april, 2020

06apr12:00 pm1:30 pmAIM Spotlight: Generous Argument: Critique, Community, Pedagogy12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

AIM Spotlight logo over background of people


Event Details

Join us on Monday, April 6 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Henderson room at the Michigan League (911 N University Ave) for AIM Spotlight, where we’ll welcome Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Please register below if you plan to attend. Lunch will be provided. 


Title: Generous Argument: Critique, Community, Pedagogy

Description: Higher education today has absorbed all too well one of the lessons of Graff and Birkenstein’s They Say/I Say: that the key move in academic argumentation is from what others have previously said to one’s own — almost always contrasting, and inevitably more interesting or correct — contribution. The result, visible across many different methodological approaches, is too often a mode of argument in which the ideas of our predecessors, our colleagues, and even our primary sources are treated as mere fodder for disagreement. What might we build collectively — as a field; as a profession — if we understood argumentation as a process of thinking with rather than thinking against the arguments of others? This talk will explore the challenges involved in enacting a more generous mode of higher education, as well as the potentials it presents for modeling a form of discourse sorely lacking in the contemporary public sphere.

AIM Spotlight is a speaker series hosted by the Center for Academic Innovation. This series will feature speakers external to the University of Michigan, focused on topics centered around innovation in higher education and is tailored to a broad audience. Topics may include but are not limited to online learning, residential learning, research, technology, extended reality (XR), and diversity, equity, and inclusion.


(Monday) 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Michigan League

911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Privacy Preference Center