Coming Up at the FRC!
Wings and Words: A Community-Building Social and Swap
October 24 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm; Mahwah Bar and Grill
Having a strong sense of community and culture is so important for faculty and staff. At Ramapo, we don’t always have as much time or opportunity to connect with each other; we know it’s valuable, but sometimes the time slips away from us. Do you feel like you are at times isolated and never get to talk with any faculty or staff outside of your immediate circle? Do you want to get to know others from around campus? Come out to the Mahwah Bar and Grill for the FRC’s newest iteration of Wings and Words!
Wings and Words is a social gathering for Ramapo faculty and staff. This will be an opportunity to connect and get to know each other – as well as find out what is going on around campus. This gathering can also be an opportunity to discuss community building among faculty and staff. How do we strengthen our culture? How do we create relationships and bonds among each other? Stop by and let’s swap our ideas!
Please note: this gathering is open to ALL faculty and staff. In the past, Wings and Words has been focused on post-tenure faculty. However, the focus has now been changed to be about community-building among faculty and staff. So please stop by – we hope to see you!
As mentioned, this get-together will take place at the Mahwah Bar and Grill:
Why OER? Exploring Open Educational Resources
October 24 @ 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm; E-216
Open Educational Resources are materials such as open textbooks, articles, slides, course notes, software, and other instructional materials that can be freely accessed and used, as well as modified and redistributed, all at no cost to the instructor or the student. These materials are also often peer-reviewed and of high quality. Institutions of higher education across the country are implementing OER to reduce costs for students, as well as to be able to customize and improve course resources. At this session, librarians will discuss both OER and Open Access materials and demonstrate examples of each, as well as discuss the recent research on these materials and the benefits of using them.
“Social Life of Things”: How to Trace Commodities for Fair Trade
October 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm; E-216
Do commodities have lives? How were things around us made? How did they get here? Were all the people involved in creating and bringing them to us treated humanely? How can we, as consumers, make sure what we use in daily life did not involve any inhumane practices? Prof. Murli Natrajan will share with us how we can create class projects to let students explore these questions. Join us at his workshop for faculty members (he will also give a campus-wide lecture after the workshop from 12pm to 1:30pm at H-129!). For more information, contact Neriko Doerr at email@example.com.
Balmurli Natrajan is Professor of Anthropology at William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA. Before his life as an anthropologist, he worked as a marine engineer and later as a computer software engineer. Murli’s research interests are on Culture & Cognition (transmission, learning); Group formation & Identity (Caste, India); Development & Policy (Sanitation-related development projects, and domestic workers in India – his two current projects); and Nationalism & Fascism (Hinduism, Hindutva). He teaches courses on culture, identity and cognition; globalization; anthropology of inequality; and various courses on South Asia. He has published in scholarly journals and books and in popular media on globalization, caste, politics, culture and religion. His books include Culturalization of Caste in India: Identity and Inequality in a Multicultural Age (London: Routledge, 2011) on caste and artisanal labor in Chhattisgarh, and the co-edited volume with Paul Greenough Against Stigma: Studies in Caste, Race and Justice Since Durban (Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan, 2009).
Don’t forget – there is always free coffee and candy at the FRC!