyond to build life-changing interdisciplinary educational encounters.