Social Media Topic of 2015 Crimmel Colloquium

By Emma Cummings-Krueger ’16

Charge up your cell phone in preparation for The 2015 Hays and Margaret Crimmel Colloquium on Liberal Education. Beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, Christopher Long will join the St. Lawrence University community in Eben Holden Conference Center for “Tweeting the Liberal Arts.”

As digital modes of communication become increasingly important to a liberal arts education, Long, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, explores the power of tweets. In just 140 characters, college students are able to either connect or fragment their communities using simple online platforms. This colloquium will utilize Twitter in real time to demonstrate the capabilities of such digital language.

“The questions of how technology is changing our sense of community and how we might help students to develop as citizens in an era with communication technology are critical for liberal arts institutions,” said Val Lehr, vice president and dean of Academic Affairs. “Our goal is to foster the development of life-long learners who engage with ideas, even when they make us uncomfortable. So I think that using Twitter is a wonderful way of making a lecture into a dialogue.”

The presentation will be fully interactive, and guests should arrive prepared to Tweet at one another and at Long using #SLUFY15 and his Twitter handle @cplong.

“I hope that students will come to consider some critical issues, but also to be part of the conversation,” Lehr said.

Long has served at both Pennsylvania State University and Michigan State University as a philosophy faculty member and dean, respectively. He is a co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal, which creates an online space for communication and digital scholarship.

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