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Annual Barbara Meyers Pelson Lecture Focuses on the Integration of the Humanities and Arts with the Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering

 

The 2019 Annual Barbara Meyers Pelson Lecture will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.  The lecture will be presented by Dr. Youngmoo Kim, Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center at Drexel University.

In the presentation, titled “Pathways for Disciplinary Integration in Higher Education”, Dr. Kim will discuss integrative models that seek to bridge the knowledge, modes of inquiry, and pedagogies from multiple disciplines including the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, and mathematics within the context of a single course or program of study.

 

“Pathways for Disciplinary Integration in Higher Education

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
12:30–1:30 pm  (lunch served at 12:15 pm)
Education Building, Room 212

 

Presentation Overview: 

The recent National Academies report, “Branches from the Same Tree” (2018), examined an important trend in higher education: integration of the humanities and arts with sciences, engineering, and medicine at the undergraduate and graduate level – which proponents argue will better prepare students for work, life, and citizenship. Integrative models intentionally seek to bridge the knowledge, modes of inquiry, and pedagogies from multiple disciplines – the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, and medicine – within the context of a single course or program of study.  As one of 22 members of the committee for this report, Dr. Kim will share findings and experiences from the process, as well as some of their work at the ExCITe Center of Drexel University to facilitate greater integration and collaboration across a diversity of academic disciplines.

 

About the Speaker:

Youngmoo Kim is Director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies (ExCITe) Center, an institute at Drexel University for transdisciplinary research and discovery connecting technology and communities, and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering. His research group, the Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory pursues AI for music and sound, human-machine interfaces and robotics for expressive interaction, and K-12 outreach for maker and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics) education. He is co-author of the National Academies report “Branches from the Same Tree” on the integration of the Humanities & Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education, released May 2018, and recently co-edited a special issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focusing on creativity and collaboration. Youngmoo also co-authored “Making Culture: A National Study of Education Makerspaces” recently presented at SXSW EDU.  He received Drexel’s 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, took “Scientist of the Year” honors at the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards, and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the NAMM Foundation, among others.

Youngmoo received his Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab and holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music (Vocal Performance Practice) from Stanford University as well as Engineering and Music degrees from Swarthmore College. He has extensive experience in music performance, including 8 years as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and as part of productions with American Musical Theater of San Jose and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston).

 

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