“The Power of Conversation” with Ronald Gross – Jan 27

The University Seminar on Innovation in Education
The University Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society

                                     The Power ofConversation

Ronald Gross
Co-chair, University Seminar on Innovation in Education;
Founder, Conversations New York.
Author, Socrates’ WayPeak Learning,  Radical School Reform, etc.

            Monday,  January 27, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm

Faculty House, Columbia University, 117th St. & Morningside Heights

Kindly RSVP to reserve a place, or confirm your previous RSVP, to grossassoc@aol.com  and http://www.meetup.com/Conversations-New-York/events/157029602/

Please bring this invitation and a photo ID for admission to the building.
We experience the power of conversation at each session of our Seminars.  That power has propelled creative inquiry through the agesfrom Socrates’ dialogues in the Athenian agora, to Occupy in Zuccoti Park.  
Now, it is being harnessed to enhance  well-being and happiness,  foster civic discourse,strengthen learning (formal and informal),  stimulate organizational development, spark creativity, and other important goals.
This Seminar will:
Ø     Review the  life-affirming  benefits of Conversation as established by theory, research, and practice.  

Ø     Note how the historical tradition of conversationgroups (Salons, Coffee Houses, Building 20 at MIT, etc.), expressed the basic  impulse that   has given rise to Social Media today.
          Ø     Examine the “Retreat from Conversation” identified by Prof. Sherry Turkle of MIT and other social scientists.
          Ø    Report briefly on  exciting current projects and programs such as  Socrates Salons and  Cafes, Dinners to Talk About Death, Cafe Philos, Circles in Women’s Spirituality,  and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.
Ø    Present the new program Conversations New York, and announce an invitational  mini-conference on Conversation at Columbia in July, which  our Seminars will sponsor.
Background Reading: Please visit the websites www.conversationsnewyork.com,www.socratesway.com
 and www.ncdd.com, and read Sherry Turkle’s article “The Flight fromConversation” from the New York Times Sunday Review, 4/21/12 (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/22/opinion/sunday/the-flight-from-conversation.html?_r=0 — or (just Google it).

To augment the fellowship among members, you are warmly invited to join other members for dinner at Faculty House at 5:30 PM.  Dinner at Faculty House, a varied and ample buffet (including wine), is $25, which must be paid for by check made    at the beginning of the meal.  If you intend to join us for dinner you must let us know via email a week in advance.
Faculty House is located on Columbia University’s East Campus on Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street.  Enter Wien Courtyard through the gates on 116 Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Walk toward the north end of the courtyard, then turn right toward Morningside Drive.  Faculty House will be the last building on the right.

Upcoming 2013-14 seminar dates: no Feb, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5.

BACKGROUND: This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Columbia University Seminars on Innovation in Education, and on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society.
                    The Seminar on Innovation in Education is co-chaired by Ronald Gross, who also conducts the Socratic Conversations at the Gottesman Libraries, and Robert McClintock who is John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Professor Emeritus in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education at Teachers College. Founded in 1970, the Seminar explores the process of learning in individuals, organizations, and society throughout the lifespan and via major institutions.
                    The Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education and Society, chaired by Michael Schulman,  brings together scholars from psychology, philosophy, sociology, political theory, education, religion and other disciplines to explore issues in ethics, moral education, moral development, moral motivation, moral decision making and related topics.
                    Upcoming 2013-14 seminar dates: no Feb, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5.
                    Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu.  Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request.  Requests for accommodations must be made two weeks in advance.  On campus, seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.
                        Michael Schulman, chair, Ethics, Moral Education, and Society,mdschlmn41@yahoo.com
                        Ron Gross, co-chair, Innovation in Education, grossassoc@aol.com

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