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Science Fiction in Higher Education

Science Fiction in Higher Education

“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, it’s essence, the concept about which resolves, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”  – Isaac Asimov


Fiction in Higher Education

Hosted by Laney College



November 13th 2009, 1-6pm  D200 Laney College

Trying to reach our students and keeping material exciting can be a challenging venture. Many of us don’t want to teach courses in a traditional way, but instead would like to include new methods and alternative ways of explaining material. Using examples that students can relate to can help their understanding and make material more fun. More and more instructors are finding new ways to help students better relate to the material covered in their courses.

Come hear how faculty are incorporating science fiction into their curriculum to enhance student learning. Hear about the increasing number of courses in science fiction as it relates to social sciences, natural and physical sciences as well as specifics for a variety of courses. Special guest Daryl Frazetti will kick off our afternoon with a special overview of science fiction in higher education and his work with incorporating science fiction into teaching the tenets of anthropology.

Schedule of Events

1-2:20 Keynote by Daryl Frazetti

2:30 – 3:45 Science in science fiction – Mark Rauzon (Geography), Pinar Alscher (Chemistry), Amy Bohorquez (Biology)

3:45 – 4:15 break

4:15 – 5:45 Social science in science fiction: Robert Brem (PoliSci), Jack Lin (Sustainable Peralta) and Daryl Frazetti (Anthropology)

5:45 – 6:30 Where do students learn ethics now?

please email me if you have any questions, or are interested