Humans both monitor and control their ongoing cognition. For example, efficient students stop studying material that they have put into memory, reallocating study effort to other material they have yet to learn. Humans experience such monitoring as conscious awareness and the control as volition. In short, we "know what we know." Dr. Rob Hampton's research with rhesus monkeys indicates that this kind of introspective self-monitoring and adaptive cognitive control of cognition has been going on in primates for tens of millions of years.
Dr. Henry Glassie, Professor Emeritus at Indiana University, will discuss his work as a folklorist and ethnographer. Special attention will be on the material culture of the Middle East with an emphasis on increasing intercultural appreciation and understanding.
The 2015 Global Fellows will share experiences from their biological and cultural encounters after spending three weeks in Puerto Williams, Santiago, and Valparaiso, Chile - the southern tip of the world!
Dr. Jerry Johnson will give attendees a chance to consider rural school consolidation in light of 21st century research.
Who's going to get the farm? And what are they going to do with it? Will your future plans for your land create harmony or strife for your family? Map of My Kingdom, a play commissioned by the Practical Farmers of Iowa and written by Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander, tackles the critical issue of land transition. In the drama, Angela Martin, a lawyer and mediator in land transition disputes, shares stories of how farmers and landowners she has worked with over the years approached their land successions.
The quality of craftsmanship, intellectual and otherwise, has traditionally found its proper evaluation within its community, or guild, of practitioners. It is within such communities that standards of excellence, achievement, and practice were established and maintained. Nowhere was this more evident than in the idea of the “community of scholars” that animated our earliest colleges and universities and served as the guiding ideal for more than 800 years. But now with the disintegration of so many aspects of genuine community life, this ideal has been increasingly threatened. Standards remain highly relevant to nearly all aspects of contemporary life, but now they are more often than not established and maintained by centralized bureaucracies. Increasingly, with the adoption of various accountability schemes, standards have become standardized; they have become more one-dimensional and flat as they have been quantified, and they have been drained of much of their nuanced meaning and developmental relevance for practice. This talk will explore the implications of this situation for K-12 schools and colleges and universities. It will ask how we might reclaim the standards for educational excellence and achievement by reasserting the value of our schools and colleges as genuine learning communities.
For speaker or performance suggestions, booking inquiries or general information, contact:
Buena Vista University
610 W Fourth St. Box 2011
Storm Lake, IA 50588