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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

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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On display at The Claremont Colleges Library north entrance lobby is a selection of East Asian rare books and art works ranging from the early 11th century to the early 20th century that are held in The Claremont Colleges Library's Asian Library and Special Collections, and in the Denison Library and Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College. These works exemplify the unique features and characteristics of traditional East Asian books and prints. These valuable collections came to Claremont via a variety of channels, but mostly through the generosity of private donors. They have been indispensable resources to faculty and students' research, teaching, and learning. The exhibition highlights the teaching and research value of these resources and acknowledges donors whose generosity created the collections and keeps them in pristine condition.

Curated by Xiuying Zou, Head of the Asian Library, The Claremont Colleges Library.
On display through May 31, 2018.

For more information, contact Ashley Larson at 909-607-3987 or

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