Noted Summer Scholars


Dr. David Abram
David Abram, cultural ecologist and philosopher, is the author of The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World (Vintage, 1997),and Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (Pantheon,2010). Hailed as “revolutionary” by the Los Angeles Times, as “daring” and “truly original” by Science, David’s writings have catalyzed the emergence of several new disciplines, including the burgeoning fields of ecopsychology. His essays on the cultural causes and consequences of environmental disarray are published in numerous scholarly anthologies and are regularly discussed in scholarly journals. David’s public presentations often engage the ecological depths of the imagination, exploring the ways in which sensory perception, poetics, and wonder inform the felt relation between the human animal and the animate earth. A recipient of the international Lannan Literary Award, as well as fellowships from the Rockefeller and the Watson Foundations, in 2014 David held the international Arne Naess Chair in Global Justice and Ecology at the University of Oslo. He lives with his children in the upper Rio Grande valley of New Mexico.

A brief Talk by David Abram can be viewed here

EDCP 585 (b) 951: Between the Body and the Breathing Earth: Language and the Ecology of Sensory Experience

July 10 – 21, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Daily

Course description:
How can we open a fresh and deeply-felt solidarity between humankind and the other animals, plants, and elemental forces that compose this breathing biosphere? In a society as sophisticated as ours, technologically insulated from the vagaries of weather and illness and famine, is it even possible to catalyze a renewed recognition of our thorough dependence upon the animate earth? Seeking practical answers to such questions, this course will engage the phenomenological tradition of experiential inquiry and reflection, while drawing insight and wisdom from various indigenous, oral cultures native to this continent. During the first week, we will focus upon the ecology of perception, exploring the dynamic participation between our bodily senses and the earthly sensuous. During the second week, our inquiry will widen to explore the ecological dimensions of language, examining the manner in which different ways of speaking — and different technologies of communication – influence and inform our direct experience of the more-than-human earth.


Dr. Zhang Hua
Professor and Dean in the Graduate School of Educational Studies
Hangzhou Normal University, Zhejiang Province, PR China
Course: EDCP 585E 951: East Wisdom Traditions, John Dewey, and Teacher Education
July 28 – August 8, 2014

Course description:
East wisdom traditions are mainly formed by Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Among them, Confucianism is the leading one. What is the philosophical essence and era meanings of these wisdom traditions? What is the Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist visions of curriculum, pedagogy, and teacher education? To understand education based on east wisdom traditions has twofold significance of theory and practice. John Dewey’s philosophy is right at the connecting point between east and west civilizations. So, to explore the relationship between John Dewey’s philosophy and east wisdom traditions is of special significance to construct international theories of curriculum and teacher education.

Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy
ASU President’s Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice in the School of Social Transformation
Arizona State University, Tempe
Course: EDCP 585C 951: Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Education
July 2 – July 11, 2014

Course description:
This course addresses the following questions: How do Indigenous communities come to know things and how does this process of knowing influence the ways in which individuals and communities interact with the world? This course is broadly configured around Indigenous Knowledge Systems, ways of being, and teaching and learning with a special focus on North America.
(This course is offered in cooperation with the Curriculum & Pedagogy Department and Indigenous Education)


Dr. Gert Biesta
University of Luxembourg
Course: EDCP 585D 951: Special Course in Curriculum and Pedagogy: The Beautiful Risk of Education
July 22 – August 2, 2013

Course description:
This course is framed around Professor Biesta’s latest book, The Beautiful Risk of Education and his co-authored Manifesto for Education. The book consists of seven chapters that discuss key educational concepts—creativity, communication, learning, teaching, emancipation, democracy and virtuosity. Each chapter will provide a starting point to connect our thinking and theorizing to wider discussions. The Manifesto for Education open up more issues around what it means to think and act educationally. The course will begin with an introductory session on the question of educational theory—to show that there are different traditions of theorizing and to introduce the question of what it would mean to theorize education in an educational way. Sessions will be structured in such a way that there is ample opportunity for discussion.