Opening Ceremonies and Welcome to Teaching and Learning Week 2021

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Monday, October 25, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:00pm EDT
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Join us as we launch Teaching and Learning Week 2021. In support of the recently declared Year of Climate Action, we are excited to announce that the theme for this year’s Teaching and Learning Week (October 25-29) is climate pedagogy. The week will provide focused professional development for faculty and instructors.

The launch will include an opening prayer from an Elder, and remarks from Dr. David Barnett (Provost and Vice-President, Academic), and Nemma Swatton, Rory Smith, and Brook Ailey, grade twelve students at Superior CVI High School and members of Fridays for Future Thunder Bay. The launch will conclude with a keynote address from Dr. Elin Kelsey. Dr. Rhonda Koster (Deputy Provost) will MC this event.

Keynote Address: Why Hope Matters to Climate Action in the Age of Eco-Anxiety and Climate Doom

In this keynote, Elin Kelsey PhD makes a compelling case for why evidence-based hope is so critical to teaching and learning for climate action. She'll share approaches and sources to integrate real world climate change solutions into our educational practices in ways that enable us to move beyond the eco-anxiety and disempowerment of doom and gloom towards meaningful engagement. 

Dr. Elin Kelsey, PhD, is an author, scholar and passionate leader in the evidence-based hope and climate change solutions movement. Her newest book for adults, Hope Matters: Why Changing the Way We Think Is Critical For Solving The Environmental Crisis was published by Greystone Books in 2020.