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In this workshop, Cathy N. Davidson will orchestrate a collaborative workshop in leading, organizing, sustaining, and rewarding collaboration. The engaged methods she will demonstrate have proven successful (and inspiring) in the classroom, in research groups, in academe, in community organization, across disciplines, and in business. If you have a laptop, please bring it for collaborative notetaking and collaborative agenda setting and project management — although we’ll also be doing a lot with pencils and index cards.
Davidson, an educational innovator and a distinguished scholar of the history of technology, is an avid proponent of active ways of learning that help students to understand and navigate the radically changed global world in which we now all live, work, and learn. Davidson is Distinguished Professor of English and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the R. F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University where she served as Duke’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.
She has published some twenty books including "Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America"; "Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory," with documentary photographer Bill Bamberger; "The Future of Thinking: Learning Institutions in a Digital Age," with David Theo Goldberg; and "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn." Her most recent book is "The New Education: How We Can Revolutionize Higher Education to Prepare Students for a World in Flux."
In 2002, Davidson cofounded HASTAC (“Haystack”), Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, the world’s first and oldest academic social network. She directed the more than 16,000 member HASTAC network until 2017 and now co-directs with Professor Jacqueline Wernimont of Arizona State University. She is on the Board of Directors of Mozilla and served on the National Council of the Humanities as an appointee of President Barack Obama (2011–2017). She is the 2016 recipient of the Ernest J. Boyer Award for Significant Contributions to Higher Education.