EMLS instructors Claudia Labahn and Winona Phachanla created an escape-room-style educational challenge designed to develop students’ teamwork skills. The challenge was designed using the four C’s—collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.
On October 12 Jeff Wilson presented the keynote address at a Duke University symposium, “The Philip Kapleau Papers: Zen Buddhism in Post-World War II Japan and the United States.” The symposium celebrated the donation by the Rochester Zen Center of letters, tapes, photographs, and other materials related to its founder, Philip Kapleau. As Jeff explained in his talk, “Grist for the Mill: The Philip Kapleau Papers in Context,” the papers represent a treasure trove of materials that will now be professionally preserved for current and future generations of researchers. Similar archives, suc
Christa Schuller and Maggie Heeney presented at the 11th annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference which was held September 12-14, 2019 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
In August, Amir Al-Azraki visited numerous organizations in Argentina. He presented a lecture on Arab culture and politics at la Universidad Nacional de Rosario. In addition, he led multiple theater workshops. The first workshop involved the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente en Artes Nº 5074, Ministerio de Innovación y Cultura (Superior Institute of Teacher Training in Arts N 5074 "General Manuel Belgrano" of Reconquista). Amir taught students the techniques of political theatre to address issues of human rights.
Yan Li's short story, Jim Became a Father Again, was based on the true story of James Robertson at Renison. After its publication in the April 2019 issue of Writer magazine in China, it received very warm comments from readers in China who were touched by the noble mindedness of a common Canadian in facing life choices. The story is selected by New China Digest Bimonthly, the most prestigious periodical in China, in its July issue, and "2019 Best Short Stories in China."
Kent Williams is this year's recipient of Renison's Teaching Excellence Award. The award was announced at the Spring Convocation. The award recognizes excellent teaching at Renison. Kent has been teaching at Renison since 2017 with English Language Studies. He is currently completing his PhD in Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at Carleton University.