Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Flip Wilson, the amygdala, the CTL and YOU

Hi folks,
Do you know what 70’s comic Flip Wilson’s routine has in common with the amygdala?

If you don’t, aren’t sure what the amygdala is, and are wondering how this all fits with learning, please join the CTL’s Spring Reading Group!

This coming semester we will be reading James Zull's From Brain To Mind.  This book presents cognitive development as a journey taken by the brain, from an organ of cells, blood vessels, and chemicals at birth, through its shaping by experience and environment into potentially the most powerful and exquisite force in the universe:  the human mind.  James Zull is a Professor of Biology, Biochemistry, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University.  He offers readers an introduction to what neuroscience can tell us about cognitive development through experience, and its implications for education.  If you do not have a background in anatomy, never fear!  (That’s where the amygdala comes in :-).  The book is accessible for biological expert and novice alike.

The reading group meets three times a semester, with two meeting options.  Please note that the sections meet in different locations this semester:

“Section 1”:
Wednesday, January 22, 9:00-10:00, Old Main 118
Wednesday, February 19, 9:00-10:00, Old Main 118
Wednesday, March 26, 9:00-10:00, Old Main 118

“Section 2”:
Thursday, January 23, 10:00-11:00, UED (Delzell) 105
Thursday, February 20, 10:00-11:00, UED (Delzell) 105
Thursday, March 27, 10:00-11:00, UED (Delzell) 105

We will also form a Collaborate section of this group for online/distance faculty, if enough interest exists.

And as a special treat, plan on meeting the author, James Zull, who is one of the keynote speakers for IdeaFest 2014!  He will be speaking April 8, 7:00pm in the MUC Ballroom.  

As always, the CTL provides the book for free!  All you have to do is tell us which “section” (although you may always switch as your schedule mandates) you prefer.  Email us at to register, and we’ll send you your book through campus mail.

As this semester draws to a close, the CTL wishes you and your loved ones peace and restoration during this often busy and hectic time of the year.


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