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Conference participants enjoy the sun on the deck at WakonseIf you enjoy sharing ideas and learning from other people, then consider participating in the Wakonse Conference on College Teaching, a five-day event on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan. Dozens of Notre Dame faculty members and grad students have attended in past years. The conference will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-29.

Wakonse brings together academics from around the country to learn effective practices, reflect on teaching, and enjoy the beauty of nature. The word wakonse is Lakota for “teach” or “inspire.” During your time at this retreat-like event, dunes and woodland will surround you in a truly inspirational setting.

Sessions take a variety of forms. Some presenters will model teaching techniques to inspire attendees. At other times, participants informally share personal observations on teaching. Wakonse is also an opportunity to get to know colleagues from a variety of disciplines at diverse institutions.

Food, lodging, and attire are camp-style, and one never knows what the weather will bring — but such apparent obstacles only serve to intensify the experience. There’s even an optional challenge to move out of your comfort zone and tackle a high ropes course!

Registration includes lodging, meals and materials. The Kaneb Center will subsidize the cost down to $200 for a limited number of faculty members, and we have two full scholarships for grad students. A carpool will be set up to keep travel costs down.

If all this sounds interesting then go ahead and apply online. To learn more, contact the Kaneb Center (631-9146, kaneb@nd.edu) or visit our website for information on past attendees, photos, and more. Come and spend time with people who are passionate about teaching. Get away from computers, email, phones, meetings, television, and the refrigerator. Join us at Wakonse!

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