Call for Active Learning Faculty Fellowship program, 2018-19

In Spring 2017, The Claremont Colleges Library received a grant from Steelcase Education to transform one of our traditional instructional spaces, the Keck Learning Room, into an "Active Learning Center." As part of this grant, the library and The Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) are partnering to launch an Active Learning Faculty Fellowship Program for the 2018-19 academic year.

This yearlong fellowship will bring together a cohort of faculty from across the colleges who will be introduced to core concepts of active learning pedagogy and then teach a semester long course in the library's recently renovated classroom to incorporate active learning techniques. The first semester of the fellowship, in Fall 2018, will involve completing a pre-fellowship questionnaire and attending a day-long "Introduction to Active Learning" workshop led by Jessica Tinklenberg, Program Director of the CTL (date TBD). The rest of the semester will be spent planning and designing activities to be implemented in Spring 2019.

In the second semester, Spring 2019, fellows will have the opportunity to teach a semester long class in the library's classroom. Fellows will assess student learning to determine whether the active learning approaches they've introduced have an impact. At the end of the semester, fellows will be asked to complete a post-teaching reflection as well as a post-fellowship questionnaire. Throughout both semesters there will be opportunities to meet on a monthly basis to collaborate and receive feedback on teaching, research projects, and get recommendations on instructional design. Individual consultations with the CTL director and faculty co-directors, librarians, and Digital Humanities staff will also be available.

Apply at this link no later than Tuesday, 5/15/2018.

For more information contact:

Carrie Marsh, Director of Special Collections & Libraries, The Claremont Colleges Library

Beth Namei, Director of Research, Teaching, & Learning Services, The Claremont Colleges Library

Jessica Tinklenberg, Program Director, Center for Teaching & Learning

Wed 4/25: Claremont Discourse with Brent Armendinger

"Epistolary Poetry and Politics"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 4:15 p.m.
Founders Room, Claremont Colleges Library

Faculty Presenter: Brent Armendinger (English and World Literature/Creative Writing, Pitzer College)

In this talk, Professor Brent Armendinger will discuss the political potential in contemporary poems that take the form of letters. Is there something political about correspondence itself, about its emphasis on relation and exchange, and what happens when poetry enters into this? What difference does it make when the addressee is a person or a group of people, alive or dead, real or fictional, human or not human? To approach these questions, Professor Armendinger will discuss the work of selected contemporary poets and reflect on his own writing practice.

Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Adam Rosenkranz at (909) 607-3986 or

Join us for the next installment in The Claremont Colleges Discourse 20th Anniversary Series: Engaging Collections at the Claremont Colleges Library.

Media Matters: Video Game Technology and the Interpretation of Ancient Places
Presented by Daniel Michon (Religious Studies, Claremont McKenna College)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 4:15 p.m. | Keck Classroom, Claremont Colleges Library

Archaeological sites are characteristically imbued with a multiplicity of meanings contingent on the speciļ¬cities of the society, time, space, and affordances of the representational medium through which these places are perceived. Using the ancient settlement of Sirkap as a case study, Professor Michon will try to demonstrate that thinking about theories of space and place encourages us to experiment with various representational media. This experimentation can result in alternative interpretations of archaeological records as represented in John Hubert Marshall's Taxila: An Illustrated Account of Archaeological Excavations Carried Out at Taxila under the Orders of the Government of India between the Years 1913 and 1934.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz | (909) 607-3986 |

New Book Display: Counternarratives

A new book display is now available on Mudd 2, near the main Services Desk. This display is a joint effort of jill moniz, The Pomona College Museum of Art's curator of Alexandra Bell's Counternarratives public art project, and several librarians from The Claremont Colleges Library.

Bell's artwork highlights the hidden language codes, picture choices, and headlines that expose editorial bias in main stream media. Bell "radically reedits" New York Times articles by adding racially neutral language and visual imagery that is more descriptive of the headlines she investigates.

All of these books are available for you to check out!

For more information about the Counternarratives art installation and to see a list of these books as well as e-books and streaming videos that the library makes available, go to:

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