Dr. Seuss inspired: sharing our thoughts and knowledge

Dr. Seuss inspired gatherings
Friday, 10 November 2017 - 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Contact information
Contact person: 
Yasmine Abtahi
Registration required: 
Cost to attend: 
Free of charge
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“Out there things can happen, and frequently do, to people as brainy and footsy as you.
 And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
 Just go right along, you'll start happening too!” 

Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Inspired by Dr. Suess, Yasmine thinks that a graduate study is a road full of ups and downs, questions, uncertainties, and finally figuring outs – not only the subject of our research but ourselves too. To support each other and to share with one another our questions, thoughts and possibly our (epistemological and theoretical) knowledge, we would like to propose a series of volunteer led bi-weekly video/text-gatherings. We suggest to start the first 5 sessions with the following format:

Tentative format of the first few sessions:

For each session one  person would volunteer to bring in a maximum of a 20-minute long video that spoke to him/her about what that person is thinking about, questioning, or considering…  or to present a 10-15 minutes short talk about her/his thinking/ questions/ theories/ methodologies and so on. After listening to the talk or watching the video, we will open up the conversation to the group so that we think together as a collective.

Calendar: ( Nov 10th from 2:45-4:00pm - LMX 388)

Mark Ingham (PhD student at the Faculty of Education) asks, do you ever feel like you are in a cave, trapped by the constructs and limitations of your own time and place? Is there hope? Plato says that we are all born in a cave of prejudices, but that there is hope of freedom through dialogue. Does that make any sense? We'll watch a wacky 6 minute video and read through Plato's brief account of the cave analogy of education.  What might Plato's cave mean for us today? The burning question for my PhD proposal right now: Could Plato's cave make sense as an educational research epistemology in 2017?

To volunteer to lead a session, please email us (yasmine.abtahi@uottawa.ca) your choice/topic of interest, with a short video or a short text.

Yasmine Abtahi, Lilia Forte and Carol Lee