Speaking About Teaching, Culture and Technology

In September 2014 I delivered a paper entitled Cognitive Penetration and the Visual Arts in Medicine with co-author Dr. Anna Bergqvist, at the 4th Annual Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University.

In June 2013 I delivered a paper entitled Face-to-Face Teaching and Learning in a Massive Online Open Course Dominated World at The 11th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities held at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.

In July 2006 I spoke at The Fourth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Tunis, Tunisia. A paper based on the talk titled  Teaching Cultural and Visual Literacy in an Age of Naïveté, Terror and Information Sickness, was published in the The International Journal of the Humanities, in May 2007. Read the text here: Teaching in an Age of Terror

In 1990, the year I began teaching photojournalism at Columbia University, Photoshop 1.0 was released. In 1995, when I began teaching at Western Michigan, the internet first opened to commercial traffic. In 2001 I chronicled my experiences designing and utilizing a website and utilizing other emerging technology in my teaching in a talk at the Conference for FATE: Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, in Boston, MA. The virtual universe has expanded exponentially since 2001. The points of view I put forward then have not. An excerpt from Seduced by Mercury: the Dangers and Promises of New Technology in Teaching:

As educators, we are appropriators supreme. . . We are eloquent; precise; we are – when it comes to getting our ideas across – without inherent ethics. We work in the guise of Mercury. The computer grants us the ability to more precisely, more rapidly, and with greater stealth and verisimilitude, appropriate what is needed to effectively communicate ideas. 

 FATE published the paper I wrote based on that talk. Read the full text as a pdf:  Seduced.Mercury.FATE in Review_solomon

Musée d'Orsay Clock, Paris, 2004, © Paul R Solomon 2013

Musée d’Orsay Clock, Paris, 2004, © Paul R Solomon 20