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The Avery Point Learning Community presents

GClogoThe mission of Global Café, an Avery Point Learning Community, is to provide students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in discussions pertaining to social and environmental issues, locally and globally.  The AP Global Café emphasizes the theme "Local Environments, Global Citizens," where academic inquiry and activism are integrated to bridge communities of knowledge and broaden opportunities for teaching and learning. 

Global Café supports the following goals for students:

  • engage students in the Avery Point community
  • increase student collaboration across disciplines
  • encourage student reflection and coherence of learning across disciplines
  • increase students’ interest in campus-wide perspectives
  • increase students’ sense of civic responsibility
  • prepare students for the interdisciplinary realities of life beyond school

Global Café supports the following goals for faculty members: 

  • build a campus-wide community through teaching and learning
  • encourage and motivate new approaches to teaching and learning
  • increase faculty collaboration across disciplines
  • increase faculty members’ interest in campus-wide perspectives
  • increase faculty members’ sense of civic responsibility

The intent is to discuss contemporary and popular topics that shape our world and touch students, specifically, in some direct way.  The goal of the Global Cafe is to engage in collegial, interdisciplinary dialogue where multiple perspectives on current issues are explored.

Avery Point Global Café and UCONN Reads - Spring 2014

The Avery Point Global Café will host a series of events this semester in support of the UCONN Reads selection, The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi.  All are welcome! 

Tuesday, March 4th. Film Screening of Persepolis (2007), by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (2007), Avery Point Auditorium, Academic Building. 2:00pm. TRT: 95 minutes.

Monday, March 31st, Film Screening of Persepolis (2007), by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Avery Point Auditorium, Academic Building. 7:00pm. TRT: 95 minutes. This film viewing is part of Nancy Parent's, WGSS 2263: Women and Violence course. Open to the public.

Monday, April 7th, UCONN Reads Panel Event, The Complete Persepolis.  Join us for an engaging panel discussion of topics relating to Satrapi's graphic novel, including the Iranian Revolution, gender, politics, and the graphic narrative Panelists include:  Fakhreddin  Azimi, Professor of History, Pamela Bedore, Assistant Professor of English, and guest panelist, Talinn Grigor, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Brandeis University. Dessert and coffee/tea will be served.  Marine Sciences 103. 7:00-9:00pm. More information to follow.

Tuesday, April 15th, Faculty/Student Book DiscussionThe Complete Persepolis. Join us for  a lively discussion of Satrapi’s graphic narrative. This talk will be co-lead by Nancy Parent and Laurie Wolfley. ACD 304.

Please mark your calendars to join us for these engaging events.

For more information on the events above, contact Nancy Parent,

Faculty Development Workshops - Spring 2014

FEBRUARY—This month, Pam Bedore and Laurie Wolfley will lead a workshop on critical thinking in the classroom (at 11:45 on Wednesday, 2/12, in ACD 301).  Laurie is also leading a book talk on Peter Filene’s The Joy of Teaching on three Tuesday afternoons starting on Tuesday, 2/25, at 2:00 p.m. in ACD 318.  Please let her know if you plan to take part in the book talk so she can get you a book.

MARCH—Next month, Nancy Parent will show the film Persepolis on Tuesday, 3/4, at 2:00 p.m. and again on Monday, 3/31, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium.  Also in March, Keith Barker will join Laurie and Pam Bedore to lead a workshop on active learning and alternatives to lecture; that event is scheduled for Wednesday, 3/26, at 11:45 in ACD 301.

APRIL—April concludes the UConnReads program with a panel discussion on topics related to Persepolis; that event is scheduled for Monday, April 7, at 7:00 p.m. in MS103, and Nancy and Laurie will lead a discussion of the book Persepolis on Tuesday, 4/15, at 2:00 p.m. in ACD 304..  We may also hold a last casual, round-table discussion of politics in the classroom toward the end of the month; please stay tuned.

Please join us when you can!  All these events are brought to you by UConn’s Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Avery Point Global Cafe. 

Contact Laurie Wolfley for more information on the events above:

Page last updated February 19, 2014