Breakout Sessions

Conversation about Braiding Sweetgrass, the U of L’s Common Book for 2021

Session Leader:  Brendan Cummins

Building the Space Between: Researching How Teachers are Responding to the TRC in Their Teaching Practice

Session Leader:  Makita Mikuliak

Description:  My talk will focus on my MA research. My research concerns how teachers, in K-12 classrooms and Faculties of Education in southern Alberta, have responded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC’s) recommendations and related provincial directives like the fifth Teaching Quality Standard in Alberta. Since I have just started my research, this talk will not focus on my findings. Rather, I will concentrate on some of the main issues surrounding this question and how I plan to carry out my research, as a settler MA student, in a moment of big change in Canada.

Open Anthropology”: Open Educational Resources, Open Pedagogy, and Multimodality in the Teaching of Anthropology

Session Leader:  Alyssa White

Description:  Open Education Initiatives are beginning to become more prevalent in postsecondary institutions across Canada; in Alberta, Open Education Alberta provides an opportunity for postsecondary institutions to be involved in the creation of Open Educational Resources (OERs). What began as an initiative to save textbook costs for postsecondary students has evolved into a movement of increasing the accessibility of both the production and consumption of knowledge by centering students as key creators and contributors of knowledge. Anthropology’s recent grappling with multimodality and the way it can be used to introduce new ways of learning that expand on our traditional approaches to academia provide the perfect opportunity for the introduction of these resources into the teaching of our discipline. OERs, open pedagogy, and multimodality are all grounded in possibilities: of new epistemologies, of new ways forward and of “another anthropology” (Dattatreyan & Marrero-Guillamón 2019, p. 221).

Interdisciplinary problem solving for environmental issues: the tri-disciplinary consortium 

Session Leaders:  Drs. Jodie Asselin and Jenny McCune

Description: This table will discuss a recent experiment in bringing together 3 courses in 3 disciplines to unpack the complexity of contemporary environmental case studies. We will explore what worked, what didn't, and what we can learn from cross-disciplinary collaborations between students. 

Curriculum Development: How and Why     

Session Leader:  Richelle Marynowski          

Description:  This conversation will focus on the how and why of curriculum development including principles and considerations for developers and implementors.

COVID-19 and Vaccines

Session Leader:  Trushar Patel:

Blackfoot Women's Empowerment Communications Project

Session Leaders:  Keeley Wadsworth and Crystal Goodrider

Gendering and Healthcare: presenting on three studies that explored pathways to diagnosis for cardiac arrhythmia patients

Session Leader:  Mary Runte

Description:  A retrospective study examining referral pathways for AFib patients-the female patient's detour.  The gendering of Syncope (fainting)-too 'girly' to take seriously.  Please believe me when I say something's wrong: patients with cardiac arrhythmias journey to treatment.

Considering the value of the humanities to society

Session Leader:  Aaron Stout

Description:  This discussion will focus on how the humanities are valued in society. Although there is disagreement about how history, literature, and philosophy engage society, we will examine how critical thinking, open-mindedness, and imaginative understanding speak to various issues.