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Commonalities Faculty Dialogue Series

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Do you wonder what your colleagues think about e-books and their place in the classroom?
Want to know more about how others are using media for lectures or how to grade projects that are submitted by groups or in non-traditional formats?
You can find out what your colleagues think about these and other topics related to teaching and research by attending Commonalities.
Commonalities is an ongoing dialogue in support of teaching sponsored by Information Technology Services, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, and the University Libraries. Discussions are informal, though a facilitator is invited to start the conversation.
Do you have an idea for a Commonalities topic? Would you be interested in being a facilitator? If so, please contact Paul Voelker (


The International Jesuit Ecology Project

Michael Schuck, Ph.D., Co-Director, International Jesuit Ecology Project, Associate Professor of Theology
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
1:00 PM; IC-4th Floor

In this presentation, Dr. Michael Schuck will discuss the International Jesuit Ecology Project.The International Jesuit Ecology Project is a three-year collaborative project between Loyola University Chicago faculty and scholars from Jesuit institutions around the world to create an online Living Textbook that addresses select environmental science challenges from an integrated scientific, moral, and spiritual perspective. This Living Textbook will be a curricular resource in environmental science for teachers and students in Jesuit institutions of higher education and secondary schools worldwide.

Poetry in the Classroom

Richard Austin, Performer and Interpreter of the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:00 PM; IC-4th Floor

A British actor, Mr. Richard Austin, is widely regarded as the world’s foremost performer and interpreter of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. In this luncheon presentation, Mr. Austin will discuss the use of poetry in the classroom. Lunch will be provided for all guests.

Teaching with Primary Sources

Michelle Fry, Ed.D., Director, Teaching with Primary Sources, School of Education, LUC
Monday, February 17, 2014
1:00 PM, IC-4th Floor

In this presentation, Dr. Michelle Fry, Director of the Teaching with Primary Sources program, Loyola School of Education, will be speaking on teaching with primary sources, drawing upon the substantial digital collections available through the website of the Library of Congress. Housed within Loyola's School of Education, the Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program is a partner with the national Library of Congress' TPS grant program. This program offers a wide range of professional development and training, which includes the following: Library of Congress website navigational instruction; source analysis and historical-thinking strategies; and, online research strategies in various subject areas. The program is available for faculty, students and staff for personalized instruction to best serve participant's needs. TPS-Loyola is delighted to share and discuss training options for Loyola University Chicago's faculty, students and staff.

FALL 2013

Mindfulness Meditation in Theory and Practice

Rebecca Silton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, LUC
Dianna Stencel, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker, LUC Wellness Center
Friday, November 15, 2013
2:30 PM; IC-317 (Quiet Reading Room)

In this presentation, Dr. Rebecca Silton, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, and Dianna Stencel, Social Worker, LUC Wellness Center, will discuss the psychological benefits of mindfulness meditation and will lead participants in a practice session.