Erving Goffman book-collaborative project

One of the international collaborative projects that developed as a result of my 2009 stay at the Collegium de Lyon (France) was a book on Erving Goffman with Prof. Yves Winkin, of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, that has been in process for several years. That book has just been published.

Erving Goffman by Winkin and Leeds-Hurwitz

Winkin, Y., & Leeds-Hurwitz, W. (2013). Erving Goffman: A critical introduction to media and communication theory. New York: Peter Lang.

My thanks to Yves Winkin for inviting me to co-author the book; to Dave Park, the series editor, for considering Goffman an essential communication theorist; and to all the editorial staff at Peter Lang, who were quite efficient once we submitted the manuscript.

Although Erving Goffman never claimed to be a media or communication scholar, his work is definitely relevant to, and has already served as a substantial resource for, those who are. This is the first detailed presentation and analysis of his life and work intended specifically for a communication audience. While primarily an introduction to Goffman’s work, those already familiar with his ideas will also learn something new. In addition to summarizing Goffman’s major concepts and his influence on other scholars, the book includes an intellectual biography, explication of his methods, and an example of how to extend his ideas. Readers are invited to consider Goffman as a lens through which to view much of the pattern evident in the social world. Goffman’s work always appealed to the general public (several of his books became bestsellers), and so this book has implications for those who are interested in the role of media or communication in their own lives as well as those who study it professionally.

For those interested, the book is available either directly from Peter Lang, or from Amazon.

Best Practices in Higher Education

On October 25, 2012, I presented a talk entitled “Best practices: How the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning solves the problems offered by today’s students” as part of Colloque “Le métier d’enseignant aujourd’hui et demain” [Colloquium on the Teaching Profession Today and Tomorrow]. The Colloquium was organized by the Institut Français de l’Éducation, part of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, in collaboration with CDIUFM.

This was a summary of some of the content in my book that had been published a few days before, Learning Matters: The Transformation of US Higher Education, co-authored with Peter Hoff. The goal was to present information about what the US does so that French teachers might consider doing some of the same things with their own students.

My thanks to Luc Trouche, Sophie Fermigier, and Anne-Claire Husser, for inviting me to to participate in the colloquium for facilitating my talk. This was my third and last talk in France while in residence at the ENS de Lyon this fall. My other activities are summarized here.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue


Institute Français de l’Education 2

I returned to the Institute Français de l’Education for September and October of 2012. IFE is one part of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon. My primary project here is to document College for Kids, a program found across the United States, for the French. I have several other projects as a result of prior connections with scholars here, and will add notes about my progress over the next few months to this page…

… I’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to add much in the way of notes about what I’m doing. Most of my time the first month was spent reviewing book proofs for the book I was working on while at IFE last year, Learning Matters: The Transformation of US Higher Education. It’s co-authored with a former UW-Parkside colleague, Peter Hoff, who went on to become President of the University of Maine… It was published at the end of October, with a description, quotes, and further details provided here.

September 24, 2012: I participated in a meeting of the Comité Scientifique, La pédagogie universitaire à l’heure du numérique: Questionnement et éclairages et recherche  [Scientific Committee, University pedagogy in the digital age: Questions and research clarifications], at IFE.

September 27, 2012: I participated in the colloquium launching the new Michel Serres Institute for Resources and Public Goods. I’m one of the Founding members by virtue of sporadically helping them think about how to manage interdisciplinary, international and intercultural conversations.

October 2, 2012: I gave a talk about my project at IFE this year, entitled “Iterations: An Examination of Learning within a College for Kids course,” to the ICAR lab here, which stands for Interactions, Corpus, Apprentissages, Représentations. Very receptive group with lots of good questions after.

October 15, 2012: I gave a talk entitled “College for Kids = Hands-on Activities for Students, Professional Development for Teachers” for the Fondation La main à la pâte, in Paris, France, described in further detail here.

October 17-19, 2012: I participated in Journées ViSA [Vidéos des situations d’enseignement et d’apprentissage, or Videotapes of teaching and learning contexts], as a member of the Conseil Scientifique [Scientific Council], which was held at the Université Bordeaux Segalen, in Bordeaux, France. This is a research team I’ve been connected to for the past 4 years, and this was my 5th (and last) meeting with them. It has been a pleasure working with all of you!

October 25, 2012: I presented “Best practices: How the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning solves the problems offered by today’s students” as part of the Colloque “Le métier d’enseignant aujourd’hui et demain” [Colloquium on the Teaching Profession Today and Tomorrow] at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Institut Français de l’Éducation

On September 26, 2011, I presented a talk entitled “’A Curious Mixture of Passion and Reserve’: Understanding the Etic/Emic Distinction” to Prof. Christine Develotte‘s doctoral seminar at the Institut Français de l’Éducation, which is part of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in France. Other faculty who participated in the discussion were Prof.  Jacques Cosnier, and Dr. Nicholas Guichon. The presentation described a manuscript in preparation with Christina Hahn (a recent Master’s student at the University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany) and Prof. Jane Jorgenson (University of South Florida). My thanks to Prof. Develotte for organizing the event and to the students for being a great audience.

On October 13-14, 2011, I was one of the respondents to a panel at Journées d’étude ViSA, presenting a paper entitled “A Metacomunicative perspective on the ViSA group analysis of data.” I am also on the Conseil scientifique of ViSA (Vidéos de situations d’enseignement et d’apprentissage), so in addition to participating in the 2 days of activities, I was part of the group discussing next year’s event and other future plans. My thanks to Andrée Tiberghien for again including me in ViSA. Other researchers who are involved are too numerous to mention as this is a group of several dozen scholars across France, with additional participants from Switzerland and Spain.

On October 17, 2011, I presented “Integrating new technologies into higher education pedagogy in the United States: What problems do they solve? What problems do they create?” as a public lecture at IFE. Prof. Denis Bédard (from the University of Sherbrook, Canada) was the other international speaker. My thanks to Profs. Catherine Loisy and Eric Sanchez for organizing the event, and to the participants for excellent questions.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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