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Thursday, October 17 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Keynote: Learning Fast and Slow

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Nobel Prize-winning psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman coined the term “slow thinking” to call attention to the deliberative, conscious, and self-aware thinking that, he argued, leads to more rational, thoughtful, and comprehensive decisions. The stakes are high:  locally and globally, we face civic, climatological, economic, and individual stressors that many view as existential threats. So, how do we, as teachers develop that essential capacity in our students, a capacity that will allow them to make ethical and civic-minded use of the content we teach them? Our challenges are considerable: we teach in a range of disciplines, with a range of outcomes demanded by accreditation, job placement, metrics for institutional success, and political headwinds that have made higher education more sensitive to public disapprobation. Our students, arguably, come to us relatively unskilled in slow thinking: accustomed to digital modalities, gamification, and visual stimulation, many of them are also unacculturated to the conventions of the academy, and studies have shown that reading is in decline across all institutions of higher education. I’d like to put this challenge in context. I also want to ask how we might intervene, collectively, as colleagues with a common mission, especially those of us who work at residential research universities.

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Lisa MacFarlane

Professor of English and American Studies, University of New Hampshire

Thursday October 17, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am EDT
Main Ballroom