HASS Colloquium features two Berks faculty

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The next Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Colloquium will include two presentations: “An Invitation to (Re) Teach Mathematics” by Hartono Tjoe, assistant professor of math education, and “Traumatized Communities” by Randall Fegley, associate professor of history and politics. It will be held from 1 to 2:20 p.m. Friday, March 21, in room 104 of the Franco Building at Penn State Berks. This event is open to the campus community and light refreshments will be served.

In his presentation, Tjoe discusses how teachers are creating a generation of students who are good at doing math in seemingly relatable applications, rather than empowering the students by nurturing their mathematical thinking. Experience of the gifted education is examined to initiate an awareness that mathematics is not only a study of science but also a form of art.

In “Traumatized Communities,” Fegley discusses how defining events, such as the Holocaust, make deep impacts on the psyche for generations. Part of an ongoing study of the history, politics, mythology and possible solution of mass trauma, Fegley’s research examines localized, public modes of dealing with such situations. Typically these include reconciliation bodies, community counseling, physical rebuilding, legal reform, school curricula, official media, events, museums and monuments.

The HASS Colloquium Series features informal presentations that serve as opportunities for HASS faculty to share their completed or in-progress research. Faculty members discuss their research in an approximately 15-minute presentation that welcomes dialogue, discussion, and questions. For more information on the HASS Colloquium Series, contact Cheryl Nicholas, associate professor, communication arts and sciences, at cln12@psu.edu.

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