Educational Responsibility in Times of Social Crisis

Interdisciplinary Symposium at Kiel University during the Kieler Woche 

Thursday, June 23rd 2016
11.00 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Venue: Leibnizstraße 1, Room 104
All conferences are open to the public. Guests are welcome!

There is a political maxim, variously attributed to Winston Churchill, Karl Marx, and current mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” More and more contemporary discourse is framed in terms of threats and dangers and our responsibility to meet them. In this symposium a group of international scholars from Education, Public Health, Linguistics, and Philosophy discuss how threats, dangers, and this atmosphere of crisis are formed, and how we might responsibly handle the challenges of contemporary society.

Opening & Introduction
11.00 a.m.
Timothy Ignaffo (Teachers College / Columbia University, NY) and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hoinkes (Kiel University)
Educational Responsibility in Times of Social Crisis

Panel 1
11.45 a.m.
Michael Schapira (Hofstra University, NY)
Student Protest: Critical Discourse as a Social Threat​

Panel 2
1.30 p.m
Tine Junker (Oxford University)
The Natural Semantic Metalanguage. Exit from Babel? – A New Alphabet of Human Thought

2.15 p.m.
Holly Brewster (Washington College)
Why Democracy Needs Different, not Just More Mathematics Education

Panel 3
3.30 p.m.
Meike Hethey (Bremen University)
Dealing with Social Threat Scenarios in the Foreign Language Classroom of German Grammar Schools – A Focus on a Literary Approach​​

4.15 p.m.
Monica van der Haagen-Wulff (Köln University)
Discursive Constructions of Threat Scenarios in Migration Societies

Panel 4

5.30 p.m.
John Allegrante (Teachers College / Columbia University, NY)
The Role of Positive Affect in the Management of Chronic Disease: Implications for Education