WHAT IS A RENGA?
As many of your Fredonia colleagues discovered last year, rengas are convivial, interdisciplinary groups of faculty, professionals, administrators, and, in some cases, students, who meet monthly to discuss topics of mutual interest over light refreshments. Like their namesake (a style of witty Japanese-linked poetry created in group settings), our Fredonia rengas value community, collaboration, spontaneity, improvisation, and wit.
Rengas are a great way to connect with colleagues while exploring a question or topic that has the potential to improve our campus, benefit our community, and advance all of our professional skills and accomplishments. Of course, they are also a great way to have fun and get to know people!
Join a Renga:
The Caregiver Renga
Facilitated by Sue Murphy and Dawn Eckenrode
Launched in Fall 2010, this forum explores cross-cultural exchanges with our campus members from diverse backgrounds. We strive to promote dialogue around the unique requirements (i.e., needs, interests, and perspectives) posed by students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural, religious, and sexual orientations. Ideas from the first year include establishing community outreach efforts, mentorships, and fostering cross-cultural contact. Most importantly, we want to expand the existing resources to retain students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, who often face unique challenges as a part of our national community.
Digital Humanities Renga
Facilitated by Nancy.Hagedorn@fredonia.edu
This Renga will provide interested faculty and staff with the opportunity to explore aspects of the Digital Humanities and the larger implications for the humanities as a whole. The group is currently focusing on adding to digital resources for humanities teaching on campus and making them publicly available, with an emphasis on materials of local significance. A current project underway is the digitization of the diary of Anna Clift Smith, A Van Buren Life. View the current project here: http://annacliftsmith.omeka.net/
Flip it, blend it, tech-support it!
There are three descriptions that most courses fit into: Web Enhanced, Blended (Hybrid),
and 100% online.
For further information, or to ask questions, please email PDCfirstname.lastname@example.org.