Event Recaps | 21 May 2020

Humanities Happy Hour – Teaching and Learning in the Time of Pandemic


On May 21, 2020, the Humanities Institute hosted its second virtual Humanities Happy Hour exploring Questions That Matter in the Time of the Pandemic. What has the shift to remote, online instruction nationwide revealed about teaching and learning in higher education? How can we use this crisis as an opportunity to reimagine not only the role but the practice of teaching and learning? What is at stake for the future of higher education at UC Santa Cruz and around the world, and how can we harness the Humanities to think boldly and creatively in response? Jody Greene, UC Santa Cruz Associate Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Lois Kazakoff (Cowell, ‘76) tackled these questions and more.

Questions That Matter in the Time of Pandemic is a public humanities series that brings UC Santa Cruz faculty in conversation with the campus and community to discuss topics of importance to us all during the COVID-19 health crisis. The conversations build on themes that The Humanities Institute (THI) has explored as part of Questions That Matter and other signature events. For additional discussion, we encourage you to watch the video of “Cathy Davidson: The New Education”. This event was presented by THI and UCSC’s Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) for its 2018 Annual Convocation, and features Cathy Davidson discussing her book The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux. Davidson’s work explores how we can revolutionize our universities to help students be leaders of change, not simply subject to it. THI’s interview with Cathy Davidson provides further insight into Davidson’s progressive vision for the future of education. 

You can also stay engaged by watching our video of the event below.