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UBCV Keynote – For What World Do We Prepare? Education Beyond Content

May 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


This event is part of the 2024 Celebrate Learning Week, taking place from May 6–10, 2024.

Keynote speaker: Bryan Dewsbury

Traditional models of education privilege technical growth over the cultivation of the mind and habits that make for a more peaceful and loving society.

In this session we will discuss ways in which classrooms can be reimagined as places where some of these habits can be made explicit. We will consider how leaning into the better angels of our nature better positions us to adapt to change and to collectively take on the vexing problems that still plague society.

Moderator: Dr. Elisa Baniassad, CTLT Acting Director and Professor of Teaching, Department of Computer Science.


Dr. Bryan Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at Florida International University (FIU). He is the Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program, which blends research on the social context of teaching and learning, faculty development of inclusive practices, and programming in the cultivation of equity in education. He is an Associate Director of the STEM Transformational Institute where he directs the Division of Transformative Education. He is also a Fellow with the John N. Gardner Institute where he assists institutions of higher education cultivate best practices in inclusive education. He is the creator and executive producer of the Massive Open Online Course called Inclusive Teaching. He is a co-editor of the book the Norton Guide to Equity Minded Teaching. He has led faculty development workshops in over 150 institutions across North America, Europe and Western Africa. Dewsbury grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and immigrated to the United States in 1999. He received a BS in biology from Morehouse College and an MS and PhD in biology from FIU.

Note to Non-UBC Participants:

In order to register for this program, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program.

Venue:   Online