"Reflections from the field" seeks to build a community of educators who believe deeply in their students' ability to drive their own learning. Sharing her experiences over twenty years in a small liberal arts college (for good and for not so good) and how these experiences led to a series of practices that energized and transformed her teaching, creator Beth Benedix invites group members into a conversation about what learning really means, how we create a culture that places students' lived experiences at the center, and why we should all be having more FUN in the classroom overall.
Beth Benedix is Professor Emerita of World Literature, Religious Studies, and Community Engagement at DePauw University. She is the author of several books, most recently The Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College: A Manifesto for Reinvention (Belt Publishing, 2020) and Ghost Writer (A Story About Telling a Holocaust Story) (Spuyten Duyvil, 2018), named a finalist for the 2019 Next Generation Indie Awards in the category of writing (nonfiction), and a contributor of chapters, articles, introductions and reviews to a variety of collections and journals. She is Founder and Director of The Castle, a non-profit organization that provides integrated-arts and project-based workshops in Putnam County, Indiana, public schools. She is currently producing a documentary, "North Putnam," with an award-winning team, including Joel Fendelman and Dave Eggers.